NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Law Offices of Barry D. Lites, a New York-area law firm specializing in all aspects of corporate and real estate law, has announced that the Firm has been certified as a minority-owned business enterprise in New York State, New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties. With nearly 30 years of experience, the Firm is now poised to collaborate with law firms seeking to both provide quality legal services and demonstrate inclusion with respect to the legal representation of their clients, in both the private and public sectors.
"We are very excited to have received certifications from New York State, New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties," said Barry Lites, Harvard Law '86 and principal attorney, Law Offices of Barry D. Lites. "We believe that the financial and client vetting process employed by the New York State Economic Development Corporation and other agencies will enable law firms to collaborate with our firm with confidence."
The MBE certification process includes both confirmation of minority ownership of the firm and a demonstration that the business has a history of financial stability. In addition, client references are required to speak to the quality of the legal services offered. The Firm has the capacity to work on its own directly with clients or in collaboration with other law firms.
Both public and private sector clients often set diversity goals for their legal service providers. Collaborating with an MBE-certified law firm on an assignment demonstrates the majority firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
"We seek to make collaboration painless and risk-free. While 'brought to the table' by the majority firm, we represent the client while respecting the lawyer-client relationship," said Lites. Whether it's asset-based lending or commercial leasing, as lead counsel or co-counsel, the Firm consistently provides quality legal services to the client.
About Law Offices of Barry D. Lites
The Law Offices of Barry D. Lites is a New York State and City-certified Minority Business Enterprise, with offices in New York City and Huntington (Long Island), NY. Mr. Lites, the Firm's principal, is a Harvard Law School graduate with 30 years of experience working with and advising clients with respect to commercial and real estate transactions in a global law firm environment and at GE Capital. Mr. Lites has also served as general counsel of a Warburg Pincus portfolio company where he dealt with corporate, securities, employment and intellectual property matters.
Mr. Lites is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School and a Commissioner of the Huntington Housing Authority.
SOURCE Law Offices of Barry D. Lites LLP