March 2016 Newsletter

Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Hon. Martin Dahinden, with Marc Redlich.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope this letter finds you and your family enjoying the lovely Spring weather that we’ve been having here in New England.  It certainly has been a welcome change from last winter.  How long it lasts is anyone’s guess, but for the time being we are very grateful for the reprieve.

Speaking of change, I am pleased to announce that effective Monday, March 14, 2016 our office will be moving to an exciting new location at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  Our new address will be:

        One South Marketplace Building, 4th Floor
        Faneuil Hall Marketplace
        Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Our telephone number, email address and website will remain the same. Our new office will look out over Quincy Market in Boston.  We hope that when you are in the area you will accept our open invitation to stop by, say hello, and join us for refreshments.

As always, we have been working on some interesting cases.  In an updated matter, our client in a disability discrimination case has filed with the securities industry’s arbitration forum, FINRA. Since our action was filed, the employer fired my client, which ironically strengthens our retaliation claim against the company. This case involves an employee who was treated abusively by his manager, replete with attacks on his character. The manager also contacted and berated our client’s performance to his customers, which not surprisingly, caused him to be less successful in his work performance, and exacerbated his known history of depression. We are looking forward to the arbitration hearing, which will be held in New York City later this year.

I recently settled a hotly contested divorce case where, among other substantial property division problems, there was a particularly difficult issue concerning use of retirement funds while the divorce action was pending.  The wife was forced out of her house and lost her job, and therefore had to draw on her retirement funds for her ordinary living expenses and attorney’s fees caused by her husband filing for divorce.  Our rules permit a party to utilize her funds for such purposes.  However, at the pretrial conference, the Judge presiding over the case opined that although the wife could use her ongoing income for such basic purposes, she had to return half of the 401K funds she used, thus benefitting the husband who had initiated the divorce.
In another matter, we defended against a Will contest in which one of the siblings challenged a parent’s Will and conveyance of a somewhat larger portion to a brother and sister.  We were able to succeed by showing the challengers that there was no factual or legal basis for their contesting the parent’s Will – and furthermore, that they would be jeopardizing what they did obtain from the parent’s estate, per the terms of the Will penalizing anyone who contested the Will. This kind of “in terrorem” provision used in some Wills, orders that any beneficiary who challenges the Will or its bequests will be stripped of his or her own bequest.  As a result, what could have been a long, contested litigation was quickly resolved.

I continue to serve on the Board of Friends of Switzerland.  Our recent monthly Stammtisch luncheon speakers have included Switzerland’s Ambassador to the United States, Hon. Martin Dahinden, who spoke about Switzerland’s historic and ongoing humanitarian efforts around the world. Swiss-born Los Angeles Attorney Eric Weissmann shared his wealth of knowledge about the art of negotiation, honed over many years representing Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Hackman, and various Hollywood studios.  In other Swiss-related activities, I attended an event organized by Swissnex in Cambridge and the Canton of Basel-Stadt.  Hon. Baschi Dürr of the Basel-Stadt Executive Council attended and spoke.  Photos from the event are enclosed.

The American Council on Germany, for which I am Boston Chapter Director, has presented several speakers this Fall and Winter, including journalist Erik Kirschbaum, and foreign policy analysts, Dr. Jörg Forbrig, Dr. Thorsten Wetzling and Hans Kundnani.  We have successfully teamed up in the Boston-Cambridge area with the Goethe Institute and several of our world-class universities to present these speakers to our members, guests and the larger public and academic community. 

The ACG and FOSI have ongoing speaker programs throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me directly, or go to our firm’s website, www.redlichlaw.net, where you will find links to these organizations’ websites and events.  We welcome and encourage your interest and attendance at our speaker programs.

As I was recently invited to serve on the Management Committee of ij International Jurists, I attended its Management Meeting in London this past Fall. Being involved with International Jurists not only extends our firm’s reach, but also that of our clients, with direct and personal access to a large network of distinguished law firms throughout the world.  Should you ever need legal assistance outside of the U.S., I would be pleased to make an introduction to one of our member firms.  Our next Annual Meeting will be held in Burgas, Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast this June.

We continue to practice in a wide range of legal areas, including corporate, business and commercial law, trials and appeals, real estate issues, employment, discrimination, divorce and university law.  If you have any questions about our areas of practice or about any legal matters where we can be of assistance to you or someone you know, please do not hesitate to call on me.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

                            Kindest personal regards,
                            Marc Redlich



Marc Redlich with Polish Honorary Consul Marek Lesniewski-Laas and Elizabeth Laas.

Marc Redlich with Basel-Stadt Executive Councilor Baschi Dürr.

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