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Nov

1

2017

Kristina Del Vecchio Rejoins Joseph & Cohen As Partner

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – November 1, 2017. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that attorney Kristina Del Vecchio has re-joined the Firm as Partner.

Ms. Del Vecchio joins the Firm from CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) where she was Director & Senior Counsel. CIT is a financial holding company, and its principal subsidiary is CIT Bank, N.A. (formerly known as OneWest Bank NA).

As an accomplished advisor and litigator for banks and their holding companies, credit unions and other financial services companies, the addition of Ms. Del Vecchio augments and expands the Firm’s core financial institutions capability. The breadth of her experience encompasses mergers and acquisitions, enforcement and regulatory matters, antitrust, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, credit card, student loan, auto and mortgage lending litigation, regulatory change and risk management, and compliance with state and federal financial services, banking, credit union and consumer protection statutes and regulations.

Jonathan Joseph, Joseph & Cohen’s Managing Partner, stated “Kristina Del Vecchio has  a rare combination of banking and credit union industry experience and talent that many of our clients will find very appealing and which will no doubt attract new financial institution clientele. We’re delighted to welcome her back to the Firm as a Partner.”

Ms. Del Vecchio added “Although I enjoyed spending the past few years as in-house counsel with CIT, I am excited to re-join my colleagues at the Firm to provide financial services, transactional, compliance, and regulatory advice to the Firm’s clients and look forward to working with them to attract new clients while also expanding the range of legal services offered.”

Ms. Del Vecchio has served as an attorney with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the largest national trade association for state and federally chartered credit unions. While at the CUNA, she represented the interests of credit unions before Congress and federal agencies, particularly the NCUA, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of the Treasury and Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Ms. Del Vecchio also previously was an associate with Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP, in Washington, DC and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP in Los Angeles.

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate and financial services matters, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and commercial litigation services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about the Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at www.josephandcohen.com.

Press Contact:  Jonathan Joseph at Joseph & Cohen, 415-817-9200 or jon@josephandcohen.com.

Feb

16

2017

Joseph & Cohen’s Jeff Lederman Ranked as BTI Client Super All-Star

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 16, 2017. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that senior litigation partner Jeffrey J. Lederman was recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of only eight super all-star attorneys in the United States. BTI Consulting Group’s 2017 annual guide is unique as it identifies the select few attorneys that command the attention of General Counsel and legal decision makers who are truly influencing and changing the legal industry.

Mr. Lederman was one of eight attorneys named a Client Super All-Star from BTI’s 2017 list of 319 attorneys from 160 law firms nationwide who were recognized for superior client focus, outstanding results, unmatched business understanding and reinventing the client relationship. The prestigious group of eight Super All-Stars were the only attorneys in the country recognized by multiple influential General Counsel and legal decision makers.   Lederman, however, was the only attorney on the list from a boutique law firm.

The BTI Client Service All-Stars List is derived from in-depth, independent interviews with hundreds of corporate counsel and executives at Global 500 and Fortune 1000 organizations. It is the only continuous, independently researched benchmark study of client expectations and needs in the legal industry. Attorneys are nominated exclusively by unprompted submissions and finalists are selected based on exceptional commitment to client needs, innovation, understanding of clients’ business, exceptional legal skills, value, and achieving outstanding results.

This is the third time Mr. Lederman has been nominated as a Client Service All-Star, having previously been nominated in 2011 and 2016. For 2017, Mr. Lederman was nominated by multiple clients, including by a Leading Technology Company in connection with his litigation practice, who described Mr. Lederman as “wicked smart, strategic, with a willingness to innovate.

Mr. Lederman said of his nomination, “I believe client service is at the heart of long-term relationships with clients, and it is perhaps the most important aspect of the practice of law, so it is truly an honor to be recognized as a BTI All-Star for the third time, and as a BTI Super All-Star in 2017.”

Jonathan D. Joseph, Joseph & Cohen’s Founder and Managing Partner, added, “We founded the firm with the belief that a boutique firm with exceptional attorneys could compete against any AmLaw 100 Law Firm. That Jeff Lederman is the only Super All-Star from a boutique law firm validates our belief and supports our continuing effort to deliver absolutely the best service, outsized value and outstanding results to firm clients every day.”

Visit www.BTIConsulting.com for more information about this prestigious honor and for a complete list of All Stars.

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, technology and financial services, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and complex litigation and business dispute services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about the Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at http://josephandcohen.com/.

Press Contact:  Jonathan Joseph at Joseph & Cohen, 415-817-9200, ext. 9 or jon@josephandcohen.com.

Aug

15

2016

Joseph & Cohen Successfully Represents San Francisco Credit Union in Precedent Setting Case under the Americans with Disabilities Act

On August 2, 2016, San Francisco Federal Credit Union based in San Francisco (“Credit Union”) and Disability Rights Advocates based in Berkeley (“DRA”) announced a precedent-setting settlement agreement which resolved threatened claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and the California Unruh Act.  Q2 Software, Inc. (“Q2”), based in Austin, Texas, a digital banking services leader, was also a party to the agreement.

Joseph & Cohen, San Francisco, CA, acted as outside counsel for the Credit Union.  Pursuant to the agreement, the Credit Union and Q2 agreed to work together with DRA to ensure that the Credit Union’s website, online banking services and mobile apps are accessible to people who are blind or have vision disabilities.

The parties agreed upon a remediation plan which is expected to be implemented in several phases through 2019 by conforming to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA (“WCAG 2.0 AA”) standards published by the World Wide Web Consortium, better known as W3C.  The WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility guidelines are available at www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/.

These accessibility standards ensure that blind people can use websites and online banking services.  Many blind and low vision individuals use assistive software called screen readers to navigate digital content on computers and mobile phones. The software converts screen text into audible speech or digital braille, and once website and online banking applications have been coded properly, the Credit Union’s website, online banking services, and mobile apps will be accessible to individuals with vision disabilities.

Jonathan D. Joseph and Jonathan Cohen represented San Francisco Federal Credit and were responsible for negotiating and settling the matter.

For additional information, links to the initial Press Release and Settlement Agreement are below:

Press Release: San Francisco Federal Credit Union Leads the Way to Transform Online Banking to Better Serve Customers with Vision Disabilities

Settlement Agreement: Mediation Settlement Agreement and Release

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, technology and financial services matters, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and complex business dispute services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at http://josephandcohen.com/.

Feb

9

2016

Joseph & Cohen Partner Named 2016 BTI Client Service All-Star

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 9, 2016. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that litigation partner Jeffrey J. Lederman was named to the prestigious BTI 2016 Client All-Star List as one of the nation’s absolutely best attorneys. Lederman was one of only 312 attorneys recognized for superior client focus, outstanding results, unmatched business understanding and reinventing the client relationship.

BTI Consulting Group’s annual Client Service All-Star honor is a unique spotlight on attorneys who deliver superior client service because no attorney or firm can self-nominate. In its publication, BTI stated: “312 attorneys stood out as absolutely best at client service. Not just great – but head and shoulders above the rest as defined solely by clients.” The only way to become a BTI Client Service All-Star is for corporate counsel to single out an attorney for client service exceeding all others.

This is the second time Mr. Lederman has received the honor, having previously been nominated in 2011. For 2016 Mr. Lederman was nominated by a Leading Technology Company in connection with his litigation practice.  A mere 163 domestic and international law firms had attorneys who made the grade.

Mr. Lederman said of his nomination, “I believe client service is at the heart of long-term relationships with clients and is perhaps the most important aspect of the practice of law, so it is truly an honor to be recognized as a BTI All-Star for the second time.”

Jonathan Joseph, Joseph & Cohen’s Managing Partner, added, “That Jeff Lederman stands out as a Client Service All-Star compared to other lawyers nationwide is no surprise within Joseph & Cohen, as we witness his passion to deliver absolutely the best service, outsized value and outstanding results to firm clients every day.”

Click here for more information about this prestigious honor and for a complete list of All Stars.

Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, is a Financial Services and Litigation Boutique headquartered in San Francisco that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, technology and financial services matters, regulatory and bank enforcement defense, private equity, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment and complex business dispute services.  Joseph & Cohen is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized skills typically found only in the largest American law firms.

For additional information about the Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, please visit our website at http://josephandcohen.com/or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/josephandcohen.

Press Contact:  Jonathan Joseph at Joseph & Cohen, 415-817-9200, ext. 9 or jon@josephandcohen.com.