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Vincent J. Syracuse

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Areas of Focus

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Appellate practice
  • Corporate
  • Real estate
  • Law firm liability
  • Attorney malpractice
  • Professional responsibility
  • Lender liability
  • Staffing
  • Employment law matters
Vincent Syracuse 0728 R

Vincent J. Syracuse

Partner syracuse@thsh.com 212-508-6722 LinkedIn Twitter

Areas of Focus

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Appellate practice
  • Corporate
  • Real estate
  • Law firm liability
  • Attorney malpractice
  • Professional responsibility
  • Lender liability
  • Staffing
  • Employment law matters

Biography

Vincent J. Syracuse is the founder of Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and is currently its Co-Chair. With 50 years of litigation experience, he has earned a reputation as a problem-solver, a strategic tactician and an aggressive advocate for clients. Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Vince represents a variety of clients in complex commercial litigation in the New York State and Federal Courts on the pre-trial, trial and in various alternate dispute resolution forums including mediation and arbitration. When not acting as an advocate for clients, Vince is often asked to serve as a mediator in cases where his help is sought to resolve commercial disputes and is the person other attorneys call upon as an expert witness on various aspects of attorney professionalism.

Vince also handles cases involving law firm and accounting firm malpractice and is routinely consulted on ethical and professional responsibility issues. He is experienced in handling matters on the appellate level including cases in the New York Court of Appeals, where early on in his career he was a law clerk.

In addition to co-chairing Tannenbaum Helpern’s litigation practice, Vince is also a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice where he counsels clients about their professional, ethical and legal obligations in this rapidly expanding space, helping them respond to the cybersecurity challenges faced by every business.

Vince is active in numerous bar association activities and frequently chairs or participates in continuing legal education programs for judges and lawyers on various commercial litigation topics.

  • Has chaired the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) successful program on ethics and civility for over twenty years and in April 2019 was honored by the NYSBA for his contribution to professionalism and continuing legal education.
  • Has been a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section since 1994 and has represented the Section in the NYSBA's House of Delegates. He was the Section's Chair in 2009-2010, having previously served as Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair and three terms as the Section's Treasurer. The Section honored Vince with its nominations in 2007 and 2012 for the NYSBA's Attorney Professionalism Award recognizing him as a "tireless advocate for ethics and civility in New York."
  • Is a member of the NYSBA's Committees on Attorney Professionalism and Continuing Legal Education. For the past eight years, he has written the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal which covers a variety of topics of interest to the bench and bar.

Vince has been equally active outside of the bar associations to increase the efficiency of commercial ligation in New York.

  • He was appointed by then Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, in March 2010, to the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System which monitors the annual financial disclosure statements within the judicial branch of the New York State government.
  • He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and is a former Chair of the Commercial Division Committee.
    • Over the years, Vince helped shape the development of the Commercial Division since its inception in New York and Monroe Counties, and subsequent expansion to several counties throughout the State of New York.
    • These committees act as liaison between the bar and the Commercial Division and have created a mechanism that allows practitioners in the Commercial Division to express their views about the structure of the Commercial Division, and comment on various matters of Commercial Division practice, including the Commercial Division rules that govern practice in that court.

Vince has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers from 2006 through 2019, every year that selections were made.

  • Board of Managers of the York River House Condominium vs. Kinney York Avenue, Inc, Central Parking Corporation and Central Parking System Realty of New York, Inc., Appellate Division, First Department, December 5, 2006. Representation of Central Parking Corporation in the successful defense of a challenge to its $210 million merger with the Kinney Parking System. The court affirmed the dismissal of claims made by the Board of Managers of a Manhattan condominium that the merger triggered its right of first refusal because the merger changed the ownership of a Kinney garage located in its building.
  • The Hartz Consumer Group, Inc. et al v. JWC Hartz Holdings, Inc. et al., Appellate Division, First Department, October 31, 2006. Successful representation of Leonard Stern's Hartz Consumer Group in litigation arising from Stern's $300 million December 2000 sale of The Hartz Mountain Corporation to Boston-based J. W. Childs, L.P. The Appellate Division unanimously affirmed the New York County Commercial Division's dismissal on summary judgment of the buyer's $50 million indemnification claim that Stern guaranteed the success of certain product lines. The case reinforced the principle that indemnification agreements are strictly construed and that business risks identified during due diligence must be specifically addressed in the parties' contract.
  • Representation of a major international law firm in litigation that was instituted in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York where it was alleged by a non-client lender that the law firm issued a false and fraudulent opinion letter in connection with a secured loan transaction and then assisted its client in the formulation and implementation of certain fraudulent transfers in violation of the lender's rights
  • Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc. v. 29 East 64 th Street Corp., 297 A.D.2d 258, 746 N.Y.S.2d 482 (1st Dept., 2002). Representation of a cooperative corporation in a complex dispute with a commercial proprietary tenant regarding corporate governance issues and the imposition of sub-let fees
  • Irvine v. Murad Skin Research Laboratories, Inc., 194 F.3d 313 (1 st Cir. 1999). Representation of a manufacturer of skin care products in a dispute with a distributor in Puerto Rico that arose from the airing of an infomercial in Puerto Rico that allegedly violated the rights of the distributor and its principal
  • ADT Operations, Inc. v. Chase Manhattan Bank, N. A., 173 Misc. 2d 959, 662 N.Y. S. 2d 190 (N.Y. Sup. 1997). Represented ADT Operations, Inc. in a complex litigation that was commenced in the Commercial Division in connection with the attempted hostile takeover of ADT where it was alleged that Chase had a banking relationship with ADT and violated its obligations to ADT when it provided funding for the tender offer and other assistance to another customer
  • Bor Corp. v. ADT Automotive, Inc. (SDNY 1996). Represented ADT Automotive, Inc. in connection with purchase price adjustment claims arising from the acquisition of motor vehicle auction business
  • Matter of FBN Food Services, Inc., 82 F.3d 1387, 35 Collier Bankr.Cas.2d 1193, 29 Bankr.Ct.Dec. 29, 7 th Cir. (III.), May 02, 1996 and In re FBN Food Service, Inc., 175 B.R. 671, 32 Collier Bankr.Cas.2d 1316, Bankr.N.D.III., Dec 06, 1994. Representation of East River Savings Bank and its affiliates in the defense of RICO claims, a fraudulent conveyance action and related litigation in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the courts of the State of Illinois that arose from $7 million in loans made by East River Savings Bank to the operators of group of Taco Bell and Sizzler restaurants and the lender's subsequent participation in a mediation that was conducted in Chicago, Ill under the auspices of JAMS/Endispute
  • Hartz Mountain Corp. v. Allou Distributors, Inc., 173 A. D.2d 440, 570 N.Y.S.2d 66 (2 Dept. 1991). Representation of a manufacturer of pet supplies in dispute with a distributor concerning the sale of gray market goods.
  • Won one of the first cases in New York City that sustained the co-op flip tax.
  • U.S. v. Clinton Capital Corp., 748 F.Supp. 231 (S.D.N.Y. 1990). Representation of SBIC lender in receivership issues
  • Represented lenders and debtors in foreclosures/workouts in the New York State and Federal Courts involving hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Management Assistance Inc v. Edelman, 584 F. Supp. 1016 (SDNY 1984). Represented a client alleged to have violated Section 13(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. The favorable decision was the first ruling by any court that a limited partner could be immune under the securities laws because of the limited liability that a limited partner has under New York Law.

Law School:

  • Brooklyn Law School , 1969, J. D.

Honors:

  • Member, Brooklyn Law Review

College:

  • Brooklyn College, 1966, B.A.
  • Kaye Scholer LLP 1973-1979
  • Law Clerk to John F. Scileppi, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York 1970-1973
  • Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (Appeals Bureau) 1969-1970
  • Arbitrator in the Civil Court of the City of New York and in the Prudential Securities litigation (SEC v. Prudential Securities Incorporated)

Professional:

  • Member, Independent Judicial Screening Panel of the Judiciary Committee of the New York County Democratic Party, 2013
  • Commissioner, the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System, 2010-
  • Member of the New York County Advisory Committee for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorney Professionalism, 2010-
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 2012-
  • New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Chair 2009-10, Chair-Elect 2008-2009, Vice Chair 2007-2008, Treasurer 2004-2007)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 1994-
  • Chair, Commercial Division Committee, 2003-08
  • Chair, Committee on Complex Civil Litigation, 1995-2003
  • Member, Committee on Business Torts, 1989
  • Member, Committee on Commodities and Futures Law, 1983-1985)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, (Member, Committee on the State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 1985-1988)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections)
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Nassau County Bar Association

Civic:

  • Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Munsey Park, Manhasset, NY, 1994-2006
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Mitchell College, New London CT, 2004-2014

Others:

  • Member, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
  • New York State
  • United States District Courts
  • Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals Second and Seventh Circuits
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Super Lawyers: 2006-2019
  • Super Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers in New York Metro 2013-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Pre-eminent Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America 2018-2020
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Vincent J. Syracuse is the founder of Tannenbaum Helpern’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and is currently its Co-Chair. With 50 years of litigation experience, he has earned a reputation as a problem-solver, a strategic tactician and an aggressive advocate for clients. Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Vince represents a variety of clients in complex commercial litigation in the New York State and Federal Courts on the pre-trial, trial and in various alternate dispute resolution forums including mediation and arbitration. When not acting as an advocate for clients, Vince is often asked to serve as a mediator in cases where his help is sought to resolve commercial disputes and is the person other attorneys call upon as an expert witness on various aspects of attorney professionalism.

Vince also handles cases involving law firm and accounting firm malpractice and is routinely consulted on ethical and professional responsibility issues. He is experienced in handling matters on the appellate level including cases in the New York Court of Appeals, where early on in his career he was a law clerk.

In addition to co-chairing Tannenbaum Helpern’s litigation practice, Vince is also a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice where he counsels clients about their professional, ethical and legal obligations in this rapidly expanding space, helping them respond to the cybersecurity challenges faced by every business.

Vince is active in numerous bar association activities and frequently chairs or participates in continuing legal education programs for judges and lawyers on various commercial litigation topics.

  • Has chaired the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) successful program on ethics and civility for over twenty years and in April 2019 was honored by the NYSBA for his contribution to professionalism and continuing legal education.
  • Has been a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section since 1994 and has represented the Section in the NYSBA's House of Delegates. He was the Section's Chair in 2009-2010, having previously served as Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair and three terms as the Section's Treasurer. The Section honored Vince with its nominations in 2007 and 2012 for the NYSBA's Attorney Professionalism Award recognizing him as a "tireless advocate for ethics and civility in New York."
  • Is a member of the NYSBA's Committees on Attorney Professionalism and Continuing Legal Education. For the past eight years, he has written the monthly Attorney Professionalism Forum in the NYSBA Journal which covers a variety of topics of interest to the bench and bar.

Vince has been equally active outside of the bar associations to increase the efficiency of commercial ligation in New York.

  • He was appointed by then Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, in March 2010, to the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System which monitors the annual financial disclosure statements within the judicial branch of the New York State government.
  • He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and is a former Chair of the Commercial Division Committee.
    • Over the years, Vince helped shape the development of the Commercial Division since its inception in New York and Monroe Counties, and subsequent expansion to several counties throughout the State of New York.
    • These committees act as liaison between the bar and the Commercial Division and have created a mechanism that allows practitioners in the Commercial Division to express their views about the structure of the Commercial Division, and comment on various matters of Commercial Division practice, including the Commercial Division rules that govern practice in that court.

Vince has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers from 2006 through 2019, every year that selections were made.

  • Board of Managers of the York River House Condominium vs. Kinney York Avenue, Inc, Central Parking Corporation and Central Parking System Realty of New York, Inc., Appellate Division, First Department, December 5, 2006. Representation of Central Parking Corporation in the successful defense of a challenge to its $210 million merger with the Kinney Parking System. The court affirmed the dismissal of claims made by the Board of Managers of a Manhattan condominium that the merger triggered its right of first refusal because the merger changed the ownership of a Kinney garage located in its building.
  • The Hartz Consumer Group, Inc. et al v. JWC Hartz Holdings, Inc. et al., Appellate Division, First Department, October 31, 2006. Successful representation of Leonard Stern's Hartz Consumer Group in litigation arising from Stern's $300 million December 2000 sale of The Hartz Mountain Corporation to Boston-based J. W. Childs, L.P. The Appellate Division unanimously affirmed the New York County Commercial Division's dismissal on summary judgment of the buyer's $50 million indemnification claim that Stern guaranteed the success of certain product lines. The case reinforced the principle that indemnification agreements are strictly construed and that business risks identified during due diligence must be specifically addressed in the parties' contract.
  • Representation of a major international law firm in litigation that was instituted in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York where it was alleged by a non-client lender that the law firm issued a false and fraudulent opinion letter in connection with a secured loan transaction and then assisted its client in the formulation and implementation of certain fraudulent transfers in violation of the lender's rights
  • Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc. v. 29 East 64 th Street Corp., 297 A.D.2d 258, 746 N.Y.S.2d 482 (1st Dept., 2002). Representation of a cooperative corporation in a complex dispute with a commercial proprietary tenant regarding corporate governance issues and the imposition of sub-let fees
  • Irvine v. Murad Skin Research Laboratories, Inc., 194 F.3d 313 (1 st Cir. 1999). Representation of a manufacturer of skin care products in a dispute with a distributor in Puerto Rico that arose from the airing of an infomercial in Puerto Rico that allegedly violated the rights of the distributor and its principal
  • ADT Operations, Inc. v. Chase Manhattan Bank, N. A., 173 Misc. 2d 959, 662 N.Y. S. 2d 190 (N.Y. Sup. 1997). Represented ADT Operations, Inc. in a complex litigation that was commenced in the Commercial Division in connection with the attempted hostile takeover of ADT where it was alleged that Chase had a banking relationship with ADT and violated its obligations to ADT when it provided funding for the tender offer and other assistance to another customer
  • Bor Corp. v. ADT Automotive, Inc. (SDNY 1996). Represented ADT Automotive, Inc. in connection with purchase price adjustment claims arising from the acquisition of motor vehicle auction business
  • Matter of FBN Food Services, Inc., 82 F.3d 1387, 35 Collier Bankr.Cas.2d 1193, 29 Bankr.Ct.Dec. 29, 7 th Cir. (III.), May 02, 1996 and In re FBN Food Service, Inc., 175 B.R. 671, 32 Collier Bankr.Cas.2d 1316, Bankr.N.D.III., Dec 06, 1994. Representation of East River Savings Bank and its affiliates in the defense of RICO claims, a fraudulent conveyance action and related litigation in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the courts of the State of Illinois that arose from $7 million in loans made by East River Savings Bank to the operators of group of Taco Bell and Sizzler restaurants and the lender's subsequent participation in a mediation that was conducted in Chicago, Ill under the auspices of JAMS/Endispute
  • Hartz Mountain Corp. v. Allou Distributors, Inc., 173 A. D.2d 440, 570 N.Y.S.2d 66 (2 Dept. 1991). Representation of a manufacturer of pet supplies in dispute with a distributor concerning the sale of gray market goods.
  • Won one of the first cases in New York City that sustained the co-op flip tax.
  • U.S. v. Clinton Capital Corp., 748 F.Supp. 231 (S.D.N.Y. 1990). Representation of SBIC lender in receivership issues
  • Represented lenders and debtors in foreclosures/workouts in the New York State and Federal Courts involving hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Management Assistance Inc v. Edelman, 584 F. Supp. 1016 (SDNY 1984). Represented a client alleged to have violated Section 13(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. The favorable decision was the first ruling by any court that a limited partner could be immune under the securities laws because of the limited liability that a limited partner has under New York Law.

Law School:

  • Brooklyn Law School , 1969, J. D.

Honors:

  • Member, Brooklyn Law Review

College:

  • Brooklyn College, 1966, B.A.
  • Kaye Scholer LLP 1973-1979
  • Law Clerk to John F. Scileppi, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York 1970-1973
  • Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (Appeals Bureau) 1969-1970
  • Arbitrator in the Civil Court of the City of New York and in the Prudential Securities litigation (SEC v. Prudential Securities Incorporated)

Professional:

  • Member, Independent Judicial Screening Panel of the Judiciary Committee of the New York County Democratic Party, 2013
  • Commissioner, the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System, 2010-
  • Member of the New York County Advisory Committee for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorney Professionalism, 2010-
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 2012-
  • New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Chair 2009-10, Chair-Elect 2008-2009, Vice Chair 2007-2008, Treasurer 2004-2007)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 1994-
  • Chair, Commercial Division Committee, 2003-08
  • Chair, Committee on Complex Civil Litigation, 1995-2003
  • Member, Committee on Business Torts, 1989
  • Member, Committee on Commodities and Futures Law, 1983-1985)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, (Member, Committee on the State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 1985-1988)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections)
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Nassau County Bar Association

Civic:

  • Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Munsey Park, Manhasset, NY, 1994-2006
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Mitchell College, New London CT, 2004-2014

Others:

  • Member, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
  • New York State
  • United States District Courts
  • Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals Second and Seventh Circuits
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Super Lawyers: 2006-2019
  • Super Lawyers: Top 100 Lawyers in New York Metro 2013-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Pre-eminent Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America 2018-2020
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