Cole Schotz’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring practice is a distinguished and nationally renowned full-service group that is regularly cited in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and lauded for a track record that boasts unparalleled effectiveness, success and value.
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Our Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency Group has closely monitored the evolving legal and regulatory landscape surrounding the advent of blockchain technology. We are experienced and ready to assist companies and applications utilizing public blockchains and private ledgers in every stage of their businesses, including: + Read more
Cole Schotz’s multi-faceted practice is uniquely well-suited for investors and entrepreneurs alike with respect to the emerging cannabis industry and the opportunities and challenges it presents. + Read more
Cole Schotz provides comprehensive construction related services for every phase of construction projects, both public and private, throughout the country. Our group is comprised of attorneys with transactional, litigation, environmental and regulatory expertise. + Read more
Cole Schotz provides practical advice regarding all business matters, from simple governance issues to complex corporate transactions. We assist companies in achieving their short- and long-term business objectives, whether they are public corporations, closely held and family owned businesses, or sole proprietorships. + Read more
We value our close working relationship with clients and the trust they place in us to address and resolve complicated and often sensitive employment issues. Our attorneys provide preventive counseling and guidance to both large and small employers on a wide range of compliance issues and evolving statutory and common law requirements. This includes those related to wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, sexual and other forms of harassment, family and medical leaves of absence, disability, substance abuse, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant trade secret and other related issues.
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Our Environmental Law department is vibrant, growing and ideally situated to assist those who buy, sell or conduct business on commercial or industrial property where environmental risks can create significant challenges to business ventures.
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The Cole Schotz Healthcare Group, led by Paul W. Kim, Esq., a former employee of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, represents a variety of individuals and corporations in the healthcare industry including:
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If you create it, we can help you protect it, enforce it, and monetize it. For years, the Intellectual Property team at Cole Schotz has been partnering with clients to provide superior quality service at unmatched value. Our recipe includes superior quality work product, aggressive advocacy, business-focused counseling, creativity, responsiveness, and integrity. + Read more
In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Cole Schotz’s Real Estate Special Opportunities group has been active in advising clients on the issues being confronted today, and opportunities that will arise as parties seek to monetize assets and/or deploy capital in the weeks and months to come. + Read more
In today’s ultra-competitive food and beverage marketplace, where guests are sophisticated and business challenges come from both expected and unexpected places, it is imperative that foodie entrepreneurs, restaurant groups, celebrity chefs, craft brewers, hotel owners and investors engage a strong team of advisors to limit bumps along the road to success.
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The players in the world of sports go far beyond those performing on game day. Whether you are an athlete, sports-related organization or supplier to the industry, our experienced team is ready to assist. + Read more
The Cole Schotz Tax, Trusts & Estates attorneys counsel individuals and businesses in a range of tax and estate planning strategies. Our clients include owners of family businesses where succession planning and asset protection are linked, and individuals of substantial means who wish to take advantage of sophisticated tax planning techniques to retain and build their wealth for future generations.
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At times, individuals and corporations may unwittingly run afoul of the law and government regulations. Ordinary commercial disputes can give rise to allegations of fraud and abuse. Grand jury subpoenas may be directed at innocent targets and present logistical record-gathering challenges for legitimate businesses. + Read more
Continuing that fine tradition, our Employment Law attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of employment law and provide counseling to large and small employers on day-to-day personnel, compliance and regulatory issues. They also have extensive litigation experience, and advocate regularly in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.
Counseling We are proud to partner with our clients in navigating the ever-changing and increasingly complex state and federal employment laws and regulations, thus enabling them to do what they do best: focus on their core businesses. We provide preventive counseling to employers on a wide range of evolving statutory requirements, including those related to:
Medical leaves of absence
Wage and hour issues
Our attorneys work closely with human resource and other professionals on many personnel matters such as:
Employee job performance
Reduction in force issues
We also prepare and negotiate employment, compensation and severance agreements.
Litigation If and when disputes arise, our clients rely on our wide-ranging litigation experience. We have handled all types of employment matters before federal and state courts and various administrative bodies. Our attorneys appear regularly in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the N.J. Division on Civil Rights, the N.Y. Division of Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state and federal Departments of Labor. We also have extensive class action experience in areas such as discrimination, wage and hour claims and ERISA actions. Many of our attorneys have been members in the prestigious Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court, the first Inn of Court in the nation that focuses exclusively on labor and employment law issues.
Cole Schotz defended Goya Foods, the nation's largest Hispanic-owned food company, in a suit brought by Goya's former Director of Marketing alleging national origin and gender discrimination and breach of contract. The suit involved eight lucrative severance agreements, valued at approximately $4 million, that were distributed by Goya's former President and Chairman behind the back of the Board of Directors and right before he was removed from office. We first obtained the dismissal of the discrimination claims; subsequently, after a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in Goya's favor, finding the severance agreements unenforceable.
EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services, one of the nation's largest chauffeured limousine companies, turned to Cole Schotz when sued in two purported wage and hour class actions in California. In the first case, the plaintiff limousine drivers alleged that the company failed to pay drivers overtime compensation and failed to properly compensate them for rest and meal periods. As lead defense counsel, we successfully convinced the court that the matter was inappropriate for class treatment. Following the court's denial of class action certification, Cole Schotz was able to dispose of the case on extremely favorable terms. In the second case, the plaintiff drivers asserted claims for unpaid wages and overtime. We were able to settle the matter favorably without the court having to decide the issue of class certification. Cole Schotz saved the company from potential exposure for unpaid wages to present and former employees, as well as attorneys' fees and costs.
We handled a very large wage and hour class action filed against Nestlé Waters North America under the New Jersey wage and hour laws. The suit involved Poland Spring and approximately 600 of its New Jersey-based drivers who alleged entitlement to overtime. The class action, which raised a number of novel employment law issues, was settled for approximately $5 million.
We successfully enforced a financial services company's restrictive covenant against a departing employee who stole a substantial piece of business from our client in violation of his contractual obligations. Within months of filing the complaint, Cole Schotz secured a settlement with the former employee and his new company, enabling our client to recover nearly all of the profits lost on the stolen project.
We successfully represented the Vice Chairman of a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, negotiating and protecting his eight-figure retirement benefits package. The package was at risk because the employer was looking to lay blame for its substantial sub-prime mortgage write-offs.
Our child care service agency client turned to Cole Schotz when sued by a child care provider in the Superior Court of New Jersey, alleging retaliation under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, and violations of the New Jersey Constitution. We successfully obtained the dismissal of the case at an early stage, avoiding potential liability and saving the company substantial attorneys' fees and costs.
We successfully defended a company on charges alleging overtime violations brought by the U.S. Department of Labor in Tennessee, enabling the company to raise capital and enter into a strategic business relationship with GE Healthcare.
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