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NY Commercial Litigation: Distinctions that Non-New Yorkers Need to Know To Effectively Represent Their Clients

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Produced on April 12, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

In this course, attorneys Paul Sarkozi and Vincent Syracuse review the procedures that govern New York practice with an emphasis on how New York practice differs from federal practice (and the practice in most other states), the strategic choices a commercial litigator needs to make in deciding whether to bring an action in New York’s Commercial Division and recent rule changes that impact the handling of cases in the Commercial Division. Without knowing these procedural distinctions, a lawyer’s advocacy will get muddled as a hometown advocate will find ways to delay and frustrate her adversary from presenting the client’s story in an effective manner. 


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand New York distinctions to effectively represent clients in business disputes

II.    Identify key criteria to consider when deciding whether to bring a case in state or federal court

III.   Recognize the benefits of seeking assignment to the Commercial Division 

IV.   Grasp how to take full advantage of the Commercial Division’s new rules to help clients cost-effectively prosecute or defend their disputes


Credit Information

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Vincent J. Syracuse

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Vincent J. Syracuse is the founder of Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and is currently its Co-Chair. With 50 years of litigation experience, he has earned a reputation as a problem-solver, a strategic tactician, and an aggressive advocate for clients. Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Vince represents a variety of clients in complex commercial litigation in the New York State and Federal Courts on the pre-trial, trial, and in various alternate dispute resolution forums including mediation and arbitration. When not acting as an advocate for clients, Vince is often asked to serve as a mediator in cases where his help is sought to resolve commercial disputes and is the person other attorneys call upon as an expert witness on various aspects of attorney professionalism.

Vince also handles cases involving law firm and accounting firm malpractice and is routinely consulted on ethical and professional responsibility issues. He is experienced in handling matters on the appellate level including cases in the New York Court of Appeals, where early on in his career he was a law clerk.

Vince is active in numerous bar association activities and frequently chairs or participates in continuing legal education programs for judges and lawyers on various commercial litigation topics. Vince has chaired the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) successful program on ethics and civility for over twenty years and in April 2019 was honored by the NYSBA for his contribution to professionalism and continuing legal education.

Vince is a member of the NYSBA's Committee on Attorney Professionalism and Continuing Legal Education. For the past eight years, he has written the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal which covers a variety of topics of interest to the bench and bar.

Vince has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers from 2006 through 2019, every year that selections were made.

Bar Admissions:

New York State

United States District Courts: Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals Second and Seventh Circuits

United States Tax Court

United States Supreme Court

Paul D. Sarkozi

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Paul Sarkozi is the Co-Chair of Tannenbaum Helpern's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Recognized by Super Lawyers in the New York Times since 2012 as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Paul is a savvy litigator and negotiator who focuses on results for his clients. Equally adept in federal and state court, Paul has nonetheless developed a particularly strong reputation in New York's Commercial Division, the branch of the NY Court system that handles complex business disputes. He was selected by NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to serve on his Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century and serves on the Chief Judge's Commercial Division Advisory Council as Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Paul recently served as Chair of the State Bar's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, which regularly addresses critical issue affecting business litigation in both NY State and Federal courts.

A versatile advocate, Paul is called on by business entities and senior executives in a broad range of industries to counsel them on the best ways to prosecute, defend and resolve their disputes. He has represented hedge funds, private equity firms, REITs and developers, global media and public relations firms, a leading athletic clothing designer, international banking organizations, international pharmaceutical and food companies, a national accounting firm and even a Saudi prince.

Finally, Paul is an experienced, smart and effective negotiator. His knowledge and skill in this area have been recognized by Columbia Law School, where he has been appointed a Lecturer-in-Law to teach a Negotiation seminar. Paul also serves on the roster of mediators for the Commercial Division in New York County.


Stuart W.

Very well put together and presented.

Maureen M.

Excellent for attorneys from out of state coming into NY State court to practice. Materials were superficial but the comments were excellent in explaining differences

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Gar H.

A lot of good information from sharp experienced attorneys,.

Joel F.

Excellent lively presentation..even for a non-litigator attendee.

Ivy G.

This was VERY good. I am going to re-watch it before commencing any state court action to remind myself of the differences, since I primarily practice in federal court.

Lucia C.


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Catherine E.

Extremely interesting discussion of NY State and Federal civil procedure; contrasts sharply with commercial practice here in IL!

Rodney S.


Justin A.

Good course!

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