Friday, October 13, 2006

About Our Firm

Cheriff & Fink, P.C.

Firm Overview

We are a small general practice law firm providing large firm capabilities and service accompanied by the personal attention to detail only a firm of our size can offer. This permits us to serve a broad spectrum of clients ranging from individuals to large corporations.
Cheriff & Fink, P.C. offers a wide array of legal services including civil litigation, real estate, corporate and business law, estate planning, and entertainment law.

The scope of our experience is unusual for a firm of our size. We pride ourselves in our ability to accurately analyze a client's needs and respond in a responsible, cost effective, prompt and professional manner. Our fees are usually less than those of other firms because of our sensible staffing and prudent use of associates and law clerks.

Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation

A. Negligence Litigation

We represent individuals injured as a result of the negligent and intentional acts of others. Typically, these matters include accidents involving motor vehicles, commercial or residential premises, municipalities or public authorities, wrongful death and defective and dangerous products. Intentional acts might include false imprisonment, unlawful arrest, assault and battery. Drawing on decades of experience in negligence litigation, we assist our clients in every facet of their cases - from a thorough and complete investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident through jury trial. Many of our colleagues refer their personal injury clients to our office because of our expertise and the results we obtain.

B. Commercial Litigation
Our clients are individuals and businesses who rely on our trial and litigation experience to represent them in all facets of commercial litigation. For example, we represent clients in breach of contract actions, insurance disputes including bad faith claims, accounting malpractice, real property disputes, creditors rights, fradulent conveyance actions, and in matters involving the collection and enforcement of substantial judgments, just to name a few. Cheriff & Fink represents plaintiffs and defendants at both the trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts, as well as at arbitrations and mediations. Our clients include real estate owners, developers, banks, employment agencies, importers, exporters, medical and dental professionals, retailers, wholesalers, and people in the entertainment industry.

Commercial and Corporate Practice

Our attorneys have extensive experience in counseling clients regarding the legal aspects of their businesses. This work includes representing and advising both established large corporations, as well as individuals just starting out in business. We represent purchasers and sellers of businesses, startup companies in a variety of transactional and litigation scenarios. We attempt to bring full service legal advice to our business clients. By working with our clients and their non-legal advisors, we meet the needs of our clients head-on. This work includes the preparation of shareholder, partnership, employment, and consulting agreements; buy-sell agreements; and other contractual matters.

Real Estate

In addition to drafting and negotiating commercial leases, we represent purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate. At any given time, our attorneys are involved in matters ranging from the sale of a studio cooperative apartment to the purchase of a commercial premises.

Estate Planning

We counsel our clients in estate planning and administration. This work includes the preparation of wills, trusts, living wills, health care proxies, and probate and administration of estates.

Firm Philosophy

Cheriff & Fink's philosophy is driven by the twin guiding principles of providing effective professional representation and establishing and maintaining long lasting attorney-client relationships. We are committed to being responsive to the needs of each client and to providing counsel and advice which enables the client's business and individual needs to expand and prosper in the long term. We believe that close, personal attention is the surest means of achieving these goals and of providing the proper foundation for a valued long-term relationship.

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