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April 07, 2022 CLE webcast: “My Rich, Crazy Uncle Died, and I am named as Executor. What should I do? A Beginner’s Guide to Probate”

By All, Estates, Trusts and Private Clients, Firm News, Publications

“My Rich, Crazy Uncle Died, and I am named as Executor. What should I do?

A Beginner’s Guide to Probate

April 7, 2022  |   12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET

Please join us for a CLE* (free) webcast and learn about Probate.

Our presenter Edward W. Greason, Of Counsel, is well-versed in estate planning, probate, and administration of estates and trusts, and will cover:

  • Jurisdiction, Probate v. Administration, and Probate Proceedings
  • Duties of a Fiduciary, including the Collection of Assets and Appraisals
  • Settling the Estate

Register Here. This event has ended.

(Zoom contact information will be sent to you upon registration)

[*] “Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education. This course or program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1 credit hour in Skills, acceptable for transitional credit for established and newly admitted attorneys.
For information and to apply, please contact Tina Carter, Office Manager, at tcarter@dunnington.com.  All requests are confidential.

In Celebration of Women’s History Month: An Interview with Olivera Medenica

By Featured, Firm News, Intellectual Property, Advertising, Art and Fashion Law, Publications

March is Women’s History Month and we are pleased to celebrate the achievements of all the women in our firm. Recently we interviewed one of our female partners and also sent out a round of applause to all the talented members of the Dunnington team.

Meet: Olivera Medenica, Partner                                      

Olivera Medenica is an equity partner and serves on the Executive Committee and the Diversity Committee. She chairs the Trademark Practice Group and Privacy Practice Group. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property, privacy, advertising, art and fashion law, international, litigation and arbitration.

Question: What brought you to Dunnington, a firm over 100 years old?  

Answer: I wanted to expand my practice and service major corporate clients with the backing of a deep bench. Since joining Dunnington, I have worked on a trademark matter before the United States Supreme Court, landed major corporate clients, and have been able to tap into our litigation team’s broad appellate experience.  We truly have a great team at the firm with many people I respect and whose input I value tremendously.  I am proud to be part of a New York institution that has been around for so long and fortunate to work with such a group of talented attorneys.

Q: What unique perspective do you bring to the firm?

A: I started my own practice very early out of law school and had to figure things out early, on my own.  As a result, all of my matters have been first chair experience and I am often the only woman in the room.  For these reasons, it is important that my team be diverse and represent different viewpoints and perspectives on any legal matter.  By bringing Dunnington’s diverse team to the table, I believe we are able to provide superior client service and effectively address our client’s biggest challenges.

Q: What support do you get from your team members?

A: While I strategically lead the team, my partners provide critical insight, my associates relentless research and investigation, and our paralegals keep us all on track. My success would not be possible without each and every member of our team. I am so grateful for their support.

Q: Okay, any challenges, then – that you can mention?

A: As a woman lawyer it is important to always value yourself without discounting your services. There should be more visibility and recognition for women-led teams. This is a missed opportunity to validate the work of women in the law.  Just one positive comment can inspire anyone to work harder, to push for more and this is so important to hear in an industry that has overwhelmingly and historically been led by white men.

Q: Fair enough! Do you feel you have any competitive edges against larger firms?

A: I really do.  We strive to understand a client’s priorities and to examine every problem individually.  As a jurist, we have statutes and precedent that we must follow.  As an advisor, we listen to our clients and craft a unique solution that works best for them. As an advocate, we blend both to achieve a desired solution. We do not bring a cookie cutter approach to any client or any problem. This gives us a competitive advantage.

Q: Great answer. Can we talk about being a woman in a male-dominated field?

A: Supporting women in the law goes beyond the office and requires a holistic approach to personal and professional life. For example, if a woman bears the brunt of child caring responsibilities, it can be a challenge to compete with a man who can focus exclusively on his career.  These are very real, pragmatic issues. However, in a room full of men, I do not feel shy or insecure in the least.  I’m not sure I even notice it at this point.

Q: Well said. What’s the latest book you’ve read? How does it relate to your clients or your career approach?

A: The Great Catapult, by Zeeger Vink.  It has been on my reading list for a while and I am enjoying it so far.  It addresses how businesses can capitalize on their intellectual property assets for competitive advantage… critical issues for my clients.

Q: Finally, what advice would you give women entering the legal field today?

A: I say, focus on being a good attorney!  Be nice to people, don’t cut corners or burn bridges.  Don’t treat any task as too small or too big for you.  Roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Many thanks, Olivera. Yes, I can see that you are really making a difference at Dunnington.

Thanks for your time and comments!

Womens Appreciation Month_Olivera Medenica_Interview                                                 

Olivera Medenica, Partner

In Celebration of Black History Month: An Interview With Rudyard Ceres

By Corporate, Featured, Firm News, International, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Publications

Meet the Partners: Rudy Ceres   

                          

Rudyard “Rudy” Ceres is a recent addition to Dunnington’s corporateinternational, and litigation/ADR practice areas.

He also leads our newly formed UK/Commonwealth and Africa desk practice areas. We caught up with him not too long ago to get his views on diversity in the legal profession, what drew him to Dunnington, and how his personal philosophy plays into his practice of law.

 

Q: What drew you to a firm that has a 100 year history?

A:  Like most things in life, we are drawn to people.  The Dunnington partners I met are the reasons I joined. In researching the firm, I discovered much more about their successful history – going back to representing family offices, like the Vanderbilt family. Dunnington was also at an historical point – celebrating 100 years and looking forward to the next hundred. I was excited about the opportunity to work with a dynamic and progressive team of partners to help shape the future of the firm and… I have not been disappointed!

Q: You are the firm’s first partner of color, thoughts?

When I joined, I did so with my eyes wide open, knowing that I would be the first black partner. However, it soon became clear that the firm recognized a diversity of thought, experience, perspectives, and cultures and that was vital to advancing the firm into the next 100 years.

And Dunnington has continued to increase diversity at the highest ranks, including an Asian-American female partner in our Trusts and Estates practice and an African-American female counsel in the corporate practice. I see not just lip service but a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity – admittedly not really the norm in the legal profession.

In which ways does Dunnington support your career vision and plans for growth?

Quite a few ways! Soon after I started, I was provided a professional coach who works with me (and all counsel and associates) on devising an actionable business plan. The Executive Committee also asked me to lead our Cicero League of International Lawyers relationship. There, I am Cicero’s U.S. point of contact, allowing me to expand my relationships with lawyers and clients all over the world.

Q: If you could summarize what you deliver to clients, what would that be?

Well, it’s my exposure to a wide range of clients and situations – multiple industries, sectors, startups to large and mid-market companies, always from a “business- first” viewpoint. Over my 25+ years of working in the UK and the States, I’ve served my clients holistically as they expand, grow, and develop their businesses. I’ve advised on acquisitions, raising private capital, and setting-up subsidiaries, addressing myriad issues – corporate, employment, IP, and real estate legal matters.

Q Who has been instrumental in your path to where and who you are today?

It really is my parents, Rudy and Ruth Ceres, without whom I would not be the person I am today. My father, also a lawyer, ran a firm with two offices providing black lawyers (both barristers and solicitors) with opportunities in the legal profession — at a time when opportunities were limited. My mother, a rare C-level member of a hospital group, also encouraged me to take the leap “across the pond” to America. In this, Black History Month and beyond, I am grateful for their unstinting guidance and support!

Q: What’s the last book you read and how does it relate to your view of life, client service, or legal practice?

I just re-read Dan Hicks’ book, The Brutish Museums, which explains the punitive British expeditions of the late 1890s, ending in the destruction and looting of the Benin Kingdom in 1897.

You know, I am working with one partner here, Ray Dowd, a real expert in the restitution of stolen/looted art, and the book truly resonated. Leveraging my relationships with Sub-Saharan African governments, Ray and I are currently working on the restitution of African artefacts both here and in the UK.

I am really honored to work on such an important initiative with the goal of recognizing the contributions of artists from the African continent and its diaspora.

Q: Any suggestions or tips for folks who face challenges in their professional journey?

Three words – grit, determination, and perseverance!  Even when it seems like things are not going as we might hope, keep on pushing through.  We’re all going to face trials and tribulations. Life is really about how we deal with them – never give up!

And, something that took me a long time to do – seek advice and help from others, both mentors and peers. We’re not alone in this journey even though, at times, it might seem that way.

Thank you, Rudy. Welcome to the firm! You are certainly making a difference.                                         

Please click on the link below to read the full interview:

Black History Month – Meet the Partners: Rudy Ceres

George Washington Gowen ~ In Memoriam (September 14, 1929 – March 14, 2021)

By All, Estates, Trusts and Private Clients, Featured, Firm News, Publications

 

 

It is with profound sadness that Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP announces the passing of our esteemed and long serving partner George W. Gowen on March 14th. George joined the firm upon graduation from the University of Virginia Law School in 1957 and, except for a brief interval, spent his entire career at the firm. During that time George mentored and guided generations of attorneys at the firm. George represented a diverse group of clients, including individuals, corporations and charities. He was especially proud of having helped a client sell the The Guennol Lioness, a Mesopotamian statue for $57 million dollars, a record for a statue at the time. Among his clients were the United States Tennis Association, the Explorers Club, The Voltaire Society of America, and numerous individuals, many of whom became his close friends. George is survived by his two daughters, their husbands, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marcia.

You may leave a message for the family by clicking here.

Dunnington Client Alert: Stalking Horse Transactions & COVID-19 Opportunities in a Challenging Economy

By All, Client Alerts, Corporate, COVID-19 Guidance, Featured, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Publications

COVID-19 has turned the world and U.S. economy upside down. As the number of bankruptcies in the United States increases due to impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, stakeholders in distressed industries facing bankruptcy have concerns about losing their investments. Unfortunately, many will. This article offers an alternative, and suggests that there are potential opportunities for those with the vision and staying power to participate in rebuilding a new economy using pre-existing mechanisms under the U.S. bankruptcy framework via an often overlooked procedure—the repurposing and reuse of distressed assets through Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (“Section 363”). The decisive player and early mover can use Section 363 to seize opportunity in distressed industries and combat the current economic skid. Here, we provide an overview, insights, and pro tips in the use of Section 363.* Read More

When a Foreign National Dies with Assets in New York, What Happens?

By All, Estates, Trusts and Private Clients, Featured, International, Publications

Update on What Wealth Advisors, Legal Advisors, and Globetrotters Need to Know

Susan Rothwell, Partner

September 26, 2019

If you’re a foreign national with ties to New York, you may own an apartment or a house, or have bank and investment accounts located here.  Whether you are an individual who bought an apartment for a child in college or an art aficionado getting an appraisal from Christie’s or Sotheby’s, it is worth considering what happens to these assets on death.  How do the next of kin or beneficiaries get access to the property?  What are the tax consequences? Read More

Trademark Bulletin July 2019

By All, Featured, Intellectual Property, Advertising, Art and Fashion Law, Publications, Trademark Bulletins

U.S. Supreme Court Finds USPTO’s Bar on Offensive Trademarks Unconstitutional

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 6-3 vote that a federal law banning the registration of “immoral or scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment. In Iancu v. Brunetti, the court found in favor of Eric Brunetti, a Los Angeles streetwear designer who attempted to register the name of his 30-year-old brand, FUCT. Read More

Trademark Bulletin May 2019

By All, Featured, Intellectual Property, Advertising, Art and Fashion Law, Publications, Trademark Bulletins

Fashion Law Scotus Case: Trademarks and Continuing Infringements

Dunnington trademark team members Olivera Medenica, Raymond J. Dowd and Sixtine Bousquet-Lambert recently authored a Supreme Court brief on a trademark issue pertinent to the fashion industry. On June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to grant a petition for certiorari filed by Lucky Brand Dungarees in Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc., et al., v. Marcel Fashions Group, Inc. Dunnington represents respondent Marcel Fashions Group, Inc. who is opposing the petition. At issue in the case is whether, in an action to enforce a trademark infringement judgment, a defendant who continues with the exact same infringements can collaterally attack a prior judgment with a defense that it raised in that prior action but deliberately chose not to prosecute.

You can read more about the case here. Read More

Trademark Bulletin April 2019

By All, Featured, Intellectual Property, Advertising, Art and Fashion Law, Publications, Trademark Bulletins

FUCT Fashion Label Takes its ‘Scandalous’ Trademark Case to Supreme Court

On Monday, April 15, 2019, the Supreme Court considered the question of whether the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks is unconstitutional under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Read More