Hideki Yokoi – Empire State Building Battle
Represented Hideki Yokoi, a famous Japanese billionaire, in the celebrated battle for control of the Empire State Building. The tycoon sued his daughter, Kiiko Nakahara, and her husband, accusing the couple of improperly taking ownership and control of nine chateaux in France, four castles in Great Britain, Oheka Castle on Long Island, and the Empire State Building. The case was the subject of a front-page expose in The Wall Street Journal and is chronicled extensively in Mitchell Pacelle's book, Empire; A Tale Of Obsession, Betrayal And The Battle For An American Icon, Wiley, 2001.
Herrick represented the Trump Organization in the historic sale of the Empire State Building to a group led by Peter Malkin. That deal garnered headlines of its own: "Partnership in Deal for Empire State Building," The New York Times, March 19, 2002; "Long, Long Legal Battle for Tall, Tall Building," The New York Times, December 12, 2001.