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Erica B. Garay
Erica B. Garay is the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice group, an arbitrator and mediator, and a member of the Litigation practice at Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. located in Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. where she handles commercial litigation. She is also a Member of the Firm. Ms. Garay is on the American Arbitration Association roster of neutrals for commercial and complex litigation and its panel of mediators. Ms. Garay serves on Rosters of Mediators for Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Westchester and New York Counties, N.Y.S. Supreme Court, Commercial Division, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Mediation Panel for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Ms. Garay has arbitrated or mediated disputes (as a neutral) concerning real property transactions and environmental contamination, insurance coverage, shareholder and LLC member disputes (including derivative claims), employment discrimination, non-competition and other restrictive covenants and trade secrets, business disputes (including concerning medical billing and breach of contract), real estate development, hotel management, and a variety of other commercial matters. Ms. Garay can also be engaged as a private Mediator or Arbitrator, Special Master or Neutral Evaluator.
Ms. Garay concentrates on commercial litigation including corporate and partnership dissolutions, shareholder disputes and business valuations, arbitrations, trials, appeals, employment law, and general business representation. Ms. Garay represents businesses of all sizes and their management. She has served on steering committees charged with planning the course of major pieces of litigation. She has lectured on ADR, and authored articles on federal practice, employment law, shareholder rights, restrictive covenants (non-competition and non-solicitation) and trade secrets, and advises businesses on these and other corporate and commercial matters.
Notable experience includes:
Among her many accolades, Ms. Garay was honored by the Long Island Women's Agenda in 2008. Ms. Garay was inducted into the ďTop 50 Women on Long IslandĒ Hall of Fame in 2003, after being a recipient of the honor for two prior years. She was named Advocate of the Year in 2002 by Women on the Job, and she was the Girl Scouts of Nassau Countyís Juliette Low Award of Distinction recipient in 2000. In 2001, she was an inductee into the Long Island Centerís Hall of Fame. She was the recipient of the 1993 Achieversí Award in Law from the Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women. She has also been recognized by the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, receiving its Distinguished Leadership Award.
Ms. Garay has lectured at the Practicing Law Institute on Enforcing Confidentiality and Non-Compete Agreements; presented at the New York Judicial Institute to the Stateís Commercial Judges on Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenant Litigation; at the Nassau and Suffolk Academies of Law on Shareholder Dissolutions and Trade Secrets in the Electronic Age; and at the Nassau County and Suffolk County Bar Associations on arbitration and mediation. She is also a frequent lecturer on ADR.
Prior to joining Meyer Suozzi, Ms. Garay was first an associate, and then a partner, of the firm of Rivkin Radler LLP. She was previously associated with Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, and served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the General Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. She also worked on two of the largest contract cases ever to go to trial in New York City and Seattle, both of which resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts or judgments in favor of her clients, and was on the steering committee which successfully defended coverage litigation for a $750 million clean-up of PCB contamination.
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St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1978
Associate Managing Editor of St. John's Law Review
Binghamton University, B.A., 1973
Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Complex Litigation Panel
Mediator for the American Arbitration Association
Roster of Mediators of Nassau, New York, Queens, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, Supreme Court, Commercial Division
Mediation panel of the U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. and the U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. and S.D.N.Y. Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel
American Bar Association: Litigation,Dispute resolution, Business law sections
New York State Bar Association: Federal and Commercial Litigation Section, Dispute resolution committee, Business Law Committee
Nassau county bar association: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Commercial Litigation Committee, Federal Litigation Committee
Long Island Childrenís Museum Board of Trustees, Member
North Shore/LIJ Hospital Commerce and Industry Council of Member
Former Member, Tilles Center Council of Overseers
New York State
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, Second, and Third Circuits
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