NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker LLP, a nationally known litigation boutique with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation, has joined Buchanan Ingersoll PC, one of the largest law firms in the country. Power-lawyer Barry I. Slotnick founded the New York firm more than 40 years ago, and has represented corporations, celebrities, CEOs and politicians in cases throughout the world. At Buchanan Ingersoll, Slotnick will lead the firm's white-collar defense practice and the New York office's complex litigation practice. Slotnick, arguably the best litigator in New York City, made headlines recently when he successfully represented Reservist Capt. Jay Ferriola and Army Captain Jose Mendez in their suits against the U.S. Army contesting a call-back to serve in Iraq. Slotnick has argued and won cases in the United States Supreme Court, and in the past decade has shifted his practice from a primary emphasis on criminal defense matters to focus on complex and white- collar litigation. In the move to the commercial litigation, Slotnick has represented major corporations, executives and officers who were facing SEC, federal and other indictments. In addition to complex commercial litigation, the boutique handles white- collar, class-action and significant matrimonial matters. In fact, Slotnick represented June Gumbel and the late Anthony Quinn in matrimonial cases. He also has a niche practice representing New York City television personalities in contract negotiations. According to Thomas L. VanKirk, Buchanan Ingersoll's CEO, "The addition of Barry and his firm not only boosts the size and reputation of our New York office, it also reinforces our commitment to that market and to serving our client base in the city. We expect that the matters that Barry and his partners handle will naturally provide growth opportunities for our existing practices, and vice versa." Included in the move to Buchanan Ingersoll's national litigation practice are the other name partners of the boutique, Michael Shapiro and Lawrence Crocker. Shapiro is a 30-year litigation veteran who is a former special assistant attorney general and New York state special prosecutor for corruption. Crocker focuses his practice on civil litigation and white-collar law, and is currently teaching law at Dartmouth. In addition, seven other litigators and seven staff members are joining the firm. One lawyer will be working out of the firm's Princeton office while the rest of the attorneys and staff are located in Buchanan Ingersoll's New York office. Slotnick said he specifically chose to join Buchanan Ingersoll because of the quality of the lawyers and the depth of their experience. "Over the years, we've had clients with significant corporate, real estate, tax, government relations and other needs that we had to turn away. Now, we have hundreds of lawyers whom we can reach at any time by just picking up the phone," he said. Slotnick also remarked that he "saw in this firm the same qualities that have been so important in my own firm -- the lawyers at Buchanan Ingersoll are strong, dedicated and work extremely well in teams." "Barry has been one of the leading trial lawyers in the country for decades, and we couldn't be happier to have him and his group join the firm," said William M. O'Connor, managing shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll's New York office. About Slotnick Barry Slotnick started his career as an appellate lawyer and then spent years handling high-profile criminal matters such as People v. Bernard Goetz and defending former Congressman Mario Biaggi in U.S. v. Biaggi. In more recent years, he has shifted his practice to focus almost exclusively on commercial and complex litigation as well as contract negotiations, matrimonial cases and probate matters. He is the only lawyer to receive both the New York State Bar Association's Award for Outstanding Practitioner and the American Lawyer's AMMY Award for Best Performance. He has received scores of other honors and awards throughout his career, including: Israel Leadership Peace Award, Lawyer of the Year award from the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.), Humanitarian Award from the Crime Victims' Political Platform, and an Award on Behalf of Crime Victims from New York State Supreme Court Officer's Association. Slotnick is both well-regarded and well-known for his work in the New York community. He is a member of Governor Pataki's Judicial Selection Committee, chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Capital Crimes, and a former special deputy attorney general. About Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker LLP The firm was started 40 years ago when founding and senior partner, Barry Slotnick, began his practice of trial law in downtown Manhattan. Since that time, the firm's practice has grown to more than 20 times its original size, and has handled some of the most challenging and high-profile litigation matters in the country. The firm's primary practice area is complex commercial and civil litigation, including white-collar matters. Its lawyers have also handled commercial and corporate governance matters; complex federal cases; SEC prosecutions; antitrust cases for corporations, partnerships, and individuals, as well as employment actions on behalf of both employers and employees; estate cases; and actions for defamation. The lawyers at Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker include former high-ranking prosecutors and government officials who have served in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Collectively, they bring more than 150 years of law experience to their clients. About Buchanan Ingersoll Buchanan Ingersoll PC is one of the largest 120 law firms in the nation. The firm has more than 340 attorneys practicing throughout the United States, with principal offices in the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Princeton, Harrisburg, Miami, Tampa, Wilmington and San Diego. The firm's attorneys have experience in a range of industries such as entertainment and media, pharmaceuticals and biomedicine, technology, financial institutions, construction, franchise and real estate. Within these and other industries, Buchanan Ingersoll attorneys focus on more than 65 different practice areas including Corporate Finance, Litigation, Tax, Government Relations and Health Care. The firm serves national and international clients that include Fortune 500 corporations, start-ups, high- technology companies and financial institutions.
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