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Matthew D. Norfolk

Matthew D. Norfolk

Phone Number
518.523.5555 (Ext. 102)

Practice Areas
· Commercial and General Litigation
· Appellate Appeals
· Administrative Law (NYS Adirondack Park Agency and NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation)
· Zoning and Planning
· Criminal Law
· Real Estate
· Contracts
· General Business and Corporate Law
· Sports Law and Athlete Representation
· Personal Injury Law

Bar Admission
· New York
· U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
· U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
· U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York

Matthew specializes in litigation and the representation of individuals and businesses in matters involving complex commercial disputes, contract negotiations, construction law, environmental regulatory issues, real property disputes and tort liability, including personal injury claims. He also regularly handles real estate transactions. Prior to relocating to Lake Placid, Matthew was employed as a litigation attorney at the Manhattan-based law firm. From 2001 to 2002, Matthew also served as in-house, corporate counsel for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, where he gained extensive experience in the drafting and negotiating of major commercial construction and manufacturing supply agreements, as well as intellectual property confidentiality agreements. Matthew's experience includes:
· Defending construction companies in lawsuits involving breach of contract and defective work claims
· Representing individuals with personal injury claims
· Representing real property owners in litigation involving easements and adverse use and possession claims and other title issues
· Defending businesses and individuals in criminal actions and administrative enforcment proceedings commenced by NYS APA and NYS DEC
· Obtaining a favorable verdict after trial for a real estate agency arising out of a breach of an asset purchase agreement
· Representing lending institutions in residential foreclosure actions
· Representing a municipality in territory annexation proceedings
· Drafting and negotiating complex contracts for the design, construction and servicing of large power cogeneration facility projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
· Successfully conducting extensive contract negotiations in Europe and Japan with a leading global manufacturer of earthmoving vehicles resulting in two long-term commercial contracts to design and supply technologically advanced combustion engines
· Drafting and negotiating a long-term production agreement for the global supply of engine components for a leading aircraft engine manufacturer
· Representing and advising sophisticated commercial entities, including major foreign and domestic airline carriers and leading global trade manufacturers, in complex litigation and other matters on the subject of aviation law, construction law, international business law and trade, acquisitions of aircraft, products liability claims, mass tort law and contractual disputes
· Actively participating in the defense of airlines in the course of litigation, including high profile, multijurisdictional lawsuits arising out of the terrorists attack on September 11, 2001, the 2001 airplane crash near Belle Harbor, New York, and the 1990 airplane crash off the coast of Nantucket
· Counseling clients in connection with asset and stock purchasing transactions
· Representing landowners before NYS APA, NYS DEC and local zoning and planning boards
· Serving as a part-time Assistant District Attorney for Essex County from 2004 to 2006

Notable Reported Cases
· Torok v. Moore's Flatwork & Founds., LLC, 106 A.D.3d 1421 (3d Dept. 2013)
· Douglas v. N.Y.S. Adirondack Park Agency, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155100 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2012)
· De George v. Am. Airlines (In Re Air Crash at Belle Harbor), MDL NO. 1448 (RWS), 02 Civ. 4765 (RWS), 2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 19836 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 17, 2002)
· McCulley v. N.Y.S. Dep't of Envtl. Conservation, 593 F. Supp. 2d 422; 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 33748 (N.D.N.Y. May 17, 2006)
· Grabowski v. Gizzi, 8:07-CV-1242 (LEK/DRH), 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 101109 (N.D.N.Y Dec. 15, 2008)
· Laselva v. Schmidt, 8:08-CV-112 (GLS/RFT), 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 39770 (May 7, 2009)
· Blum v. Grunberg, 270 A.D.2d 220, 704 N.Y.S.2d 845 (2d Dept. 2000)
· Zelanis v. N.Y.S. Adirondack Park Agency, 27 Misc. 3d 1229A, 911 N.Y.S.2d 697, 2010 N.Y. Misc. Lexis 1405, 243 N.Y.L.J. 123 (Sup. Ct. Essex Co. 2010)
· Hodges v. Beattie, 68 A.D.3d 1597, 893 N.Y.S.2d 289 (3d Dept. 2009)
· Klein by Klein v. Seenauth, 180 Misc. 2d 213, 687 N.Y.S.2d 889 (New York City Court, Queens Co. 1999)
· Woodhill Electric v. Jeffrey Beamish, Inc., 73 A.D.3d 1421, 904 N.Y.S.2d 232 (3d Dept. 2010)
· In the Matter of the Alleged Violation of Article 9 of the Envt'l Con. Law and Part 196 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, by James W. McCulley, DEC Case No. R5-20050613-505, 2009 N.Y. Env. Lexis 26, (May 19, 2009)
· Baker v. N.Y.S. Dep't of Envt'l Conservation, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86845 (N.D.N.Y. June 22, 2012)

Professional Membership and Activities
· Member, New York State Bar Association
· Member, Essex County Bar Association
· Certified Professional Lacrosse Players' Association Regional Attorney

· Cornell University, B.S.
· St. John's University School of Law, J.D.

Civic Activities
· Member, Board of Trustees for the Lake Placid Olympic Museum
· Member, Board of Directors for Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse
· Volunteer Coach, Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse

· "The Incorporation Theory in Determining the Faulty Workmanship Exclusion Rejected by U.S. District Court," Insurance Advocate, March 11, 2000 (Co-author)

Conference Speech

"The Old Mountain Road Saga Continues: DEC Ignores McCulley's Court Victories and Reverses Its Own Judge's Ruling" - Speech from the Nineteenth Annual Conference


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