Zoellick, President of the World Bank with Marc Redlich
Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this letter finds you and your
We have had a number of successes, some of which represent the
culmination of months, if not years, of work and effort, which I
thought you might be interested in knowing about.
We have been involved in a number of
related matters. For instance, we recently brought to a
conclusion several years of litigation in a matter involving disputes
over issues and control of a condominium building in Boston.
was one of those situations where several different cases arose, all
interrelated, which went back and forth from the State Superior Court
and Land Court to the Appeals Court. The case was resolved
negotiated settlement that obtained for our client control of the
condominium and its business activities. The litigation thus
complemented the business negotiations in which the ultimate goals of
the client were achieved.
In another real estate-related case, we
the developers of a condominium project near Boston, which had problems
with one of the major operating systems. The condominium unit
owners association sued the developers, claiming negligence in the
design of the system. Numerous “third party
defendants” were then brought into the case, which resulted
there being nine different groups of parties. The amount at
was large, but not large enough to justify nine different sets of
parties expending the substantial sums that would have been necessary
for pretrial activities, discovery and trial of the case, with the
additional possibility of appeal. The group of defendant
developers whom I represented encouraged the other parties to join us
in seeking to resolve the case by settlement. Eventually a
mediator was engaged to assist in coming to an overall settlement
figure, as well as the individual amounts which each of the parties
would contribute to the resolution. After months of efforts,
communications and negotiations over the settlement terms and
documentation, the case has been brought to a final
Minimal discovery was engaged in and as a result, the parties all
settled the case for less than it would have cost each of them to
litigate the case. This was a successful outcome of a very
complicated construction litigation case.
We recently tried a divorce case, which
resistant to resolution, despite the involvement of an expert
mediator. One of our positions at trial was that the case was
fact settled at the end of the mediation, and that the other side
reneged on the settlement. We have insisted that the
terms which were agreed to, be enforced by the Court. We are
awaiting the Court’s decision. We continue to be
in complicated divorce actions, especially those involving extensive
assets and business transactions, or unusual property issues.
have also been working on a sexual harassment case, one of the more
egregious that I have encountered over the years, as well as other
cases involving employment discrimination. We have several
employment cases moving towards trial.
I would also like to mention that we
retained on a number of occasions by large firms in New York, Miami and
other cities to work with those firms as local counsel in matters which
need to be negotiated or tried in Massachusetts.
Not long ago, I was invited to the
our new Attorney General of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley. I
attended a ceremony at Harvard law School, where Robert Zoellick,
former U.S. Trade Representative, and now Chairman of the World Bank,
was given the Harvard Law School Alumni Association Award. As
result of my activities with the American Council on Germany, I was
invited to attend an address and reception by the Foreign Minister of
Germany, Hon. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, which was held at the Fogg Art
Museum and the former President's House at Harvard
Photos of these events are attached.
Also, I was pleased to be invited to
serve on the
Advisory Board of Queens College and have been involved in events and
activities on behalf of the College in my role as Chairman of the
Boston Chapter of the QC Alumni Association.
These last six months have been very
successful both for our clients and our firm. We continue to
practice in a wide variety of legal areas, including trials and
appeals, general business and commercial law, real estate issues,
employment, discrimination, divorce and university law.
If you have any questions about these
about any legal matters where we can be of assistance to you or someone
you know, please don’t hesitate to call me. To our clients
colleagues, we would like to take this opportunity to express our
continued appreciation for your loyalty and confidence in our
firm. As always, kindest personal regards.