Klass In the News

Brooklyn Attorneys Michele Mirman and Richard Klass Honored

By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
January 3, 2019

 

As the Brooklyn Eagle reports:

” A pair of Brooklyn attorneys active in the local bar associations, Michele Mirman and Richard Klass, were honored in the new year by separate organizations….

” …Klass is the secretary at the Brooklyn Bar Association and is in line to become its president in 2022/2023. He will be honored by the New York State Bar Association during its annual meeting on Jan. 17 with the General Practice Section Award. The award is given to an attorney who has worked to improve daily practice for general practitioners in the state and and advocate for the profession…. ”

Steve Cohn encourages people to hug their neighbors at Cheesecake Breakfast

By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
November 2, 2018

“One of Brooklyn’s greatest modern political traditions turned 25 on Friday as it was the 25th anniversary of Steve Cohn’s annual “Cheesecake Breakfast” at Junior’s Restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday.

“The annual event takes place on the Friday before Election Day and while it is a networking event for local and state politicians, it is low key. Attendees, which easily number over 200 people, arrive, have breakfast together and take some cheesecake home with them.

” “What we’ve been doing here and what we’ve done for many years is to bring people together,” Cohn said. “Look around, we’re defeating hate and giving love. And that’s what this is about.” “…

From left: Richard Klass, Sidney Cherubin, Joanne Reece and Melissa A. Starr. (Uncredited photo, as published by Brooklyn Eagle.)

Meet the Bar Leaders: Richard Klass

By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
April 4, 2017

“Richard Klass decides on law career after father’s business ends, parents split…

“Richard Klass grew up with the assumption that he would someday take over his father’s advertising and print business. After all, he had started working with his father from the age of 13 and went to Hofstra University to major in communications with the idea that it would help him down that path….” (more)

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The Brooklyn ‘Court Street Lawyer’ gains partial acceptance, but still snubbed

By Charisma L. Troiano, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
December 17, 2014
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A Brooklyn “Court Street lawyer” is not merely an attorney with an office on the long Brooklyn Heights block, which is known as prime office real estate for the borough’s legal community due to its close proximity to all Brooklyn courthouses.

“When people say ‘Court Street lawyer,’ they generally mean a street-smart sharpie who may not have an Ivy League degree, but does possess verve, hustle and a striver’s charisma,” a Dec. 12 New York Times article quoted….

…With the Times’ most recent description of the Downtown Brooklyn lawyer, many actual Court Street attorneys sense a turnaround in respect.

“I thought the comment that a Court Street lawyer is a ‘sharpie’ with ‘verve’ was great,” said Richard Klass, a Brooklyn attorney who has embraced the phrase.

Klass’ website is courtstreetlaw.com with the tagline “Your Court Street Lawyer.”…

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Malpractice Rulings Extend NYC Lawyers’ Ties To Old Clients

By Pete Brush
Law360, New York
September 11, 2014, 8:22 PM ET

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New York City trial court and appellate rulings extending the clock on professional negligence claims against law firms that no longer directly represent those clients could boost malpractice risk and leave attorneys with tough choices over communicating on past matters, experts say….

…The current lay of the land in New York City, where the First Department holds sway, means lawyers must take careful approaches when considering how they might communicate with clients — especially unhappy clients — after the work at hand is done, according to Brooklyn-based attorney Richard A. Klass, who represents malpractice plaintiffs and defendants.

Transactional lawyers, for example, might want to foreclose advice on litigation or appeals at the outset, according to Klass, and they also may want to make it clear that no more advice will be forthcoming at the completion of an engagement in order to shield themselves.

“They should beef up both their hello letters and their goodbye letters,” Klass said.

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Yoko Ono’s publicist sues Eataly for $20M after bouncer ‘beatdown’

By Julia Marsh and Natasha Velez
PageSix
August 29, 2014 | 11:52am

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Maybe the security guards at Mario Batali‘s Eataly need to give peace a chance.

Yoko Ono‘s publicist is suing the Manhattan pasta emporium for at least $20 million after he was allegedly beaten up by bouncers, thrown through a glass window and then called a “p—–” and a “f—–.”

Kip Kouri, head of Tell All Your Friends PR, was trying to get a table at Eataly’s popular rooftop beer garden Birreria on July 17 when he was “violently assaulted by” 10 unnamed security guards, according to his Manhattan civil suit.

His attorney, Richard Klass, told The Post his client was at the Fifth Avenue eatery with his boyfriend, sister and stepmother and got into an argument with the hostess about his reservation….(more)

Eataly sued by Yoko Ono’s public relations agent, who restaurant rep says was ‘visibly intoxicated’

Kip Kouri claims he was ‘thrown’ through a plate glass window by bouncers who also made homophobic remarks. In a statement, restaurant spokeswoman Cristina Villa said Kouri was ‘acting as a potential threat to others.’

By Barbara Ross and Corky Siemaszko
New York Daily News
Published: August 29, 2014, 11:29am
Updated: August 30, 2014, 12:14am

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What a pane!

Yoko Ono’s flack claims he was “thrown” through a plate glass window by three bigoted bouncers at celebrity chef Mario Batali’s eatery Eataly, and is now suing the operation for $10 million.

Kip Kouri claims in court papers the strongmen called him a “p—y” and a “f—-t” and that he suffered a severe gash on one leg that required 60 stitches to close.

“It took a significant amount of force to do what they did,” Kouri’s lawyer, Richard Klass, said Friday. “This was a thick window.”…(more)

Yoko Ono Publicist Kip Kouri Injured at NYC Restaurant, Alleges Homophobic Harassment

By Andrew Hampp
Billboardbiz
July 25, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

Kip Kouri, founder of Tell All Your Friends PR, is one of the most familiar and well-liked faces on the New York indie-rock circuit, repping everyone from Yoko Ono to Les Savy Fav to Guided By Voices to white-hot duo Sylvan Esso.

But a recent visit to Eataly, Mario Batali’s food emporium in New York’s Gramercy Park, ended in a violent altercation with the wait staff, leaving Kouri in stitches after allegedly being thrown through a plate glass window by a security guard. Kouri declined public comment while he sought legal counsel, but clients like Frenchkiss Records’ Syd Butler and Miniature Tigers began tweeting in Kouri’s defense, suggesting the incident was a hate crime and that a security guard used homophobic slurs against Kouri….

…Kouri declined comment, but deferred to his lawyer Richard Klass, who responded to Billboard in a statement: “Mr. Kouri vehemently denies the allegations made in the statement of Eataly’s representative. Mr. Kouri was at Eataly with his stepmother, sister and boyfriend, and a disagreement arose concerning the mishandling by Eataly of Mr. Kouri’s reservation. Mr. Kouri proceeded to leave the store after being harassed by Eataly’s staff, including being called homophobic slurs and enduring the staff’s homophobic hand gestures at him.

“As Mr. Kouri was exiting,” Klass continued, “three security guards became physical and began to push Mr. Kouri, his stepmother and sister, all the while calling him names. The security guards then tackled Mr. Kouri and threw him through a glass door, causing him to sustain serious injuries. Footage from Eataly’s security cameras were reviewed by the New York City Police Department and the investigation of the matter is pending.”

Richard A. Klass "Court Street Lawyer" (l) presents award to Lew Tesser for service to the New York State Bar Association.
Richard A. Klass (l) presents award to Lew Tesser for service to the New York State Bar Association.

Klass presents award to Lew Tesser for service to the New York State Bar Association

Current General Practice Section Chair Richard A. Klass presents award to Immediate Past Chair Lew Tesser for his service to the membership of the New York State Bar Association at the Executive Committee Meeting held on July 17, 2014, at the City Bar.

Greenberg Traurig Ruling Will Boost Lawyer Deceit Claims

By Pete Brush
Law360, New York
April 01, 2014, 6:35 PM ET

A hedge fund owner had six years — not three — to bring a deceit claim against Greenberg Traurig LLP and one of its well-known former attorneys over an allegedly bogus contract rider, New York’s top court said Tuesday, a ruling experts say opens the way for more claims of courtroom trickery against lawyers.

The unanimous New York Court of Appeals reversed New York City’s First Department and found that plaintiff James L. Melcher’s claim against Greenberg Traurig and attorney Leslie D. Corwin, who recently jumped…

New York Ruling Bucks Trend Of Legal Malpractice Dismissals

By Pete Brush
Law360, New York
January 24, 2014, 8:09 PM ET

A New York appellate panel’s rare move to revive a legal malpractice suit that had been summarily dismissed has triggered debate among malpractice lawyers, with some suggesting appellate judges may be pushing back when potentially viable damages claims against lawyers are tossed on a hair-trigger basis.

The decision, in Endless Ocean LLC v. Twomey Latham Shea Kelley Dubin & Quartararo LLP, saw a Brooklyn-based appeals panel put the kibosh on a trial judge’s summary dismissal of the damages suit. The appeals court reasoned that the lawyer-defendants had not utterly refuted the allegations at the summary dismissal stage….

“…Most New York legal malpractice experts believe the state is a veritable killing zone for claims against lawyers, where judges tend to err on the side of the defense, according to Brooklyn-based lawyer Richard A. Klass, who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in legal malpractice cases.

“A lot of lawyers won’t take legal malpractice cases on the plaintiff’s side,” Klass said. “Traditionally, New York is seen as less friendly to plaintiffs.”…

…Still, Klass said, there might be other reasons to think legal malpractice jurisprudence is evolving slowly in favor of plaintiffs. For example, a recent New York Court of Appeals decision — Schneider v. Finmann — gave leave for fiduciaries to an estate to stand in the shoes of a dead person in bringing legal malpractice claims, he said.

Nevertheless, according to Klass, the tough “case within a case” standard is no danger of being disposed of anytime soon — grumbling about its application in court by plaintiff’s lawyers notwithstanding — because to do so would likely expose lawyers to a tide of meritless litigation.

“If you had a poor case, and you also had a poor lawyer, it doesn’t mean the lawyer should be liable for everything,” Klass said….

Seward Park co-op board voids sale of one-bedroom that went at auction for $329G

By Barbara Ross
New York Daily News
Thursday, December 1, 2011

“Linda Salamon thought she won the real estate lottery last May when she bought a $400,000 one-bedroom co-op apartment on the lower East Side for $329,000 at a public auction….”

“…Salamon declined to discuss her battle, but her lawyer Richard Klass said that under state law, the co-op board cannot exercise its right of first refusal because the sale is not voluntary; it was forced by the lender.

“He also noted that Seward Park’s board was notified of the auction and could have bid on the apartment when Salamon won the unit….”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/seward-park-co-op-board-voids-sale-one-bedroom-auction-33g-article-1.985636#ixzz1gLglMXGb

Oy! It’s Kosher Combat
Top Eatery ‘Smear’ Rap

By Bill Sanderson
New York Post
March 28, 2007

March 28, 2007 — Everything is kosher at Manhattan’s popular Le Marais steakhouse, its owners insist. And they’ve filed a $10 million lawsuit to bar a former supervisor at the restaurant from saying otherwise…. (more)