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News 2020

Attorney Ben Fishman Joins Yankwitt LLP

Former BigLaw attorney and federal law clerk joins Westchester firm

White Plains, NY (September 10, 2020) – Yankwitt LLP, an elite trial and litigation law firm based in White Plains, New York, is thrilled to announce that Ben Fishman has joined the firm as counsel.

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Law360 Publishes Article on COVID-19 Waivers by Yankwitt and Hamerman

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Law360, a leading legal digital publication, has published an article by Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman titled, “How NY Businesses Should Approach COVID-19 Waivers.” The article examines when and to what extent businesses may be able to rely on COVID-19 waivers in the state of New York.

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Russell Yankwitt Named to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation

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White Plains, NY (August 20, 2020) – White Plains, New York-based law firm Yankwitt LLP is pleased to announce that its founding partner, Russell Yankwitt, has been named to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation.

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Russell Yankwitt Named to Best Lawyers in Westchester in 914 Inc.

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Russell Yankwitt, managing partner of White Plains-based Yankwitt LLP, has been named to the Best Lawyers in Westchester for commercial litigation in Westchester Magazine’s business magazine 914 Inc. The annual list features lawyers throughout Westchester County who have been selected for the prestigious Best Lawyers in America© list. In addition, Russell was one of just a few attorneys highlighted with pullout quotes, sharing answers to some of today’s pressing questions. In response to the question: “Do you anticipate a spate of lawsuits arising from COVID-19? If so, what kind?” Russell emphatically explained the firm anticipates a wave of contract suits, commercial real estate litigation, and insurance coverage disputes, among others.

See Russell’s listing and quote. The complete list of attorneys is available in 914 Inc.’s third quarter issue.

Yankwitt LLP Celebrates Its 11th Anniversary in July 2020

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White Plains, NY (July 17, 2020) – Yankwitt LLP, an elite trial and litigation law firm based in White Plains, New York, celebrated its 11th anniversary on July 8, 2020. The firm, which started with one attorney, now features one of the largest litigation teams in Westchester County.

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Yankwitt LLP Attorney Michael Reed Appointed to NYSBA House of Delegates

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White Plains, NY (June 23, 2020) – Yankwitt LLP attorney Michael Reed has been appointed by the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) to serve on the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) House of Delegates. Delegates are appointed for a one-year term and may serve a maximum of four consecutive terms.

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Russell Yankwitt Explains the Client Benefits of Retaining Credentialed Local Counsel in Westchester Magazine’s Ask the Top Lawyer

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The benefits of hiring credentialed local counsel are addressed by Russell Yankwitt, managing partner of Yankwitt LLP, in the Westchester Magazine Ask the Top Lawyer Q&A feature. The short answer is that the best and brightest attorneys with the “right” training acquire a skillset that provides clients with superior, cost-effective work product and creative problem solving for the most complex matters.

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New Jersey Law Journal Publishes Article by Michael Reed on NJ Wage & Hour Laws

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The New Jersey Law Journal has published an article by Yankwitt LLP attorney Michael Reed titled, “The Extraterritorial Reach of the NJWPL.” The article discusses a recent case, Ortiz v. Goya Foods, that held that New Jersey’s wage and hour laws do not apply extraterritorially, even in the face of a choice of law clause suggesting otherwise. In the article, Michael explores the argument of Ortiz and identifies a tension between Ortiz and case law construing the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

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Kathy Marks Featured in Westchester Lawyer’s WCBA Member Spotlight

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Yankwitt LLP partner, Kathy Marks, was featured in the Member Spotlight, in the May 2020 issue of Westchester Lawyer magazine, a publication of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA). Kathy, a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on Qui Tam/whistleblower litigation, answered questions about her practice, her former position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of NY, her interests, and other personal experiences.

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New York Law Journal Publishes Article by Michael Reed on New York Labor Law Treatment of FLSA Exemptions

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The New York Law Journal has published an article by Yankwitt LLP Counsel Michael Reed, titled, “Second Circuit Clarifies the NYLL’s Incorporation of FLSA Exemptions.” The article explains that there are similarities and overlap between the New York Labor Law and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, but that they also differ in critical respects.

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New York Law Journal Publishes Article by Michael Reed on Arbitration Agreements in Class Actions

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The New York Law Journal recently published an article titled, “Waiver and Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in Class Actions,” by Michael Reed, a Counsel at Yankwitt LLP. The article examines the March 26, 2020 decision by Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger in Chen-Oster v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., an employment discrimination class action against Goldman Sachs, which is notable for its analysis of arbitration agreements in class actions.

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Ross E. Morrison Joins Yankwitt LLP

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White Plains, NY (April 27, 2020) – Yankwitt LLP, an elite trial and litigation law firm based in White Plains, New York, announced today that Ross E. Morrison has joined the firm as a partner. Morrison, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Southern District of New York and federal law clerk, becomes the fourth former AUSA partner at the firm and ninth former federal law clerk.

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Russell Yankwitt Named One of the Honorees of the Westfair Inc. C-Suite Awards

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WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 6, 2020) – Russell Yankwitt, managing partner of White Plains, New York-based law firm Yankwitt LLP, is one of this year’s recipients of the 2020 Westfair Inc. C-Suite Awards, according to an announcement made by the publisher. Eighteen accomplished executives from Westchester and Fairfield counties were honored with this award for their positive impact on their businesses and communities.

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Westchester Lawyer Publishes Article by Michael Reed on Settling Overtime Cases in Federal Court

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Westchester Lawyer Magazine, an official publication of the Westchester County Bar Association, has published an article by Yankwitt LLP attorney Michael Reed titled, “Settling Overtime Cases in Federal Court.”

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Yankwitt and Hamerman Propose Changes to FRCP and CPLR in their Latest New York Law Journal Article

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Yankwitt LLP partners Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman wrote an article, “Tweaking the Bar on Interlocutory Appeals: Benefits to Clients and the Federal District Courts of an Appeal as of Right From the Denial of a Motion To Dismiss,” for the January 15, 2020, issue of the New York Law Journal.

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Yankwitt LLP Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Personal Injury Case Filed Against National Hospitality Company

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Yankwitt LLP successfully moved for summary judgment to dismiss all claims against its client, a national hospitality company, in a personal injury action brought in New Jersey Superior Court.

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News 2019

Yankwitt LLP Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Personal Injury Case Filed Against National Hospitality Company

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Yankwitt LLP successfully moved for summary judgment to dismiss all claims against its client, a national hospitality company, in a personal injury action brought in New Jersey Superior Court.

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Kathy Marks and Ben Allee Speak at Practising Law Institute: Trial Evidence 2019 Seminar

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Yankwitt LLP partners Kathy Marks and Benjamin Allee participated in the Practising Law Institute: Trial Evidence 2019 seminar on December 9, 2019, at in New York City. Kathy served as moderator for the three panels at the half-day event, and Ben was one of the speakers in the first panel discussion, “Recent Developments in Federal Evidence,” which addressed:

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Yankwitt LLP Attorney Cassandra Vogel Receives Westfair Inc.’s Millennial Award

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WHITE PLAINS, NY (November 25, 2019) – White Plains, New York-based law firm Yankwitt LLP has announced that attorney Cassandra Vogel has been named a recipient of the 2019 Westfair Inc. Millennial Awards. Vogel and her fellow award recipients were honored at a reception on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

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Russell Yankwitt Featured in Westchester Lawyer Member Spotlight

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Russell Yankwitt was featured in the Member Spotlight of the November issue of Westchester Lawyer magazine. The article explores a gamut of professional and personal topics, from his involvement in the WCBA to why he started his business and much more. An informative and entertaining read.

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Yankwitt LLP Prevails in First Department Appeal and Secures Dismissal of Case for its Hospitality Clients

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Yankwitt LLP successfully appealed the trial court’s denial of its hospitality clients’ motion for summary judgment in a breach of contract and unjust enrichment action, securing dismissal of the action in its entirety.

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Yankwitt LLP Named Best Law Firm by 914 Inc. Magazine

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WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 13, 2019) – White Plains, New York-based law firm Yankwitt LLP has announced that it received the Best Law Firm award at 914Inc.’s inaugural Best of Business awards reception held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in White Plains.

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Westchester Lawyer Publishes 10 Employment Law Issues Every Employer Should Know by Michael Reed

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Westchester Lawyer published the article, 10 Employment Law Issues Every Employer Should Know, by Yankwitt LLP attorney Michael Reed in its October 2019 issue. Employers in Westchester County must comply with the federal, state, county and local employment laws.

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Russell Yankwitt Named a Gold Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell and Lawyers.com

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Russell Yankwitt has been named a Gold Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell and its sister website Lawyers.com for receiving positive client reviews.

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Michael Reed Featured in Westchester Lawyer Magazine

Michael Reed was featured in the Member Spotlight of the July issue of Westchester Lawyer. The article delves into Michael’s personal and professional life and his invovlement with the Westchester County Bar Association.

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The Extraterritorial Reach of the NJLAD

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Reprinted with permission from the July 2019 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. © 2019 ALM Media Properties, LLC. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Westchester Lawyer Publishes Article by Michael Reed that Examines Andryeyeva v. New York Health Care

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When it comes to the minimum wage, there are usually two different perspectives. On the one hand, people argue that employees need to be paid a living wage. On the other hand, people argue that if businesses have to pay more, they will hire fewer employees or close their doors. This tension is front and center in the recent Andryeyeva v. New York Health Care litigation involving home health aides (“HHAs”).1

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Yankwitt LLP is a Proud Sponsor of Gideon’s Promise

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Yankwitt LLP is proud to sponsor Gideon’s Promise, a public defender advocacy organization that provides training, mentorship and leadership development to improve the quality of that representation. This is an important organization given that 80% of people accused of crimes in the United States rely on a public defender to protect their constitutional rights.
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Yankwitt LLP Featured in Ask Westchester’s Top Lawyers

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Russell Yankwitt recently was interviewed by Westchester Magazine for its feature, Ask Westchester’s Top Lawyers. He shared stories about the firm, how it all began, and why his hiring strategy benefits the firm’s clients. This informative and insightful piece is a must read!

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Michael Reed to Speak on Overtime Law at the Rockland County Bar Association CLE

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Yankwitt LLP attorney Michael Reed will be speaking on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on “New York’s Overtime Laws: What Every Business and Lawyer in Rockland County Should Know,” at the Double Tree Hilton at 425 E. Route 59 In Nanuet, NY. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is included.

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New York Law Journal Publishes Article by Yankwitt and Hamerman that Suggests How to Reduce Litigation Costs

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The New York Law Journal published the article,“Balancing Litigation Costs: The Need for Automatic Discovery Stays,” by partners Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman in the August 15, 2019, issue of the newspaper.

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Westchester County Business Journal Publishes Employment Article by Michael Reed

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The Westchester County Business Journal published the article, “Employment Laws Every Westchester Employer Should Know,” by Yankwitt LLP attorney Michael Reed, in its September 16, 2019, issue.

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Yankwitt LLP Wins Summary Judgment for Forgery Victim Accused of Wrongful Death

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Yankwitt LLP successfully moved for summary judgment on behalf of Gayle Fedigan, a defendant who was sued for wrongful death after a woman died in a vehicle that Fedigan previously owned.

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Yankwitt LLP Partners Russell Yankwitt & Kathy Marks Named to the 2019 New York Super Lawyers List; Rising Stars

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WHITE PLAINS, NY (September 12, 2019) – White Plains, New York-based law firm Yankwitt LLP announced that two of its partners – Russell Yankwitt and Kathy Marks – have been named to the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list in the Business Litigation category. Additionally, counsel has made his list debut on the 2019 New York Metro Rising Stars list also in the Business Litigation category.

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Yankwitt LLP Settles Plaintiff’s Case for an Excess of $1 Million on Eve of Trial

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For the second time this summer, Yankwitt LLP settled a plaintiff’s case for more than a million dollars just days before trial. On behalf of residential building owners, Yankwitt LLP pursued claims in Westchester County Supreme Court, Commercial Division, against the defendant, the building manager, for breach of fiduciary duty and conversion, alleging embezzlement of funds.

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Russell Yankwitt Named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation

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WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 22, 2019) – White Plains, New York-based law firm Yankwitt LLP is pleased to announce that its founding partner, Russell Yankwitt, has been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation.

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Yankwitt LLP Obtains $1 Million for Elderly Fraud Victim in Mid-Trial Settlement

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Yankwitt LLP obtained a settlement mid-trial of $1 million for a victim of fraud in Westchester Supreme Court. Yankwitt LLP represented Plaintiff, an elderly woman who suffered from memory loss and dementia, and brought suit against Defendant, who was Plaintiff’s bookkeeper, for fraud, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment.

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Yankwitt LLP Wins Summary Judgment Motion in Escalator Case Filed Against its Hospitality Client

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Yankwitt LLP successfully moved for summary judgment to dismiss all claims against its hospitality client, in two consolidated personal injury actions brought in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County. Both Plaintiffs suffered injuries when they tripped over their own luggage on an escalator.

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Yankwitt LLP and Ahdoot & Wolfson, P.C. File Class Action Complaint Against Quest Diagnostics and AMCA for Alleged Data Breach of 12 Million Patients

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On June 3, 2019, Quest acknowledged that hackers accessed the personal sensitive information of nearly 12 million Quest clients. The information includes credit card numbers, bank account information, and medical information. Quest allegedly learned about the massive data breach in May 2019 but allegedly failed to alert its clients for a period of weeks. Yankwitt LLP and Ahdoot & Wolfson, PC have filed a class action complaint seeking relief for Quest’s many victims.

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