CONTACT BARITZ & COLMAN LLP

FL OFFICE

1075 Broken Sound Parkway
N.W. Suite 102
Boca Raton, Florida 33487
Tel: (561) 864-5100
Fax: (561) 864-5101

NY OFFICE

The Woolworth Building
233 Broadway, Suite 2020
New York, New York 10279
Tel: (212) 886-1693
Fax: (212) 886-1694

Please email us at info@baritzcolman.com.

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COMMERCIAL LITIGATION EMPLOYMENT LAW REAL ESTATE REGULATORY ADVICE ENTERTAINMENT LAW TRUSTS & ESTATES CORPORATE & BANKRUPTCY WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE SECURITIES LITIGATION & ARBITRATION PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY THIRD PARTY SERVICES

BARITZ & COLMAN LLP

ATTORNEYS AT LAW

FLORIDA · NEW YORK

Our Mission

Celebrating its twenty-fifth year, Baritz & Colman is a results-oriented law firm focused principally in the areas of general corporate and securities law, real estate, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. We pride ourselves on not only meeting – but exceeding - the demands and goals of our clients by providing sound guidance, creative solutions and aggressive representation, all on a cost-effective basis.

We provide large firm quality (all of our partners have big firm or in-house experience), but with the close, personal attention and economy that a firm our size is uniquely able to offer. We provide effective representation commensurate with our clients’ objectives, dedicating resources and expertise geared to the specified demand, at a managed cost, and in accordance with clients’ expectations. Our lawyers and paraprofessionals respond quickly and efficiently to enable our clients to meet their goals. We are proud to represent a broad range of institutional, individual and entrepreneurial clients in diverse and success-oriented markets.

CONTACT BARITZ & COLMAN LLP

FLORIDA OFFICE

1075 Broken Sound Parkway
N.W. Suite 102
Boca Raton, Florida 33487
Tel: (561) 864-5100
Fax: (561) 864-5101

NEW YORK OFFICE

The Woolworth Building
233 Broadway, Suite 2020
New York, New York 10279
Tel: (212) 886-1693
Fax: (212) 886-1694

Commercial Litigation

Baritz & Colman LLP, represents a broad base of clients in an extensive range of business and commercial disputes. Our clients include financial institutions, property owners, insurers, as well as small businesses and individuals, for whom we appear in both state and federal courts throughout Florida and New York.

Our approach to litigation is designed to be responsive to our clients' needs and goals. We work with our clients to develop and implement an effective and efficient litigation strategy - always with our clients’ goals and objectives at the forefront of our approach. We work vigorously to protect their rights and interests, in cases large and small, while helping them evaluate, manage and control the risks, costs and uncertainties associated with litigation. We assist our clients with all types of business and commercial litigation matters, including:

  • Contract disputes and enforcement
  • Business disputes, including those involving corporate officers and partners
  • Enforcement of non-compete agreements
  • Landlord-Tenant and real property disputes
  • Injunctions and TRO’s (temporary restraining orders)
  • Collections, including those involving notes and guarantees
  • Foreclosures of mortgages and security agreements
  • Business torts
  • Insurance defense

Employment Law

Baritz & Colman has earned a reputation as a leading law firm representing business clients and individuals as part of its comprehensive employment practice.

The firm’s employment practice comprises an array of services including drafting and negotiating employment contracts, advising on compliance with new laws and recommended practices, and litigating employment lawsuits. Though we are highly experienced in defending employers against discrimination and harassment suits, class actions, contract disputes(e.g., non-compete agreements), whistleblower actions, and raiding cases, we also provide effective and aggressive representation for employees where appropriate.

Although we pride ourselves on being highly effective litigators and trial lawyers, we also educate our clients about employment practices and procedures so they’re positioned to avoid litigation when possible, and to deal with it effectively and efficiently when necessary. Consequently, we create and revise employment manuals and handbooks, advise clients about complying with recently-enacted laws, and help clients effectively communicate with employees to maximize the business’s efficient operation as well as employer-employee satisfaction.

Real Estate

Baritz & Colman LLP provides clients with a broad spectrum of real estate services. We are able to facilitate a transaction from contract negotiation through closing and frequently guide clients through IRS §1031 exchanges. Our practice includes assisting clients with the purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties, development of property, acquisition financing and negotiation of commercial and residential leases. We represent both borrowers and lenders in commercial and construction financing transactions as well as non-real estate based secured transactions, including but not limited to multifamily, office, industrial, retail and warehouse projects.

In order to assist clients in successfully closing their real estate transactions, we also provide title insurance services and closing agent services. We have the ability to issue title insurance for both residential and commercial transactions.

In addition, we also provide comprehensive counseling and representation in the following areas:

  • Short sale, loan modification (work out agreements) and foreclosure
  • Homeowner associations

Regulatory Advice

As a logical companion to its Securities Practice, Baritz & Colman LLP has extensive experience representing and advising clients in connection with SEC, FINRA and state regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Since the inception of the firm, we have represented brokerage and investment advisory firms, and their affiliated personnel, before state and federal regulatory bodies as well as before self-regulatory organizations, on a cost-effective and results oriented basis

We also advise our clients in connection with all phases of the regulatory investigative process, from inception of an investigation, to coordinating parallel investigations by multiple regulators, through and including a formal action, to the impact of an enforcement action on any parallel arbitration or litigation. Necessarily, we counsel our clients throughout the process, from how to respond to a regulatory inquiry to how to testify at an on-the-record examination or defend any resulting trial or enforcement proceeding.

Based on our experience in this area, we also provide our clients with up-to-date news regarding rule changes or regulatory pronouncements and are often called upon to present at industry, firm or client sponsored seminars on topics ranging from the impact of new rules and recent decisions of interest to defending a regulatory action.

Entertainment Law

Our services include negotiating and reviewing agreements for performers, writers, directors, and producers. Unlike many entertainment law practice groups, which tend to be solely transactional, we offer effective and aggressive representation for entertainment-related disputes, including contract and intellectual property litigation.

Trusts & Estates

Baritz & Colman LLP provides full service trust and estate services to our clients. We work to know our clients on a personal level, to help them identify their needs, and to guide them toward their planning goals. Every estate plan is individually tailored to a client’s family dynamic, assets, risk profile, charitable inclinations, and tax minimization concerns. For business owners and entrepreneurs, Baritz & Colman LLP offers an integrated approach to personal and business planning that identifies and solves business ownership succession issues, intellectual property matters, real estate concerns, and other estate related issues in a manner that is tax efficient and beneficial for the families and their businesses. We explain estate planning and tax matters in depth to our clients, advise clients on available strategies, prepare the appropriate documents, and ensure that our clients understand the meaning and the purpose of each document. Upon the death of a family member, we understand how confusing and overwhelming probate administration can be for loved ones. At Baritz & Colman LLP, we guide our clients through the probate administration process and alleviate the burdens of estate administration.

Our extensive trusts and estates practice focuses on the following areas:

  • Preparation of wills, durable powers of attorney, health care surrogate designations, living wills, and declarations of pre-need guardians
  • Trust preparation, trust modification, trust reformation and trust termination
  • Wealth preservation planning
  • Charitable gifting
  • Public and private charitable foundation formation and maintenance
  • Business succession planning
  • Life insurance planning
  • Estate tax return preparation and filing
  • Representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in probate and trust administration matters
  • Post-mortem tax planning
  • Estate administration
  • Trust administration

Corporate & Bankruptcy

Baritz & Colman LLP provides a multitude of corporate services to our clients. At the inception of a corporate matter, we provide guidance to the client on the type of entity to form based on the nature of the client’s business. Once the entity is chosen, our firm can prepare the initial corporate formation documents as well as negotiation and drafting of all types of business agreements such as shareholder, partnership and operating agreements. We also review, negotiate and draft the following:

  • Vendor contracts
  • Employment agreements
  • Buy/sell contracts (asset and stock purchases/sales)
  • License agreements
  • Manufacturing and distribution agreements
  • Letters of intent
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Indemnification agreements
  • Escrow agreements
  • Franchise agreements and license agreements
  • Distributorship agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Broker and listing agreements

The bankruptcy services we provide to clients include pre-bankruptcy counseling, representation of debtors and creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings as well as representing clients in adversary proceedings. We also provide our clients with asset preservation advice and creative solutions for avoiding bankruptcy if this is the client’s goal.

White Collar Criminal Defense

Baritz & Colman provides zealous advocacy and vigorous, experienced representation to those who have been, or are likely to be, charged with crimes. Whether representing a witness or defendant before a grand jury, negotiating a favorable plea agreement, or taking the case to trial, we have seasoned, highly-effective counsel to shepherd clients through every stage of the proceedings and obtain a favorable outcome.

Securities Litigation & Arbitration

Baritz & Colman LLP is nationally recognized for its practice in the area of securities litigation and regulation. We have represented clearing firms, brokerage firms and their associated persons before State and Federal courts and regulatory bodies throughout the United States for over twenty years and our clients include nationally and regionally recognized financial institutions.

The firm represents clearing firms, brokerage firms and their associated persons in securities arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the securities industry’s self - regulatory organizations, including defending claims for statutory violations, fraud, unsuitability, misrepresentations, and churning, among other claims, all in connection with the purchase and sale of securities. We also maintain excellent relationships within the securities industry and have achieved a high level of success on behalf of our clients utilizing alternative dispute resolution methodologies, including resolving claims through mediation.

In addition, we have extensive experience defending post-arbitration petitions to vacate arbitration awards. We have developed a substantial practice in the independent platform broker dealer space, and we represent firms and their associated persons in connection with formal and informal regulatory and law enforcement inquiries and disciplinary proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), state bureaus of securities, and state attorneys general.

We also assist our securities industry clients in the formation and registration of broker-dealers, the transfer and ownership of existing firms, and firm and individual licensing with the various state regulatory agencies and the FINRA.

In performing these services for our clients, we provide advice on industry protocols and agreements, internal policies and practices, and the development of compliance manuals and supervisory procedures which are designed to the specifications of the particular business to comply with industry laws, rules and regulations, and ultimately, to minimize the risk of customer disputes or regulatory inquiries.

Third Party Services

Baritz & Colman has developed a nationally recognized and sophisticated third-party practice in which we represent clients in connection with garnishment, lien and levy proceedings. We assist in matters ranging from the relatively simple, necessitating only a basic court filing, to the complex, involving multi-party federal and state court interpleader and related actions. We provide clients with advice and representation throughout the process, including, if necessary, the complete identification of subject assets and possible prior or competing claims, timely court filing and required follow up. We also assist our clients in coordinating required document identification, location and production, as well as representation at depositions, court or regulatory hearings, and trial.

Professoinal Liability

Baritz & Colman represents insurance agents and brokers, financial planners, accountants, architects, engineers, corporate directors and officers and other professionals in defending malpractice, errors and omissions and breach of fiduciary duty actions in the state and Federal courts. We are widely regarded for our results, client communications, flexibility and adherence to budget and strategy.

In defending our clients, we recognize that coordination between client and carrier is paramount to achieving an aggressive but cost-effective defense. Based on our extensive experience, we are acutely aware of the need for the implementation of competent case management, timely reporting and effective cost controls without compromising position or strategy.