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Morrison + Tenenbaum
Attorneys servicing business owners and investors in New York City and around the world.
About Morrison + Tenenbaum
When complex situations become unpredictable, business owners and entrepreneurs seek out legal advisors with the ability to achieve practical outcomes. Led by highly experienced attorneys who are also seasoned owners, entrepreneurs and investors, Morrison+Tenenbaum has the insight to navigate day-to-day conundrums and to successfully resolve legal disputes obstructing the path to success. A sound legal strategy is the foundation for innovation and growth.
Morrison+Tenenbaum is the trusted advisor and a tenacious advocate for companies and the people who build them. We are a full-service boutique business law firm with specific expertise in commercial litigation and business law, including outside general counsel services for hospitality and innovation driven businesses.
Our services include establishing corporate entities, debt and equity financing, commercial leasing, real estate transactions, wage and hour defense, brand development and trademark matters, design and construction disputes, management, publishing and endorsement agreements, internal investigations, commercial litigation and business divorces.
Morrison+Tenenbaum provides trusted counsel to entrepreneurs, businesses and investors in connection with running, governing and growing successful enterprises. We advise buyers, sellers and joint venture partners in capital raises, mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Being proficient in both transactional and operational aspects of running a business makes us a valuable partner for companies and those who run them.
We regularly represent real estate holding companies, retailers, and restaurants, as well as creditors, shareholders, and private investors, in procedural, transactional and litigation aspects of bankruptcy cases. Our team has successfully carried countless prepackaged Chapter 11 cases, Section 363 sales, out-of-court restructurings, workouts and buyouts from start to finish. Whether we are counseling buyers or sellers of financially distressed assets, we provide strategic advice on business opportunities, the bankruptcy implications of transactions and financing options in connection with traditional corporate and real estate matters. At Morrison+Tenenbaum we turn challenges into opportunities.
Morrison+Tenenbaum has become one of New York City’s leading boutique firms for the defense of employment-related lawsuits. We are experienced in the preparation and negotiation of employment contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, executive compensation and incentive equity plans. We also work with clients to implement employment handbooks and policy manuals that are both compliant with applicable laws and provide the necessary mechanisms for addressing practical workplace issues. When employment-related claims do arise, our litigation team is prepared to resolve matters effectively and discretely.
When disputes cannot be resolved out of court, it takes a seasoned team of litigators to implement an effective litigation strategy that considers the relative strengths of the parties and the minutiae of legal process. Morrison | Tenenbaum specializes in representing clients in commercial disputes, with a primary focus on business divorces, business torts, breach of contract matters, unfair competition claims, and employment related matters. Combining a broad understanding of the legal system and a practical approach to resolving disputes, Morrison+Tenenbaum is a trusted advocate for both small matters and complex situations. This approach enables us to translate complex legal issues into executable solutions in or out of court.
The attorneys at Morrison+Tenenbaum regularly handle the sale and leasing of office and retail space in addition to assisting landlords, tenants and real estate management companies in landlord-tenant and ownership disputes. Whether we are evicting a commercial tenant or protecting the lease of a retail tenant in bankruptcy, we offer practical, business-minded solutions, always considering the important role that timing plays in any real estate matter.
UNRIVALED IN HOSPITALITY LAW
While other firms, large and small, claim to be food and beverage experts, they all lack the ‘inside out’ perspective necessary to effectively advise hospitality companies and investors. Our expertise covers every aspect of the hospitality business, from obscure regulatory issues to ‘bet-the-company’ deals and litigation. Morrison + Tenenbaum is equipped to handle almost any type of legal issue facing food and beverage companies.
ADVOCATES FOR INNOVATION
We regularly work with start-ups, inventors, in-house counsel and executives to provide objective-oriented legal advice to innovation driven companies. Through intimate collaboration with our clients rooted in a keen interest in technology, we deliver solutions tailored to clients’ most complex growth challenges. Our innovation law practice covers a wide range of disciplines including intellectual property, privacy and data protection, internet and e-commerce law in addition to traditional corporate legal services. We provide worldwide trademark clearance services and have the necessary experience to effectively enforce IP rights through a combination of national registrations and contractual oversight. Morrison+Tenenbaum regularly represents companies focused on environmental technology, media, advertising and financial services.
With more than 25 years’ experience, the attorneys at Morrison + Tenenbaum are practical, business-minded and highly effective advocates who work closely with our clients to fully understand what success means for them.
JERALD M. TENENBAUM
Jerald, a founding partner of Morrison+Tenenbaum, received his B.A. from Brandeis University (cum laude) and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. His legal experience includes work for Prudential Securities/Wachovia, Merrill Lynch, the Federal Trade Commission and Fridman Law Group, PLLC.
As head of the firm’s transaction, hospitality and intellectual property practice areas, Jerald has extensive experience serving as outside general counsel to innovation driven businesses and has successfully guided them through acquisitions, sales, debt financing, mergers and partnership disputes.
As an entrepreneur and restaurant owner, Jerald is a recognized expert in the hospitality industry through his representation of numerous iconic restaurants, nightclubs and bars throughout New York City.
LAWRENCE F. MORRISON
Lawrence, a founding partner of Morrison+Tenenbaum, was in private practice for more than ten years and later a partner at Meister Seelig & Fein. Lawrence holds a B.S. from New York University and a J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law.
As a seasoned litigator, Lawrence specializes in state and federal litigation, corporate restructurings and workouts, bankruptcy and creditors rights, and commercial real estate matters. He has successfully restructured numerous businesses throughout New York City to ensure their continued operation.
Lawrence is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and New Jersey and in the Federal Courts in Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and New Jersey.
BRIAN J. HUFNAGEL
Brian holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. Prior to joining Morrison+Tenenbaum, Brian served as a Trial Attorney at the Office of the United States Trustee and later as an Associate Attorney at Forchelli Curto Deegan.
Brian specializes in state and federal litigation, corporate restructurings and workouts, bankruptcy and creditors rights. He has successfully restructured numerous businesses throughout New York City to ensure their continued operation.
Yana brings decades of sophisticated estate planning experience to Morrison+Tenenbaum serving as counsel to the firm. Throughout her career, Yana has actively engaged with her community; she teaches Continuing Legal Education classes for other attorneys and serves as Legal Director of the Veneration Project, which focuses on building stable inter-generational communities by helping older adults and their families navigate the practical aspects of aging.
Yana is also a Board member of the Kings Bay Y, where she focuses on establishing a planned giving program for the agency. She continues to be part of the post-Sandy recovery efforts in Brooklyn, focusing on the special needs of seniors. She is also a volunteer attorney with the Safe Passage program, assisting child asylum seekers.
Brian holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. Serving as counsel to Morrison+Tenenbaum, Brian brings decades of sophisticated white-collar criminal defense, executive employment dispute and securities and commodities litigation experience to the firm.
Early in his legal career, Brian earned a top-secret security clearance with the Central Intelligence Agency, followed by a run as a trader on the floor of the commodities exchange in the former World Trade Center. Prior to joining Morrison+Tenenbaum, Brian served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the City of New York.