Harris Winick Harris is pleased to announce the hiring of two accomplished lawyers, Andrea M. Despotes and Marisa K. Perry.
Harris Winick Harris congratulates Jeffrey Charkow on becoming a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA). Mr. Charkow was nominated for membership by his peers because of his demonstrated expertise in the field and his high ethical and professional standards. Robert Harris, Jeffrey Winick, and John-Paul Lujan are also members of SOICA.
A pair of nationally prominent senior tax partners from Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP have joined Harris Winick LLP to form the Firm's new Tax Controversy and Tax Planning practice group. With a combined 60+ years of legal experience, Ken Harris and Bob Bedore will collaborate, as they have for the past 14 years, to provide the highest quality tax counsel and advice to their clients both in tax controversy and tax planning matters. The Firm will now be called Harris Winick Harris LLP.
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From the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
The Firm, in partnership with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, represented an African-American individual alleging claims of racial discrimination associated with his employment at a local restaurant. The plaintiff prevailed in a jury trial in the Northern District of Illinois and was awarded not only all the past and future wages claimed, but was also awarded punitive damages. Daniel Dorfman and Alexander Rozett were pleased to work with the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee in handling the matter.
After having served as an arbitrator in a series of high stakes arbitrations over the past several years, Robert Harris has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Regional Roster of Neutrals. The American Arbitration Association (AAA), which is the nation's leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services, selected Mr. Harris based on his outstanding qualifications, accomplishments and reviews from the prior arbitrations. Bob has a unique ability to manage the alternative dispute resolution process, evaluate and apply legal, business or trade principles in a fair and equitable manner and is looking forward to working with parties to seek resolution of their disputes.
The Firm recognizes partners Jeffrey Winick, Robert Harris and John-Paul Lujan for being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Jeffrey Winick received a special designation as Lawyer of the Year in Chicago for Construction Litigation for 2014. Furthermore, the Firm was ranked Tier 1 nationally for construction litigation by US News “Best Law Firms.”
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The Firm’s attorneys represented a publicly traded international hotel chain in connection with the drafting and negotiating of all design, consulting and construction agreements for the development of a hotel and resort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the costs of construction were estimated to be in excess of $300 Million. The representation involved close coordination with local Brazilian counsel and successful navigation of cultural and language barriers.
Jeffrey Winick, John-Paul Lujan and Jeffrey Charkow have recently published a chapter entitled Claims for Disruption/Loss of Productivity for the IICLE® Construction Law Library devoted to the litigation of construction disputes. Mr. Charkow made a presentation involving these issues at the IICLE Critical Issues in Construction Litigation seminar in October 2013.
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We are pleased to announce that U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Firm as a "Best Law Firm" by awarding the firm the publication's highest ranking of Tier 1 for Construction Litigation at both the national and local (Chicago) levels. The Firm was also ranked for its commercial litigation practice in Chicago. The rankings are included in the November 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Law Firms" ranking for the 2011-2012 year. In addition, both of the co-founders of the Firm, Robert J. Harris and Jeffrey H. Winick, were named among the Best Lawyers in America. "We are honored to receive the highest rankings in the area of construction and to be recognized by our peers and the community," said Robert Harris, the Firm's most senior partner. "We thank our clients for their trust and continued support, as well our talented attorney's and staff for their hard work and dedication. We are particularly proud of this achievement having recently celebrated the Firm's first year in business."
The Firm’s attorneys, Robert Harris, Carrie Berger and Daniel Dorfman, succeeded in a high stakes arbitration in favor of their client, a nationwide restaurant franchisor, regarding the fair market value of the assets of a franchisee who operated more than 40 restaurants in Louisiana. The arbitration panel rejected the franchisee's valuation of more than $31,000,000 and determined that the assets were worth substantially less than the encumbrances on the assets. The arbitration was before two former federal judges and a well-regarded franchise lawyer.
In its continued efforts to partner with its clients in the construction industry, the Firm has become a member of HACIA. HACIA, established in 1979 to foster Hispanic participation and diversity in the construction industry, is committed to supporting its members through professional development activities, education, training and networking events. The Firm looks forward to participating in HACIA activities and events and assisting HACIA in achieving its goals.
On behalf of its twelve employees, the Firm has made a donation to support the Red Cross' immediate relief efforts in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week. The Firm offers its thoughts and prayers for the people of Japan and is hopeful that its contribution made to the American Red Cross will help advance the short term relief and long term rebuilding of Japan.
The Firm’s Partners John-Paul Lujan and Jeff Winick recently assisted their lender client with certain due diligence in connection with a $130,000,000 construction loan to a developer for the development of a 40-stroy office tower in Miami, Florida. John-Paul and Jeff reviewed the Project's design and construction materials, including the developer, design, construction management, general contractor and consulting contracts, performance and payment bonds, drawings and specifications (and related documents) in order to assess the lender's design and construction related liability exposure. John-Paul drafted the transaction's various construction, design and consulting consents to assignment to the lender, designer certifications, as well as all of the modifications to the agreements necessary to minimize the lender's exposure in the event of a default on the part of the developer borrower.
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