Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP
Described by one opponent as a “thorough and thoughtful strategist and a shrewd litigator,” Jeff handles complex business litigation for some of the country’s top corporations. He is equally comfortable sitting at the plaintiff's or defendant's table, as he regularly succeeds in both capacities. Although he calls Rochester home, Jeff’s cases have taken him from New York to California, and placed him before numerous federal courts, the Delaware Chancery Court, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Chamber of Commerce.
He has successfully guided clients through disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 2, 2A, 3, 4 & 9), contractual services agreements, commercial leases, and franchise law. Although business disputes may resolve through settlement or motion practice, some do not, and in those cases, Jeff has a proven track record of success in both commercial trials and arbitrations. Indeed, in 2013, he was part of the team that secured one of the largest commercial verdicts in the Western District of New York.
As a complement to his business litigation and counseling work, Jeff handles matters involving employment and workplace discrimination. He regularly provides opinions on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, and lectures on that subject as well.
In addition, Jeff also has an active intellectual property practice. He represents clients in copyright matters ranging from software license disputes to substantial similarity infringement battles. He represents clients involved in trademark infringement disputes as well: In a recent win for franchisors, he successfully argued for the extension of the definition of trademark counterfeiter in the Third Circuit to include holdover franchisees using authentic marks.
Jeff was named one of Rochester’s top “Forty under 40” professionals in 2018, and has been recognized locally and statewide for his legal acumen, his professionalism, and ethics.