Successes

2014: Settled landmark case against the National Enquirer arising from the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Enquirer was required to buy a full page advertisement in the New York Times apologizing for its conduct, and to fund a foundation that makes substantial annual grants to playwrights.

Won dismissal of Racketeering lawsuit brought by former New York City Police Chief, Bernard Kerik, against celebrity lawyer, Joe Tacopina.

Secured a multi-million dollar settlement against a trust company for mismanaging assets.

Secured a multi-million dollar settlement for an electronics company suing for breach of a licensing agreement.

Won a federal appeal overturning dismissal of a complaint on jurisdictional grounds.


2013: Won dismissal of a RICO suit seeking in excess of $20 million in damages.

Won appeal of trial court victory in case where Oscar de la Hoya was accused of civil battery, assault, and false imprisonment.

Won dismissal of a malpractice case, and won the appeal from the dismissal.

Settled case for creator of the concept of turning guns into jewelry, acknowledging that defendants' business selling jewelry made from guns was based on his ideas.


2012: Won motion disqualifying famed lawyer, Ira Lee Sorkin, from a case based upon a finding of unethical conduct.

Won appeal from a $26 million judgment which was won for a client in 2011.

Won dismissal of claims against Oscar de la Hoya for civil battery, assault, and false imprisonment, and won an award of sanctions against opposing counsel and the plaintiff.


2011: Excelsior Capital LLC v. Estate of C. Robert Allen III, Index No. 08289/07 (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co.) ($26 million breach of contract jury verdict and judgment); US v. Hatfield, 2011 WL 4434219 (E.D.N.Y.), rehearing granted and decision pending, 2011 WL 5866238 (E.D.N.Y.) (Insider trading forfeiture claim based upon $185 million in sales rejected after a bench trial); Anonymous v. Anonymous, (Sup. Ct. N.Y.Co.) (Following eight day bench trial, Father conceded full residential and legal custody to Mr. Burstein's client); National Artists Management Company, Inc. v. Rock of Ages Broadway Limited Liability Company (Case brought on behalf of Broadway producers Fran and Barry Weissler against the Broadway production of Rock of Ages favorably settled after defendant's counterclaims were dismissed);


2010: Ruiz v. Sauerland Event Gmbh, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85421 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) (Won summary judgment on issue concerning mandatory German tax withholding); Board of Mgrs. of 195 Hudson St. Condominium v. 195 Hudson St. Assoc., LLC,(Settlement of a multi-million dollar insurance coverage dispute on the eve of trial)