BLAINE H. BORTNICK has been a Partner at Liddle & Robinson since 1998. He represents both individuals and companies in a wide range of employment and complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitration tribunals throughout the United States.
As a veteran in New York employment law, Mr. Bortnick has represented many hedge fund managers and high–level executives in the securities industry in employment–related matters. His expertise and depth of knowledge of the intricacies of compensation arrangements unique to this field have enabled him to negotiate favorable contracts and exit packages, as well as successfully litigate on behalf of his clients. In a landmark case in California, he obtained an award in excess of $4.5 million on behalf of a securities industry trader for breach of contract and wrongful termination. Mr. Bortnick also handles a wide range of employment matters outside the securities industry. For example, he secured a judgment in excess of $1.5 million in a sex discrimination lawsuit against an airline. His success in litigating these and other employment cases has enabled him to negotiate favorable settlements for many clients.
Mr. Bortnick also has an active and diverse commercial litigation practice. He has represented companies, both public and private, in a variety of industries, including the securities industry, the banking industry and the oil & gas industry. These representations have ranged from contract disputes to international bank and securities fraud cases. His notable successes in this field have included the prosecution of claims on behalf of one of the largest privately owned oil wholesaling companies in the United States against a foreign supplier, resulting in a $4.7 million award for his client. Mr. Bortnick was also part of an international team of lawyers who obtained a $79 million judgment on behalf of a foreign bank against its former President and CEO. The matter was litigated in the Dominican Republic, Florida, Colorado and New York. Mr. Bortnick was in charge of all aspects of the New York cases. He successfully tied up in excess of $10 million of the defendants' assets prior to judgment. He was also part of a trial team that successfully defended a Maryland bank against a multi–million dollar fee claim related to the sale and 20–year leaseback of a Boeing 747. Mr. Bortnick also is presently one of the attorneys on the lead trial team in a multi–billion anti–trust class action.
A former adjunct Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he taught New York procedural law for 12 years, Mr. Bortnick's expertise is often sought by out–of–state attorneys. Mr. Bortnick's achievements have earned him an "AV" rating from Martindale–Hubbell since 2001, which represents its highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He has also been selected as a one of the top attorneys in the New York metropolitan area by "Super Lawyers" in 2007, 2009-2014.
Adjunct Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2002–2013
New York State Bar Association, Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules, 2007–present
Keynote Speaker, Legal Risk Management Conference, Skopje, Macedonia: Managing Legal Risks in Labor Matters in the United States, October 2013