At the New York City office of Hinman, Howard & Kattell, our attorneys have developed a practice devoted to complex corporate and commercial litigation -- including arbitrations before JAMS, FINRA and the American Arbitration Association (AAA) -- construction-related litigation; trusts and estates; complex judgment enforcement (including prosecuting and defending piercing and reverse piercing claims); and representing financial institutions in commercial lending.
Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Our attorneys have broad experience and insight to guide the client on issues concerning virtually all areas of business and financial enterprises. Our professionals are skilled in the prosecution and defense of claims of every nature affecting our clients' businesses, including:
Derivative and shareholder actions and contests for corporate control
Intellectual property claims
Contract disputes and business torts, including unfair competition claims
Common law fraud claims
Fraudulent conveyance actions
Foreclosure actions and asset recovery suits
Insurance coverage disputes
Piercing and reversing piercing of the corporate veil
Labor and employment-law matters
Federal, state and city contracting and procurement, including Article 78 proceedings.
We represent clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, arbitrations, administrative law proceedings and before governmental agencies and other quasi-judicial tribunals.
Experienced in cutting-edge issues involving construction and property development, Hinman, Howard & Kattell has litigated such matters in the state and federal courts and at the American Arbitration Association. Representing owners, developers, sureties, general contractors, and subcontractors, both in public and private construction projects, we have broad experience in wide-ranging areas:
Prosecution and defense of:
Wrongful termination claims
Termination for convenience claims
Contract balance suits
Scope of work and change order claims
Lost profits claims
Delay damages claims
Consequential damages claims
Liquidated damages claims
Surety bond claims
Mechanic's lien claims
Defective design claims
Construction defects claims
Indemnity and contribution claims
Prevailing wage issues and union issues
Bid protest claims
Negotiation of resolutions to construction disputes
Mediation and ADR of construction disputes.
Finance and Real Estate Transactions
In our finance and real estate transactional practice areas, we represent institutional and private lenders, investors and borrowers in financial transactions of every description, including:
Debt and equity securities
Commercial paper facilities
Asset-based lending, term loans and revolving credits
Commercial real estate sales, purchases and leases
Land use and zoning
Restructurings and loan work-outs
Commercial real estate financing.
Trusts and Estates
Our trusts and estates practice includes:
Estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts
Drafting wills and trusts, including insurance trusts and trusts for minors
Lifetime giving and planning for the passage of control of family owned business succession plans, passing from one generation to the next
Contested and uncontested matters in the Surrogate's Court.