In the Twenty-First Century, litigation is very often not local. Mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations may mean that your customer that was a local shop yesterday will be part of an out-of-state corporate conglomerate tomorrow. The long reach of interstate commerce may mean that your lawsuit about a defective product will arise in a forum you did not anticipate. Or the fine print in your contract may require you to sue, or be sued, someplace far from home.
At E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, we are well-traveled in both sides of this new reality: we represent New York clients in out-of-state litigation, and non-New York clients the New York courts. Our team includes several attorneys who have worked for years in major national law firms, managing cases for clients throughout the United States. Our attorneys have been admitted pro hac vice in jurisdictions across the country, including Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts to name just a few. Through partnerships with local counsel in other jurisdictions, we can import our services to nearly any jurisdiction where you may have to litigate a case.
In our representations in New York, we pay careful attention to matters of particular concern to our out-of-state clients. “Long arm” jurisdiction is not unlimited, and when we have non-New York clients with good grounds for challenging jurisdiction in the Empire State, we know how to achieve dismissal. When jurisdiction is uncontested we attend to other client priorities through early intervention with the Court, such as pursuing case scheduling orders that accommodate the needs of a remote client, and maximizing the use of video conferencing tools for “virtual” depositions, mediations and court meetings when allowed. We are well-versed in these applications, and have all the wherewithal necessary to represent you effectively and efficiently in our backyard, even if it is not your backyard.