Fred Newman is a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, a commercial litigation firm in Manhattan. He is a legal generalist with decades of experience in commercial litigation, business advice, corporate transactions, employment counseling and alternative dispute resolution.
As a litigator, Mr. Newman handles an array of commercial litigation and employment matters. He has won numerous jury trials, bench trials, dispositive motions, and appeals in the federal and New York state courts and arbitrations before various tribunals. Mr. Newman has also been responsible for the management, settlement or private resolution of many hundreds of matters in his practice. Mr. Newman was named a “Leading Lawyer” for general commercial litigation in New York, one of only 76 individuals so honored, in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009).
As a counselor, Mr. Newman advises corporate owners, executives and entrepreneurs on business and personal issues. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of a private reinsurance company; he was appointed CEO of a public company in dissolution by its major creditor; and he was the general counsel and secretary of a public reporting subsidiary of a Fortune 50 company.
Mr. Newman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, New York City. During the Spring Term, 2014, he is co-teaching a seminar on Professional Responsibility, Legal Ethics in Civil Litigation. In 2009, Mr. Newman was a Visiting Professor of Arbitration at a law faculty in Latvia. Mr. Newman has lectured and been published on a variety of legal topics, most recently as the author of a section of the treatise, Moskin/Rossman on Commercial Contracts.
Mr. Newman was recently appointed by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department, to a third term as a member of the court’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the term 2014-2016. He served as a Panel Chair of the Committee during 2009-2012.
Mr. Newman is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Berman Institute of Bioethics of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Newman’s numerous other civic, public service and non-profit positions have included: Court-appointed Mediator in the US District Court, Southern District of New York; Director, Columbia Law School Association; Trustee, The Calhoun School, New York City; Founding Director and Vice President, American Corporate Counsel Association, New York Chapter; Director and Secretary, New York Fire Safety Foundation; and Sustaining Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Mr. Newman was Treasurer of the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act Committee, a successful statewide ballot initiative to fund major environmental projects in New York. Mr. Newman served as one of three members appointed by Governor George E. Pataki to the New York State Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing, a bipartisan panel established to conduct the bidding process for the franchise to operate New York’s three major thoroughbred racetracks.
Mr. Newman is a member of the bar of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has appeared in the federal district courts in Illinois, Maine, Nevada and Virginia as well as the US Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Newman graduated from Harvard College (A.B. cum laude 1967) and Columbia Law School (J.D. 1970). He also received an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business (TEP 1984).
A ruling by a New York Supreme Court justice in a trademark licensing dispute between the founding families of The Palm Restaurant chain has cleared the way for a trial in a lawsuit seeking nearly $80 million in royalties and damages.
Read Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP’s full press release on the Palm Restaurant trademark case.
In an August 27, 2015 decision, Justice Eileen Bransten of the Commercial Division of the New York County Supreme Court dismissed all claims brought by a Canadian company against the firm’s client and other individuals and entities accused of conspiring to obtain a controlling interest in a Russian oil company. The firm’s client was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of a co-defendant company. In a comprehensive opinion addressing claims that have been litigated in the federal and New York courts for over a decade, Justice Bransten upheld a favorable decision of a Siberian court determining similar claims and also found that New York lacks personal jurisdiction over our client.
A Law360 article discussing Justice Bransten’s decision can be accessed here.
On January 28th, the Justices of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department, appointed Fred Newman to a third term on the Court’s Disciplinary Committee. The Disciplinary Committee is composed of 65 lawyers and a smaller number of non-lawyers appointed by the Court. Each member is selected by the Court because of his or her knowledge of the law and reputation for integrity and fairness. They serve voluntarily and without pay, and the Committee has no affiliation with a bar association. The purpose of the Committee is to protect the public and the legal profession by ensuring that lawyers adhere to the ethical standards set forth in the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Committee protects the public by reviewing and investigating complaints against lawyers and by recommending sanctions against those who are proven to have violated the Rules. It protects the legal profession by enforcing high standards of conduct, while at the same time ensuring that complaints are dealt with fairly.
The First Department regulates all lawyers in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Appointments are for a term of three years, and there is a limit of two consecutive terms. Fred served as a Committee Member and Hearing Panel Chair during 2007-2012. His new appointment follows a sabbatical year off from service, and reappointment for a third term is not usual. Click here to see a copy of the Court’s appointment.
Fred is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. During the Spring 2014 term, he is co-teaching a seminar on Professional Responsibility and Civil Litigation.