Fredric S. Newman is a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney. He is a legal generalist with five decades of experience in commercial litigation, business advice, corporate transactions, employment counseling, and alternative dispute resolution. Widely recognized in the New York legal community, Fred received the New York Law Journal’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement award. He also has been named a Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal and a leading lawyer by Chambers.
Fred’s long and celebrated career as a commercial trial lawyer has included many litigation wins. His $126 million trial decision in a precedent-setting trademark licensing suit involving royalties to be paid for using the iconic Palm restaurant intellectual property was unanimously affirmed in May 2020, leading to his nomination by The American Lawyer as a Litigator of the Week. Shortly after the trial decision, New York Commercial Division Justice Andrea Masley, who tried the case, ordered defendants to pay $4.6 million in attorney’s fees and expenses to HNRK for its successful prosecution of the case. In her fees ruling, Justice Masley praised Fred for his leadership on the case, noting that his trial skills were “extraordinary.”
Other recent notable and precedent-setting HNRK cases in which Fred was lead trial counsel include representing Market Data Corporation against Dow Jones, which successfully settled before trial for $202 million; International Cards Company against MasterCard International for conversion of a letter of credit that resulted in a multimillion-dollar jury verdict for HNRK’s financial services client; and an investor in a five-month bench trial in the New York County Commercial Division involving a partnership dispute over the ownership of a Ukrainian television station.
Fred maintains an active employment counseling and litigation practice, primarily representing financial and media executives and business owners. He has successfully tried discrimination cases and related claims, but his proudest successes have been the private resolution of those matters. Fred also advises business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs on business and personal matters.
Fred has always maintained a pro bono presence outside the firm, ranging from his four terms on the First Department Grievance Committee and several years as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, to his long tenure as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. However, Fred’s most satisfying contributions have been the founding of HNRK and the development of the firm’s next generation of stars.
Updated Sep 2021