Aaron Zerykier counsels clients in diverse and complex litigation matters involving a variety of commercial, technology, real estate, insurance, contracts and business torts.
He represents large and small businesses, public entities, financial institutions and individuals in federal and state trial courts, as well as in arbitrations. These matters routinely involve business dissolutions and breakups, franchise litigations, corporate governance and derivative actions. Aaron also counsels, and litigates on behalf of, developers and landowners in connection with real estate disputes, including sale/leaseback disputes, environmental cleanup actions, and construction-related claims.
Aaron is a member of the firm’s eDiscovery practice group, advising clients on various eDiscovery issues. He authors articles on eDiscovery-related topics and is a frequent lecturer at St. John’s University School of Law. Aaron also contributes to Farrell Fritz’s All About eDiscovery blog.
What is the most significant matter with which you have been involved?
An example is our representation of a school district with respect to recouping moneys that were misappropriated. The case may seem dry to most people, but with the way the New York court system is laid out, it is very hard to have the Court of Appeals hear your case. In this case, we managed to get in front of the Court of Appeals and essentially change the law. The decision will be important for future cases, not just school districts, because it involves corporate entities in general.
“Success is getting the best possible outcome for our client.”
What are some ways you support your clients through what can be lengthy litigation processes?
I maintain contact with my client so they have a reasonable expectation of what can and can’t occur. Then, it’s a matter of providing the highest-quality legal services to our clients. I don’t make unreasonable promises or give unreasonable expectations because litigation has many ups and downs. It’s often best if we can assist clients before they get into an actual litigation because it can be less expensive and easier to resolve and negotiate a resolution. Our firm has a very good reputation, and we constantly strive to meet and exceed that reputation.
Why is it so important to give back to the community?
I spend a lot of my time as youth director at my synagogue. Farrell Fritz has a great charitable ethos; the firm supports the attorneys and their causes. We are highly skilled professionals, not just in representing our clients, but the greater community. When you have the ability to contribute to the community, you have an obligation to do so. We are fortunate enough to have the ability and are encouraged to make the most of it.
What separates Farrell Fritz from other law firms?
It’s the personality of the firm. We are one of the largest on Long Island, but at the same time, all of the attorneys know each other and are comfortable seeking counsel from each other. In house, we have a full range of resources, and the environment is such that attorneys here make themselves available to their colleagues when needed. The general attitude here is to proactively offer assistance, not just within any department, but to the entire firm, which not only benefits the attorneys, but our clients as well.