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New York, New York – February 13, 2017 – Meister Seelig & Fein LLP today announced that Jonathan A. Roberts has joined the firm as a Partner, expanding the firm’s litigation practice in the areas of whitecollar defense, government investigations, and regulatory enforcement.

Roberts, who comes to the firm from Ernst & Young, has 20 years of experience as an SEC enforcement lawyer, in-house counsel, and in private practice. His practice spans a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters, including government investigations, internal investigations, and commercial litigation. Roberts’ broad experience includes successfully handling governmental investigations before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and other federal and state regulators.

Prior to joining MSF, Roberts was Senior Global Legal Counsel at Ernst & Young, handling litigation and regulatory matters. He also spent several years in London at EY Global’s headquarters, where he managed regulatory enforcement matters for EY Global, and assisted EY member firms in responding to enforcement and litigation matters, particularly involving U.S. regulators. Prior to joining EY, Roberts was Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement in New York, where he handled investigations and litigation related to financial fraud, market manipulation and insider trading.

“Jonathan’s expertise adds new depth to our ability to service our clients in the white collar, enforcement, and investigations space,” said MSF Managing Partner Mark Seelig. “We are committed to growing our litigation practice to meet these needs.”

“I am excited to join MSF and its talented team,” Roberts said. “I am confident that the firm will provide a sturdy base for me to expand its services in the white collar, enforcement, and investigations arena.” Founded in 1994, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP is a full-service commercial law firm comprised of 70 attorneys, with its headquarters in midtown Manhattan and offices in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The firm provides a broad range of legal services to its clients in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, corporate, employment, intellectual property, technology, entertainment, taxation, and trust and estate law.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Jonathan A. Roberts

New York, New York – February 1, 2017 – Meister Seelig & Fein LLP today announced that it has recruited Michael R. Ertel as a Partner in its Intellectual Property Group to expand the firm's intellectual property litigation practice to include pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Ertel, a registered patent attorney with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property, concentrates his practice in the area of Hatch-Waxman litigation on behalf of generic pharmaceutical companies. Such clients also retain Ertel to represent them in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He comes to the firm from the New York office of Texasbased Haynes and Boone.

The addition of Ertel significantly bolsters the firm's Life Sciences practice. "Mike's Hatch-Waxman expertise adds new depth to our ability to service our generic pharmaceutical clients," said MSF Managing Partner Mark Seelig. "We are committed to growing our Life Sciences Group and continuing to enhance our ability to serve the generic pharmaceutical industry."

Ertel's experience includes a successful four-week Hatch-Waxman trial involving a pharmaceutical product with more than $6 billion in annual sales. He has also successfully handled a broad range of other Hatch-Waxman litigations and PTO proceedings covering numerous therapeutic categories, including proton pump inhibitors, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antineoplastic agents, aromatase inhibitors, hypnotic agents, partial dopamine agonists, anti-thrombotic agents, and chemotherapy agents.

"I am excited to add Hatch-Waxman and Life Sciences expertise to the talented bench of MSF intellectual property attorneys," Ertel said. "I am confident that the firm will provide a sturdy base for me to support my generic pharmaceutical clients with respect to all aspects of their IP-related needs."

Founded in 1994, Meister Seelig & Fein LLP is a full-service commercial law firm comprised of 70 attorneys, with its headquarters in midtown Manhattan and offices in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The firm provides a broad range of legal services to its clients in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, corporate, employment, intellectual property, technology, entertainment, taxation, and trust and estate law.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Michael R. Ertel

On November 4, 2016, Matt Chung, an attorney in Meister Seelig & Fein LLP’s Intellectual Property Group, will present as a panel speaker during the “Startup IP Forum” in New York City, hosted by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), a state-funded trade and investment promotion organization operated by the government of South Korea. The title of the presentation will be “Legal Considerations in the Use of Open Source Software.” Mr. Chung will address hot-button topics related to open source software, including the use of open source software to increase profitability, as well as legal risks attendant to certain open source licenses. A native Korean speaker, Mr. Chung will speak in Korean during the presentation to as many as 50 Korean startup companies and subject matter experts.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Matthew H. Chung

Katherine E. Lewis Appointed To NCLS Board
Press Release, October 25, 2016
Katherine E. Lewis of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP has been appointed to serve on the board of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS), a 14-member joint standing committee of the America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Science and Technology. NCLS was established in 1974 with the goal of promoting a better understanding of science among lawyers and judges, and of the legal system among scientists, and to improve communications between those groups. In furtherance of these goals, NCLS is an advisory body to the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. Throughout its history, NCLS has been at the leading edge of exploring issues at the interface of science and law and has recently been exploring the intersection of human rights and cultural heritage preservation issues through the application of science and technology. Ms. Lewis serves as co-chair of the Science & Technology Section’s Museums and Arts Law Committee and member of the SUNY Center for Global Innovation’s Jurisprudence Work Group. She has also been appointed to the ABA Science & Technology Section's Leadership Council, and as of September 1, 2016, has been elevated to Co-Chair of the Section's Interdisciplinary Division and Co-Chair of its Program Committee.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Katherine E Lewis

New York, New York -- August 26, 2016 – Meister Seelig & Fein LLP announced that a federal judge in Miami has refused to dismiss a lawsuit which the firm filed on behalf of New York Giant defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul against ESPN and its reporter Adam Schefter for wrongfully publishing Mr. Pierre-Paul’s private medical records without his consent.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Kevin A. Fritz, Mitchell Schuster

New York, New York, August 14, 2014 -- Meister Seelig & Fein LLP announced today that it has moved its headquarter offices from 140 East 45th Street to newly built-out space at 125 Park Avenue in New York City.

Founded 20 years ago in 1994, MSF announced earlier this year that it had signed a 15-year lease with S.L. Green for approximately 60,000 square feet of office space at 125 Park Avenue. Construction is now complete at the two-floor facility, and the Firm, with its 100-member roster of attorneys and staff, moved into its new home this past weekend.

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In consolidated appeals taken by the New York Court of Appeals on certification from the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals, on July 1, 2014, New York's highest court ruled that the bankruptcy estates of defunct firms have no continuing property interest in "unfinished business" that their departing partners take with them to new firms. The decision, arising out of the Thelen LLP and Coudert Brothers LLP bankruptcies, put to rest the Trustees' multi-million dollar claims against those firms' former partners, and the former Coudert and Thelen partners' new firms, and settled previously unsettled New York law on the issue in favor of the former partners and their new firms. The District Courts in Thelen and Coudert had previously reached opposite conclusions on the issue, as have various courts around the country when faced with the same question. The decision is available online at https://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/Decisions/2014/Jul14/136-137opn14-Decision.pdf.

Together with James Ulwick and Jean Lewis from Baltimore-based Kramon & Graham, MSF partner Jeffrey Schreiber, and associate Howard S. Davis, represented DLA Piper in the Coudert matter.

Attorneys Mentioned: Howard Davis, Jeffrey Schreiber

Seth H. Ostrow and Antonio Papageorgiou Join IP Group as Partners

New York, New York, March 1, 2014 -- Meister Seelig & Fein LLP announced today that Seth H. Ostrow and Antonio Papageorgiou have joined the Firm as Partners in its Intellectual Property Group.

Messrs. Ostrow and Papageorgiou were formerly Partners at New York-based patent boutique Ostrow Kaufman LLP. Joining them at the Firm will be George D. Zalepa and Kwok Lee, formerly an Associate and Patent Agent, respectively, at Ostrow Kaufman.

At Meister Seelig & Fein, Ostrow's and Papageorgiou's patent litigation and prosecution practices will continue to focus on software, telecommunications and networks, including Internet technologies and financial systems. In addition, Mr. Ostrow will continue to leverage his recognized expertise in the areas of interactive television, electronic program guides and video distribution technologies.

The addition of a well-established patent practice will further bolster the Firm's growing Intellectual Property Group, which will now include seven Partners practicing in the fields of patent litigation and prosecution; technology litigation, licensing and transfer; trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and licensing; and all aspects of media and entertainment law.

"We are thrilled to have Seth and Antonio and their colleagues join Meister Seelig & Fein," said Firm co-founder and Managing Partner Mark Seelig. "Their patent experience and expertise are perfect complements to the Firm's existing IP practice, and will allow us to offer a full suite of technology and IP-related legal services to our clients across multiple industries."

"We have collaborated very successfully with Meister Seelig & Fein attorneys over the past several years," explained Mr. Ostrow. "During that time, we have seen first-hand how talented and experienced their IP attorneys and litigators are, so we knew we wanted to be a part of the MSF team."

Founded in 1994, Meister Seelig & Fein is a commercial law firm comprised of more than 55 attorneys, with its headquarters in midtown Manhattan and offices in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The firm provides a broad range of legal services to its clients in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, corporate, employment, intellectual property, technology, entertainment, taxation, and trust and estate law.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Kwok W. Lee, Seth H. Ostrow, Antonio Papageorgiou

New York, New York, January 9, 2014 -- Meister Seelig & Fein LLP announced today that Thomas M. Cassone has joined the Firm as Partner to lead the Firm’s expanded Stamford, Connecticut office, located at 600 Summer Street.

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New York, New York, December 10, 2012 – Stephen B. Meister, a partner at Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, was recently a featured speaker at the 2012 Real Estate Symposium sponsored by the Paul Milstein Center For Real Estate and the Real Estate Circle of Columbia Business School.

Meister, who divides his national practice into two major areas: high profile litigations which are frequently related to real estate, and large complex real estate transactions, spoke at a Symposium panel which focused on the topic of special servicing in the distressed real estate sector. The Symposium took place on December 4, 2012 at Faculty House at Columbia University.

The session which featured Meister -- entitled “Special Servicing – 360 Degrees” -- was moderated by Darrell Wheeler of Amherst Securities Group, and, in addition to Meister, included co-panelists Regina Lubin of CW Capital and Robert Lieber of Island Capital Group.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

New York, NY – January 10, 2012 -- Meister Seelig & Fein LLP today announced that Bob Goldberg has joined the firm to head its Taxation and Employee Benefits Group.

Bob Goldberg, formerly counsel to Farrell Fritz, P.C., joins Meister Seelig as a partner in the firm's Corporate Group. He has experience in a broad variety of federal and local tax matters, and has particular experience in federal income tax issues related to partnerships, limited liability companies, real estate, transactional tax planning and tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Goldberg further specializes in employee benefits and executive compensation and represents clients on a range of compensation and benefits matters, including executive compensation, the compensation and benefits aspects of merger and acquisition transactions, employment and separation agreements, retirement plan terminations, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's (ERISA) fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction rules, and benefit plan controversies.

"We are excited to have Bob Goldberg join the firm in order to better serve our clients in the areas of taxation and employee benefits," said Mark Seelig, the firm's managing partner. "Our clients at all levels need tax-related advice, and Bob's experience and expertise cuts across each of the firm's practice areas. He will be an asset to the firm, as well as to our clients."

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Attorneys Mentioned: Bob G. Goldberg, Mark J. Seelig

Meister Seelig & Fein LLP today announced that it has added two attorneys to its growing Intellectual Property Group.

Jeffrey Greenberg, formerly a partner in a leading New York City-based entertainment law firm, joins Meister Seelig as a partner in the firm's IP Group. His arrival further bolsters a growing cadre of lawyers in the group with broad entertainment and media-related experience.

... The firm also added Rowena DeLeon as an associate in the IP Group. With more than a decade of trademark prosecution and licensing experience, Ms. DeLeon will further strengthen the firm's ability to prosecute and manage large, international trademark portfolios.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Jeffrey A. Greenberg

Stamford, CT, June 2, 2011 -- A reception was held Wednesday evening to celebrate the opening of commercial law firm Meister, Seelig & Fein's Stamford, Connecticut office. Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined the celebration as the firm's honored guest.

"This is a perfect time to expand into Connecticut. Local businesses are growing stronger as the state focuses on revitalizing the economy, and the opportunity to provide high quality legal support to businesses in Connecticut continues to grow" Commented Governor Malloy.

"We are excited that Governor Malloy could come out tonight to help us celebrate the opening of our new office in Stamford. We see a great deal of opportunity in Connecticut and really appreciate the Governor's support," said Meister, Seelig & Fein Managing Partner Mark Seelig. "With our entry into Connecticut we look forward to being more accessible to Connecticut-based clients and building additional relationships within the community."

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Attorneys Mentioned: Mark J. Seelig

Meister Seelig & Fein LLP announced today that it has opened an office in Stamford, Connecticut in order to leverage its growing contingent of Connecticut attorneys and to better serve its Connecticut-based clients. The firm's Stamford office is located at One Canterbury Green in downtown Stamford.

"We are excited to be able to take advantage of burgeoning opportunities in the Connecticut legal market," said Managing Partner Mark Seelig. "Our firm now has a number of seasoned attorneys who previously practiced at large Connecticut firms and regularly represent Connecticut-based clients. With our new office in Stamford, we look forward to being more accessible to Connecticut clients seeking the highest quality legal services provided in an efficient and results-oriented manner."

"We see a lot of demand in Connecticut among small, medium and large clients for sophisticated and practical legal services that add value," Seelig added.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Mark J. Seelig

In the wake of the settlement of its high profile copyright infringement lawsuit with the four major U.S. record companies, iMesh has now reached a music licensing deal with the record company SonyBMG. The deal allows iMesh to distribute to users SonyBMG content in a legal peer to peer ("P2P") environment. iMesh is one of the original P2P file trading sites and intends to soon launch a new application utilizing an innovative P2P platform that prevents users from exchanging unauthorized content. Jeffrey Kimmel and Jeffrey Schreiber at MSF represented iMesh in the copyright infringement lawsuit. Jeffrey Kimmel and Debora Stegich of MSF negotiated the SonyBMG license deal on behalf of iMesh.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Jeffrey Schreiber

Meister Seelig & Fein represented Stonehenge Partners on the purchase of a complex containing two 14-story elevator buildings and a 520,000-square foot, two-story commercial building between 96th and 97th Streets on Amsterdam Avenue. They will rename the building Stonehenge Village. The building houses 418 residential units and seven commercial spaces. Stonehenge Partners plans to develop the property as rental units. Matthew Kasindorf represented Stonehenge.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Matthew E. Kasindorf

Meister Seelig & Fein closed the acquisition of an 1100 unit apartment complex in Collingswood, New Jersey for $70 million dollars including $50 million in bond financing from Camden County Improvement Authority. The project also included negotiation of certain tax abatement agreements with the Borough of Collingswood and Camden County with respect to rehabilitation of the property. The client acquired the property in joint venture with Guggenheim Real Estate Partners and was represented by Stuart Rich and Scott Newmark.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Scott A. Newmark

Real Estate Department Co-chair Matthew Kasindorf received the coveted "Award for Teaching Excellence" from New York University Dean Robert S. Lapiner for his work at the renowned NYU Real Estate Institute Masters Program.

"As soon as Matt walked into my office for an interview, I knew he had the right stuff. Aside from his poise, polish, and preparation, it was clear immediately that this was a person that our students would love. As an attorney working on the most complex financial deals, my first inclination was to assign him to a finance class, but Matt wanted to stick with his roots and chose to teach the Legal Principles and Practices core course. He was an instant and huge success. When we think of the phrase 'the smartest guys in the room,' we think of Matt. He presents material with clarity and an engaging style that is unique and appealing. His student evaluations hum with praise every semester. We are truly delighted to be able to recognize Matt for his superb contribution to our school." -Daniel Boffey, former director, Administration and Programs, NYU Real Estate Institute

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Attorneys Mentioned: Matthew E. Kasindorf

Matthew Kasindorf represents Normandy Real Estate.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Matthew E. Kasindorf

Mark J. Seelig has recently given lectures to various groups in the New York City area. On October 3, 2007, he presented an overview of estate planning to the International Executive Resources Group. The seminar outlined basic estate planning techniques aimed at (1) establishing a coherent and effective plan for the allocation, distribution and control of a person's assets following his or her death, (2) building a legacy or making a charitable contribution and (3) minimizing taxes applicable to one's property. The presentation also included a synopsis of how federal and state legislation has, and continues to, affect estate planning and estate taxes. The presentation further explained common mistakes that are made when planning an estate, as well as how to avoid them.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Mark J. Seelig

MSF represented the plaintiff, Kas, in Kas Oriental Rugs, Inc. v. Ellman, 394 N.J. Super 278 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 192 N.J. 74 (2007), the first Appellate Division case construing the fee shifting provisions in the New Jersey Sales Representatives' Rights Act, NJSA 2A:61A-1 et seq (the "New Jersey Statute"). The case arose when Kas terminated Ellman, its New Jersey sales representative, and Ellman asserted various claims against Kas, including claims under the New Jersey Statute, contract and quantum meruit/unjust enrichment theories. As a result of MSF's arguments on appeal, instead of being liable for damages to its terminated representative Kas is entitled to recover the substantial attorney's fees and costs it incurred defending against the representative's claims.

Kas was represented throughout this matter by MSF partner Jeffrey Schreiber and Special Counsel Racquel Crespi Weintraub.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Racquel Crespi Weintraub, Jeffrey Schreiber

New York, NY--- "Meister Seelig has expanded its bankruptcy and litigation departments, offering greater in-depth services to clients, by adding highly seasoned attorney James Ringer. He is highly regarded as a brilliant attorney in commercial litigation." The announcement was made by Mark Seelig, managing partner.

Jim Ringer specializes in international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice encompasses class actions, securities, acquisitions, contracts, insurance, antitrust, partnerships, intellectual property, alcohol beverage law and distribution contracts, franchises and termination. Mr. Ringer has had extensive experience in securities litigation and has also represented individuals and companies in insider trading investigations by the SEC and related litigation. He has handled several trademark and trade-name infringement disputes and multi-faceted disputes involving claims of infringement of biotechnology patents, breach of contract, fraud and antitrust. Mr. Ringer was formerly a partner at the international law firm Clifford Chance and its predecessor Rogers & Wells.

The addition of Jim as a partner compliments the experience of other MSF attorneys in the real estate, corporate and litigation areas. The expansion of the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights and Litigation Groups, enables Meister Seelig & Fein LLP to offer enhanced expertise to better service our clients in the current market and for the long term.

Meister Seelig & Fein LLP is a boutique commercial law firm comprised of more than 30 attorneys and has a highly regarded reputation for its outstanding legal representation of public and private clients, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and real estate developers and investors. Its clients include some of New York's most important real estate developers, and entrepreneurs and the firm is regularly called upon by a who's who in the real estate and private corporate worlds for its in-depth knowledge and seasoned expertise in matters involving complex real estate, corporate and finance transactions. In addition to its offices in New York City, the firm has offices in Los Angeles and New Jersey.

For inquiries please contact Meister Seelig & Fein LLP at 212-655-3500 or on the internet at www.meisterseelig.com

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Attorneys Mentioned: James M. Ringer

Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, has added four new partners: Elaine M. Rogers, Barry M. Perlman, Mitchell Lampert, and Sidney D. Bluming; in addition, the firm has established an entertainment, sports and new media practice group and has opened an office in Boston. The announcement was made by Managing Partner, Mark Seelig. Mr. Seelig stated: "We are pleased that such creative and highly seasoned attorneys have chosen to join our firm. The addition of two highly regarded entertainment attorneys such as Elaine and Barry will enhance our ability to continue to expand our entertainment practice, which is one of our fastest growing practice groups."

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Attorneys Mentioned: Barry M. Perlman, Elaine M. Rogers, Mark J. Seelig

Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, a highly regarded and prominent law firm that focuses primarily in real estate, corporate and commercial litigation, employment law, all aspects of bankruptcy, and entertainment law, announced today that Lawrence Morrison has joined the firm as a partner. The announcement was made by Managing Partner, Mark Seelig: "We are pleased that such a prominent and highly seasoned attorney as Lawrence Morrison has joined our firm. His expertise will enhance our ability to expand our services to an ever larger client base."

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Attorneys Mentioned: Mark J. Seelig

Stephen Meister, founding partner of the firm of Meister Seelig & Fein, and one of the country’s foremost real estate attorneys who represents a virtual who’s who of real estate developers and, addressed an overflow gathering of Grubb & Ellis real estate brokers, who wanted to hear what Mr. Meister had to say about opportunities in the current real estate market. Grubb & Ellis is one of the largest and most respected commercial real estate service and investment companies in the United States.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

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