S. Reid Kahn

S. Reid Kahn

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Kane Kessler, P.C.
 | 666 Third Ave, New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-519-5129
Fax: 212-245-3009
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

S. Reid Kahn is a partner in Kane Kessler, P.C. and co-chairs the firm’s litigation practice group.  He has practiced civil litigation for more than thirty-five years.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Kahn served as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of the Brooklyn District Attorney, which is one of the largest prosecutorial agencies in the Country.

Mr. Kahn has extensive trial and appellate experience involving commercial and contract issues, entertainment law, privacy and publicity rights, defamation, freedom of the press and freedom of speech (representing publishers), intellectual property, securities, shareholders disputes, international law issues, labor and employment matters, creditor’s rights, personal injury litigation, including products liability, and medical malpractice.  He has also directed complex investigations concerning allegations of corruption by corporate officers, executives and other employees involving bribery, fraud, theft and other actions in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Mr. Kahn has represented a broad range of diverse clients.  Those clients have included public and private corporations, corporate executives, manufacturers, retail businesses, film production companies, the Government of the Republic of Ghana, professional basketball players and celebrities in the film, music and television industry.

Throughout the course of his litigation practice, Mr. Kahn has utilized the process of mediation to resolve disputes by bringing a creative and facilitative approach to the settlement of cases.  He has received alternative dispute resolution training from the Institute for Conflict Management in Santa Monica, California, and he has successfully completed the requirements of its Mediator Certification Course.  In addition, Mr. Kahn has received advanced mediation training from the New York State Supreme Court.  He is a member of the mediation committee for the alternative dispute resolution section of the New York State Bar Association and he serves as a Court approved mediator for civil cases in the States of New York and New Jersey.  He is a member of the mediation panel for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court for New York County and he is included on the Statewide Roster of Court approved mediators for civil, general equity, and probate cases in the State of New Jersey.  Mr. Kahn is also a member of the mediation panel for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has been appointed on numerous occasions by the New Jersey Superior Court, the New York State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to mediate and resolve pending litigated matters. 

The legal profession's most prestigious legal directory, Martindale Hubbell, has awarded Mr. Kahn its "AV" rating, the highest rating available to any individual attorney.  This rating reflects the respect Mr. Kahn has received from the bench, colleagues and adversaries in the field of civil litigation.

 

About Reid Kahn

Admitted: 1976, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.kanekessler.com/our-attorneys/s-reid-kahn/

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected as a Super Lawyer and featured in the 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Super Lawyers Business Edition and the 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 New York Super Lawyers Metro Edition.
  • Selected by  American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation"., 2013
  • Listed in the the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 edition of New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers.
  • The legal profession's most prestigious legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell, has awarded Mr. Kahn its "AV" rating, the highest rating available to any individual attorney.
  • Recognized among Avenue Magazine’s “Legal Elite” for 2012 as one of New York City's top attorneys.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator for the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey
  • Certified Mediator for the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, County of New York
  • Member of the mediation panel for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the Mediation Subcommittee of the Alternative Disoute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Appointed on numerous occasions by the United Sates District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court, New York County and the Superior Court of New Jersey to serve as a mediator to facilitate the resolution of pending litigated matters.
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1977
  • New Jersey State Bar, 1976
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1976
  • New York State Bar, 1976
  • United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern District of New York, 1981

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Represent the Humane Society of the United States in connection with the preparation and filing of an amicus brief in the matter of New York Pet Welfare Association, Inc. v. The City of New York et. al., United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, CV 15-3159 (JG) to defend the constitutionality of New York City Ordinances enacted to prevent the sale of puppys in New York City pet stores which are purchased from puppy mills., 2015
  • Mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Mediator for mortgage foreclosure disputes pending in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey pursuant to a State plan to reduce mortgage foreclosure litigation. 

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Successfully represented a large cryptocurrency exchange to obtain funds which were wrongfully held by a terminated employee., 2019
  • Obtained reimbursement on behalf of a client in the amount of $1 million in connection with a $1 million investment made to a company involved in fraudulent practices.  
  • Successfully represented NBA basketball star Patrick Ewing in connection with a claim that his name was improperly used in an advertisement in the New York Times for an alcoholic beverage.  
  • Successfully represented the Humane Society of the United States as amicus curiae in the matter of NEW YORK PET WELFARE ASSOCIATION, INC., v. THE CITY OF NEW YORK et. al., Civil Action No.: 1:15-CV-03159 (JG), pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and submitted an amicus brief in support of the motion of the City of New York to dismiss the claim of Plaintiff, which challenged the constitutionality of a New York City ordinance banning the sale of puppies in pet stores, which are purchased from puppy mills.  As a result of the motion, the challenge of Plaintiff was dismissed., 2015
  • Represented several celebrities in the television and film industry in defense of lawsuits filed by managers and agents for breach of contract.
  • Successfully defended the Minister of Defense for the Government of the Republic of Ghana in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against claims asserted by the Ghanian Trade Minister under the Torture Victim Protection Act obtaining a dismissal of all charges after a jury trial.
  • Obtained and collected a judgment in the amount of $1,050,000, plus interest, on behalf of a homeland security focused software developer and government service business after a trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York as a result of an action against the former president of the company.
  • Successfully defended at a jury trial a large bankruptcy administration company which was sued for failing to properly record ballots submitted on behalf of creditors of a financial institution.
  • Represented Monster Energy Company and Monster Beverage Corporation as lead trial counsel in defense of claims for copyright infringement and violation of the Lanham Act filed by the Beastie Boys in an action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, entitled Beastie Boys, et. al. v. Monster Energy Company, 12 CIV. 6065 (PAE)., 2014.  Opposition to Plaintiffs' attorneys' fee claim resulted in a reduction of approximately $1,700,000., 2015
  • Represented numerous clients in the publishing industry in defense of claims filed by models and other individuals alleging that their photographs and/or likenesses were used for commercial purposes without written consent.  Those matters included the representation of a publishing company which was a party in the landmark case of Christie Brinkley v. John Casablancas.  Successfully limited the damage verdict after a trial to the total sum of $2,500.
  • Successfully defended a well known rap music artist who was sued in a civil action for assault.  
  • Successfully defended the President of a residential mortgage company in an action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that our client was personally liable for a loan to the company in the amount of $25 million based upon the claim that fraudulent statements were made to the lender by our client during the due diligence process prior to the approval of the loan.  
  • Successfully defended the President of an Argentinian Bank at a trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that our client was personally liable for money owed by the bank to a securities firm in the United States.  
  • Successfully represented a cooperative apartment corporation in a dispute with the sponsor which claimed it was entitled to license fees paid to the co-op for the lease of cell towers on the roof of the building.  The Supreme Court of the State of New York dismissed the claim on a motion for summary judgment and the dismissal was upheld by the Appellate Division. See Jumax Assoc. v 350 Cabrini Owners Corp., 110 A.D.3d 622 (1st Dep't 2013).   
  • Successfully defended actress Sean Young in a lawsuit in California filed by James Woods alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Obtained reimbursement of legal fees and costs in the amount of $200,000.
  • Successfully represented the Humane Society of the United States as amicus curiae in the matter of NEW YORK PET WELFARE ASSOCIATION, INC., v. THE CITY OF NEW YORK et. al., Civil Action No.15-4013-cv, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and submitted an amicus brief in support of the Appellees City of New York, New York City Council, Corey Johnson and Elizabeth Crowley in which the Court unanimously affirmed the dismissal of Appellant's claim, which challenged the constitutionality of a New York City ordinance banning the sale of puppies in pet stores, which are purchased from puppy mills.  , 2017
  • Represented an independent film production company in connection with the preparation of investment and contractual documents, clearing music rights, and facilitating the sale and distribution of an award winning narrative feature film.  
  • Represented the Government of the Republic of Ghana in a lawsuit to recover property owned by the Government which was used as the residence for the Minister of Trade whose family refused to leave the premises after the employment of the Trade Minister was terminated.
  • Successfully litigated several claims against the William Penn Life Insurance Company which failed to pay the proceeds of life insurance policies after the death of the insured, including obtaining a verdict after a jury trial in one case and settling another matter for more than $1 million.  

Transactions:

  • Represented a client who was subpoenaed by Congress to testify in connection with a congressional investigation into the misappropriation of cell phone records.
  • Represented a large public company and conducted an extensive investigation of an officer of the company allegedly engaged in activities which violated the foreign corrupt practices act (FCPA). The investigation ultimately resulted in the indictment of the officer by the United States Department of Justice.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Appointed as a mediator on numerous occasions by the courts of New York and New Jersey, including the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, to resolve pending civil cases involving commercial litigation, disputes between shareholders of corporations, labor and employment matters, discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation.  

Educational Background:

  • George Washington University, National Law Center (J.D. with Honors), 1975
  • Bucknell University (B.A., cum laude), 1972

Industry Groups

  • Advertising
  • Apparel And Footwear
  • Art
  • Biotechnology And Life Sciences
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Production And Public Relations
  • Computers
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Cooperatives And Condominiums
  • Defense Technology
  • Direct Response Marketing And Sales
  • Entertainment
  • Film And Television
  • Food Products And Packaging
  • Footcare
  • Handbags And Accessories
  • Healthcare And Personal Care Products
  • Hospitality
  • Independent Film Production
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Law Enforcement And Personal Security Products
  • Military
  • Orthotics
  • Outdoor Recreational Products And Sporting Goods
  • Pet Products
  • Publishing
  • Real Estate (Commercial And Residential)
  • Residential And Industrial Lending
  • Retail And Luxury Goods
  • Software
  • Textiles
  • Toys And Games
Office Location for S. Reid Kahn

666 Third Ave
New York, NY 10017

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Last Updated: 4/5/2019

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