May 2008 Newsletter

Robert Zoellick
Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank with Marc Redlich
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    I hope this letter finds you and your family well. 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 real estate- 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.  This 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 with a 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 represented 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 in there being nine different groups of parties.  The amount at issue 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 conclusion.  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 was resistant to resolution, despite the involvement of an expert mediator.  One of our positions at trial was that the case was in fact settled at the end of the mediation, and that the other side reneged on the settlement.  We have insisted that the settlement terms which were agreed to, be enforced by the Court.  We are awaiting the Court’s decision.  We continue to be involved in complicated divorce actions, especially those involving extensive assets and business transactions, or unusual property issues.  We 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 have been 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 swearing-in of our new Attorney General of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley.  I also 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 a 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 University.  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 interesting and 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 cases, or 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 and 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. 

Marc Redlich

Martha Coakley
Martha Coakley, Attorney General of Massachusetts with Marc Redlich

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Left to Right: Foreign Minister of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier,
Consul General Wolfgang Vorwerk and Marc Redlich

James Muyskens
Queens College President James Muyskens with Marc Redlich

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