November 2012 Newsletter

   Marc Redlich with
Hon. Paul Seger, Swiss Ambassador to the UN.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    I hope you and your family are doing well after this tumultuous Fall season.  Over the past six months, we have been involved in a number of successful matters that I thought you might like to know about.

    Recently, I was involved in a very interesting and delicate matter for a client whose family member was a defendant in a civil action.  Because my client had helped to finance, and became owner of, certain property earlier owned by the relative, he was also named as a defendant in the action.  Instead of spending a great deal of money to defend the case, we were successful in bifurcating the claims against my client from the underlying case against the relative.  In the end, although my client voluntarily chose to participate in the ultimate settlement, he was relieved of what turned out to be very substantial litigation and trial expenses.

    In similar fashion, we represented the landlord of a Boston  office building who was on the verge of being pulled into a dispute between a former tenant and its subtenant.  Based on my counseling, the landlord stayed out of the litigation between the other two parties, but helped to mediate the dispute, which is now being settled.  Again one of the key factors was that although the amount involved was not “small change”, the litigation costs to my client – indeed to all of the parties – did not justify fighting rather than settling.

    We were retained by two European organizations to help them fashion employment and consulting agreements.  One organization is very large, the other small; one a for-profit, and the other a non-profit; and the issues were unique to each situation.  Both negotiations turned out positively for the clients.  I enjoy these opportunities to work with European clients and to help bridge the gap between the way business and employment issues are handled in Europe and in the U.S.  After many years of representing both U.S. and foreign-based organizations, I find that the experience I’ve gained can be of great help to companies and individuals from other countries who are embarking on ventures here in the States.  I find the differences are not just in our disparate laws, regulations and business practices, but also cultural in terms of understanding and being responsive to the concerns and very often different expectations, of both sides.  This continues to be a very enjoyable part of my business practice. 

    Similarly, I was involved in working with a dual- citizenship family in resolving a dispute with a major European bank.  The dispute involved what we have all heard about, and in some unfortunate cases experienced: a computer hacker inducing the bank to transfer my client’s bank funds to a distant and non-refundable location.  Cyber-piracy has become a growing wave that is of great concern to our government, banks, large corporations and individuals alike.  Where even large, sophisticated organizations cannot always prevent intrusion and fraud, individuals have even less resources to protect themselves from these ever-changing kinds of schemes.  Despite the disparity in the size of the parties in my case, we were able to work out a very early and successful resolution for my client.

    This past Spring, I attended a presentation by the Consul General of Mexico, Hon. Daniel Hernandez Joseph, that was sponsored by WorldBoston, which is affiliated with the World Affairs Council.  I have worked with WorldBoston on several collaborative matters on behalf of the ACG over the years.  Consul General Hernandez Joseph spoke about Mexican-U.S. relations and the important issues that affect both of our countries.  As is so often the case, there are different expectations and perceptions of what those issues consist of and how best to resolve them.  Good faith discussions and creative problem-solving efforts are needed to maintain and further the good relations between our two countries.

Friends of Switzerland held its Annual Stratton Prize Dinner this past May, and the award recipient this year was Dr. Iris Bohnet, Academic Dean of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Professor Bohnet, who was born and educated in Switzerland, came here early in her career, and has risen admirably to her present role.  In addition to her substantial administrative responsibilities, she has published in the area of Behavioral Economics, focused on improving decision making, often with a cross-cultural or gender perspective. 

Earlier this Fall, I was invited to the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Switzerland joining the United Nations.  I attended that event in New York and had the privilege to meet the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, Ambassador Paul Seger. 

    I also participated in a luncheon organized by the German Consul General in Boston, which featured a talk by Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, a former Member of the German Bundestag (Legislature), and now Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.  Photos from these events are attached.

    The ACG and FOSI will continue to have interesting programs in the coming year.  If you’d like to learn more about these organizations, you can contact me or go to our firm’s website, www.redlichlaw.net, where you will find links to these organizations’ sites.

    We have had a productive six months in what is still a difficult, but slowly improving economy.  As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to represent our clients and to have been successful on their behalf.

    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.

                                                   Kindest personal regards,
                                                    Marc Redlich


Marc Redlich with Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, Member of the German Bundestag and
Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Marc Redlich with Consul General of Mexico, Hon. Daniel Hernandez Joseph

2012 Stratton Prize Winner, Dr. Iris Bohnet with Marc Redlich. 
In the foreground, 2010 Stratton Prize Laureate, Dr. Hansjörg Wyss.

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