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New York, New York – February 13, 2017 – Meister Seelig & Fein LLP today announced that Jonathan A. Roberts has joined the firm as a Partner, expanding the firm’s litigation practice in the areas of whitecollar defense, government investigations, and regulatory enforcement.

Roberts, who comes to the firm from Ernst & Young, has 20 years of experience as an SEC enforcement lawyer, in-house counsel, and in private practice. His practice spans a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, and commercial litigation. Roberts’ broad experience includes successfully handling governmental investigations before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and other federal and state regulators.

Prior to joining MSF, Roberts was Senior Global Legal Counsel at Ernst & Young, handling litigation and regulatory matters. He also spent several years in London at EY Global’s headquarters, where he managed regulatory enforcement matters for EY Global, and assisted EY member firms in responding to enforcement and litigation matters, particularly involving U.S. regulators. Prior to joining EY, Roberts was Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in New York, where he handled investigations and litigation related to financial fraud, market manipulation and insider trading.

“Jonathan’s expertise adds new depth to our ability to service our clients in the white collar, enforcement, and investigations space,” said MSF Managing Partner Mark Seelig. “We are committed to growing our litigation practice to meet these needs.”

“I am excited to join MSF and its talented team,” Roberts said. “I am confident that the firm will provide a sturdy base for me to expand its services in the white collar, enforcement, and investigations arena.” Founded in 1994, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP is a full-service commercial law firm comprised of 70 attorneys, with its headquarters in midtown Manhattan and offices in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The firm provides a broad range of legal services to its clients in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, corporate, employment, intellectual property, technology, entertainment, taxation, and trust and estate law.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Jonathan A. Roberts

New York, New York – February 1, 2017 – Meister Seelig & Fein LLP today announced that it has recruited Michael R. Ertel as a Partner in its Intellectual Property Group to expand the firm's intellectual property litigation practice to include pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Ertel, a registered patent attorney with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property, concentrates his practice in the area of Hatch-Waxman litigation on behalf of generic pharmaceutical companies. Such clients also retain Ertel to represent them in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He comes to the firm from the New York office of Texasbased Haynes and Boone.

The addition of Ertel significantly bolsters the firm's Life Sciences practice. "Mike's Hatch-Waxman expertise adds new depth to our ability to service our generic pharmaceutical clients," said MSF Managing Partner Mark Seelig. "We are committed to growing our Life Sciences Group and continuing to enhance our ability to serve the generic pharmaceutical industry."

Ertel's experience includes a successful four-week Hatch-Waxman trial involving a pharmaceutical product with more than $6 billion in annual sales. He has also successfully handled a broad range of other Hatch-Waxman litigations and PTO proceedings covering numerous therapeutic categories, including proton pump inhibitors, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antineoplastic agents, aromatase inhibitors, hypnotic agents, partial dopamine agonists, anti-thrombotic agents, and chemotherapy agents.

"I am excited to add Hatch-Waxman and Life Sciences expertise to the talented bench of MSF intellectual property attorneys," Ertel said. "I am confident that the firm will provide a sturdy base for me to support my generic pharmaceutical clients with respect to all aspects of their IP-related needs."

Founded in 1994, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP is a full-service commercial law firm comprised of 70 attorneys, with its headquarters in midtown Manhattan and offices in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The firm provides a broad range of legal services to its clients in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, corporate, employment, intellectual property, technology, entertainment, taxation, and trust and estate law.

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America gets its first developer-in-chief
The Real Deal, January 20, 2017

TRD also caught up with Trion Real Estate Management’s’ Louis Pfaff, Ackman-Ziff broker Jason Meister and his father Stephen Meister, a former attorney for Trump. All three are proud supporters of the new POTUS.

“This was my guy,” Pfaff said with a smile. “The whole dynamic, it was definitely change.”

“No one but Trump could have awakened the sleeping giant,” said Stephen Meister on his way to Friday’s ceremony.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

MSF proudly supports “Mastering the Metropolis,” an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York exploring the role of zoning in the development of New York City.

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Paul Rutigliano coordinated “Career Journeys,” for the Torch Foundation’s Raising the Bar Division for young professionals. Benjamin Movtady chaired the discussion with Peter A. Marchetto, President, Americas, for Tishman Construction and Jeffrey Meaney of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York presenting.

Attorneys Mentioned: Benjamin Y. Movtady, Paul Rutigliano

MSF congratulates Katherine E. Lewis on her appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Bronx Museum of Art.

Attorneys Mentioned: Katherine E Lewis

Lawrence Bartelemucci presented “Everything You Need to Know About Construction Insurance,” at the 2016 Associated General Contractors of New York State Conference.

Attorneys Mentioned: Lawrence J. Bartelemucci

On November 4, 2016, Matt Chung, an attorney in Meister Seelig & Fein LLP’s Intellectual Property Group, will present as a panel speaker during the “Startup IP Forum” in New York City, hosted by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), a state-funded trade and investment promotion organization operated by the government of South Korea. The title of the presentation will be “Legal Considerations in the Use of Open Source Software.” Mr. Chung will address hot-button topics related to open source software, including the use of open source software to increase profitability, as well as legal risks attendant to certain open source licenses. A native Korean speaker, Mr. Chung will speak in Korean during the presentation to as many as 50 Korean startup companies and subject matter experts.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Matthew H. Chung

Katherine E. Lewis Appointed To NCLS Board
Press Release, October 25, 2016
Katherine E. Lewis of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP has been appointed to serve on the board of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS), a 14-member joint standing committee of the America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Science and Technology. NCLS was established in 1974 with the goal of promoting a better understanding of science among lawyers and judges, and of the legal system among scientists, and to improve communications between those groups. In furtherance of these goals, NCLS is an advisory body to the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. Throughout its history, NCLS has been at the leading edge of exploring issues at the interface of science and law and has recently been exploring the intersection of human rights and cultural heritage preservation issues through the application of science and technology. Ms. Lewis serves as co-chair of the Science & Technology Section’s Museums and Arts Law Committee and member of the SUNY Center for Global Innovation’s Jurisprudence Work Group. She has also been appointed to the ABA Science & Technology Section's Leadership Council, and as of September 1, 2016, has been elevated to Co-Chair of the Section's Interdisciplinary Division and Co-Chair of its Program Committee.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Katherine E Lewis

Matthew Kasindorf was recently honored by the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Real Estate Division for his leadership in the industry and support of FIDF.

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New York, New York -- August 26, 2016 – Meister Seelig & Fein LLP announced that a federal judge in Miami has refused to dismiss a lawsuit which the firm filed on behalf of New York Giant defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul against ESPN and its reporter Adam Schefter for wrongfully publishing Mr. Pierre-Paul’s private medical records without his consent.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Kevin A. Fritz, Mitchell Schuster

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Naftali thinks that he will be able to avoid paying millions of dollars he rightfully owes Sigoura and Popkin by bringing this frivolous suit,” Stephen Meister, an attorney for the duo, told TRD on Wednesday. “We remain hopeful he’ll decide to do the right thing.”

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

But circumstances appear to have changed since then. “We’re hoping it [the exit] would be amicable, and we gave Mr. Naftali every opportunity to be amicable,” said Stephen Meister, attorney for Sigoura and Popkin. “But he is not being amicable and is not honoring his agreements.” Meister added that while Sigoura and Popkin worked at Naftali, they had been receiving a share of the profits. The complaint does not specify what projects Sigoura and Popkin believe they are owed money on.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

The legal spat between Bill Ackman’s hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management and special servicer CWCapital over the $5.3 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village is going into the next round.

In a letter supporting its motion to dismiss Pershing Square and Winthrop Realty Trust’s $500 million lawsuit, CWCapital’s attorneys called the suit “offensive,” “entirely out of bounds” and “glaring with legal deficiencies.” CWCapital also filed a motion on Thursday to recover its legal costs and “impose sanctions” on the plaintiffs and their attorney, Stephen Meister of Meister, Seelig and Fein.

Meister, in turn, dismissed the accusations. “(CWCapital’s attorney) Greg Cross admits every single allegation of my complaint and I believe not only is his motion entirely frivolous but I believe we will prevail,” he told The Real Deal.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Young-adult book series The Monkey King’s Daughter by Todd A. DeBonis will be adapted into a feature film based upon a screenplay written by DeBonis. Roman Kopelevich's Red Sea Media is handling international sales for the film and will introduce it to buyers in Cannes.

The movie will be an official Chinese co-production slated to shoot in December, 2015 in China and Canada.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Elaine M. Rogers

MSF's Howard Davis delivered a webinar on "The Risk of Hiring Private" for Caring People. Click the link below to watch the webinar.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Howard Davis

“If you live in the Atelier, and you want to go to the pool in your own building in January, you have to put on boots and a parka and go outside onto 42nd Street and enter through a door on the street — a pool that was advertised as your own amenity,” Atelier lawyer Stephen Meister explained of the suit.

Atelier owners are seeking $100 million in punitive damages from Moinian, whose spokesman called the suit “without merit” and “baseless.”

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Stephen Meister, their attorney, said that under Moinian's new plans, the wealthy residents of the Atelier who paid millions for their apartments will have to go out onto the sidewalk to access the health club while the Sky residents will have direct access from their building through a tunnel into the Atelier.

"Moinian is treating the Atelier owners as second class citizens by making them go out into the street to access to a pool in the basement of their own building," Meister said.

"They are being forced to wear boots instead of flipflops, down coats instead of bathrobes when they want to go for a swim in the middle of January. Meanwhile, the tenants in the Sky building are getting unfettered access to the Atelier building," he said.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

“CWCapital breached its agreement with Pershing and Winthrop when it secretly foreclosed on the equity collateral,” the plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Meister of Meister, Seelig & Fein LLP told The Real Deal. Pershing Square and Winthrop seek $500 million in damages “plus punitive damages or rescission of the (October 2010) agreement,” according to the suit.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Stephen Meister, an attorney who represents Ralph and David, dismissed the allegations as “nonsense.”

“Ralph is a good guy and he’s made hundreds of millions of dollars for his family, and he hasn’t diverted a dime,” Meister said. He added that it was the other way around: that Ralph did all the deals “and his brothers take credit for it.”

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Ocean Grill Sues UWS Landlord for Forcing It to Shutter
Commercial Observer, December 22, 2015

“My client’s complaint speaks for itself,” Ocean Grill’s attorney Stephen Meister of Meister Seelig & Fein, told CO. “We intend to hold GTIS Partners accountable for their breach of the lease.”

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Eddie sued the two bothers for $30 million in February, alleging they misappropriated funds from the family business and made unauthorized sales of properties.

Tuesday’s decision by New York State Supreme Court Judge Jeffrey Oing states that Eddie failed to show that Ralph was personally obligated to him.

Stephen Meister, an attorney for Ralph and David, said that "it is a shame when one brother sues another, especially over jealousy."

"Unsurprisingly, Eddie’s completely baseless suit was dismissed," Meister added. Joseph Lipari, Eddie’s attorney, declined to comment.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Kassin’s attorney Stephen Meister defended the suit's merits in a statement, saying, "NY law is clear: a party to a contract cannot prevent its performance. That’s what Lichtenstein did to the broker he hired — getting millions in the process — and why my client will prevail."

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Obeid filed suit against his partners last year after they opted to sell the properties against his wishes. He claimed that the partners were trying to freeze him out.

Obeid’s attorney, Stephen Meister, said the bankruptcy maneuver was unnecessary and stemmed from the partners' "jealousy of Mr. Obeid’s success."

"This bankruptcy is ridiculous," he said.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

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