Experience

Mr. Churchill has been the lead attorney in numerous jury and non-jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts, both in New York and nationwide. He also regularly represents clients in arbitration hearings before the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, and the National Association of Securities Dealers, as well as securities industry members and member firms in regulatory proceedings before such agencies.

Mr. Churchill has provided business advice and litigation representation to other law firms in connection with their legal matters, including their disputes with former partners. His litigation and commercial representation has extended to numerous industries, including real estate, retail operations, manufacturing, law, accounting, financial services, entertainment, fashion, securities, medical service, architecture and design.

Areas Of Concentration

Mr. Churchill’s practice concentrations include:

Complex federal and state commercial litigation

  • Partnership and business ownership disputes
  • Charitable organizations
  • Broker-dealer and broker-customer securities arbitration, and securities regulatory matters

Representative Litigation Matters

  • Established landmark rule through a Federal District Court decision to the effect that charitable organizations such as that represented by Mr. Churchill were not engaged in commerce and therefore were not subject to defenses based upon the antitrust laws of the United States.
  • Represented clothing design firm in international dispute with Japanese trading company concerning multimillion dollar contract and achieved complete success by obtaining maximum possible damages at the end of trial before a jury in Supreme New York.
  • Successfully defended company and individual officers who were guarantors of obligations for extensive computer systems, on the ground that the computers were not new but reconditioned, and obtained a jury verdict in favor of defendants on all claims and received an award of punitive damages against the computer leasing company.
  • Successfully represented charitable organization in landmark dispute regarding recovery of assets from a disenfranchised former affiliate.
  • Successfully represented music retailer in action against the then largest music retailer in the United States and obtained money damages and an injunction closing a chain of retail stores operated by the defendant on the ground that they violated plaintiff’s trademark rights and obtained appellate decisions affirming such decisions on appeals through the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Represented prominent international businessman in litigation against celebrity journalist, and obtained judgment barring journalist from using interview materials, and awarding client damages, including multimillion dollar punitive damages.

Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District, New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District, New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • California Superior Court, Los Angeles County, pro hac vice admission
  • U.S. District Court, New Jersey (Newark), pro hac vice admission
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, pro hac vice admission
  • Connecticut Superior Court, pro hac vice admission

Education

  • New York University (J.D.), 1971
  • Colby College (B.A.), 1967