General in New York, Christoph Bubb
Friends and Colleagues,
I hope this letter finds you and your
and that you are enjoying the Fall weather. Here in Red Sox
nation, New England is enjoying a great competitive sports and weather
Since we sent you our last newslewtter,
helped to bring about successful resolutions to several diverse legal
matters. In one, we were retained at the request of an out of
state U.S. Bankruptchy Court Trustee to help recover assets for an
estate in bankruptcy. The primary business of the debtor was
render investment advisory services to clients. Those clients
included a number of prominent individuals in the Hollywood film and
entertainment industry. The bankrupt company and its
were the subject of extensive criminal and civil litigation.
efforts on the bankruptcy estate's behalf proved highly effective - we
were able to recover from two Massachusetts-based defendants the full
amount of the U.S. Trustee's judgment, a substantial sum including
interest and out of pocket expenses.
We continue to devote a fair percentage
practice to employment matters. In this area, we have been
responsible for some highly remunerative settlements for our
clients. In one, we settled a case on behalf of an executive
against a high-tech company and its directors, who together induced our
client to begin work for them, causing him to give up other lucrative
opportunities; the company then terminated him after only a few
months. It refused for technical resons to pay him the
package he had been promised. We were able to settle the case
favorable terms at the commencement of the litigation.
We brought about another substantial
against a very large international investment banking firm, which
terminated our client for what we believe was illegal age-based
discrimination. Our settlement resulted in a large severance
payment and preserved deferred compensation benefits for our
client. In a third case, we successfully settled a breach of
contract case, where the employer of our client, a senior executive,
failed to follow through on certain promises it had made as to salary,
bonus and severance. This case involved very interesting
of when the parties had reached a "meeting of the minds" so as to form
a contract, even though the contract documents had never been
signed. The company claimed no contract was ever
Nevertheless, we obtained a substantial recovery briefly after court
action was commenced.
In a still-pending case, we won two
cause" findings against a prominent local golf and country club that
fired our client a few weeks short of her sixtieth birthday.
employer insisted that its action was motivated by th need to reduce
its workforce. The Massachusetts Commission Against
Discrimination agreed with our facts and arguments that there was
probable cause to believe that the termination of our client was
motivated by age discrimation. Furthermore, the MCAD found
probable cause that the employer later retailiated against our client
even after her termination, as a result of her having filed the
underlying discrimation claim. The case is now in discovery
proceeding towards trial.
From time to time we have been retained
lawyers to represent them in their own legal problems.
we assisted an attorney sued for malpractice by an insurance company,
and were able to resolve the case for him, and thereby avoid expensive
and protracted litigation. We moved, in short order, to help
attorney avoid problems that had previously arisen in the litigation,
prevented the issuance of property attachmetns and soon settled the
case on favorable terms for the client.
The Friends of Switzerland, of which I
President, invited and was addressed by the recently appointed Consul
General of Switzerland in New York, Hon. Christoph Bubb. I
also pleased to meet Presidential advisor and commentator David Gergen,
who spoke at SHARE, the Swiss consulate in Cambridge, In my
as Chairman of the Music Committee of the Harvard Club of Boston, I had
the pleasure of hosting our annual Horblit Classical Concert, featuring
talented young student musicians at Harvard. This year's
also featured the renowned pianist, Prof. Robert Levin, and violinist
Daniel Stepner, playing Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata on period
instruments. It was a very special evening for our members
guests. Photos of these events are attached. As
you have any questions about or interest in any of the organizations
with which I am involved, please let me know.
We are now comfortably established in
offices in downtown Boston. We invite you to stop by and
in our new space when you are in town.
The last several months have been
successful for our clients and our firm. We continue to
in a wide variety of legal areas, including trials and appeals, general
business and commerical 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 do not hesitate to call me.
As always, kindest personal regards.