Fredric S. Newman is a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney. He is a legal generalist with decades of experience in commercial litigation, business advice, corporate transactions, employment counseling, and alternative dispute resolution.
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 consideration 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 notable HNRK cases in which Fred was lead trial counsel include representing Market Data Corporation against Dow Jones which 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; 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; a major Brazilian energy equipment supplier in a precedent-setting case in the New York Court of Appeals involving the application of New York law to a Euro-denominated financing; Paula Zahn’s talent agent in the successful defense of a highly visible and hotly contested suit by Fox News that arose after Ms. Zahn left Fox for CNN immediately before the 9/11 attacks, resulting in the creation of the right of first negotiation — commonly used today; and an executive in his successful NASD (now FINRA) arbitration recovery of a $680,000 bonus from Banc of America Securities that resulted in an oft-cited decision upholding the award and establishing the New York standard of review for arbitrations.
Fred also advises corporate owners, executives, and entrepreneurs on business and personal issues. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of a private reinsurance company, was appointed CEO of a public company in dissolution by its major creditor, and was the general counsel and secretary of a public reporting subsidiary of a Fortune 50 company
Recipient of New York Law Journal’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement
Named a Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, 2019
Named a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation, 2019
Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business “Leading Lawyer” – General Commercial Litigation, New York
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Department, Grievance Committee and Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Member and Formal Panel Chair (2007-2019)
Berman Institute of Bioethics of Johns Hopkins University, National Advisory Board
Fordham University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
Visiting Professor of Arbitration (Latvia) (2009)
Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies
Southern District of New York, Mediator
Columbia Law School Association, Director
The Calhoun School, New York City, Trustee
American Corporate Counsel Association, New York Chapter, Founding Director and Vice President
New York Fire Safety Foundation, Director and Secretary
American Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act Committee, Treasurer
New York State Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing
Represented a medical device biotherapeutic company in the Eastern District of New York and the Delaware Chancery Court concerning change of control issues.
Represented minority shareholders of a famous restaurant brand asserting breach of fiduciary duty in the licensing of the brand’s intellectual property (won an interlocutory appeal in the Appellate Division, First Department, and tried the case in the Commercial Division with the decision sub judice).
Represented a prominent public figure concerning defamation and claimed sexual harassment.
Represented an international credit card company asserting breach of its licensing contract.
Advised executives, board members, and employers concerning sexual harassment and “#Me Too” issues.
Advised financial firms concerning group liftouts, executive contracts, and severance agreements.
Advised a defense contractor concerning organization and corporate issues.
Advised individual directors concerning their board duties.
News & Insights
- New York Law Journal, 08.23.2017Media Mention
- Law360, 08.21.2017Publication
- Law360, 06.28.2017Publication
- Bar of the State of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Harvard College (A.B. 1967)
- cum laude
Columbia Law School (J.D. 1970)
University of Virginia Darden School of Business (Executive M.B.A. 1984)