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January 8, 2018

EVW Welcomes John T. Morin As New Partner

Mr. Morin has spent forty years practicing law and that fact only scratches the surface of his experience in the field. He has shown a professional versatility that is a tremendous asset to clients. He has served both at trial and in the appellate courts throughout the United States, and has represented clients who reside or are headquartered in 19 foreign countries. He has extensive experience not only in litigation, but also in alternative dispute resolution and arbitration.

November 28, 2017

EVW Partner Martin Garbus To Attend Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival

The festival was created to allow private screenings of documentaries. In the ten years since its inception, the popularity of documentaries has exploded, thanks to the changing media landscape that has created a multitude of new platforms with a need for substantive content. One of those who has stepped up and produced quality content is Mr. Garbus’ daughter Liz.

October 31, 2017

High-Profile Client Of Martin Garbus Making A Movie About His Life

Eaton & Van Winkle partner Martin Garbus, the head of our Civil Rights Practice areas, has counseled many high-profile clients over the course of his career. The name of Santider Dhillon can be added to that list, as Mr. Dillion prepares a film about his life.

September 21, 2017

EVW’s Paul Homsy To Address Global Leaders In Real Estate Summit In New York

The GLRE Summit brings together the top dealmakers, investors and other players on the global stage from both public and private equity markets. The speakers are chosen for their ability to identify investment structures that will provide an optimum yield at a time when investors need to look beyond traditional markets and think creatively.

August 31, 2017

How The Application Of Alice Endangers Innovation

*In a recent post, I discussed the problems with the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2014 case of Alice Corp vs. CLS Bank International, the chilling effect it was likely to have on innovation and the logical somersaults it requires one to perform in order to have an understanding of patent law. To demonstrate the problem, here are recent cases and examples of patents already being invalidated.

August 28, 2017

Why The Supreme Court Must Revisit The Alice Precedent

In the 2014 case of Alice Corp vs. CLS Bank International, the Court ruled that patents regarding an electronic escrow service were invalid on the grounds they were abstract principle and their implementation on a computer did not transform them into patentable subject matter. Though the case did not directly involve software, it was correctly seen as having a significant implications in this area. The question has to be posed to the Court—in what world does software engineering innovation not constitute a “new and useful process”?

July 21, 2017

EVW Wins Ruling For Pete Rose In U.S. District Court

Martin Garbus and Joseph Johnson, on behalf of Pete Rose, sued former MLB investigator John Dowd for defamatory statements he made about Rose on Philadelphia radio

July 21, 2017

EVW Wins Defense Verdict After Two-Week Trial In U.S. District Court In Employment Discrimination Suit

Martin Garbus and Robert Gross won a defense verdict for the CEO of a New York City hospital after a two-week jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

July 12, 2017

FINRA Makes Rule 4530 Changes Regarding Reporting Requirements

In 2016 the DOL made changes to its fiduciary rule. Therefore, FINRA made corresponding changes in its existing Rule 4530 regarding Reporting Requirements. New Rule 4530 Reporting Requirements, became effective on June 9, 2017. It includes a new Problem Code 69 to report customer complaint information and information relating to required documents. These additions can be found under Rule 4530 (f) and (g).

July 12, 2017

EVW Represents Air Industries Group in Public Offering of Common Stock

Vince McGill and Mark Orenstein represented Air Industries Group in connection with its recently completed underwritten firm commitment public offering of 5,175,000 shares of common stock.

July 12, 2017

Eaton & Van Winkle Represents American Lung Association in Merger with Eight Chartered Associations

Brendan Marx, Mark Orenstein and Mathilde Diana represented American Lung Association, in connection with the merger of eight chartered associations.

July 10, 2017

Client Alert: FINRA Rules 3270 & 3280 Under Review

FINRA Rules 3270 (Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons) and Rule 3280 (Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person) are being reviewed through FINRA’s public comment process. Both current Rules provide regulatory guidelines for firms to…

June 16, 2017

The Need To Stabilize FRAND…Quickly

In a recent column, I discussed the emerging storm clouds surrounding FRAND—fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing rates and the need to put FRAND back on stable footing. Recent developments have only increased the importance of stability. For example…

June 9, 2017

Client Alert: What The Changes To FINRA Rule 2210 Mean

On April 25, 2017 FINRA released its new guidance for Rule 2210 (Communication with the public)…The rule includes all communications between a business and a private person when the content relates to the product or the service of a firm. Firms then have to retain records of the business communication made.

June 7, 2017

Client Alert: Analyzing The Revised FINRA Sanction Guidelines

These new guidelines are the result of a suggestion made by the National Adjudicatory (NAC), which is a self-regulatory 15-member committee composed of industry and non-industry members that serve as an appellate tribunal for disciplinary cases. The goal was to ensure that the guidelines reflect recent developments in the disciplinary process, comport with changes in FINRA’s rules, and accurately reflect the levels of sanctions imposed in FINRA disciplinary proceedings

June 5, 2017

Client Alert: SEC Approves Rules to Protest Against Financial Exploitation of Seniors (17-11)

Effective February 5, 2018, new FINRA Rules 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults) and 4512 (Customer Account information) will protect seniors and other specified adults from financial exploitation. The definition of “specified adult” in Rule 2165 covers those investors who are particularly susceptible to financial exploitation, among which are natural persons aged 65 or older and natural persons aged 18 or older who the member reasonably believes has a mental or physical impairment that renders the individual unable to protect his or her own interests.

May 31, 2017

Client Alert: What The FINRA Rule 2232 Amendments Mean

In November 2016 the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a rule proposal of FINRA that requires disclosure for transactions conducted by FINRA members with non-institutional customers. Dealers have to disclose on retail customer confirmations their mark-ups and mark-downs on most municipal and corporate bond transactions, calculated from the bond’s prevailing market price (PMP).

May 30, 2017

Client Alert: SEC Approves Amendments to the Customer and Industry Codes of Arbitration Procedures Broadening Chairperson Eligibility in Arbitration (17-04)

The Amendments to Rules 12400 and 13400 were announced by the SEC on January 3, 2017 and became effective on January 9, 2017. The goal of these amendments is to expand the roster of arbitrators who might be eligible to serve as a public chairperson in each hearing location. An attorney is now eligible for the chairperson roster if he or she has completed chairperson training and served as an arbitrator through award on at least one arbitration ( instead of originally two) administered by an SRO in which hearing was held.

May 24, 2017

Client Alert: SEC Approves Amendments to the Codes of Arbitration Procedure Regarding Motions to Dismiss (17-02)

On January 3, 2017 the SEC announced amendments to FINRA Rules 12504 and 13504 regarding Motions to Dismiss. The Amendments state a new ground for arbitrators to act on motions to dismiss prior to the conclusion of the claimant’s case in chief and are effective January 23, 2017. Prior to the Amendments arbitrators could not act upon a motion to dismiss prior to the conclusion of the non-moving party’s case in chief. An exception was only made when the arbitrators determined that…

May 2, 2017

The Trouble with FRAND and SEPs–We Cannot Litigate our Way Out.

In a free economy, there exists an inherent tension between the need to encourage individual innovation and the need for shared action between economic actors. FRAND—fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms—has been a means for finding the appropriate balance. Therefore, recent developments in the courts and in arbitration regarding the interpretation of FRAND have serious implications for inventors and the global economy as a whole.

April 17, 2017

EVW Partner Paul Lieberman Quoted In ACA Insights Regarding Third-Party Transaction Fees

Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. is an advisory firm and broker-dealer that recently accepted a $300,000 fine from the SEC to settle allegations the firm failed to disclose to clients the need to pay transaction fees to third-party brokers. ACA Insights, ran a story on the Stifel case and its implications. EVW partner Paul Lieberman was quoted in the article.

April 13, 2017

Getting Beyond “No”: The Art Of A Successful Conflict Mediation Process

Maxim Waldbaum has spent more than forty years as a successful conflict mediator, particularly in the arenas of patent, copyright and trade secret cases. A partner at Eaton & Van Winkle, Mr. Waldbaum has been called upon to give presentations teaching others how to work through contentious negotiations and find a settlement workable for all parties. What follows is a general outline of the principles he has found most effective.

March 22, 2017

Client Alert: Capps Vs. Mondelez Sets New Precedent On Honest Belief Rule

An employer’s honest belief that employee violated its FMLA leave policy is adopted as new precedent in Third Circuit. By Read more

February 23, 2017

Q&A With EVW Partner Paul Lieberman

The Securities & Exchange Commission recently concluded a two-year investigation into conflicts of interest with Centre Partners Management, a public equity fund adviser based in New York. The conclusion was reached that three of the firm’s advisers had engaged in conflict-of-interest activities in having personal investments with a third-party service provider. The SEC levied a $50,000 fine in response. Eaton & Van Winkle partner Paul Lieberman joins us here for a Q&A to discuss the settlement, it’s implications and how firms can avoid becoming entangled in situations like these…

January 20, 2017

Martin Garbus Appears On Democracy Now; Advocates Peltier Clemency

Eaton & Van Winkle partner Martin Garbus made an appearance on the Democracy Now radio program earlier this week to make an appeal to President Obama for a pardon of Leonard Peltier before Mr. Obama leaves office at noon today. Democracy Now is an independent program that shuns corporate contributions and is co-hosted by Amy Goodman, an award-winning journalist. Her interview of Mr. Garbus this past week was one part of what has been a fervent effort by supporters of Mr. Peltier to gain an eleventh-hour pardon.

January 18, 2017

Martin Garbus Appears On The Nation Podcast; Advocates For Peltier Clemency

Mr. Garbus appeared on the program Start Making Sense, a 33-minute broadcast that includes luminaries such as former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, who discusses economic policy and also includes a review of the crazy year that was 2016. But the focus for Mr. Garbus was Leonard Peltier, for whom the clock is ticking…

January 12, 2017

Lead Prosecutor Supports Clemency For Leonard Peltier

EVW partner Martin Garbus represents Leonard Peltier, in his bid for clemency in what many believe to be a politicized conviction in a murder case dating back to 1975. The bid for clemency received a big boost this past week when no less than the lead prosecutor in the case, James Reynolds, joined the call for clemency.

December 22, 2016

A Pardon For Leonard Peltier? Read Why EVW’s Martin Garbus Says Yes

In the past week, President Obama granted clemency to 231 individuals in federal prison. One of those was not Leonard Peltier, and that is something Eaton & Van Winkle partner Martin Garbus is working to rectify.

December 14, 2016

EVW Partner John Driscoll Helps Client Secure $60 Million Credit Facility

John Driscoll represented Star Brands North America, Inc and Godiva Chocolatier, Inc in connection with a $60 million US/Eurodollar credit facility arranged by Bank Of America London.

November 23, 2016

Why Do I Need A Partner To Enter The American Market?

The right local partner can help you establish yourself in the American market and will work hard to assure your success because your partner has as much to gain from your collaboration as you do. As entrepreneurs invested in and knowledgeable about the American market, they can save you a great deal of time and help you to avoid mistakes that you might not anticipate as a foreigner in the U.S. market. The right local partner earns its share and has your back. With some luck, a little bit of flexibility and a lot of patience, the relationship should remain that way.

November 22, 2016

The Legal Definition Of Patentable Subject Matter: Q&A With EVW Partner Maxim Waldbaum

What constitutes patentable subject matter? It’s an important topic in the Intellectual Property Law community and for economic and technological development at large. Eaton & Van Winkle partner Maxim Waldbaum is critical of how the courts and the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) have handled this issue. He joins us here for a Q&A to outline the basic parameters of the current landscape

November 22, 2016

EVW Partner Martin Garbus Reviews Book About Solitary Confinement

Hell Is A Very Small Place is a collection of essays where prisoners held in solitary tell their firsthand stories of a practice that has been denounced by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, yet is widely practiced in the United States penal system. The work includes the testimony of penal experts who examine the practice and effects of solitary confinement from a variety of angles.

November 2, 2016

Trust In Business: The Essential Core Of International Transactions

…the inability of those who manage enterprises that are trying to determine if the sum of the parts can be greater than the whole to discuss the smallest details concerning what they do and why they do it – information that would be the topic of conversation on the 7:40 train out of Syosset – assures from the start that any effort of one to learn about the culture and the business of the other is destined to fail.

October 7, 2016

EVW & Tigress Financial Partners Combine Legal & Finance Expertise

Eaton & Van Winkle is pleased to announce a new professional relationship with Cynthia DiBartolo, Esq, the founder of Tigress Financial Partners. Ms. DiBartolo will serve as counsel to the firm. Tigress is an independent investment banking and brokerage firm, with all the appropriate credentials—registration with the SEC, a Registered Investment Adviser and a member of FINRA, MSRB and SIPC.

September 16, 2016

Saudi Vision 2030: Opportunities and Challenges

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted two ambitious development and transformation programs, Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program) to Read more

September 12, 2016

$60 Million Claims In CMG Holdings Group v. Wagner Will Go Forward Says U.S. District Judge.

The plaintiff, represented by EVW partner Lawrence Steckman sued several companies and former officers and employees for RICO damages.

September 9, 2016

EVW’s Stephen Kramer Named To Mergers & Acquisitions and Joint Ventures Panel

EVW counsel Stephen Kramer has been named as a new member of the new AAA/ICDR Mergers & Acquisitions and Joint Read more

July 15, 2016

EVW Partner Martin Garbus Handling Pete Rose’s Defamation Lawsuit

Eaton & Van Winkle partners Martin Garbus & Joe Johnson are representing former major league baseball great Pete Rose in his defamation lawsuit against John Dowd, who oversaw the 1989 investigation that resulted in Rose’s being banned from baseball.

June 20, 2016

Eaton & Van Winkle Partner Authors One Of Top Viewed Stories on Law360 – Speaks Out About Supreme Court & PTO Decisions That Erode Value of IP In Leading U.S. Industries

Mr. Waldbaum opines that the Supreme Court “has helped destroy the value of the sorts of innovations that once upon a time set our country apart from the world” and that the “U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the courts are dismantling some of our country’s most important advances and innovations by manipulating basic definitions of rights given inventors under 35 U.S.C. §101.” We urge attorneys and business people who value technological progress and IP rights to read Mr. Waldbaum’s article

May 27, 2016

Lipsky v Commonwealth United Corp & Its Progeny – Still An Unresolved Question

The Touro Law Review recently published an article by EVW partners Lawrence Steckman and Joe Johnson. The article addresses the question of when a litigant, in making its own allegations, can draw on the allegations from a separate complaint.

May 19, 2016

Are SEPS Being Properly Evaluated Under Today’s Standards?

During the week of May 1, the Antitrust America Institute provided a report to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission requiring SSOs to be sanctioned for violations of SEP guidelines by patent owners or potential infringers/licensees. Although SSOs are not entirely transparent as to how they work, in these industries, their members include impressive public and private sector professionals.

May 19, 2016

EVW Partner Paul Lieberman Quoted In ACA Article On Compliance

What happens when the Chief Compliance Officer requires supervision himself? That was the pertinent question is a recent case that came before the Securities & Exchange Commission and the result was an investment firm losing its registration, on top of the over $800,000 in funds that were allegedly misappropriated.

May 17, 2016

ENFISH V MICROSOFT CORP: Federal Court Rules Software Protection Still Exists

On May 12, 2016, the Federal Circuit in Enfish v Microsoft Corp., Civ 15-1244, found that the possibility of protection for software still exists, even though about 75% plus of all cases since Alice have declared software and financial systems and methods ineligible under 35 USC §101.

May 5, 2016

EVW Counsel Chris Colvin Interviewed By Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Magazine On Organization For In-House Professionals

Eaton & Van Winkle partner Chris Colvin is the founder of In The House, an organization dedicated to the professional networking needs of in-house counsel. Mr. Colvin’s vision of a network where in-house counsel could get to know each other, both personally and on the professional level, today has 23,000 members. Mr. Colvin sat down with Metropolitan Corporate Counsel for their May 2016 issue to discuss what In The House does and where it is going.

April 20, 2016

EVW Partner Files Supreme Court Brief In Sequenom IP Case

Eaton & Van Winkle is proud that our partner Dr. Charles Miller is a co-author of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s (NYIPLA) amicus curiae brief, which was filed today in the United States Supreme Court in support of Sequenom, Inc.’s petition for a writ of certiorari.

April 13, 2016

What The Defend Trade Secrets Act Means For IP Protection

Among the four principal forms of IP protection – patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets – only trade secret misappropriation currently lacks a civil cause of action under Federal law. That may be about to change.

April 6, 2016

Eaton & Van Winkle Counsel Chris Colvin to Speak on Internet of Things Panel

Chris Colvin, a partner in Eaton & Van Winkle’s IP and Litigation Sections, and the co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity Law & Data Privacy Group, will be joining a distinguished panel of IoT experts, including the Senior Director of Consumer Affairs for Microsoft Corporation and the General Counsel of Quirky, Inc.

March 25, 2016

How Outside Counsel Can Support The In-House Legal Team

Chris Colvin is a partner at Eaton & Van Winkle with over twenty years of experience in intellectual property law and commercial litigation. Chris is also the founder of In The House (, the world’s fastest-growing private network for in-house counsel, which currently has 23,000 members worldwide. In this Q&A, Chris discusses the purpose of In The House and how law firms and in-house counsel can work together more efficiently

March 14, 2016

EVW Partner Authors Supreme Court Brief In Important IP Case

Eaton & Van Winkle partner Charles E. Miller is the principal author of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s amicus brief filed in support of Milo Shammas’ petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in a case involving a trademark registration application… At issue in Mr. Shammas’ petition was whether the PTO can include attorney fees in its tally of “expenses” that can be recovered from the plaintiff (Shammas) in a civil action against the Government under a section of the Lanham Trademark Act.

February 9, 2016

EVW Wins Multi-Million Dollar Appeal Before New York Appellate Division

EVW Succeeds On Appeal in obtaining the reaffirmation of rule that felon may not employ the courts to recover the fruits of his crimes.

February 4, 2016

EVW Partner Paul Lieberman Discusses Fee Refund Disclosure In ACA Insights

EVW’s Paul Lieberman was quoted in the context of discussing the issue of Equinox’s failure to refund $5.4 million in overcharges to Fund Frontier, even after being made aware of the overcharge by an independent auditor. The quote appeared in the most recent edition of ACA Insights, the official publication of the ACA Compliance Group.

January 13, 2016

Eaton & Van Winkle LLP Client Alert

Over the past few years a previously little-known law firm in western Pennsylvania has filed over 100 lawsuits against corporations for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”). The twist is that most of these cases are not based on traditional ADA violations such as a failure to provide wheelchair access to “brick and mortar” retail stores. Rather, many are based on alleged violations related to issues that are not expressly covered by the ADA…

January 8, 2016

Eaton & Van Winkle LLP Client Alert

There are four important conclusions to draw from the SEC’s sanctions against the auditors of Grant Thornton LLP. Read them all here in this concise breakdown of the sanctions.

December 21, 2015

The Proposed New SEC Practice Rules: EVW’s Paul Lieberman Contributes To The NJSBA Response

On December 4, 2015, the SEC sought public comment on the proposed new practice rules. EVW partner, Paul A. Lieberman, a member of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Lawand Litigation & Arbitrationpractice areas, participated as a Comment Letter drafter, along with several members of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Committee.

December 18, 2015

EVW’s Martin Garbus Wins First Amendment Libel Case

…the court refused to allow CAIR to shore up its legal deficiencies… The case raises libel questions that have never been decided.

November 24, 2015

EVW’s Martin Garbus Appears On Allan Wolper Radio Show

Award-winning journalist Allan Wolper hosts the radio program Conversations With Allan Wolper on WBGO 88.3 out of Newark, NJ. EVW partner Martin Garbus, who heads up the First Amendment Law group, appeared on the November 23 program. Listen to the interview here

November 12, 2015

EVW’s Martin Garbus Wins Appeal In Cuban Five Visa Case

Martin Garbus, who leads the Eaton & Van Winkle Civil Rights Law Group, won a legal victory in Great Britain on November 11. Rene Gonzalez, one of the “Cuban Five” represented by Mr. Garbus had initially been refused a visa by the British Department Of State after he was invited to address Parliament. On November 11, 2015, the British Court of Appeals granted Mr. Gonzalez a visa.

November 11, 2015

Eaton & Van Winkle SEC Client Alert

On Sept 22, 2015, the SEC announced its settlement of an administrative cease-and-desist proceeding through imposition of remedial sanctions against R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc., an SEC-registered investment adviser. This is the first enforcement matter establishing a willful violation of Rule 30(a) of Regulation S-P under the Securities Act of 1933, known as the “Safeguards Rule.” This proceeding is instructive for its itemization of the advisor’s failures over an extensive time period.

November 5, 2015

EVW’s Martin Garbus In Washington To Support Leonard Peltier’s Clemency Petition

Martin Garbus, who heads up Eaton & Van Winkle’s Civil Rights Law Group, was in the nation’s capital last week to gain support for a clemency petition on behalf of Leonard Peltier. Mr. Peltier was wrongfully convicted in a June 1975 shootout between FBI agents and Native Americans at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

November 3, 2015

Eaton & Van Winkle LLP and the Arab Banking Corporation Host a Luncheon With H.E. Sheikh Abdullah A. Alireza at EVW’s Offices

Eaton & Van Winkle is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the Arab Bankers Association of North America, we will be hosting a luncheon for H.E. Sheikh Abdullah A. Alireza. The November 19 event will focus on U.S.-Saudi Arabian business opportunities and will run from 12:30-2 PM at our offices in New York City. Seating is very limited and those interested should immediately e-mail or call 212-599-3030

October 26, 2015

Martin Garbus To Speak At All Lives Matter Rally

Eaton & Van Winkle partner Martin Garbus, one of the foremost civil rights lawyers in the country, will be speaking at the All Lives Matter rally in Times Square. Attorney Garbus will join his voice with other prominent figures, ranging from Quentin Tarantino to Spike Lee to Harry Belafonte and Anthony Apaih. EVW is proud to support Mr. Garbus as he speaks up for human dignity at this critical phase in our country’s history.

October 20, 2015

Chris Colvin, Leading IP Attorney And Commercial Litigator, Joins Eaton & Van Winkle As Partner

EATON & VAN WINKLE LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher A. Colvin has joined our firm as a Partner and will be a significant addition to the Intellectual Property Law, Litigation and Arbitration and Media & Entertainment Law Practice groups.

Mr. Colvin has more than twenty years of experience handling all types of IP and Business Litigation matters across every industry and technology area…

October 19, 2015

An Evening With Legendary Banker William R. Rhodes

Eaton & Van Winkle LLP is proud to announce a special reception with the former vice chair of Citibank. Learn more and RSVP today.

October 16, 2015

An Interview With Eaton & Van Winkle’s Martin Garbus

Categorised by Time magazine as “legendary”, Martin Garbus has made a career out of supporting the unsupportable. Many of his clients, political dissidents that have cried out for his help as a last resort in the face of harsh and heavy sentencing. He has also represented many well known 20th century icons, such as, Vaclav Havel, Andrei Sakharov, Nelson Mandela, Salman Rushdie during his “Satanic Verses” period, Lenny Bruce, Al Pacino, and many more.

October 7, 2015

Eaton & Van Winkle LLP Client Alert

It is time for planning and scheduling of the firm’s Annual Compliance Meetings and Risk Management Assessment. Here are Key Action Steps (KAS) that will assure that your Compliance and RM Processer are meaningful for management, staff and sales professionals…

September 29, 2015

Super Lawyers 2015 Names Five Eaton & Van Winkle attorneys; Tabs Two More As Rising Stars

The honor of “Super Lawyer” is one that comes from an independent selection process that uses extensive research and incorporates peer evaluation. The legal talent at Eaton & Van Winkle stood out during this process, with five lawyers earning the highest designation of “Super Lawyer” and two more singled out as “rising stars” in the profession.

September 27, 2015

EVW’s Martin Garbus Celebrated For Role In U.S.-Cuba Accord

EVW partner Martin Garbus was congratulated by Raul Castro at the United Nations for his role in the negotiations that led to the December 17, 2014 rapprochement between the United States and Cuba and, as well, his role in representing for five years the “Cuban Five,” exchanged for Alan Gross.

September 22, 2015

EVW’s Robert D. Katz Gives IP Presentation In Hong Kong & Beijing

Robert D. Katz, Esq. of the Intellectual Property Group gave a presentation at the 7th Annual United States-China Intellectual Property Institute in Hong Kong on August 6-7, 2015 on the topic “The United States Supreme Court, Patent Law, and Its Effect on Technology.”

August 4, 2015


A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit serves as an important reminder that US federal law provides a statutory device by which parties engaged in foreign legal proceedings can seek discovery in the United States in order to aid their claims or defenses.

July 27, 2015

EVW Partner Alan Van Praag To Serve As Panelist At London Shipping Law Centre Seminar

EVW Partner Alan Van Praag has been invited to serve as a panelist at the prestigious London Shipping Law Centre during a seminar to be held on October 1, 2015 titled “Liens Across the Atlantic.”

July 22, 2015

EVW Secures Dismissal of $45 Million Federal Securities Fraud Claim

EVW Partner Lawrence Steckman obtained a with prejudice dismissal of class plaintiffs’ amended pleading, which alleged Rule 10b-5 securities fraud claims against an auditor of a China reverse merger company.

June 22, 2015

EVW Partner Joe Johnson Obtains An Affirmance Before The Appellate Division, First Department

Commercial litigation partner Joe Johnson won an affirmance before the Appellate Division, First Department, of a major ruling in New York State Supreme Court denying the motion for summary judgment filed by the general counsel for a New York Hospital regarding his breach of contract claim against the Hospital.

June 22, 2015

New Saudi Stock Exchange Rule Opens Up Opportunity For Foreign Investors

Saudi Arabia, after several years of consideration, has allowed foreign institutional investors to directly own publicly listed shares on the Tadawul, the Saudi stock exchange

June 12, 2015

Eaton & Van Winkle Partner Paul Lieberman Quoted In ACA Article Regarding Best Practices For CCO’s.

The focus of the article was on “nightmare scenarios” frequently faced by CCO’s in performing their functions, including possible regulatory sanctions.

March 6, 2015

EVW’s Paul Homsy To Address Global Interdependence Center Conference

On April 16, EVW partner Paul Homsy will be speaking at the Global Interdependence Center (GIC) conference on business opportunities Read more

February 27, 2015

Financial Services Attorney Paul Lieberman Joins Eaton Van Winkle As Partner

EATON & VAN WINKLE is pleased to announce that Paul A. Lieberman has joined our firm as a partner and Read more

February 18, 2015

EVW Partner Explains How To Protect Investment Firms From Ponzi Schemes

From the article, “Ponzi Scheme Charges Against Adviser Make the Case for Effective Monitoring,” published in the February 2, 2015 Read more

January 15, 2015

Partner Martin Garbus Publishes Letter In New York Times

Eaton and Van Winkle civil rights and First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus has published a letter on the New York Read more

December 10, 2014

What Not To Do When You Hire An Expert Witness

What’s the #1 mistake to avoid when you hire an expert witness? EVW partner Steven Wolfe is the first of Read more

November 18, 2014

EVW Closes $100 Million Credit Facility and Loan for Turkish Company

John Driscoll of the Turkish Practice Group assisted by Vince McGill of the Corporate Practice Group represented DeMet’s Candy Company in connection with a $100,000,000 Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan

November 7, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus’ Client A Key Part Of United States-Cuba Negotiations

Eaton and Van Winkle partner Martin Garbus is a key player in negotiations between the Obama Administration and the Cuban Read more

November 3, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus To Be Interviewed On “Death Row Stories”

Eaton and Van Winkle Partner Martin Garbus is being interviewed for Robert Redford’s television series “Death Row Stories” which features Read more

October 24, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus Will Appear On The Charlie Rose Show October 24th, 2014

Eaton & Van Winkle Partner Martin Garbus will appear on the Charlie Rose show which will air on October 24, Read more

October 23, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus Appears On Charlie Rose Show To Debate Floyd Abrams

Eaton and Van Winkle partner, Martin Garbus, a First Amendment attorney, appeared on the Charlie Rose show to debate Floyd Read more

October 22, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus Interviewed On Geraldo Rivera Show October 17, 2014

On October 17, 2014, Eaton & Van Winkle Partner Martin Garbus appeared on  the Geraldo Rivera show along with Bernard Read more

October 17, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus Interviewed by Michael Slate About Los Angeles Times Op Ed

Eaton & Van Winkle partner Martin Garbus was interviewed by Michael Slate on October 8, at 4:30 pm EST, regarding Read more

September 30, 2014

Attorneys David Gerstein and Brendan Marx Represent Oscar Gruss & Son Inc.

Eaton & Van Winkle Partner David M. Gerstein, assisted by Partner Brendan Marx, represented the shareholders and subordinated lenders of Read more

September 24, 2014

EVW Partner Martin Garbus Interviewed On Geraldo Rivera Show About His Counsel To The Cuban Five

Eaton & Van Winkle Partner, Martin Garbus, counsel to the Cuban Five, was interviewed this week on the Geraldo Rivera Read more

September 21, 2014

EVW Partner Stephen Nagler To Announce The Closing Of MedPro’s First Investment

EVW Partner Stephen Nagler, Executive Director of MedPro Investors, LLC will announce the closing of MedPro’s first investment. MedPro Investors Read more

September 11, 2014

EVW Partner Martin Garbus is counsel to the so-called “Cuban Five.”

EVW Partner Martin Garbus is counsel to the so-called “Cuban Five.” On September 11, the Justices on the International Commission Read more

September 10, 2014

EVW Partner Martin Garbus Receives The James Joyce Award

Eaton and Van Winkle Partner Martin Garbus, head of EVW’s Civil Rights and First Amendment practice groups, has received The Read more

September 3, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus Interviewed By The Wrap About Recent Celebrity Photo Breach

On September 3rd, 2014 Eaton & Van Winkle Partner, Martin Garbus was quoted in the online issue of in Read more

September 2, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus Interviewed By Reuters About Recent Celebrity Photo Breach

On September 2nd, Eaton & Van Winkle Partner, Martin Garbus was quoted in the online issue of in an Read more

August 18, 2014

Partner Maxim Waldbaum Listed In The Guide To The World’s Leading Trademark Lawyers For 16th Year

For an impressive 16th year in a row, Eaton & Van Winkle Partner Maxim Waldbaum was recently listed in “The Read more

August 6, 2014

Partner Martin Garbus Receives Award From University Philosophical Society, Trinity College

In August 2014, Eaton & Van Winkle Partner, Martin Garbus was given a prestigious Honorary Patronage Award from the University Read more

July 14, 2014

Partner Robert Katz of Eaton & Van Winkle’s Intellectual Property Win Trademark Cancellation Proceeding in China

Partner Robert Katz of Eaton & Van Winkle’s Intellectual Property Group prevailed in a trademark cancellation proceeding in China. Eaton Read more

May 22, 2014

Lawrence Steckman Prevails as Special RICO Counsel

May, 2014 Partner Lawrence Steckman, acting as plaintiff’s special RICO counsel, defeated defendants’ motions to dismiss for failure to state Read more

May 7, 2014

Robert Katz Prevails in Cancellation Proceeding

May, 2014 Partner Robert Katz prevailed in a cancellation proceeding before the Chinese Trademark Office. A third party had registered Read more

April 26, 2014

Mac Waldbaum Mediates for Two Entities Using The Same Mark

April 2014 EVW Partner Mac Waldbaum mediated two separate case last month on consecutive days both to a successful conclusion, Read more

April 15, 2014

Mac Waldbaum Wins for Jeweler SABIKA Against Online Sellers

April 2014 Partner Mac Waldbaum successfully litigated a case for the well known jeweler SABIKA against one of the largest Read more

April 6, 2014

John Driscoll Elected 3rd-time Vice President of the TACCI

April, 2014 EVW Partner John Driscoll was elected Vice president of the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TACCI) Read more

March 19, 2014

Robert Swetnick Wins Case With NY State Industrial Board of Appeals

March, 2014 EVW Partner Robert Swetnick successfully tried a case before the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals. His Read more

March 11, 2014

Martin Garbus Succeeds in Dismissing a Free Speech Case

March 2014 EVW Partner Martin Garbus succeeded in dismissing much of a lawsuit which, at its core, is a free Read more

March 6, 2014

EVW Attorneys Martin Garbus And Joseph Johnson Win Arbitration Brought Against Filmmaker

In March 2014, Eaton & Van Winkle attorneys Martin Garbus and Joseph Johnson were successful in representing an award-winning documentary Read more

February 28, 2014

Robert Swetnick Negotiates DA’s Dismissal of 27 Misdemeanors

February, 2014 EVW Partner Robert N. Swetnick successfully negotiated the consent of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to the Read more

February 27, 2014

Robert Swetnick Helps Fire Command Co. Acquire Assets

February, 2014 EVW Partner Robert N. Swetnick represented Fire Command Co. Inc. in its acquisition of all of the assets Read more

February 25, 2014

Peter Cross Wins Freedom For Client Wrongly Convicted Of Murder

EVW Partner Wins Freedom for Prisoner Accused of Murder after 18 Years in Prison — and is Now Suing for Read more

February 19, 2014

EVW Partners File Lawsuit Over Authentication of Sculpture

February 2014 EVW Partners Michael Lacher and Adam Rader filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit in federal court against the Calder Read more

February 16, 2014

EVW Dismisses $45M Securities Fraud Class Suit

Attorney, Lawrence Steckman, co-head of EVW’s Securities Fraud Litigation Group and EVW’s litigation team obtained dismissal with prejudice of a securities fraud complaint seeking in excess of $60 million against an outside auditor for alleged GAAP and PCAOB violations.

February 12, 2014

Michael Lacher and Robert Rubenfeld Close Manhattan Commercial RE Deal for $20M

February 2014 EVW Partners Michael Lacher and Robert Rubenfeld closed a $20 million dollar commercial retail condominium transaction in Manhattan Read more

February 6, 2014

Ted Semaya Serves as Expert for the US Dept of Commerce

February 6-7, 2014 – Tbilisi, Georgia – Partner Ted Semaya served as an expert specialist at the invitation of the Read more

January 28, 2014

Ted Semaya Hosts Judicial Delegation From Kosovo

January 27, 28, 2014 – New York, New York – On January 27th, International Litigation Partner Ted Semaya hosted a Read more

January 27, 2014

EVW Closes $221M Acquisition & Merger For Turkish Company

Attorney John Driscoll, head of EVW’s Turkish Practice Group and the EVW M&A team represented Yıldız Holding AŞ, an international food and beverages group headquartered in Turkey, in its $221 million acquisition of DeMet’s Candy Company.

January 27, 2014

EVW Closes $221M Acquisition & Merger For Turkish Company

January 27, 2014 EVW closes $221 million acquisition and merger. EVW represented Yɪldɪz Holding AŞ, an international food and beverages Read more

December 24, 2013

EVW Dismisses $20M Claim

Attorney Steven Wolfe representing the estate of a celebrated art dealer, obtained dismissal, with prejudice, of an action brought by the Calder estate for more than $20 million for alleged improper retention of estate assets.

December 24, 2013

Steven Wolfe Wins Case Against Calder Estate

December 24, 2013 EVW PARTNER OBTAINS VICTORY IN WIDELY PUBLICIZED LITIGATION. A front page New York Times article on October Read more

November 15, 2013

Mac Waldbaum Obtains Injunction Against Jewelry Infringers

November 15 2013 – EVW’s IP litigators obtained a permanent injunction against defendant jewelry infringers. Partner Mac Waldbaum, leading the Read more

October 30, 2013

EVW Partners Prevail In An Opposing Motion To Dismiss RICO Act Claims

October 2013 – Partners Alan Van Praag and Edward Floyd successfully argued that the United States District Court for the Read more

October 25, 2013

Lawrence Steckman Wins Dismissal of $20M Rule 10b-5 Fraud Suit

October 2013 – CONGRATULATIONS to Eaton Partner Lawrence Steckman who recently acted as defense counsel to an outside auditor in Read more

October 22, 2013

Steve Nagler Chairs Venture Capital Panel at ioContact 2013

October 2013 – Partner Steve Nagler attended ioContact 2013 in Quebec City where he chaired a venture capital panel and Read more

October 20, 2013

Robert Swetnick Wins $600K Judgment Against Jewelry Company

October 2013 – Partner Robert N. Swetnick obtained a partial summary judgment award in excess of $600,000.00 against a jewelry Read more

October 18, 2013

Ted Semaya Chairs Program for Legal Delegation from Brazil

October 2013 – Partner Ted Semaya chaired a program at the New York County Supreme Court with Alexandra B. Carter, Read more

October 16, 2013

Robert Swetnick Helps NYC’s First Hungry Howie’s Pizza

October 2013 – Partner Robert N. Swetnick negotiated the franchise agreement and leasehold for the establishment of the first Hungry Read more

October 10, 2013

Robert Swetnick Successfully Defends Against Claim For Breach of Covenant

October 2013 – Partner Robert N. Swetnick successfully defended a claim for breach of a covenant not to compete by Read more

October 7, 2013

Paul Homsy Lectures on Islamic Finance at the 2013 C3 Summit

October 2013 – Paul Homsy spoke on Islamic finance at the annual C3 Summit (, which was held at the Read more

September 25, 2013

Law360 Quotes Lawrence Steckman on Rule 10b-5 Class Suit

September 25, 2013 – Law360 quoted EVW partner Lawrence Steckman regarding the dismissal of a Rule 10b-5 class suit against Read more

September 20, 2013

Steve Nagler on Financing Biotech and Medical Device Companies

September 2013 – Partner Steve Nagler attended a medical conference in Salt Lake City and discussed financing of emerging biotech Read more

September 17, 2013

Lawrence Steckman Successfully Defends Auditor Firm Against Rule 10b-5 Securities Fraud

September 2013 – Partner Lawrence Steckman defended an outside auditor firm against securities fraud claims in New York’s Southern District. Read more

September 13, 2013

Robert Swetnick Wins At State Liquor Authority

September 2013 – Partner Robert N. Swetnick was successful in having the State Liquor Authority deny three separate applications for Read more

September 2, 2013

EVW Partners Stop Respondent From Acting as Own Agent

September 2013 – In a special proceeding pursuant to NY CPLR article 4, partners Alan Van Praag and Edward Floyd Read more

August 15, 2013

Lawrence Steckman Successfully Defends Firm Against Rule 10b-5 Securities Fraud Claim

August 2013 – Partner Lawrence Steckman defended an outside auditor firm against securities fraud claims in New York’s Southern District. Read more

May 15, 2013

Partners Argue Substitute Security Funds and Maritime Liens

Partners Alan Van Praag and Edward Floyd, with corresponding counsel in Louisiana, successfully argued that funds which had been deposited Read more

March 13, 2013

EVW Partners Win Arbitration For Filmmaker Sued Over Film

Partners Martin Garbus and Joseph Johnson were successful in representing an award-winning documentary filmmaker sued for defamation for the contents Read more

January 5, 2013

Lawrence Steckman Successfully Defends Tech Company in $15 Million Action

CONGRATULATIONS to Eaton partner Lawrence Steckman, who recently represented a technology company in an action filed in Utah district court Read more

December 1, 2012

EVW Wins Injunction and Damages Against Celebrity Journalist

Bob Churchill and Rob Gross obtained injunctive relief and damages against a celebrity journalist who aired an interview with an Read more

October 31, 2012

EVW Partners Succeed in Terminating Chapter 15 Recognition of Indian Bankruptcy

Partners Alan Van Praag, Edward Floyd and Robert Gross successfully obtained an order from the United States Bankruptcy Court for Read more

October 20, 2012

EVW Successfully Defends Against Defamation Lawsuits Over Anonymous Blogs

Partners Martin Garbus, Joseph Johnson and Edward Floyd successfully defended Jon Carnes against defamation lawsuits brought against him by Chinese Read more

May 31, 2012

Ted Semaya on Competitiveness in Int’l Dispute Resolution

On May 19, 2012, Partner Ted Semaya was a member of a panel on New York’s Competitiveness in International Dispute Read more

May 31, 2012

Lawrence Steckman Successfully Defends Law Firm Sued For $50M Fraud Suit

Partner Lawrence Steckman was defense/appellant’s counsel to an opinion-counsel law firm seeking $50 million in damages for an alleged fraud-induced loan.