With more than a century of combined experience, the attorneys at MushkinLaw.com work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to achieve their desired outcomes.
From high-profile business entities to individuals and families, our clients rely on our expertise as trusted advisors, corporate counsel, and litigators in a wide variety of industries.
With an unwavering goal of protecting our clients' rights, the team at MushkinLaw.com devotes our full attention and creative energy to financial, tax, and general law issues. We have an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience in:
-Investment Advisor/Client Disputes
-FINRA Member Disputes
-Hedge Fund Disputes
-Small Company Mergers & Acquisitions
-Securities Law Compliance
MushkinLaw.com proudly represents offshore clients in their dealings with U.S. statutes and regulations. Our clients in Europe and Asia have come to rely on our counsel to smooth the way for international transactions involving complex aspects of U.S. law.
Our vigorous advocacy on behalf of our clients and our demonstrable results have earned MushkinLaw.com an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for the firm's professionalism and ethics. This is the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, and is awarded by the oldest and largest peer rating agency in the United States.
Expanding Our Reach:
We have developed valued professional relationships with attorneys who specialize in myriad aspects of the legal profession, including intellectual property and white-collar criminal defense. When the need arises, these relationships enable us to consult with colleagues who can provide specialized legal services not available within the firm.
A Philosophy of Service:
Our long-standing relationships with many of our clients are a source of pride for our attorneys. The foundation of the firm's philosophy is service, out of which grows our professionalism, courtesy, and efficiency.
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If you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client or contractor that you'll need outside help to resolve.
At MushkinLaw.com, we assist businesses through civil court trials in both state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution.
We have the knowledge and experience to help your business in cases related to:
-Antitrust, unfair practices and trade regulation violations
-Banking and creditor issues, including lender liability
-Breach of contract
-Breach of warranty
-Intellectual property, including copyright and trademark infringement
-Partnership and shareholder disputes
Recovery from Breach of Contract:
When a party to a contract fails to perform, he damages the other party. This damage often goes beyond the immediate inconvenience of an unfulfilled contract. If your business has been harmed by a breach of contract and you are unable to serve your clients, the breach can cost you future profits. The skilled attorneys at MushkinLaw.com can help you achieve the best legal remedy for a breach of contract, such as:
-Compensatory damages - reimbursement for immediate monetary loss
-Consequential and incidental damages - compensation for additional foreseeable losses caused by the breach
-Attorney fees and costs - amounts available only if the contract expressly states they are recoverable
-Liquidated damages - amounts specified in the contract that are payable for particular breaches, such as late or substandard performance
-Specific performance - court order requiring the breaching party to fulfill the terms of the contract
-Punitive damages - penalty for a party's objectionable behavior, meant to punish the breaching party and discourage other parties from acting in a similar manner
-Rescission - cancellation of the contract, with both sides excused from further performance and payments made under the contract returned
-Reformation - change in the terms of the contract when the court believes there was an honest misunderstanding by the parties about what was to be performed
Affordable Alternatives to a Civil Suit:
The cost of traditional litigation can easily exceed the amount of a contract. Fortunately, there are various means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, which are less costly and quicker than civil lawsuits but can deliver the same remedies. Our skilled negotiators have successfully represented clients in arbitration and mediation hearings, and have settled lawsuits prior to trial, saving our clients considerable expense and getting their businesses back on track.
Martin Mushkin concentrates his practice on business litigation and corporate transactions. The core of his practice is corporate finance.
On the corporate side, Mr. Mushkin's practice covers: the type of company to organize for a particular business, raising money for the company and the type of shares or debt securities it should issue to raise capital, the work-a-day problems of running a company with particular attention to intellectual property rights, labor issues, and the litigation with which companies must deal. Many of his clients are headquartered overseas, as well as in the U.S. He has been counsel to numerous companies: private, going public, and public, being acquired or acquiring other companies. These companies have been in a wide variety of industries. He was a founding stockholder and first general counsel of Gartner, Inc.
Mr. Mushkin has litigated many Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and is a member of the FINRA chairmen
Harvard Law School
Joseph H. Adams focuses his legal practice exclusively on business-related matters, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and business transactions. In other words, he effectively acts as an outside general counsel for a number of small companies. His practice includes the purchase or sale of a business, contract negotiations, the acquisition or leasing of commercial real estate, municipal land use regulation and litigation with municipalities to challenge their administrative rulings, and other litigation arising from his clients' business affairs. In representing the business-oriented individuals who are his clients, Mr. Adams provides advice regarding employment issues that are frequently the subject of litigation, such as those involving restrictions on the use of confidential or proprietary business information, and the non-competition agreements that are often part of executive employment arrangements. He has represented businesses and individuals in adversary proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, usually on an of counsel basis with firms that specialize in bankruptcy.
Bar Memberships and Other Professional Activities:
Mr. Adams is admitted to the New York bar, and to the bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Bar Association of the City of New York. Mr. Adams acts as a private mediator of commercial disputes.
Education and History of Legal Practice:
Mr. Adams received his B.A. degree in philosophy with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1971 and his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1977. Mr. Adams was associated with significant firms in New York, doing commercial litigation from 1977 to 1987. In that year he opened his own office in New York City. He now bases his New York metropolitan area practice in Nyack, N.Y.
New York University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1977
Nicole L. Mushkin is a transactional attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing technology companies in Silicon Valley. Her work involves commercial transactions, including sales of products and services, licensing, development, distribution, and the acquisition of offshore services, as well as strategic transactions involving technology transfers effected through assignment, spin-out, joint venture formation, and asset purchase. She has also advised on multiple private and public corporate financing transactions. Her clients include companies in the software, hardware, wireless, and biotechnology industries.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Mushkin has worked both in house and as a private practitioner. She has represented both privately held venture-backed companies and Fortune 100 multinationals. As in house counsel, she was General Counsel of Saraide.com, Inc., a venture-backed wireless services company. During her tenure with Saraide, Ms. Mushkin managed Saraide's $360 million sale to InfoSpace.com Inc., oversaw an aggregate of $50 million in company financing, implemented a patent, trademark, and copyright strategy for the business, developed the appropriate international corporate structure for the company, negotiated technology and content acquisitions, supported commercial sales transactions, and advised with respect to corporate communications and human resources issues.
Ms. Mushkin was also an attorney with Oracle Corporation, where she was responsible for structuring and negotiating transactions for various sales, consulting, and business units. While at Oracle, Ms. Mushkin negotiated numerous multimillion-dollar deals with Fortune 100 companies, trained sales teams and consultants on negotiating tactics and appropriate risk management, and worked with Oracle senior management to orchestrate the formation, development, and integration of new lines of business. Ms. Mushkin has also served as Director of Licensing and Corporate Development for Pangea Systems, a privately funded bioinformatics company. Ms. Mushkin began her legal career in the Business and Technology group of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison.
Ms. Mushkin earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. She earned her A.B. in History from Duke University in 1988, graduating cum laude and with honors.
Ms. Mushkin is a member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.
Ms. Mushkin is an art docent for the Petaluma City School District in California. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of Children of Shelters, a San Francisco-based nonprofit benefitting homeless children. Ms. Mushkin enjoys horseback riding and is an avid amateur three-day eventer. She skis regularly.
University of Virginia School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1991
Joseph R. Sahid is a litigator with more than 40 years' experience handling commercial disputes. He was a Consultant, Litigation Partner, and Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1972 through 1997, after which he established his own practice focusing on commercial litigation. One of his cases was a lengthy class action antitrust litigation that led to fundamental changes in managed healthcare. The defendants were all the major health insurers in the country then offering mental health coverage. Over the years, he has dealt with issues involving other class actions, private actions, arbitrations and mediations, particularly in the business, commercial and securities areas.
While at the Cravath firm, Mr. Sahid conducted major complex litigations. In one of his last cases, he led a 40-member team from five law firms nationwide in presenting the defense in a billion dollar commercial fraud case to a jury over a four-month period on behalf of Holiday Inns/Harrah's. He successfully protected the favorable verdict on appeal. He defended IBM against antitrust charges, including those brought by competitors, the U.S. government, and the European Economic Community, while leading teams of up to 100 professionals. Mr. Sahid represented five domestic steel companies in the early 1980s in enforcing unfair trade laws against foreign steel manufacturers. He helped devise successful anti-takeover strategies for several major corporations. He successfully led a litigation against Donald Trump, which resulted in the dissolution of a partnership that owned an Atlantic City casino. He has also performed assignments for other well-known clients such as CBS and Time Magazine.
Mr. Sahid prepared for the threatened trials of the U.S. hostages held by Iran in 1979-1981.
Public Interest Positions:
Mr. Sahid was a staff member of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (the Eisenhower Commission) created by President Johnson following the assassination of Robert Kennedy. He was a consultant to the President's Commission on Campus Unrest (the Scranton Commission). He authored several books and articles as a result of these assignments, among them "Rights in Concord" (U.S. Government Printing Office) and "Games Politically Violent People Play," and co-authored "Law and Order: Reconsidered" (U.S. Government Printing Office and commercial publishers). He has lectured at the U.S. Naval Academy and elsewhere.
Mr. Sahid is a Mediator for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York (New York County), and an Arbitrator for the New York City Small Claims Court. He has been an arbitrator for the Financial Industry National Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Mr. Sahid was a Law Specialist on active duty at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of the Chief Counsel.
Mr. Sahid received his B.S. in Engineering from Rutgers University in 1965 and his L.L.B. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1968, where he was first in his class each semester and a member of the Law Review Editorial Board.
Mr. Sahid is a member of the bars of the State of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits, and of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been admitted to the bars of federal courts throughout the country on a case-by-case basis.
Mr. Sahid is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has been a member of a number of committees dealing with professional discipline, professional responsibility, children's rights, mediation, and legal referrals.
Who's Who in America. Mr. Sahid is rated as a pre-eminent lawyer, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and largest lawyer rating agency in the U.S.
University of Virginia Law Schoo
Joseph Taub has dealt with a wide variety of litigation and corporate matters. In his litigation practice he has been part of teams representing clients in complex litigation and arbitration. These have encompassed interests of Brazilian and other Latin American and U.S. businesses and high net worth individuals in litigation, arbitration, mediations and negotiations. Some recent matters involved a securities analyst whose former employer objected to his moving his accounts to his new employer, two elderly men who had been scammed into buying "silver," a U.S. citizen who invested in a Japanese company that refused to allow him to sell his shares when the company went public, and a series of actions to collect upon a multimillion dollar judgment. He helped prepare the defense of a major international bank based in New York City in a claw-back action brought by the Trustee of the company run by Bernard Madoff. He assisted in representing Martin Armstrong (of Princeton Economics) in his appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals to overturn his ban form the securities industry by the SEC.
On the corporate side, Mr. Taub has maintained an active general corporate and corporate finance practice, including drafting corporate documents and resolutions, partnership agreements, and employment contracts. Mr. Taub also has a full and active transactional real estate practice.
Mr. Taub began his career at the global law firm of Allen & Overy, where he worked directly with the head of the U.S. China group in the New York office. He was assigned matters on banking, project finance, and direct investment in the energy and infrastructure sectors. These included major wind, solar, gas, coal, and nuclear power project acquisitions and financings in the U.S., Asia, and Africa.
While in law school, Mr. Taub was an intern in the U.S. Attorneys' Office (EDNY) in numerous criminal and civil cases, researching case law and analyzing issues while carrying a full workload at the University. He was also a member of the Fordham Tax and Consumer Rights Litigation Clinic, where he led a group of students in representing low-income clients and earned the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. In 2007, he clerked for Judge David I. Schmidt of the Kings County Supreme Court.
Mr. Taub received his Bachelor of Talmudic Law, summa cum laude, from a well-known top Talmudic academy (yeshiva) in 2002, where he was first in his class in each semester and a member, and later president, of the debate team. He then received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2009.
Mr. Taub's decision to become a lawyer was borne out of many life experiences. Those who learn Talmud with commitment develop strong analytical skills. It is partly because of that study that the law attracted him, along with its inherent characteristic of advocacy.
Mr. Taub is a member of the bars of the State of New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He has also practiced in other federal courts on a case-by-case basis.
Mr. Taub is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr. Taub is fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish and speaks and reads basic German, Swiss German, and Spanish.
Ruth J. Witztum has more than 30 years of experience as a tax attorney, advising individuals, for-profit, and not-for-profit entities on a wide variety of business and personal tax issues. The business transactions include entity formation, partnership agreements, executive compensation, corporate mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, reorganizations, and liquidation. She has advised non-resident aliens and foreign corporations with regard to the resolution of the U.S. tax aspects of their business activities in the United States, with particular reference to the application of tax treaties between the United States and other countries. She has successfully represented individuals and entities in state and federal tax audits and administrative proceedings.
Education, Early Practice, and Bar Admissions:
Ms. Witztum graduated cum laude from Brandeis University. She earned her Juris Doctorate and then her Master of Laws degree in taxation from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Tax Law Review. She was an associate at the firm of Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon, LLP for 10 years. She practiced for several years in Taiwan, and has been based in New York since that early experience. Ms. Witztum is admitted to the courts of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Tax Court.
Ms. Witztum wrote "Federal Income Tax Aspects of Divorce and Separation," in Corporate Counseling (NY State Bar Association, 1988)
Associations and Memberships:
Ms. Witztum is a member of the New York State Bar Association, section on Taxation and the American Bar Association, Tax Law section.
Ms. Witztum is an avid sailor and scuba diver. She has served as Commodore of her yacht club. She is also a member of the law committee of the United States Power Squadron.
New York University School of Law