Areas of Concentration

Mr. Cross’s areas of concentration include:

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate and Construction Litigation
  • Representing physicians in business matters relating to their practice
  • Representing Chinese companies entering and conducting business in the United States

Sample Clients

Mr. Cross represents:

  • Domestic and foreign businesses
  • Large and small businesses
  • Chinese state-owned enterprises
  • Physicians and their professional practices

Experience

  • Mr. Cross has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in construction defect, landslide and fire litigations involving hundreds of plaintiffs and multiple defendants in both the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • In the real estate field, Mr. Cross has litigated title, leasehold, partnership, mortgage, financing and zoning issues. He has defended corporations in litigation arising from the sale, acquisition and financing of businesses; conducted internal corporate investigations; represented corporations in connection with governmental investigations; and defended and prosecuted distributor and dealer termination cases.
  • In the environmental area, Mr. Cross has worked on CERCLA matters, the defense of claims arising from the sudden release of toxic gases, as well as efforts to obtain and apportion insurance coverage for environmental damage and remediation expenses.
  • For several years, Mr. Cross has worked with the Chinese Consulate in New York, the Ministry of Culture in China, and various cultural organizations and companies in the U.S. and in China to bring Chinese entertainment to the U.S. and vice versa. He was co-general editor of Entertainment Industry Contracts, a 10-volume series published by LexisNexis until 2010.

Representative Litigation Matters

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in litigation and mediation with another Fortune 500 company over allocation of asbestos related liabilities and claims. The matter was resolved through mediation and a procedure implemented to resolve future claims.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in a private arbitration with another Fortune 500 company over entitlement to insurance proceeds from the settlement of environmental insurance claims. The client obtained more than ninety percent of the recoveries, a sum in excess of $190 million.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in litigation with a public utility authority regarding the sale of the utility to a state-owned entity and obtained summary judgment for the client.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in successfully shutting down a foreign business that was illegally using the client’s trademark on television sets being sold in Europe and the Middle East.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in connection with SEC and Justice Department investigations of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Criminal charges were avoided.
  • Conducted an internal investigation of alleged Iranian sanctions violations.
  • Represented a manufacturer in connection with the settlement of a dispute with a state-owned company in the People’s Republic of China over personal injury and property damages claims arising from a toxic chemical release.
  • Represented a building owner in complex personal injury litigation resulting from an arson fire at a nightclub. Also successfully coordinated the owner’s defense of criminal charges which were dismissed.
  • Represented a major homebuilder in resolving litigation resulting from debris flows and landslides in California.
  • Represented a major homebuilder in resolving litigation resulting from a deep-seated landslide that impacted a housing development in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented a major homebuilder in construction and product liability litigation as well as product recalls in multiple jurisdictions in the U.S.
  • Represented a pump manufacturer in connection with litigation arising from the sinking of a fishing vessel in the Atlantic with all hands lost. Obtained dismissal of the suit against the manufacturer.
  • Represented a major hotel operator in contract litigation with the general manager of one of its premier properties.
  • Served as national counsel and trial counsel for the parent company of a computer manufacturer in repetitive stress injury litigation in various U.S. jurisdictions. Obtained summary judgment for the manufacturer in New York and other jurisdictions.
  • Served as national counsel and trial counsel for a manufacturer in connection with product liability litigation relating to boiler controls in various jurisdictions.
  • Defended against the attempted foreclosure of a first mortgage on a major shopping center and obtained a successful settlement.
  • Served as plaintiffs’ counsel in a class action suit against a sub-prime mortgage company for violating New York banking regulations in connection with such loans and obtained a settlement for the class.
  • In a series of cases in the Eastern District of New York, represented victims of real estate and mortgage lending predatory practices and obtained settlements in all such cases.
  • Represented the SIPC Trustee in bankruptcy proceedings relating to the liquidation of a brokerage firm.
  • On a pro bono basis, represented a man wrongfully convicted of murder and obtained his exoneration of all charges. Currently working on another wrongful conviction matter for an inmate who has been imprisoned more than fifteen years for a crime that never happened.

Admissions

  • New York, 1973
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1995