James M. Wicks is a commercial litigation partner who represents large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals in federal and state trial court, as well as in arbitration. Jim chairs the Eastern District of New York’s Civil Litigation Committee. He serves on the New York Federal Judicial Council Advisory Committee and on the S.D.N.Y. /E.D.N.Y. Joint Committee on Local Rules. He chairs the New York State Bar Association’s Section on Commercial and Federal Legislation and co-chairs the Section’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Jim is a member of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General. He has taught pretrial advocacy for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law.
Matthew D. Donovan is counsel in Farrell Fritz’s commercial litigation department. His practice involves the resolution of complex business disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, construction disputes, insurance-coverage disputes, and a variety of other commercial matters through litigation and arbitration.
Matt is admitted to practice in New York; Connecticut; the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York; the District of Connecticut; and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section and the Westchester County Bar Association’s Corporate and Commercial Law Committee.
Sarah M. Baird is an associate in the firm’s commercial litigation department. She conducts legal research and analysis, performs discovery and drafts a variety of litigation documents.
Sarah earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was a merit scholarship recipient, as well as the Senior Articles Editor of both the New York International Law Review and St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Binghamton University. Sarah also studied at the University of Nottingham in England.
Paige Bartholomew is a commercial litigation associate. Paige conducts legal research and analysis, drafts pleadings, prepares discovery devices and writes legal memoranda.
Paige earned her Juris Doctor degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where she was a N.Y. Constitutional Law Issue Editor and Associate Editor of the Touro Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Siena College.
Joshua M. Herman is a commercial litigator. He represents businesses engaged in commercial disputes involving breach of contract in state and federal courts and in international arbitration. Josh has defended companies in administrative proceedings and qui tam actions arising under the False Claims Act. In addition, he has represented hedge funds and other institutional creditors with respect to their investments in distressed companies and their participation in bankruptcy-related litigation.
Adam M. Rafsky is a commercial litigator who represents large and small businesses and individuals in federal and state court proceedings and in alternative dispute resolution forums. Adam is actively involved in all phases of the litigation lifecycle from pre-action investigation through trial and appeal, and has authored numerous dispositive, procedural, and discovery motions and appellate briefs as well as applications for emergency injunctive relief. He has experience in numerous industries and in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including matters involving corporate governance, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, business torts, and business dissolution and valuation.