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New York State of Cannabis


Speaker(s): James Rieger, Paul D. Sarkozi
Recorded on: Nov. 9, 2021
PLI Program #: 338023

Paul Sarkozi is Chair of Tannenbaum Helpern's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Recognized by Super Lawyers in the New York Times since 2012 as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metro area, Paul is a savvy litigator and negotiator who focuses on results for his clients. Equally adept in federal and state court, Paul has nonetheless developed a particularly strong reputation in New York's Commercial Division, the branch of the NY Court system that handles complex business disputes.

Paul is regularly selected by his peers and the judiciary to serve in leadership positions involving commercial litigation in New York. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman selected Paul to serve on the Statewide Commercial Division Advisory Council. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore appointed Paul to her Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, for which he serves as Chair of the Commercial Subcommittee. Paul also recently served as Chair of the State Bar's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, which regularly addresses critical issue affecting business litigation in both NY State and Federal courts.

A versatile advocate, Paul is called on by business entities and senior executives in a broad range of industries to counsel them on the best ways to prosecute, defend and resolve their disputes. He has represented hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers real estate developers, global media and public relations firms, clothing designers and importers, international technology companies and even foreign country. Paul has handled disputes involving complex commercial contracts, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, business breakups, enforceability of arbitration awards and claims of breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, trademark and copyright infringement, fraud and veil piercing.

Paul has recently been called upon to advise and represent companies pursuing and protecting investments in the evolving cannabis and CBD oil industries. To that end, Paul serves as a member of the NYSBA Cannabis Law Committee.

Finally, Paul is an experienced, smart and effective negotiator. His knowledge and skill in this area have been recognized by Columbia Law School, where he has been appointed a Lecturer-in-Law to teach a Negotiation seminar. Paul also serves on the roster of mediators for the Commercial Division in New York County.


James Rieger has a broad corporate and securities law practice. James represents public and private companies, hedge funds, merchant banks, private equity funds, exchange traded funds, venture capital funds, investment banks, underwriters, and private investors in many types of transactions, including public and private debt and equity offerings, credit facilities, mergers, acquisitions, fund formation, activist investments, restructurings and divestitures of assets and divisions. James counsels companies and funds on their filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and their participation in tender offers, proxy contests, and other hostile takeover actions. James also handles general corporate matters, including employment agreements, contracts, cannabis related matters, and joint venture agreements.