SKM provides tough, experienced and effective counsel in all types of complex commercial and business litigation in the federal and state courts. Our partners and associates are experienced in all phases of such litigation – from pleadings through discovery and motion practice, to trial, verdict and appeals.
The hallmark of our approach is careful early analysis of the issues and thorough preparation of the facts and law together with a keen understanding of our client’s objectives. Although SKM strives to avoid protracted and unnecessary litigation by exploring settlement options at an early stage in any litigation, we are prepared to take our clients’ cases to trial when necessary to vindicate our clients’ rights.
SKM adeptly handles litigation of commercial cases arising out of complex corporate, real estate and business disputes. Often, such disputes involve a multiplicity of legal claims and defenses, as well as numerous parties. Key to handling such matters effectively is our ability to identify the most essential legal and factual issues early in the litigation, and to conduct effective, focused discovery to establish the evidence supporting our clients’ legal position.
Our clients in complex commercial cases span the globe: from major FORTUNE 500 and international companies and financial institutions, to federal, state and local government agencies and authorities, as well as prominent local businesses and executives.
With extensive experience resolving business disputes resulting from a variety of corporate contracts and similar transactions – as well as disputes among shareholders and partners in various business organizations – SKM’s attorneys combine the requisite knowledge and experience with business law, corporate organizations and governance together with sophisticated financial sense, to litigate such matters effectively.
Real Estate and Land Use Litigation:
SKM is experienced in all forms of litigation resulting from contracts for the purchase, sale, development, division and use of real property and real estate investment transactions. SKM represents clients in disputes over ownership (quiet title actions), boundaries, or other conflicting rights concerning the use and enjoyment of property.
In addition, SKM is regularly called upon to represent clients in actions to challenge land use determinations, such as those of a Zoning Board of Appeals. In New York, these are known as Article 78 proceedings. SKM has experience on both sides of these disputes: representing both private individuals and corporations challenging land use decisions affecting them, as well as the municipalities and Board’s that makes these determinations.
With extensive experience in all forms of regulatory proceedings and permit disputes resulting from the enforcement of the federal and state environmental laws and regulations, including Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and CERCLA matters, SKM handles matters involving compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review ("SEQRA") Act.
Our clients include private parties and individuals, as well as municipal and other governmental agencies subject to such laws and regulations.
Skilled in the area of intellectual property rights, SKM’s attorneys have handled matters involving claims resulting from federal copyright, trademark and unfair competition laws, including the Lanham Act and similar state unfair competition laws.