We make complex disputes simple.
We represent individuals and companies that need sophisticated, creative, and determined counsel for high-stakes matters.
Our philosophy emphasizes a firm, fair, and focused approach to litigation, with the goal of sharpening the facts and the law, and developing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries and the courts. Experience tells us that this is the best way to achieve our clients' objectives.
We prepare every case expecting it to go to trial, but ready to find a fair and reasonable outcome. We develop a strategy from Day 1 to optimize our efforts on behalf of our clients.
We represent clients in complex contractual and commercial disputes, with experience in "business divorces," breach of fiduciary duty claims, fraud, employment disputes, antitrust, intellectual property litigation, and false and deceptive practices law. We have represented a wide range of clients, from individuals and start-ups to multinational conglomerates in high-stakes commercial litigation. We counsel clients in pre-litigation disputes, and represent them through trial and on appeal, where we have a successful track record in sustaining trial court decisions and obtaining reversals.
PLAINTIFF AND CONSUMER RIGHTS LITIGATION
We aggressively enforce the rights of plaintiffs in consumer, commercial, and class action litigation. Our representations have spanned shareholder rights, consumer financial products, licensing and other business agreements, and false and deceptive practices. Our independent, flexible approach enables us to align incentives with clients, often on a contingency fee or partial contingency basis.
LITIGATION ASSETS AND COMMERCIAL RIGHTS AUDITING
We represent financial institutions, law firms, and corporate clients in matters related to monetizing litigation assets. We have been engaged to structure, diligence and advise on a variety of litigation arrangements, including third-party litigation funding agreements, RMBS litigation, judgment enforcement, IP enforcement, and bankruptcy litigation trusts.
We also consult with clients to evaluate rights in existing relationships which may be asserted opportunistically for strategic and monetary benefit. Our practice involves working with operating companies in distressed relationships and companies undergoing restructuring or bankruptcy (including investigating D&O actions, fraudulent conveyance, and creditors' rights).
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
We have experience in representing clients in private dispute resolution forums, including mediation and arbitration, under domestic and international rules. We are well-versed in the interplay between private dispute resolution and the courts, including the process for compelling parties to arbitrate privately, as well as entering judgment based on completed arbitration proceedings.
J.D., Stanford Law School, B.S., Univ. California, Berkeley, (Highest Honors)
Tel: (646) 893-1700
Renee Bea is a seasoned litigator, with more than fifteen years experience representing clients in litigation, trial, arbitration, and appellate proceedings. Ms. Bea’s practice focuses on complex business disputes, fraud, financial services and intellectual property litigation.
Ms. Bea has represented a broad set of clients, including entrepreneurs, technology companies, media companies, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, investors, insurers, and government agencies. Ms. Bea has served clients in matters involving commercial business disputes, shareholder litigation, financial products litigation, intellectual property licensing disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and trademark infringement. Renee also counsels clients in connection with internal investigations and matters of corporate governance.
Prior to joining Slarskey LLC, Ms. Bea was a partner as Singer Bea LLP in San Francisco, California; a senior attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York and San Francisco; and, an attorney at Jones Day in New York and San Francisco. For two years in a row, Super Lawyers magazine recognized Renee as a Northern California Rising Star. She is admitted to practice in California and New York.
Evan Fried is a litigator with experience in commercial litigation, arbitration, trials, and strategic litigation consulting. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, business divorce, real estate disputes, intellectual property, and professional misconduct matters.
Mr. Fried has advised a broad range of clients, including corporations, financial services firms, private equity and hedge funds, activist investors, high net worth individuals, and law firms. He is a noted expert in the field of third-party litigation funding and law firm financing transactions, and has represented financial institutions, law firms, and commercial litigants in transactions and disputes involving legal funding and attorney misconduct. Mr. Fried regularly teaches and writes about alternative fee arrangements, third-party litigation funding, and alternative business arrangements.
Mr. Fried was previously a Partner at 1624 Capital, a litigation funder focused on investments in technology litigation. He began his career in the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP.
J.D., NYU Law School
B.S., Cornell Univ.
Tel: (646) 893-6083
J.D., Rutgers Univ.
L.L.M., New York Univ., (candidate)
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
Ingrid Johnson is an experienced litigator with more than twenty years of practice, in all aspects of commercial, estate and guardianship, and employment litigation. Her experience also encompasses both state and federal class action practice. Ms. Johnson has represented individuals, financial services, and industrial companies, along with various partnerships and corporate entities.
In addition to her varied and diverse litigation practice, Ms. Johnson has served as Special Counsel and Legislative Director to the City of Newark, Department of Economic and Housing Development, managing legal functions for an agency with more than 100 employees and various divisions dedicated to housing, property management, planning, zoning, and workforce development.
Ms. Johnson has served as a Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School, and is an LLM candidate in Taxation, at New York University Law School.
J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., Univ. Pennsylvania
Tel: (646) 893-6082
David Slarskey has more than fifteen years of experience in litigation, trial, arbitration, and appellate practice.
Mr. Slarskey has represented a wide range of individual and corporate clients, including entrepreneurs, large health care and pharmaceutical companies, financial guarantors and hedge funds, real estate developers, media, energy, and international interests. Prior to founding Slarskey LLC, David was Counsel in the litigation department of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, and associated with Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP. Mr. Slarskey served as a clerk to Judge I. Leo Glasser on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers as for his work in Business Litigation in the New York Metro Area.
David regularly contributes to the professional community, including as a member of the New York City Bar Association Judiciary Committee and Litigation Committee, a lecturer on ethics and legal writing, Secretary of the New York State Bar Association "Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession," and a two-time awardee of The Legal Aid Society of New York for his pro bono efforts. David has served as a board member of PennPAC, a not-for-profit organization of University of Pennsylvania alumni, which provides volunteer consulting services to New York-based not-for-profit organizations.
RICHARD (RICKY) WEINGARTEN
J.D., Brooklyn Law School
B.A., University of Delaware
Ricky Weingarten has more than a decade of experience litigating commercial, employment, and civil rights disputes in state and federal court.
After starting his career defending the City of New York and its law enforcement agencies in civil rights lawsuits, where Mr. Weingarten served as lead counsel in several federal jury trials (all of which resulted in full defense verdicts for the City of New York), Mr. Weingarten served as a law clerk for Judge Vera M. Scanlon of the United States District Court in the Eastern District of New York.
Prior to joining Slarskey LLC, Mr. Weingarten was associated with Phillips Lytle LLP, a nationally-rated law firm, where his clients included banks and financial services providers, commercial entities and individuals, and not-for-profit organizations in a range of business and employment-related disputes.
We bring professional experience from various types of clients, in a wide range of commercial sectors, and apply the lessons learned and insights gained from many different kinds of engagements.
Industries and Sectors
Entrepreneur and Start-up Ventures
Federal, State, and City Agencies
Estate and Guardianship Proceedings
Foreign and International Enterprises
Hedge Funds and Private Equity
Law Firm Defense
Partnerships and Privately-Held Companies
Our attorneys have served a wide variety of clients in a broad range of matters, including:
Representing authors in litigation with publishers over royalty statements.
Representing a policyholder in arbitration with insurance companies over real estate title coverage claims.
Representing a major hospital institution in litigation related to a commercial real estate dispute.
Representing an investment bank in litigation concerning unpaid transaction fees.
Counseling and representing a start-up company in various employment and supplier-related disputes.
Representing companies in litigation concerning failed mergers and acquisitions.
Representing shareholders in closely-held corporation partner disputes.
Representing financial guarantors in litigation arising out of mortgage-backed securities transactions.
Representing a public energy company in appraisal-related litigation.
Counseling and representing a foreign entrepreneur and conglomerate, in multi-jurisdictional proceedings including international arbitration and international court proceedings.
Representing a pharmaceutical company at arbitration over licensed technologies.
Advising institutional clients in litigation over high-value commercial leasing disputes.
Defense of international law firms in court proceedings alleging professional negligence.
Representing shareholders in derivative action against corporate board engaged in waste and self-dealing.
Advising a federal agency in false advertising and unfair consumer practices proceeding.
Prior Outcomes and Successes
Our attorneys have had significant successes in dispute resolution efforts, including:
Arbitration victory, with award of attorneys fees, in seven-figure insurance coverage dispute.
Successful settlement and recovery in dispute over unpaid royalties.
Successful settlement and resolution of claims arising out of estate-related dispute over retirement assets.
Successful resolution of employment discrimination and employment claims
Return of assets and dismissal of $5 million fraud claim asserted against individual defendant.
Injunctive relief and defeat of claims by landlord improperly seeking negotiating leverage against commercial tenant.
Expedited judgment, without discovery, upheld by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a complex action related to the interpretation and application of collateralized debt obligation indenture.
Appointment of temporary receiver, dislodgment of corporate board members, and favorable settlement for shareholders of a privately-held corporation.
Defense judgment, upheld on appeal, for law firm clients in defense against client claims.
Successful dispute resolution and avoidance of proceedings for privately-held new media company.