EXPERTISE

Practice Areas

See the full range of practices and industries in which we specialize.

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Construction

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We plan to be with you from the ground floor up. When it comes to our construction clients, we work with them as they work to build the city. These principles guide us whether and whenever we draft or review a construction contract, an AIA contract, or a  design contract; evaluate and counsel on claims such as mechanics’ liens, warranties, and delay and other claims; or counsel on project requirements relating to bonding, LEED, and insurance. We leverage our collective experience, insight, ingenuity, knowledge to provide integrated and comprehensive advice to our clients from small family to Fortune 500 businesses. 

Goetz Fitzpatrick is more than just a law firm—we are hands-on strategic advisors to our clients that do a “deep dive” into the intricacies of our clients’ business. That bedrock knowledge informs everything we do, from dispute resolution (including arbitration and mediation) to presentation and defense of claims against city and state agencies to bid protests and injunctions.

 

+ Construction Litigation 

+ Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration

+ Construction Contracts

+ Surety Disputes

+ Design Professionals

+ Access Agreements

+ Mechanics Liens

+ Succession Planning

RELATED ATTORNEYS


  • Donald J. Carbone Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner
  • Michael Fleishman Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Michael D. Ganz Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • Peter Goetz Construction, Litigation, Partner Founding Partner Emeritus
  • Robert I. Lesser Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate Of Counsel
  • Joshua G. Oberman Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Victor Rivera Jr. Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • Christopher M. Rodriguez Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Associate
  • Scott D. Simon Bankruptcy, Construction, Corporate, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • John B. Simoni Construction, Corporate, Litigation Senior Partner

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Litigation

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Sometimes business deals go awry.  Things change, people changes, the economy changes. We help our clients navigate the maze of resolving disputes, from pre-litigation efforts to resolve disputes although through commencing and defending actions, discovery, and trial.  Our experience in commercial litigation covers a wide spectrum. Our litigation skills shine whether it is a fee dispute between real estate brokers, business divorces where partners differ on strategies, breach of contract involving real estate, goods or services, and more. Each case entails sophisticated litigation involving monetary claims based on a business or commercial transaction. Our seasoned attorneys have depth and expertise in administrative hearings before various agencies, along with pre-claim evaluation and assessment, and arbitration. We apply our knowledge of what can go wrong to help our clients properly plan to avoid disputes in the first place, a welcome skill in providing advisory services to closely-held companies and startups. 

+ Construction

+ Arbitration and Mediation

+ Commercial Litigation

+ Business Divorces

+ Bankruptcy

+ Real Estate

+ Labor and Employment

+ Trusts and Estates

+ Access Agreements

RELATED ATTORNEYS


  • Alison Arden Besunder Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation, Partner, Trusts + Estates Partner
  • Becky Baek Corporate, Litigation Associate
  • Donald J. Carbone Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner
  • Donald R. Dinan Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Of Counsel
  • Michael Fleishman Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Michael D. Ganz Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • Peter Goetz Construction, Litigation, Partner Founding Partner Emeritus
  • Andrew P. Herrera Litigation, Trusts + Estates Associate
  • Gary M. Kushner Bankruptcy, Corporate, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Robert I. Lesser Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate Of Counsel
  • Joshua G. Oberman Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Victor Rivera Jr. Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • Christopher M. Rodriguez Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Associate
  • Howard Rubin Corporate, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner
  • Scott D. Simon Bankruptcy, Construction, Corporate, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • John B. Simoni Construction, Corporate, Litigation Senior Partner

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Real Estate

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Before you build on the property, you need to close on the property. Complications or delays often come with the territory in real estate. No matter the transaction, you can turn to Goetz Fitzpatrick for the expertise and resources to structure, negotiate and close your deal whether commercial leasing or purchase and sale transactions ranging from $1 million to $100 million and beyond. Our firm is all about the details, seamlessly working with clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to commercial and institutional tenants to landlords. In addition to representing purchasers to secure financing, we handle real estate brokerage issues and litigation, easements and rights of way, tax-deferred property exchanges (1031 exchanges), among other critical, time-sensitive services.

+ Commercial Purchase and Sale

+ Commercial Leasing

+ High End Residential

+ Financing

+ Development

RELATED ATTORNEYS


  • Aaron Boyajian Corporate, Real Estate Managing Partner
  • George T. Bruckman Corporate, Partner, Real Estate, Trusts + Estates Senior Partner
  • Donald J. Carbone Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner
  • Barry Eisenberg Corporate, Real Estate, Trusts + Estates Of Counsel
  • Robert I. Lesser Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate Of Counsel
  • Howard Rubin Corporate, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner

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Corporate

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Corporate transactions are definitely not a one-size-fits-all proposition—they demand a multi-faceted and practical approach. For established or growing business of all sizes, Goetz Fitzpatrick’s attorneys expertly balance the many aspects of complex corporate organization and management in forming corporate entities, preparing partnership, corporate and LLC operating agreements, shareholder and employment agreements, stock and asset sale and purchases, and business operation financing. We serve as counsel in mergers, acquisitions and other transactional activities, from employee relations and E-Commerce, to representation of professional services firms and federal and state compliance. We also help our business clients develop and protect their brand through registration of intellectual property such as trademark and copyrights. 

+ Closely Held Corporations

+ Asset and Stock Purchase and Sale

+ Corporate Formation

+ Corporate Governance

+ Intellectual Property and Brand Protection

+ Website Terms & Conditions

+ Privacy Policies

RELATED ATTORNEYS


  • Alison Arden Besunder Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation, Partner, Trusts + Estates Partner
  • Becky Baek Corporate, Litigation Associate
  • Aaron Boyajian Corporate, Real Estate Managing Partner
  • George T. Bruckman Corporate, Partner, Real Estate, Trusts + Estates Senior Partner
  • Donald J. Carbone Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner
  • Barry Eisenberg Corporate, Real Estate, Trusts + Estates Of Counsel
  • Michael Fleishman Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Michael D. Ganz Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • Gary M. Kushner Bankruptcy, Corporate, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Robert I. Lesser Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate Of Counsel
  • Joshua G. Oberman Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Victor Rivera Jr. Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • Christopher M. Rodriguez Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Associate
  • Howard Rubin Corporate, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner
  • Scott D. Simon Bankruptcy, Construction, Corporate, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • John B. Simoni Construction, Corporate, Litigation Senior Partner

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Bankruptcy

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In our bankruptcy practice, we check all the boxes. We help debtors overcome setbacks to maintain their solvency, which typically means restructuring distressed loans and negotiating favorable terms with the lender, usually a nationally recognized bank or some other private lender. This could involve adjusting the term of the loan, payback amount, charging a lesser interest rate, or avoiding default interest being charged. If that falls through, we advise on bankruptcy proceedings and specialize in Chapter 11 corporate restructuring. Whatever the outcome, our mission remains the same: we get our clients; businesses back on track.

+ Business Reorganization

+ Corporate Restructuring

+ Debtor’s Rights

RELATED ATTORNEYS


  • Gary M. Kushner Bankruptcy, Corporate, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Scott D. Simon Bankruptcy, Construction, Corporate, Litigation Senior Counsel

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Trusts + Estates

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Preserving your assets and leaving a legacy is what drives our trust and estates practice. We stand ready to safeguard clients’ personal wealth and transfer it in a way that achieves their personal objectives, while minimizing applicable taxes and other expenses—like potential litigation. Our clients are as diverse as our planning. Our clients range from new parents just starting a family, to family business owners, to high net-worth individuals, and family foundations.  Regardless of an estate’s value, we provide consistent guidance to structure our clients’ estates in a way that minimizes stress on their families in a crisis situation and avoids potential disputes. Our services include preparing wills, trusts and advance directives such as health care proxies and powers of attorney, pursuing and defending guardianships where necessary, business continuity planning, and other key practice areas.   

 

+ Guardianship

+ Trusts

+ Trust Administration

+ Estate Administration

+ Wills & Estate Planning

+ Health Care Proxies

+ Probate Contests

+ Fiduciary Litigation

+ Business Succession Planning

RELATED ATTORNEYS


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Labor + Employment

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As a matter of federal, state, and local law, employers in New York and New Jersey must comply with labor standards. Guided by our attorneys’ top-to-bottom grasp of employment terms and conditions, we work tirelessly to resolve disputes prior to pursuing litigation. When that’s no longer a viable option (even as arbitration becomes the norm), we act as experienced consultants with one overarching goal in mind: to see every claim through to a successful conclusion, whether it involves wage disputes on the state or federal level; claims against employers involving labor union benefit plans; or workplace health and safety.

+ Union Disputes

+ Prevailing Wage Disputes

+ Collective Bargaining Agreements

RELATED ATTORNEYS


  • Donald J. Carbone Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner, Real Estate Senior Partner
  • Michael Fleishman Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation, Partner Partner
  • Michael D. Ganz Construction, Corporate, Labor + Employment, Litigation Senior Counsel

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Intellectual Property, Media + Technology

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A business is only as good as its brand. You want yours to symbolize your company’s core values, culture, and good will. You give your business your all; you need to protect your business name, logo, and trade name so that your competitors and would-be competitors are deterred from siphoning the goodwill built by your sweat equity. 

+ Trademarks

+ Copyrights

+ Trade Secrets

+ Design Logos

+ Design Protection

+ Website Terms & Conditions

+ Privacy Policies

RELATED ATTORNEYS


  • Alison Arden Besunder Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation, Partner, Trusts + Estates Partner
  • Donald R. Dinan Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Of Counsel
  • Victor Rivera Jr. Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Senior Counsel
  • Christopher M. Rodriguez Construction, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media + Technology, Litigation Associate