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Ongoing
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus - Government Relations and Lobbying
Providing government relations and lobbying services in Washington, D.C. and New York City to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (T.R.N.C.).  Working in concert with T.R.N.C.'s Representative in Washington and its permanent Representative to the United Nations, we provide strategic advice to the Republic on resolving the sovereignty dispute over the island of Cyprus.
Ongoing
CARCO Group - Government Relations and Lobbying
Providing government relations and lobbying services in Washington, D.C. to a leading global provider of investigative, security and background screening services.  Our representation includes engagement with members of Congress to advocate for improved and standardized procedures for the handling of sensitive information related to background checks and credit reporting.  
Ongoing
Nissan North America - Taxi of Tomorrow
Representing Nissan North America which recently won the City's competition to create the "Taxi of Tomorrow" in government relations matters. We are providing strategic and policy guidance to help Nissan finalize the process with The Taxi and Limousine Commission and the City to bring the new Nissan taxi on the road.
Ongoing
Telecommunications Company - NYC Fiber Optic Franchise
Representation of a major new telecommunications company in negotiating and obtaining approval for New York City franchise to install fiber optic cable throughout the City of New York. 
Ongoing
Rent Stabilization Association of NYC - Litigation in New York State Supreme Court
Representation of the Rent Stabilization Association of NYC, the largest trade association in New York City dedicated to protecting and serving the interests of the residential housing industry,  in litigation filed in New York state Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of the state's Tenant Protection Unit and a set of new rent regulations that violate rent regulated owners' rights.
Ongoing
Clear Channel Outdoor - Department of Buildings
Advise Clear Channel Outdoor in several matters including oversight by the NYC Department of Buildings regarding the outdoor billboard industry and litigation related to the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals and the use of billboards on MTA property.
Ongoing
Trade Group - City of New York Legislation
Advising a trade group that represents companies that do significant construction work in New York City, in government relations matters. The City of New York recently introduced new legislation aimed at improving safety by promoting rule changes regarding licensing of trade members.  Herrick is working with the industry to  promulgate legislation that is reasonable and insure the public's safety.
Ongoing
Real Estate Company - Restaurant and Night Club
Representation of a real estate company seeking to open a restaurant and night club in Manhattan in its dealings with the New York City Department of Buildings, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the Office of the Mayor.
Ongoing
Consumer Products Manufacturer - Paraguayan Litigation
Representation of an international consumer products manufacturer in a legal action brought against it in Paraguay. We are working with the U.S. State Department to deal with the unusual legal rulings involved.
Ongoing
Library for the Blind - Government Appropriations
Representation of an international library for the blind in soliciting government appropriations for charitable use. The library provides the visually impaired, blind, physically handicapped and reading disabled with books, magazines and cultural programs in audio, in large print and in Braille.
Ongoing
Bio-Reference Labs - Gene Patenting Legislation
Representation of Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. in providing legislative advice and governmental solutions to help enable it to conduct diagnostic tests currently prevented by laws allowing owners of gene patents to grant exclusive licenses for those tests.
Ongoing
Real Estate Developer - Large Retail Shopping Center
Representing a real estate developer in connection with the development of a large shopping center complex in New York City.  Our work includes a significant Uniform Land Use Review Process application involving zoning changes, street mappings, special permits, government relations activities and an environmental impact statement.
Ongoing
New York State Association for Affordable Housing - Challenge to Local Law 44
Representing the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and individual developers in litigation seeking to invalidate Local Law 44 - which requires any developer receiving city funding to submit quarterly wage reports - as unconstitutional, pre-empted by New York state law, and imposing an unreasonable economic burden on small businesses competing for affordable housing work. As a result of our pending litigation, the NYC Department of Housing and Preservation has agreed to delay implementing the Local Law, pending resolution of the litigation.
Ongoing
Developer - Dispute with the City of Long Beach, New York
Representing a real estate owner/developer in a high-profile dispute with the City of Long Beach, New York over zoning ordinances relating to a planned four tower condominium project.   Herrick helped secure an appellate win permitting our client to seek monetary damages against the city in this litigation which also seeks a judgment  declaring that our client is entitled to a building permit that would allow completion of the ocean front development as originally approved.
Ongoing
Commission for Art Recovery - Baron Herzog Collection
Representation of the Commission for Art Recovery in recovering 10 paintings from the Hungarian government that were stolen from the heirs of Baron Herzog, a Hungarian aristocrat, during the Nazi regime. At Herrick's request, Senator Hillary Clinton wrote to the Hungarian Foreign Minister in support of our efforts. Senator Clinton issued a press release regarding her letter and also posted it on her website. To date, Herrick has also garnered support from Senator Lautenberg, Senator Kennedy and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
Ongoing
New York Racing Association - Integrity Counsel
Representation of New York Racing Association (NYRA), as Integrity Counsel, in connection with assisting NYRA’s Board of Directors and management in ensuring that NYRA, its officers, employees and operations comply with all the applicable laws and regulations of New York Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law §206(5). NYRA holds the exclusive right to conduct racing and pari-mutuel wagering at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Courses.
2014
Green Smart Living - Government Relations and Lobbying
Providing government relations and lobbying services to a U.S.-based technology company in connection with pending regulations on the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes.   
2004-2012
CPCR - Domino Sugar Redevelopment - Zoning and Land Use
Representation of CPCR, an affiliate of the Community Preservation Corporation, in the development of the sprawling 11.5-acre waterfront complex in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that was formerly home to Domino Sugar. We advised CPCR on the site's rezoning, which will result in one of the largest residential redevelopment projects in the city.
2012
Wells Fargo N.A. - Landmarks Advice
Represented Wells Fargo, N.A. in obtaining approval from the City's Landmarks Preservation Commission for signage at its new consolidated headquarters  on 42nd Street.
2012
Major International Technology Company - Government Procurement Assistance
Assistance to a multi-billion dollar technology company which provides automated time and attendance systems in its dealings with the City of New York's technology officials.
2011
New York Developer - Brownfield Redevelopment
Representation of a New York developer in redeveloping a large Brownfield site in the Bronx and negotiating the relevant transactions documents, including financing, joint venture and purchase option documents. Complex redevelopment issues made use of our government relations, land use and environmental departments.
2011
Gotham Organization - Mixed-Use Development
Representation of Gotham Organization, a premier New York developer and construction company, in various government relations matters.
2010
Real Estate Companies - Second Avenue Subway
Representation of major real estate companies in negotiating condemnation matters with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority related to the Second Avenue subway.
2010
Small Hotel Owners Association - Regulatory and Legislative Advice
Representation of the Small Hotel Owners Association in its dealing with the New York City government. We counsel the association and its members on how to respond to the city's efforts to regulate the industry. We negotiate legislation and zoning changes and advance the industry's interests before the relevant city agencies and elected officials.
2009
342 East 72nd Street Corporation - Second Avenue Subway Entrance Relocation
Representation of 342 East 72nd Street Corporation in fighting the relocation of a new subway entrance. The original plans called for the entrance to be embedded in the basement of a building at the corner of 72nd Street and Second Avenue, but the MTA announced a new plan to move the entrance to the middle of the block on 72nd Street between First and Second Avenues—directly in front of residential buildings. Herrick is helping the local building owners fight this plan.
2009
New York Fire Alarm Association - Opposition to New Fee Rules
Representation of the New York Fire Alarm Association, a trade organization comprised of companies who monitor fire alarm systems in New York City, in government relations matters. The New York City Fire Department recently published its intent to adopt new rules—which are unduly onerous and would be a major headache for the industry—regulating the fees that these companies would have to pay the city. Thanks to Herrick’s efforts, the FDNY agreed to postpone adoption of the new fee rules for a year. It also agreed to work with the industry over the next year to promulgate rules that are reasonable. 
2008
Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. - Eminent Domain Dispute
Representation of Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. in the Township of Logan, NJ, in its effort to remove an extensive area of its waterfront property from the township's redevelopment plan. The plan posed a threat of eminent domain proceedings by a third party. The owner is no longer burdened by that threat and can now sell or develop this property.
2007
Bio-Reference Labs - Congressional Hearings
We helped Bio-Reference Laboratories, a genetic testing company, convince the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property to hold hearings on October 30, 2007 on the adverse impact of gene patenting on genetic testing by laboratories and on clinical research. Bio-Reference Laboratories' CEO was a key witness. We are working closely with Representative Xavier Becerra of California, a member of the House leadership, as well as with the chair of the Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee for a positive outcome for Bio-Reference.
2007
Assisted Living Facility - State Approval for Expansion
Representation of an assisted living facility in Far Rockaway, New York, in obtaining Congressional and local elected official support for its application for state approval for the expansion and beautification of its facility.
1998 - 2005
Community Preservation Corporation - Parkchester Condominium
Representation of a joint venture between affiliates of The Community Preservation Corporation, Morton Olshan of Mall Properties Inc., and Jeremiah O'Connor of The O'Connor Group, in the complete renovation and rehabilitation of the 12,271 unit/171 building Parkchester condominium in the Bronx, New York, including the acquisition and financing of 6,361 unsold residential condominium units, 500,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and five parking garages. Our work included government relations, land use, real estate and tax advice. The project required the cooperation of our clients, utility companies, state and city politicians, religious leaders and local residents, and included the passage of special legislation.
2005
Severodonetsk Azot - Stopping Improper Government Seizure of Privatized Plant in Ukraine
Representation of a U.S.-based chemical company in a hard-fought dispute over the massive chemical plant, Severodonetsk Azot, in Eastern Ukraine. Corrupt political forces in Ukraine took control of our client’s plant through the commencement of a bogus lawsuit in Kiev and the outright seizure of the plant by a private militia. Herrick argued an appeal in Kiev’s court of appeals and also met, in Kiev, with Ukrainian ministries and the U.S. Embassy as part of a concerted effort to exert political pressure on the Ukrainian government to end the illegal actions.
2003
Rep. Carolyn Maloney - Sexual Assault Investigation Legislation
Assistance to Rep. Carolyn Maloney in drafting H.R. 2874 (107th  Congress) to assess the extent of the backlog in DNA analysis of rape kit samples and to improve the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases with DNA evidence. This legislation became known as the Debbie Smith Act.
2002
Telecommunications Equipment Company - New York City Comptroller Investigation
Representation of a major telecommunications company in a high-profile investigation by the Comptroller of the City of New York into the sale of two-way radio equipment. We obtained full payment of multi-million dollar invoices for the company.
1998
Rep. Carolyn Maloney - Declassification of Nazi War Crimes Files
Assistance to Rep. Carolyn Maloney on the strategy and drafting of H.R. 4007 (105th Congress) for the declassification of the U.S. government's secret Nazi war crimes files. The legislation was passed in 1998 as Senate Bill 1379, and signed by President Clinton that year.