Stephen J. GinsbergPartner
Stephen J. Ginsberg is a litigation partner, where he Co-Chairs the Firm’s Covid Litigation Task Force. Mr. Ginsberg’s practice focuses on representing clients in complex commercial litigation. He has successfully resolved disputes in Federal and State Courts and before arbitration panels involving: breach of contract; claims of fraud; disputes between and among trust beneficiaries and trustees; the RICO Act; business torts; fiduciary duty claims; real estate and construction claims; breach of post-employment restrictive covenants; disputes between and among shareholders, members and partners of closely held companies; and claims for violating the FLSA and NYLL. He has extensive litigation and arbitration experience at all stages of the legal process, including strategy development, provisional/emergency relief (including temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and the seizure of assets), discovery, substantive and procedural motions, and representing clients at mediation, in settlement negotiations and at trial. Mr. Ginsberg currently services as the Co-Chair of the Federal Procedure Committee of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Ginsberg also serves as outside counsel to a variety of technology companies, plumbing and electrical supply and distribution companies, restaurants and food distribution companies, automobile dealerships, real estate companies, retail companies, aesthetic equipment manufacturers and distributors, and not-for-profit organizations. In that capacity, he provides advice to his clients on legal matters relating to the formation and structuring of ownership of entities; negotiation and documentation of contracts; purchase, sale and leasing of real estate; intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, domain names, and licensing; employment law; mergers and acquisitions; and dispute resolution and litigation. In addition, Mr. Ginsberg assists his clients with the planning of their estates (including the preparation of wills and trusts) and administration of estates.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ginsberg was associated with a boutique litigation firm in New York City focusing on real estate disputes. During law school, he worked in Merrill Lynch’s anti-money laundering division. He also interned for the Honorable Justice Stephen A. Bucaria in the New York Supreme Court, County of Nassau.
Mr. Ginsberg represented the General Manager and 10% owner of one of the largest automobile dealerships in Staten Island in a AAA Arbitration in a dispute with the majority owners concerning our client’s buy-out rights and post-termination rights. After a six-day trial, the Arbitrator ruled in favor of our client and issued a significant award to our client.
Mr. Ginsberg represented a 50% owner of a licensed home care services agency in a lawsuit with the other 50% owner of it, based upon allegations that our client breached his fiduciary duties and operating agreement. After our client defeated two motions for preliminary injunctive relief, was awarded advancement of his legal fees during the pendency of the lawsuit, obtained dismissal of 10 out of 11 claims, and filed a motion to hold our adversary in contempt, the lawsuit settled on very favorable terms for our client.
Mr. Ginsberg obtained a highly favorable settlement for our client, a brokerage firm, in a FINRA Arbitration initiated by a competing brokerage firm seeking more than $5,000,000 in damages, based upon allegations that our client unlawfully raided claimant’s employees, interfered with contractual agreements between claimant and its employees, and misappropriated claimant’s trade secrets. After we filed a motion to dismiss with the FINRA Arbitration Panel, but before the FINRA Arbitration Panel could rule on it, claimant proposed a very favorable settlement offer to our client, which our client accepted, resolving the parties’ dispute.
Mr. Ginsberg prevailed in a FINRA Arbitration, after a full day arbitration hearing, resulting in the expungement of two separate customer complaints against our client, a financial advisor at a major investment banking and brokerage firm.
New York Law School, J.D. 2005 cum laude
Florida Atlantic University, M.B.A. 2001
The University of Michigan, B.A. 2000
Mr. Ginsberg is admitted to practice in New York. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mr. Ginsberg is an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association, having lectured on topics and authored articles that include e-discovery, expert witness discovery, privilege logs, the validity of mandatory arbitration provisions, and Federal Rule 19. He is involved in a variety of charitable and philanthropic endeavors in New York City and on Long Island involving Multiple Sclerosis, including serving on the Board of Trustees of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Greater New York City-Long Island Chapter) and having served on the Board of Directors of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York.
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