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Firm Overview

Szendel PLLC is a sophisticated law practice dedicated to providing sensible, strategic, cost-effective and result-oriented solutions to complex problems in Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Business Law throughout the New York Tri-State Area. The firm offers a scalable solution for clients ranging from individuals to large corporations who seek high-quality legal services at an exceptional value. My practice is dedicated to adding value for entrepreneurs, start-up ventures and established businesses of all sizes in all aspects of business planning and transactional concerns as well as complex business disputes and litigation. I invite you to read Szendel PLLC's Mission, which is a direct reflection on my vision for how a client-focused law practice should function and a statement of my commitment to you.

Main Office

Downtown Manhattan
305 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York  NY  10007

Phone
  • (212) 897-5870
Fax
  • (888) 816-7114

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I provide a free initial 10-15 minute phone consultation in which we can identify your particular problem.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

One of the core values of my firm is to provide sensible and effective service to clients. In order to achieve this, I work carefully with clients to structure value-based, alternative fee structures wherever appropriate. This may include fixed-fees for unbundled business-related services, monthly flat fees for general counsel services, and hybrid billing arrangements.

Hourly Rates

I will be happy to discuss applicable hourly rates during a scheduled consultation.

Office Information

Office Hours

Available by appointment only Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. I also offer weekend appointments to accommodate existing clients.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Business
Szendel PLLC advises, counsels and represents businesses of all sizes in a broad range of contractual and transactional concerns and in complex commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation throughout New York and New Jersey.
Business & Commercial Litigation

Szendel PLLC represents businesses and individuals in state and federal court litigation, arbitration and mediation of matters involving:

• Breach of Contract
• Sales, Secured Transactions and Negotiable Instruments
• Insurance Coverage
• Shareholder Disputes
• Partnership break-ups and "Business Divorce"
• Business and Intentional Torts
• Tortious Interference with Contract or Business Relationship
• False Advertising
• Breach of Fiduciary Duty
• Fraud
• Conversion
• Intellectual Property
• Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
• Trademark Infringement
• Copyright Infringement;

Business Formation

Szendel PLLC helps entrepreneurs in advancing their visions and improving their business image by forming business entities and drafting the appropriate contracts and agreements to prevent disputes involving the business and business owners.

Contract Drafting & Negotiation

Szendel PLLC adds value to our business clients by helping them to avoid potentially costly litigation through carefully analyzing, reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of business contracts including:

• Sales-Related Contracts
• Service Agreements
• Asset and Stock Purchase Agreements
• General and Sub-Contractor Agreements
• Real Property and Equipment Leases
• License Agreements
• Insurance Policies
• Non-Compete Agreements
• Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
• Consulting Agreements
• Employment Separation Agreements
• Indemnity Agreements
• Settlement Agreements and Releases

General Business Counseling

Szendel PLLC serves small and medium-sized businesses as an advisor and outside general counsel on a broad range of business-related issues including:

• Company Policies and Procedures
• Regulatory Compliance
• Labor and Employment-Related Issues
• Insurance Coverage
• Settlement Analysis and Negotiation for Threatened or Pending Lawsuits

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I strongly encourage all of my clients to educate themselves on the legal issues involved in their particular matter. My firm's website provides links to a vast array of legal resources for this purpose, which you can access here. I find that an informed client can better conceptualize the strategies that I develop to achieve their objectives, which is important because it enables the client to contemplate and provide me with the best, most relevant factual information necessary for me to best advance their goals. Informed clients also have a greater appreciation for the value I bring to the equation as their attorney, which leads to more fulfilling and longer-lasting attorney-client relationships.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Often times my clients come to me with documents they have prepared, seeking for me to analyze and ultimately improve upon the drafts. While I will certainly always apply my skills and expertise to create the highest quality work product possible, a sophisticated client's initial draft of a letter or contract, for example, can sometimes save time and more efficiently lead to results. I also enjoy the team-building that comes from drafting and revising documents in conjunction with my clients, which tends to lead to closer, more unified relationships.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

This greatly depends on the case and/or issue involved. With each and every one of my clients I am focused on crafting sensible solutions that take into account all facts and circumstances bearing on a particular matter and their potential impact on my clients' short and long-term objectives. While I rarely find it advisable for a client to undertake the task of representing themselves entirely, sometimes it may make the best strategic sense for the client to be the signatory on a letter or the face in a negotiation, in which case I may assist in dutifully preparing and enabling my clients to achieve the best outcome.

Adrian M. Szendel

Prior to founding Szendel PLLC, I gained substantial experience litigating multi-million dollar disputes on behalf of large corporations in state, federal district and bankruptcy courts around the nation. I also gained considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution having served clients in domestic and international arbitrations throughout the United States as well as in Japan.

The most rewarding and formative aspect of my prior work experience was the opportunity to go head-to-head with adversaries from some of the largest, most prestigious law firms in the United States on numerous occasions. In doing so I achieved precedent-setting victories on summary judgment on behalf of clients in state and federal court litigation and negotiated numerous complex settlements. I also helped to facilitate major corporate transactions through careful drafting and negotiation of complex agreements.

My clients at Szendel PLLC receive the benefit of this training and experience at an exceptional value.

I grew up in a working class family where I learned the value of hard work, resourcefulness and dedication. I bring this to my practice every day, and my clients get the benefit. My upbringing was also in an entrepreneurial environment and I have witnessed first-hand the people close to me face and overcome the business and financial obstacles that my clients face now. This experience enables me to better relate to my clients, to understand their objectives, and ultimately craft the best strategy to achieve their goals.

I am committed to upholding several core values upon which I founded my firm, Szendel PLLC. I encourage you to read more about Szendel PLLC's Mission to learn about these values, which represent my strengths and commitment to my clients.

In working with clients, I take the time and put forth the extra effort to genuinely understand your business and objective and to get to know you on a personal level. My interpersonal communication with clients enables me to share in their passion and better serve them as their attorney. I can always be easily reached by my clients in emergency situations and always promptly return phone calls and emails.

When I represent you in litigation, you can count on me to be a tenacious litigator, shrewd negotiator and all around zealous advocate in pursuing your goals. In any given matter I work with clients to understand their objectives in order to determine the best strategy to implement to achieve those objectives, and keep them informed throughout the process.

For my corporate and transactional clients, I leverage my substantial experience in interpreting, deconstructing and persuading courts as to the meaning of contract language to my clients' advantage by drafting carefully-worded agreements and evaluating your business contracts with a view towards enforceability. In this regard, I strive to add value to your business by protecting your interests and helping you to avoid potentially costly litigation by significantly reducing the likelihood of future disputes arising from contractual agreements and transactions.

License
  • Bar Number: 4209524
    New York , 2004
  • Bar Number: 020512006
    New Jersey , 2006
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude , 2003
    Cleveland
    • Case Western Reserve Law Review
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Niagara International Moot Court Team
  • The University of Toledo
    Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude , 2000
    Toledo, OH
    • National Dean's List
    • Golden Key National Honors Society
    • Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society

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