Corporate / Private Equity / Closely Held Business
Jeffrey Mead Kurzon, Esq.
Kurzon’s practice focuses on advising for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, investors, officers and directors. Since graduation until 2009, Kurzon was an associate at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP in New York in the private equity/mergers & acquisitions practice group where he participated in and advised clients on multi-million and billion dollar transactions. Kurzon handles transactions, governance and strategy issues, principally advising clients with the drafting and negotiating of their agreements. In 2006, Kurzon spent six months in Hong Kong, China advising major banks and Chinese issuers on HK listed securities.
Kurzon most recently has advised entrepreneurs beginning and growing businesses, landlords and retail establishments with their commercial leases in NYC and a variety of other business matters seeking avoidance or resolution of disputes.
Kurzon recently was a Democratic Party candidate for New York's 7th Congressional District.
Jeff was rated as a 2013 "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers for closely held businesses.
McGill University, Faculty of Law (Distinction), Montreal, Canada, 2003
Certificate in International Trade Law, ILO/University of Torino, Italy, 2003
Programme en Droit pour les Etudiants Etranger, Aix-en-provence, France, 2002
McGill University, Faculty of Arts (Great Distinction), Montreal, Canada, 1999
New York (2003)
Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
Leonard Kohen, Esq.
Leonard Kohen is a general commercial litigator whose specialties include election law and government affairs, real estate, banking and securities litigation, fraud claims (prosecuting and defending), premises and malpractice liability, employment law and regulatory/compliance work.
In 2012, Leonard secured two major victories for clients, including a court award against a popular newsstand magazine and a settlement in an employment discrimination claim against a large multi-national entity. For several years Leonard represented victims of mortgage fraud and predatory lending schemes generally ending with hard fought successful resolutions. As counsel to State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson and the Senate Democratic Party conference in federal redistricting litigation, Leonard defeated motions to dismiss by state Senate and Assembly majority leaders, enabling the court to draw redistricting maps without disruption to the election calendar. Leonard served as a litigation associate for a combined six years at two Manhattan boutique law firms with sophisticated commercial practices, and also has represented numerous clients in general counsel capacities. Besides the courts, he has represented clients before attorneys general and other administrative agencies in New York (e.g., NYC Fire Department, Department of Consumer Affairs, Environmental Control Board).
In 2008, Leonard worked as an attorney in New York at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he defended the newly enacted Connecticut public campaign finance system, containing the strongest “pay to play” prevention laws in the country, against constitutional challenges in federal litigation in New York. Leonard began his career as a speechwriter at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations, where he wrote policy speeches post-1997 Asian financial crisis on governance and social and economic development; he also was part of Thai delegations to working groups that drafted procedure and other regulations for the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1998
New York University, Gallatin School, B.A., 1995
Favors v. Cuomo, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31538 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 8, 2012).
Horowitz v. Mannoia, 10 Misc. 3d 467; 802 N.Y.S.2d 917 (Nassau County Sup Ct. 2005).
Edman & Company, LLC v. Z & M Media, LLC, 2012 NY Slip Op 32918(U) (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County 2012) (Madden, J.)
Jeffrey M. Wice and Leonard M. Kohen, “Court Deference to State Legislatures in Redistricting After Perry v. Perez,” 11 Elec. L. J. 431 (Dec. 2012) (abstract available here). Leonard M. Kohen and Ekow Yankah, Op-Ed, “Electoral Fairness Held Prisoner,” Albany Times-Union, May 17, 2011 (available here).
New York State (2000)
U.S. Southern District of New York (2006)
U.S. Eastern District of New York (2006)
Real Estate / Litigation
Peter E. Sayer, Esq.
Peter Sayer's practice focuses on commercial litigation, including general business disputes, landlord-tenant, real estate and land use.
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY, 2004
McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1998
Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York