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Cost-Effective and Time-Efficient Commercial Litigation in New York's Commercial Division


This is a virtual event, accessible over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary program sponsored by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. 

In recent years, New York State’s Commercial Division has become an attractive forum for cost-effective commercial litigation as a result of the harmonization of the Commercial Division’s rules with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the development of accelerated adjudication procedures and other case management innovations.  For the savvy litigator, the Commercial Division now offers many tools for resolving business disputes with a connection to New York in an efficient and timely manner, and can function as a favorable alternative to private arbitration.

This new practical webinar from Bloomberg BNA, Cost-Effective Commercial Litigation in New York’s Commercial Division, provides in-house counsel and litigators in private practice with the latest advice on how to litigate commercial disputes in New York state court with an eye toward reducing costs and minimizing the time required to reach resolution.

During this live webinar, Younger, Faridi, and Jackson will cover:
 •How to take advantage of unique features of the Commercial Division’s rule to reduce the costs and uncertainty of litigating New York-based commercial disputes.
• The Commercial Division’s accelerated adjudication procedures, which allow parties to agree to have their suit adjudicated on an accelerated basis, with limited discovery, no interlocutory appeals, and a bench trial within nine months.
• Advantages to being placed on the Commercial Division’s Large Complex Case List, which provides for enhanced case management procedures and additional attention for cases worth over $50 million or that are complex and important.
• The Commercial Division’s e-discovery protocols and cost-shifting rules.
• Strategies for using motion practice to resolve cases expeditiously.
• How to take advantage of the Division’s mediation program and other methods of trying to resolve business disputes.
• Options for reducing the costs of trial, including summary jury trials and trial by referee.
• How to approach and plan for appeals, including interlocutory appeals.
• New York courts’ use of mediators to negotiate settlements to commercial disputes.

Educational Objectives:
• Understand the role and purpose of the New York Commercial Division.
• Become conversant with the rules and procedures of the Commercial Division.
• Review the various options for efficiently structuring and managing business litigation in New York state court.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Attorney/Counsel, Of Counsel, General Counsel, Partner, Practice Group Leaders


Stephen P. Younger
  • Partner
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Stephen P. Younger, J.D., is senior partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York, New York, where he has practiced law as a business litigator for more than 30 years.  He has tried many cases and has handled many appeals before New York state courts. Mr. Younger is the former President of the New York State Bar Association and has sat on numerous New York State Bar Association committees.  He is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), having served as a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates, Chair of its International Mediation Committee, and Chair of its Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services. Mr. Younger has spoken at more than 200 seminars and written over 30 articles in the fields of securities litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration, and international dispute resolution. He is the editor, along with Muhammad U. Faridi, of Bloomberg Law’s New York Commercial Division Practice Guide, as well as Patterson Belknap’s Commercial Division Blog.  

Muhammad U. Faridi
  • Partner
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Muhammad U. Faridi, J.D., is a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York, New York. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including disputes related to structured finance transactions, breach of fiduciary duty, international joint ventures, and fraud. He has litigated numerous cases in New York state court and has handled a wide variety of litigation matters, including jury and bench trials and appeals for large financial institutions, international manufacturing conglomerates, large pharmaceutical companies, and not-for-profit organizations. He received the New York State Bar Association’s 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, highlighting his recognition by the Young Lawyers Section of the association for having rendered outstanding service to both the community and legal profession. He also serves as Secretary of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Faridi is a co-editor and a founding contributor to the firm’s New York Commercial Division blog, and he is the editor, along with Stephen P. Younger, of Bloomberg Law’s New York Commercial Division Practice Guide.

Benjamin F. Jackson
  • Associate
  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Benjamin F. Jackson, J.D., is an associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in New York, New York, where his practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal court. He graduated magna cum laude in 2013 from Harvard Law School, where he was Forum Chair of the Harvard Law Review and won the Ames Moot Court Competition. Mr. Jackson currently serves as a member of the Banking Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. His articles and blog posts on litigating commercial disputes in New York state court have appeared in such publications as the New York Law Journal, Law 360, and the New York Commercial Division blog.

Continuing Education

COA, CLE 1.0
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