Fall 2014 Newsletter

Marc Redlich with former Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance,
and Republican Candidate for Governor, Charlie Baker
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

     I hope you and your family have had a good summer.  We in New England are eagerly awaiting the fall foliage season.   Over the past six months, we have been involved in a number of successful matters and events that I thought you might like to know about.

    You may recall that in my last newsletter I wrote about a young European doctoral candidate who ran into problems with his thesis advisor, which jeopardized his ability to obtain his Ph.D. after two years of effort working with that advisor. Due in part to my experience in university matters for many years, we developed a strategy whereby the candidate would explore different avenues within his university to complete his dissertation without the involvement of his previous advisor.  I saw this approach as potentially more effective and less expensive than my getting involved with a demand letter or litigation against this major educational institution.  The approach was successful.  My client completed his thesis, defended it before a panel of scholars and was awarded his Doctoral Degree this past Spring.  Sometimes, as they say, the less is the more.  The strategy worked and my client is now pursuing post-doctoral activities.

    I am involved presently in a Will contest, which promises to be quite interesting.  I was named as the executor of the decedent’s estate.  As in nearly all of my cases, I am making an effort to resolve the situation amicably.  If the matter cannot be resolved, then litigation will ensue.  This is an interesting situation because I took the precautions of speaking privately with the elderly testator before the Will was prepared and signed, and to have her examined by a psychiatrist as soon as she arrived in Europe following execution of the Will.  He confirmed that she was of sound mind at that time.  More on this as the matter progresses.

    I am also representing the mother of two young children, whose husband died after his sizeable life insurance policy had lapsed, and after his application for a new policy was denied.  The insurance company failed to provide the wife with notice of the lapse or the denial, and we are challenging their refusal to pay the life insurance proceeds to her.  We are still at the early stages, and again, if this case is not resolved favorably for the widow, we are prepared to litigate the issues involved.

    I had the pleasure of visiting Israel for the first time this past Spring, for the Annual Meeting of ij International Jurists.  This is the consortium of law firms from around the world, of which my firm is a member.  ij holds its Annual Meeting in one of its member firms’ cities.  This year we all met in Tel Aviv, where our Israeli colleagues, Strikovsky Gal & CO, practice, and they graciously hosted the conference.  All was peaceful and calm while we were there and we have many good memories of our colleagues and our trip.  Alas, shortly after our return, new fighting began between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. 

    The thing one is struck by is how small a country Israel is.  The car ride from Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast to Jerusalem, at the border with the Palestinian West Bank, was about an hour and a half.  To know this intellectually and from reading, or looking at maps is one thing; to experience how small Israel is and how close its borders are, is quite another.

    In January, I attended a conference in San Diego with my fellow Directors of the Eric M. Warburg Chapters of the American Council on Germany.  Our conference focused on how we, as Chapter Directors in nineteen cities around the country, can best promote goodwill and understanding between the U.S., Germany, and the other countries of the European Community.  We have sponsored luncheon and evening events with speakers from Germany’s press, government and academe on such topics as the tension between heightened security and personal privacy, rebuilding trust in the transatlantic relationship, the Euro and political economics, the proposed transatlantic free trade agreement, and the crisis in the Ukraine, to name just a few of the programs. 

    We have held many of these events in cooperation with the Goethe Institute of Boston, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, Harvard University’s Center for European Studies and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and as part of the ACG’s Dr. Henry A. Kissinger Transatlantic Speaker Program.  ACG speaker programs are now scheduled for this Fall including one in cooperation with Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe.  Attached is a photo of an event at Harvard’s Center for European Studies featuring a talk by Germany’s former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Guido Westerwelle.  Also attached is a photo taken at the German Conference at Harvard, which is supported by the ACG, with Reinhard Bütikofer, Co-Chairman of the European Green Party and ACG Vice President Helena Kane Finn.

    Friends of Switzerland also had a very interesting series of Stammtisch luncheon speakers over the past year, including speakers who have spent considerable  periods of time in Cuba and North Korea.  The Stratton Prize for 2014 was awarded to Steven G. Hoch, President of the American-Swiss Foundation, co-founder of Highmount Capital, LLC, and long-time supporter of Swiss-American relations.  The Stratton Dinner was a gala event held at the Harvard Club of Boston in June.

    This is also a very busy election year in Massachusetts, including the contest for Governor.  Attached are photos of the candidates, Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker, whom I had the opportunity to meet.

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

    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.  I also invite you to visit our website regarding interesting matters we have been involved in, and that have been reported in the national and local press.
    As always, if you have any questions about any legal matters where we can be of assistance to you or someone you know, please do not hesitate to call on me.
 early and successful resolution for my client.
                                                   Kindest personal regards,
                                                    Marc Redlich


Marc Redlich with Massachusetts Attorney General
and Democractic Candidate for Governor, Martha Coakley
Former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany, Dr. Guido Westerwelle with Marc Redlich

Marc Redlich with Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament and Co-Chairman of the European Green Party, and Helena Kane Finn, Vice President of the American Council on Germany

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