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Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer is Successful in Two Major Arbitrations

Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP
New York, New York

Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP, a New York litigation and real estate boutique that is a long-time Primerus member firm, recently obtained two substantial victories for the firm’s clients in a construction arbitration and an employment arbitration.  The litigation team in both matters was led by the firm’s managing partner and head of litigation, Steven J. Shore.

In the first case, Ganfer Shore represented Paula Cooper – one of New York’s leading art gallery owners, one of the first women to own a gallery in Manhattan, and the first to open a gallery in the SoHo neighborhood – and her husband in a construction arbitration against a contractor that badly mishandled the renovation of their penthouse cooperative apartments.  After a 19-day hearing before a retired Appellate Division Justice serving as a JAMS arbitrator, the Arbitrator issued a 43-page decision finding that the contractor, Iain Campbell Design, Ltd., breached numerous provisions of the parties’ design services agreement and construction contract. The Arbitrator awarded the claimants damages of more than $725,000, plus interest, and also directed that the contractor must pay the claimants’ attorneys’ fees and the costs of arbitration.

In the second case, Ganfer Shore represented Dr. Robert Goldberg, the former Dean of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, in a claim for unpaid compensation under his employment agreement with Touro.  After extensive proceedings including 10 days of arbitration hearings before an American Arbitration Association arbitrator, the Arbitrator issued a 45-page decision that held in Dr. Goldberg’s favor and awarded him $644,000 – the full amount he had sought, plus interest – in damages for Touro’s breach of the agreement.  In addition, the Arbitrator granted Dr. Goldberg monetary sanctions, in an amount to be determined, as a remedy for misconduct by Touro during the document discovery process.

“We are pleased that in both of these significant matters, involving two very different types of disputes, we were able to persuade the independent arbitrators that our clients had the facts and the law on their side, and obtain the substantial arbitration awards to which they were entitled,” said Mr. Shore.  Ganfer Shore has filed petitions to confirm both arbitration awards and enter judgment on them, which are pending in the New York State Supreme Court.

Since 1979, Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer has been a significant force in business litigation and real estate law in New York City. With the skill and sophistication of a large law firm and the responsiveness and efficiency of a boutique firm, the firm approaches every matter, every case, every transaction with fresh eyes and an innovative mindset.  Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer regularly represents both claimants and respondents in arbitrations before the AAA, JAMS, FINRA, and other arbitration forums, as well as the state and federal court systems. The litigation team in the Cooper arbitration included Mr. Shore and litigation partner William D. McCracken.  The team in the Goldberg arbitration included Mr. Shore, litigation partner Ira Brad Matetsky, and litigation associate Madeline Greenblatt.  

The general information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.

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