LIVIU VOGEL focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate courts as well as arbitration. He has extensive experience in the area of construction law representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers in all aspects of their business including corporate, contract drafting, mechanics’ liens and litigation. He is also experienced in real estate transactions including leases, sales, and financing. Liviu’s practice includes the representation of title insurance companies and their insureds in title insurance defense matters.
Liviu Vogel heads the Firm’s efforts to enforce judgments totaling over $8 billion on behalf of the U.S. Marines injured or killed in the 1983 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon and the families of those Marines. The Firm successfully obtained an order directing the turnover of close to Two Billion Dollars in post-judgment enforcement proceedings against the government of Iran and its central bank under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 and anti-terrorism statutes, including The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002. The order was affirmed on appeal before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In a separate action, the Firm also successfully obtained summary judgment for turnover of a commercial building on Fifth Avenue in New York and other properties that were owned by companies acting as a front for Iran. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Beirut bombing, the Firm’s efforts as New York counsel for the Beirut Marines were highlighted in an article appearing in the American Lawyer entitled, Can U.S. Lawyers Make Iran Pay for 1983 Bombing? The article, re-titled An Uphill Battle, is reprinted here.
- Peterson v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 758 F.3d 185 (2d Cir. 2014)
- In re 650 Fifth Ave. & Related Props., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42531 (S.D.N.Y., Mar. 28, 2014)
- Montgomery Trading Co. v. Cho, 22 Misc. 3d 135A (App. Term 1st Dep’t. 2009)
- Ross Prods. Div. Abbott Labs., Inc. v. Saper, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31647 (E.D.N.Y April 26, 2007)
- Montgomery Trading Co. v. Cho, 11 Misc. 3d 1058A; 815 N.Y.S.2d 495 (Civ. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2006)
- Kasada, Inc. v. Access Capital, Inc., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25257 (S.D.N.Y. December 14, 2004)
- Conseur v. Eugene & Robert, Inc., 248 A.D.2d 427; 668 N.Y.S.2d 947 (App. Div. 2nd Dep’t. 1998)
- JR & J Holding Co. v. Commonwealth Land Title & Ins. Co., Co., 236 A.D.2d 204; 653 N.Y.S.2d 849 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t. 1997)
- Fecht v. City of New York, 244 A.D.2d 315; 663 N.Y.S.2d 891 (App. Div. 2nd Dep’t. 1997)
- Investors Equity Group v. Universal Symetrics Corp., 1995 U.S. App. LEXIS 19706 (6th Cir. July 14, 1995)
- Investors Equity Group v. Universal Symetrics Corp., 53 F.3d 159 (6th Circ.), rehearing and rehearing en banc denied, 1959 U.S. App. LEXIS 19706 (July 14, 1995)
- Snyder v. Pleasant Valley Finishing Co., 756 F. Supp. 725 (S.D.N.Y. 1990)
Areas of Practice
- New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
- California State University, Northridge, California
- Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
- Honors: Phi Alpha Theta
- New York Construction Law, Federal Publications Course
- Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in New York, Commercial Law League of America, New York Conference
- Effective Deposition Skills, Commercial Law League of America, National Convention
- Enforcement of Judgments Against Foreign States Under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 and Foreign Discovery Under Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters, Commercial Law League of America, Washington, D.C. Conference
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Commercial Law League of America, Board of Governors, Former Member
- Commercial Law League of America, Creditor’s Rights Section, Former Chair
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
- Former Member, Board of Directors of the Conservative Synagogue, Westport, CT
- Former Member, Board of directors, Westport Weston Cooperative Nursery School
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Firm’s diverse litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice includes advocacy for plaintiffs and defendants involved in a wide variety of controversies. Our attorneys regularly appear before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate level, administrative agencies, as well as the American Arbitration Association, FINRA and other arbitration and mediation panels.
We are retained to prosecute or defend claims arising out of all types of corporate, business, securities and real estate transactions, as well as disputes related to employment, shareholder conflicts, building construction, estates, contracts, torts, employment discrimination, family businesses and other personal matters.
We assist our clients in a preliminary evaluation of each dispute in an effort to avoid unnecessary litigation where the cost may exceed the expected benefits. Our role generally begins with exploring the possibility of dispute resolution. If the dispute cannot be amicably resolved, our representation continues through all phases of pre-trial, trial and, if necessary, appellate proceedings. At Salon Marrow, we apply an effective blend of legal know-how and pragmatism in a vigorous effort to obtain the best results for our clients. We have found that our expertise and size enables us to efficiently and effectively prepare a case for trial or for arbitration and, where appropriate, to resolve the matter by settlement on a cost-effective basis.
Representative clients of our Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Group have included corporations, both public and private engaged in various industries and businesses including, banking and lending, equipment financing, generic drugs, computers, fiber optics, textile manufacturing, automobile sales, catalog mail order sales, real estate development, telecommunications, construction, cooperatives and condominiums, broker-dealers and financial institutions, computer consulting, medical professionals, restaurants, athletic footwear, and manufacturers of electronic components.
The Firm has experience in all forms of real estate transactions, including sales, acquisitions, leasing, assemblages, construction, financing and workouts. We also have expertise in the financing of industrial projects through the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds and the sponsorship of the Job Development Authority, the Small Business Administration and various other governmental agencies. The Firm has substantial experience in representing owners and tenants in connection with leases for commercial and industrial facilities, shopping centers, office, retail and residential space. Our Firm also has expertise in negotiating and drafting construction contracts on behalf of owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers.