October 2008 Newsletter

H.E. Micheline Calmy-Rey
Marc Redlich with H.E. Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    I hope this letter finds you and your family well, and that you had a pleasant summer.

    Over the past six months we have been working on a number of interesting cases in which we have had some significant successes on behalf of our clients, and which I thought you might be interested in knowing about.

     Recently, we were asked to work as local counsel together with an out of state law firm in a very substantial case of corporate mismanagement and aiding and abetting on behalf of a bankruptcy case trustee.  We provided advice as to the specifics of Massachusetts law, which helped to facilitate a substantial settlement without the necessity of filing a complaint at court.  There is a confidentiality agreement, which prevents us from sharing any further details about that case.  We have been asked to work with a large New York law firm in a second, related matter, which is now pending.

     Over the past several years we have been involved in a number of litigation matters representing real estate developers.  Most recently, we have represented a joint venture junior partner in a dispute over control of the real estate portfolio with its larger, publicly-traded partner.  The matter has just started, but we were successful on a key preliminary motion early on, which was essential to set the process on an even keel going forward.

     In a recent discrimination case, we obtained a sizeable settlement for two clients who alleged sexual harassment by a senior executive of the company for whom they worked.  It was a very satisfactory resolution, accomplished through early preparation and mediation.  There is a confidentiality agreement, which prevents us from disclosing any details about the settlement.

    In the hotly contested divorce case referred to in my last letter, we received a very positive decision from the Court denying alimony or any other relief to the wife.  The wife was a judge, which made the case particularly challenging.  In any event, the matter is now over and our client is not burdened by any alimony obligations.  In addition, he was awarded certain contested antiques which the wife had removed from the family home.

    In a private aircraft contract dispute, we assisted Florida co-counsel in reaching a modest settlement of a large claim brought against our client.  He was one of several defendants named in the court action here.  Once again, this was accomplished early in the proceedings, before our client was even required to file a formal answer to the plaintiff’s complaint, and for far less than the anticipated costs of protracted litigation.

     This past May, Friends of Switzerland awarded its Julius Adams Stratton Prize to venture capital pioneer and entrepreneur, John A. Shane, in recognition for his activities on behalf of nonprofit charitable organizations and companies here in Massachusetts, as well as in Switzerland.  Recently I had the honor of being introduced to the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Micheline Calmy-Rey, who addressed a gathering organized jointly by the Swiss Consulate in Cambridge, Swissnex, and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.  Enclosed are photographs of these events.

    As you can see, we continue to be involved in some very interesting matters which have been very successful 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/school 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 do not hesitate to call me.  Or, if we can be of help in referring you to an attorney, for example in another state or in an area in which we do not practice, we would be happy to help find someone to assist you.

    In January 2009, our firm will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  It is hard to believe that it has been almost 25 years since we first opened our doors as the Law Offices of Marc Redlich, and that I have been practicing law almost 37 years.  While our anniversary is still a few months off, there is no time like the present to thank each and every one of our clients, past and present, and our colleagues who have referred cases to us and with whom we have worked collaboratively on matters over these past two and a half decades.  Last but not least, we would like to thank our bright, dedicated and creative staff, and our friends and family, who have helped us to reach this important and successful milestone.  It has been, and continues to be, a great pleasure and privilege to work with you. 

Marc Redlich


John A. Shane
Marc Redlich with John A. Shane at the Friends of Switzerland's Annual Julius Adams Stratton Dinner

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