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Hudson Valley Magazine has released its 2021 list of the top lawyers practicing in the Hudson Valley and we’re thrilled to see our partner, Jeff Carton, included for his excellence in the field of Commercial Litigation.  This prestigious list includes many of the best legal professionals in the Hudson Valley, as voted on by their peers.

“It is a privilege to be chosen for this honor,” said Jeff Carton, “especially when it is from recommendations of your peers.  More importantly, it’s great to see the breadth and depth of legal talent that calls Hudson Valley “home.”  It’s a reflection of just how many experienced lawyers there are in our community.”

Happy New Year; we made it! While there are still many COVID-related challenges to overcome, the new year brings with it tremendous promise and opportunity. With that in mind, we’re pleased to share with you a few of the victories we celebrated at year’s end, and our unwavering optimism for the year ahead.

Stay safe (and healthy), and best wishes for 2021!

Physician’s Termination Overturned

In a stunning rebuke of a large, regional health care system and hospital, the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council (“PHHPC”) credited our complaint that the hospital “committed an improper practice” in terminating a physician’s medical staff privileges and membership. The PHHPC directed the hospital to reconsider their actions in light of the Council’s determination, marking a significant victory for (and vindication to) our physician client. Congrats to Jim and John for championing our client’s cause.

Widow’s Claim to Music Royalties Defeats Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

The widow of a famous music manager, and co-founder of an independent record label, defeated her late husband’s business partner’s motion to dismiss her claims to the on-going royalty payments being made in connection with the label’s recording artists and their publishing rights. Justice Lawrence H. Ecker (Westchester County) denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint concluding, in part, that the Company’s prior tax filings identifying the widow as an officer and shareholder of the company estopped the defendant from taking a contrary position in the litigation. Congratulations to Joe on his hard-fought victory..

Ford F-Series Class Action Receives Final Approval

On December 15, 2020, the Honorable Lawrence E. Kahn, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of New York, granted Final Approval of the nationwide class action settlement reached on behalf of Ford F-Series pickup truck owners. The Court’s ruling was the culmination of a nearly four year battle concerning the alleged failure of F-Series door latches to lock/latch properly in sub-freezing temperatures.

Notable Achievements

Congrats to Jeff for his selection as a Panelist to the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators. Jeff successfully completed his training in Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators and will now be eligible to serve as an Arbitrator in Commercial Disputes submitted to the AAA.

Best Lawyers in America has selected the firm as one of the best in 2021 in the area of Commercial Litigation.

Welcome back, Amber, who returns from maternity leave!

Congrats to our co-founder and partner, Jeff Carton, for being recognized in the recently published 2021 edition of Best Lawyers for his excellence in the field of Commercial Litigation.

Candidacy for Best Lawyers is based on professional excellence, with consistently high marks from clients and peers.

We’re delighted to see our colleague recognized with such an honor !

Uber passengers rejoice ! The Firm’s two-year battle against the New York Black Car Operators Injury Compensation Fund culminated in a decisive win last month. The Honorable Philip M. Halpern (SDNY) granted summary judgment in plaintiff’s favor, and certified the lawsuit to proceed as a class action. As a practical matter, the Court’s ruling prohibits black car companies (such as Uber and Lyft) from imposing a surcharge on non-cash gratuities, or what the lawsuit challenged as an impermissible “tax on tips.” Media coverage of the Court’s decision can be found at:

Law360 Article

We are pleased to announce that Jim Denlea, Jeff Carton and John Leifert have been selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list, by the publishers of Thomson Reuters, with Jeff receiving the special honor of being selected as one of the Top 25 Super Lawyers in Westchester County. In addition, Amber Wallace and Craig Cepler have been selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers New York Metro “Rising Stars” list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the State are selected to receive this honor.


James R. Denlea

Jeffrey I. Carton

Robert J. Berg

Lindsey Leibowitz

Amber Wallace

John Leifert

Joseph Licare

Craig Cepler

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