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Serene is a law clerk for the Commercial Litigation Department. She conducts legal research and analysis regarding regulations and cases involving commercial disputes. She engages in discovery and provides trial support for the Commercial Litigation Department.

Serene earned her J.D. from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she served as a Senior Productions Editor for the Journal of International Business and Law. She received her B.A. from St. John’s University.

A recent decision from Justice Robert Reed of the Manhattan Commercial Division in J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation v. Miami Wind I, LLC, Goldthwaite Wind Energy LLC demonstrates how parties have the ability to excuse contractual non-performance in a well drafted force majeure clause.

Background

Plaintiff J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation (the “Buyer”) is an

It is commonplace knowledge that the attorney-client privilege protects confidential communications relating to legal advice between a client and an attorney from disclosure. However, a recent decision from Justice Robert Reed of the Manhattan Commercial Division in Brawer v. Lepor serves as a gentle reminder that “communications do not automatically obtain privilege status merely because