• David Slarskey

A Practice Update for 2021


It's been a busy year for Slarskey LLC, and it is difficult to imagine a more varied or sophisticated practice for a firm of our size. Here are just a few of the clients that we have had the privilege to represent this year, and some of the matters that we've been working on:

  • Partners of Delmonico's Restaurant, an historic icon of New York, in an equitable dissolution proceeding where we proved that their other partners were engaged in shareholder oppression and fiduciary misconduct. Our clients got the restaurant.

  • A family who pioneered an innovative therapeutic treatment for a rare degenerative pediatric disease, but then got ripped off by unscrupulous venture capitalists, who took advantage of them and formed a separate company that they sold for $200 million. We got them a substantial settlement, despite the fact that the buyer was in bankruptcy. And despite the fact that the pharmaceutical company was represented by one of the biggest, baddest law firms on the planet (where I happened to spend a summer, eons ago in law school. Excellent lawyers.).

  • Real estate investors whose $15 million commercial property has been tied up in a contract of sale by a buyer who played games with the deal, breached the agreement, and attempted to manufacture a basis for recovering its deposit. We won on a motion, without firing a shot of discovery.

  • Various authors and other creatives with royalty and commission claims against the publishers and agencies that they serve. We have recovered substantial amounts.

  • A green energy private equity group, outrageously sued by the operator of its facilities even though, ultimately, the investor is the net plaintiff. We asserted counterclaims, prevailed on a motion to dismiss, and successfully consolidated the deliberately fractured actions.

  • Chinese dissidents with breach of trust claims against Yahoo and the legacy foundation of political activist Harry Wu.

  • The founder and 50% shareholder forced out of a start-up warehouse and logistics business, with entire fairness claims under Delaware law. We had a five-day arbitration hearing over the summer, against a law firm with 1600 attorneys.

  • A pharmaceutical company unscrupulously named in a contract dispute, where it had no connection to the dispute other than being targeted as purely tactical leverage. We secured a dismissal of all claims--again, without discovery.

  • An historic New York law firm wrongly accused of defamation and various other nonsensical claims, simply for representing their clients. We earned a dismissal.

  • An institutional client with a portfolio of distressed real estate assets related to the covid pandemic, in various dispute-resolution proceedings.

We are already looking forward to the challenges and successes of 2022.