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The Business and Commercial Attorney

There are ongoing professional discussions amongst attorneys as to which is more important, retaining an experienced Mediator or a Mediator experienced in the subject industry.

Jerome suggests that both are valuable, and submits the following examples of his “hands-on” business and legal experience over a forty year period, representing clients in a variety of industries. These experiences support and compliment his experience and skills as a professional Mediator, Arbitrator and Facilitator:

PRACTICAL BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Principal (practical “hands-on” business experience as a Founding Managing Partner and in-house legal counsel) in five firms conducting business in the United States and internationally:
    • Jerome Allan Landau, Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator: national and international representation of business, commercial and governmental clients in a variety of industries. Formerly offices in New York and London Service as Arbitrator or Mediator of disputes in similar industries (see Profile categories). Assisted in establishing one of the world’s first international partnerships of law firms with member law firms and Correspondent Offices in major cities worldwide.
    • Dispute Solutions LLC: mediation, arbitration and large Group Facilitations (larger groups included attendees exceeding 90 professionals.)
    • Peregrine International Inc.: international corporate, banking and government security, bank and financial investigations, counter-industrial and counter-computer espionage, loss retrieval and security programs.
    • Euram Enterprises Inc.: international product trading company. Formerly offices in London and New York.
    • Camille Arts, Inc.: Art publishing. Formerly offices in London and New York.
  • Business and Commercial clients: legal counsel to local, national and international business entities (corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships)and their leadership.
    • International Business and Commerce:
      • Service as legal counsel and advisor U.S. and international firms based and/or doing business in Canada, Europe, Far East, India, Iran, Korea, Middle East, Nepal, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan.
      • Legal counsel and/or advisor to the Country of Bhutan, its United Nations Mission and Ambassadors, and Members of its Royal Family, government, internal security and military.
      • Legal counsel and advisor to the 900 year old Kagyu Lineage of Tibet.
      • Consulting with and teaching U.S. Commercial Laws to Italian attorneys.
      • Serving the clients of an English law firm with their business matters in the U.S. marketplace.
      • Representing an Italian manufacturer, and its U.S. distributor, sued for trademark infringement in U.S. District Court.
      • Assisting in drafting the articles and the establishment of an international partnership of law firms based in major world cities.
  • Example of Industries and Services (alphabetical):
    • Business and commercial transactions: negotiations, contracts, licensing, mergers, purchases and acquisitions (entities, assets), finance (see below), letters of credit (U.S. and globally).
    • Construction and Development: See Areas of Practice “Real Estate, Construction and Brokerage” section.
    • Educational Institutions: establishment and maintenance of child care, pre-school, charter school and similar institutions (including religious); advocacy before State Attorney General and Department of Health Services
    • Entertainment, Publishing and Art:
      • Motion picture and legitimate theatrical productions.
      • Broadway bound production (production contracts and financing).
      • Composers, lyricists and performance artists (Broadway, off-Broadway, Brooklyn Academy of Music and other venues).
      • Authors: fiction (New York Times multi-best seller) and non-fiction.
      • Graphic and Photographic Artists.
      • European art publishing firm.
      • Examples of Clients represented:
        • Gerald Browne (New York Times multi “Best Selling” Author.
        • International choreographers and dance companies (Twyla Tharp Dance Company, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians).
        • Olympic ice skating Gold Medalist John Curry.
        • Service as a Judge at a televised international ice skating competition held in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
    • Environmental and Energy Resources: dispute resolution; representation of Canadian solar firm; consultant regarding international solar panel manufacturer’s acquisition of “off-shore” government licenses and related contracts.
    • Equine Industry: riding facilities, horse owners, contractual and liability disputes.
    • Family Partnerships: business issues and disputes; dissolution/distribution of marital assets (e.g. assets exceeding $20,000,000).
    • Finance: Contracts, Lender and Guarantor Issues, Creditor-Debtor disputes, debt negotiations and settlement, Brokerage and related Matters; real estate finance matters (commercial, industrial, resort, residential properties); national and international representations; Investors; short-sale and foreclosure issues; options.
    • Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) – challenges to “medical device” designations.
    • Franchises Industry: business counsel and/or litigation counsel for franchisors and franchisees; Member (former), ABA Franchise Law Forum.
    • Healthcare and Medical Industry: representation of Medical doctors/osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, homeopathic and naturopathic physicians, national Medical Foundation, medical clinic (contract, coding, billing and insurance, employee issues.) Medical Groups: local and national service as Mediator and Group Facilitator on behalf of diversified medical groups (e.g. neurologists, neurosurgeons, perfusionists, dental, anesthesiologists) experiencing conflict among partner physicians, ownership and/or staff ; Panelist: American Arbitration Association Health Care Neutral
    • Insurance: contracts, disputes – policy holder and carrier, inter- carriers, bad faith, and fraud.
    • Intellectual Property: trademark, copyright and royalty litigation; mediation and arbitration; trademark infringement litigation (e.g. representing US and international clients in litigated cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Southern Districts of New York)including litigated lawsuits suits brought by “Lacoste Izod” and other European trademark holders.
    • Investigations: Large and complex financial and business investigations; former U.S. Treasury Department Financial Investigator/Special Agent; national Coordinator of project deemed “largest of its kind”; multiple C.C.I.M. finance programs.
    • Labor and Employment: employer-employee disputes and claims; ombudsman services.
    • Non-Profit Organizations and Tax Exempt Entities: include Establishment and maintenance of non-profit organizations Churches, religious, cultural, education, medical, health care, performing arts and others securing tax-exempt status and “umbrella exemptions”; counseling Boards of Directors and Trustees; mediating internal Board disputes and Board-employee disputes, labor law and employment issues.
    • Real Estate: Properties included commercial, industrial, ranch, land, resort/hotel and residential.Legal Services and representation included:

      Litigation of ownership and related disputes.
      Transactions: purchase, sale, federal land trade.
      Finance, contracts, Lender and Guarantor Issues, Creditor-Debtor disputes, Letters of Credit, debt negotiations and settlement, Brokerage and related securities matters and disputes; commercial, resort, residential properties; national and international representation included prospective and existing borrowers or lenders; Real Estate and Business Financial Transactions: Investments, short-sale and foreclosure issues, contracts on behalf of lenders and borrowers, options); multiple C.C.I.M. finance programs. Hazard and other insurance issues.
      Torts, trespass, eminent domain, etc.
      Federal land-trade.
      Contract negotiations.
      Sales and leasing of office, commercial and industrial buildings, vacant land, residential properties, hotel/resort and ranches.
      Representation of Investors and Investment Groups.
      Lease negotiation and drafting (commercial, land, residential).
      Representation of Arizona real estate Brokerages (and formerly Arizona’s largest Brokerage), contractors, sub-contractors.
      Litigation and arbitration of disputes in the above areas.