Commercial Federal Litigation Section Officers

Mark Berman, Chair

Mark Berman is a partner in Ganfer & Shore’s litigation practice groups as well as in the firm’s Cooperative and Condominium Housing Practice Group. He also heads the firm’s E-Discovery Counseling practice.

He has extensive experience in representing private and public companies, as well as partnerships and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants, in complex commercial matters with an emphasis on real estate and securities disputes, electronic discovery conflicts, and complex title insurance issues.

Mr. Berman is experienced in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts as well as in arbitrations and mediations. He is a seasoned appellate attorney, having argued many cases before both the First and Second Departments. Mr. Berman is also a trained mediator.

Prior to joining Ganfer & Shore, he was an associate in the litigation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Michael L. Orenstein for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Berman has written and lectured extensively on electronic discovery issues before the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Judicial Institute. He has been appointed by the Chief Administrative Judge as a member of New York State E-Discovery Working Group advising the New York State Unified Court System.

Mr. Berman was featured in a two-page interview by The New York Law Journal on November 15, 2013 relating to his role as co-chair of the Social Media Committee of the Commercial and Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Berman has been elected Vice-Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association for 2014-2015.

Since 2005, Mr. Berman has authored a column in The New York Law Journal addressing electronic discovery under New York State law. Mr. Berman’s articles have been quoted in both appellate and trial court decisions. All of his articles may be found in the Media section of Ganfer & Shore's website.

Mr. Berman is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence and ethics, and has been selected as a “New York Super Lawyer” annually since 2008.

Mitch Katz, Chair-Elect

Mr. Katz is a shareholder in Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C., a member of the firm's Board of Directors and manager of its Litigation practice group. Mr. Katz handles complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, in matters involving creditors' rights, lender liability defense, limited liability companies and partnerships, contract disputes, employers' rights under non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and contested commercial foreclosure actions.  He has tried cases to juries and judges, argued before appellate courts and presented matters to arbitrators and mediators. As a business litigator, his work includes problem solving activities including negotiating settlement agreements in the context of the business disputes he handles. Mr. Katz also provides litigation support to the firm's Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice group in complex matters arising under and in connection with cases filed under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

In February, 2013 he was named to the permanent Commercial Division Advisory Council by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the State of New York. The purpose of the Council is to ensure that New York State resolves commercial disputes in ways that benefit the business community and the state’s economy.


He is also Vice President of the CNY Region of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association having previously served as its Secretary and as co-chair of its committee on Continuing Legal Education.  Mr. Katz is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

Robert N. Holtzman, Vice-Chair

Robert N. Holtzman represents employers in employment law and executive compensation matters and is Co-chair of Kramer Levin’s Executive Compensation practice. 

Mr. Holtzman counsels employers regarding the full range of legal and business issues that touch upon or concern the employment relationship, including advisory matters involving investigations of discrimination and whistleblower complaints, the design and implementation of appropriate policies and practices and employment issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions. He also designs and conducts training of managers and other employees. 

When disputes arise, Mr. Holtzman represents employers in litigation in federal and state court, as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitrations, and in connection with virtually every type of claim that may be asserted by employees – discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual preference, disability and national origin; retaliation; whistleblower claims; claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law; breach of contract; enforcement of restrictive covenants; wrongful discharge; and a wide variety of tort claims. He also has represented employers and senior executives in class action litigations alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and wage and hour violations. 

Mr. Holtzman advises and represents companies and executives in connection with the design, implementation, drafting and negotiation of executive compensation arrangements, including employment, severance/separation, change-in-control, noncompetition, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements. He also represents private equity funds and companies in the design and drafting of equity and other incentive compensation arrangements. Mr. Holtzman also regularly represents buyers, sellers and management teams in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and other transactions. 

Among his most notable recent work, Mr. Holtzman represented a Big Four accounting firm in connection with an action commenced by a competitor arising out of its hiring of a team of former employees; Roto-Rooter Services Co. in connection with a class and collective action alleging violations of the wage and hours laws of multiple states; and a prominent financial institution in connection with a claim of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. He also represented a $10 billion hedge fund in connection with the exit of one of its founding partners, and advised an asset manager with more than $25 billion in assets under management in connection with the restructuring of its restrictive covenants and long-term incentive compensation arrangements.

Deborah E. Edelman, Treasurer  

Deborah E. Edelman is currently the principal law clerk and law secretary to a New York State Commercial Division Judge, the Honorable Lawrence K. Marks, in New York County.  Previously, she was the principal law clerk and law secretary for four other Commercial Parts, including Justice Marks’ Commercial Part in Nassau County.   

Prior to working for the Court, Ms Edelman was a litigation associate in New York, working primarily as an advocate in commercial ligation, mediation and arbitration.  During that time, she also received a Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. 

Ms. Edelman is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, from which she graduated with a degree in Studies in Conflict and Conflict Resolution.  She is a graduate of Stanford School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review and a fellow at the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation. 

Jamie L. Sinclair, Secretary 

Ms. Sinclair is an associate in the Commercial Litigation, Cooperative and Condominium Law and Real Estate Litigation practice groups at Ganfer & Shore. She is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including discovery and party depositions, orders to show cause, and motion practice in connection with motions to dismiss as well as motions for summary judgment.

Prior to joining Ganfer and Shore, Ms. Sinclair worked in private practice with an emphasis in eminent domain litigation, representing individuals whose property was acquired by a condemning authority.

Ms. Sinclair graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School, where she was a Features Editor on the New York Law School Law Review. As a Features Editor, Ms. Sinclair helped pioneer the school’s first annual Diversity Report, which examined the role of women and minorities on law reviews nationwide. Also during law school, Ms. Sinclair served as a summer law clerk to the Honorable L. Felipe Restrepo, then a Federal Magistrate Judge, and now a District Court Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Sinclair is an active member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), where she is a co-chair of the Committee on Women in the Law and a member of the Real Property and Young Lawyers Committees. Ms. Sinclair also serves on the Justice Center Advisory Board for NYCLA, and is a frequent contributing author and speaker with the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

Section Delegates to the NYSBA House of Delegates: 


Gregory K. Arenson

Gregory K. Arenson is a partner with the firm Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP. He is a seasoned business litigator with experience representing clients in a variety of areas, including antitrust, securities, and employee termination. His economics background has provided a foundation for his recognized expertise in handling complex economic issues in antitrust cases, both as to class certification and on the merits. Prior to joining Kaplan Fox, Mr. Arenson was a partner with Proskauer Rose. Earlier in his career, he was a partner with Schwartz Klink & Schreiber, and an associate with Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper).

Mr. Arenson’s pro bono activities include being a co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Task Force on the State of Our Courthouses, whose report was approved June 20, 2009, and a member of the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Standards for Pleadings in Federal Litigation. He also serves as a mediator in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In addition, he is an active alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, having served as a member of the Corporation, a member of the Corporation Development Committee, vice president of the Association of Alumni/ae, and member of the Alumni/ae Fund Board (of which he was a past chair).

Mark Berman

Mark Berman is a partner in Ganfer & Shore’s litigation practice groups as well as in the firm’s Cooperative and Condominium Housing Practice Group. He also heads the firm’s E-Discovery Counseling practice.

He has extensive experience in representing private and public companies, as well as partnerships and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants, in complex commercial matters with an emphasis on real estate and securities disputes, electronic discovery conflicts, and complex title insurance issues.

Mr. Berman is experienced in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts as well as in arbitrations and mediations. He is a seasoned appellate attorney, having argued many cases before both the First and Second Departments. Mr. Berman is also a trained mediator.

Prior to joining Ganfer & Shore, he was an associate in the litigation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Michael L. Orenstein for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Berman has written and lectured extensively on electronic discovery issues before the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Judicial Institute. He has been appointed by the Chief Administrative Judge as a member of New York State E-Discovery Working Group advising the New York State Unified Court System.

Mr. Berman was featured in a two-page interview by The New York Law Journal on November 15, 2013 relating to his role as co-chair of the Social Media Committee of the Commercial and Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Berman has been elected Vice-Chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association for 2014-2015.

Since 2005, Mr. Berman has authored a column in The New York Law Journal addressing electronic discovery under New York State law. Mr. Berman’s articles have been quoted in both appellate and trial court decisions. All of his articles may be found in the Media section of Ganfer & Shore's website.

Mr. Berman is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level in professional excellence and ethics, and has been selected as a “New York Super Lawyer” annually since 2008.

James M. Wicks:

James M. Wicks is a partner concentrating in business and commercial litigation. Mr. Wicks represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in federal and state trial courts, as well as in arbitrations, involving a variety of commercial, technology, real estate, insurance, contracts, banking issues, business torts, business dissolutions and breakups, franchise litigation, corporate governance and derivative and class actions. He has represented developers and landowners in connection with real estate disputes, including sale/leaseback disputes, environmental cleanup actions, foreclosures, broker disputes, boundary and adverse possession disputes. He also counsels and litigates issues involving attorneys and ethics.