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Main commitments:  My law practice is now exceeding  50 years.  It began with a dual commitment to law and to physics/engineering.  See "gallery 11: Professional Engineering" on Navigation Bar of http://www.ronalddavidgreenberg.com.   See, e.g., "Exhibits: comments" at "Army Ballistic Missile Agency" on Navigation Bar.  See also "Curriculum Vitae" at "SELECTED EDUCATION" on Navigation Bar.

My main commitments currently are to complete written works in progress.  Therefore, I have not been accepting matters from new clients except in extraordinary circumstances, nor have I sought to teach any courses.  

A major commitment -- 25 years -- was teaching business law and tax at Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, with visiting professorships at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business (1978) and Harvard University, Graduate School of Business (1981).

For 15 of the 25 years at Columbia, a substantial commitment was also made as counsel to Delson & Gordon, N.Y.C. law firm (1973-1987).  See "gallery 8: law firm; consulting/lecturer; corporate/engineering (E.I.T.)" on Navigation Bar of http://www.ronalddavidgreenberg.com

Commitments currently of the highest priority are:  (1) an article updating my article on the Eurodollar market published in 71 California Law Review 1492 (1983); (2) an article related to the Eurodollar article update suggesting a way of resolving the partisanship/gridlock in the United States Congress on lingering issues related to financial institutions/industry; (3) a textbook on international business law and taxation (approximately 1600 pages) to be submitted to publishing houses. 

Practice, generally: The Firm's practice focuses on business law and taxation, including certain international dimensions of these areas. It includes experience with close corporations, large multinationals, and limited liability companies. It has engaged in training programs on business law and tax for commercial banks, investment banks, and other organizations. An integral part of the practice is dedicated to the research, writing, and publication of practical works on business law and tax.

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Current Practice:

(1) Legal writings:

My attention has been devoted primarily to the various books and articles briefly described in "Works in progress" on Navigation Bar.  Also click here for "works in progress" on Navigation Bar, available at http://www.ronalddavidgreenberg.com.

These works include those fashioned for the commercial educational market (e.g., the treatise on international law and tax to be marketed for sale to students in U.S. business schools) and those pro bono works (e.g., books, articles, chapters, and other genres) that I have contributed over many years. The firm's publications and works in progress focus on both practical legal matters and scholarship.

The practical legal subjects are borne out of experience in the subject covered. See, e.g., Adam Liptak, Keep Those Briefs Brief, Literary Justices Advise, New York Times A12 (May 21, 2011) [The justices had very little good to say about articles published in law reviews.. "What the academy is doing, as far as I can tell," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, "is largely of no use or interest to people who actually [sic] practice law."]. For more on this subject, e.g., click here [Justice Roberts on law reviews: he doesn't pay much attention to academic legal writing; law review articles are “more abstract” than practical and not “particularly helpful for practitioners and judges.”]; here [McCrate report]; here [Blog WordPress.com on McCrate report, e.g., majority of legal academics out of touch with the reality of legal practice and inappropriately preoccupied with producing what the author terms “impractical” scholarship]; here [law reviews; impractical scholarship]; and here [law reviews; impractical]. See also, e.g., Brent E. Newton, Preaching What They Don't Practice: Why Law Faculties' Preoccupation with Impractical Scholarship and Devaluation of Practical Competencies Obstruct Reform in the Legal Academy, 62 S.C. L. Rev. 105 (Fall (Nov.), 2010) (e.g., the academy -- re preparation of law students to enter profession and type of scholarship its professoriate is producing -- has lost its practical moorings.]

The scholarship related to these subjects is emphasizesd by my crediting prior relevant works of others that I discover in my research and who have some expertness on the subject matter (e.g., professors, lawyers, engineers, executives, citizens) and government institutions (e.g., Congress, commissions, state legislatures)). In this regard I believe in, and have followed the practice of, according this credit in footnotes accompanying the text of my works. See also, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation 4-5, 53-54 (19th ed. 2010) (in non-academic legal documents, citation sentences and citation clauses are used, i.e., citations appear within the text of the document as full sentences or as clauses within sentences directly after the propositions they support; in academic legal documents, authority is cited using footnotes)); Herma Hill Kay, In Defense of Footnotes, Ariz. L. Rev. 419 (1990); Amanda Rice, To Footnote, or Not to Footnote (April 30, 2011, 11:21 PM), http://justenrichment.com/2011/04/30/to-footnote-or-not-to-footnote. See, e.g., Justice Breyer’s use of citation sentences and clauses in the text in place of footnotes. See, also, e.g., Pacific Bell v Linkline Communications, 555 U.S. 438, 459 (2009). Cf., e.g., 3 P. Areda & D. Turner, Sprint v. APCC Services, 554 U.S. 269, 276, 279, 280, 282, 284, 285 (2008). See, also, e.g., Douglas E. Abrams, Those Pesky Footnotes — Part II, University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Research Paper No. 2007-20; Precedent, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 20-23 (Fall 2007, revised Sept. 9, 2009), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1055981; Douglas E. Abrams, Those Pesky Footnotes — Part I, Precedent, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 19-21, Summer 2007; U of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007-16. available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1010146; Arthur J. Goldberg, The Rise and Fall (we hope) of Footnotes, 69 American Bar Assoc. J. 255 (Mar. 1983) (suggests that judges “refer to statutes in the body of the opinion”).

(2) New clients:

The practice is curently focused on completing written works in progress. To make time for such work, I have not been accepting matters from new clients except in extraordinary circumstances. Click here for "works in progress" on Navigation Bar, available at http://www.ronalddavidgreenberg.com.

For information on finding legal assistance, the various bar associations can be helpful. See, e.g., information provided by New York City Bar Association, The New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, among others. Click here for the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service for help in finding an experienced lawyer from its pre-screened panel in over 100 areas of law; it does not charge for talking to a member of its staff. For referrals to New York State attorneys, the Lawyer Referral and Information Service is a public service of the New York State Bar Association that provides referrals to private attorneys in many of the New York counties. Click here for more information including a list of counties in New York. Click here for an ABA site that provides a guide to legal help including a list of resources in each of the states (and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Cf., e.g., Jennifer Smith, Apps Help Find Lawyers, and Keep an Eye on Them, N.Y. Times, March 11, 2013 (noting that app programs are available to help persons find nearby lawyers, track their attorneys' billing, and "create basic legal documents or buy plans that provide low-cost access to legal advice."). N.B., however, I recommend that every user of these apps in drafting any legal document have it reviewed by an attorney competent in the subject matter covered by the document.)


Further details:    

For more information on "works in progress" and other works being considered, click on http://www.ronalddavidgreenberg.com. See also https://sites.google.com/site/inoinkworks and https://sites.google.com/site/inoscholar.

For information on Rules of Professional Conduct ["Rules"] related to this part of my practice, see the New York Rules of Professional Conduct (adopted by Appellate Division, New York State Supreme Court and published as Part 1200 of Joint Rules of Appellate Division (22 NYCRR Part 1200, effective April 1, 2009 as amended through July 1, 2012), available at
http://www.nysba.org/Content/NavigationMenu/For Attorneys/Professional Standardsfor Attorneys/RulesofProfessional Conductasamended070112.pdf (Rules 1(a) [advertisement means any private or public communication by or on behalf of a lawyer or law firm about that lawyer or law firm's services the primary purpose of which is for the retention of the lawyer or firm, but does not include communications to existing clients or other lawyers]; 7.1(a) [may not contain false, deceptive, or misleading statements or claims]; 7.1(g) [refers to the lawyer or law firm's own web site or other internet presence]; 7.1(r) [ [write for publication on legal topics so long as does not give individual advice]; 7(1)(b) [lists permitted information in advertisement] 7.1(f) [not required to label communication with publisher as "Attorney Advertisement" if made in person pursuant to Rule 7.3(a)(1) or "in any web sites related thereto"]; 7.4(a) [may publicly identify one or more areas of law in which law firm practices]; 7.5(a) [law firm may use internet web sites professional cards, letterheads, or similar notices or devices]. See also, Rules 5(1)(b) [management responsibility in law firm]; 5.4 [professional independence]; 5.7(c) [nonlegal services]; 6.1 [voluntary pro bono legal services to poor persons].

See also, e.g., New York Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section & Committee on Continuing Legal Education of that Section, Introductory Lessons on Ethics and Civility, 10th Anniversary Program, NYSBA CLE (2009), at 203-246 (containing CLE materials that I completed to fulfill Mandatory CLE requirements for CLE 2008-2010 Reporting Cycle and Biennial Registration Period 2010-2011 including reproduction in Appendix of New York Rules of Professional Conduct).

Pro bono and other volunteer activities:

The firm also has tried to make time available for pro bono activities. See Gallery 9 on Navigation Bar at http://www.ronalddavidgreenberg.com.

Pro bono and other volunteer activities have been encouraged by the bar. See, e.g., Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of State of New York Court of Appeals, These Are the Days; Lawyering Then and Now, NYSBA Journal 28 (July/Aug. 2010) [in current challenging environment, the Bar's commitment to public service must be even more robust; pro bono service reaps its own reward]; Seth Rosner, Practicing Law in a Precarious World, GPSOLO 23 (Jan./Feb. 2011) [join your local (city or county) bar association; join your state bar association general practice section and/or solo or small firm section; join the American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division]. For more information on Judith S. Kaye,
click here, and on Seth Rosner, click here.


Work-life balance:


A core value of the practice has been to try to maintain a work-life balance by pursuing diversions on the lighter side of life. See e.g., Gallery 10 on Navigation Bar at
http://www.ronalddavidgreenberg.com.


Firm Profile:  

Generally:  The Firm's practice focuses on business law and taxation, including certain international dimensions of these areas.  It includes experience with close corporations, large multinationals, and limited liability companies.  It has engaged in training programs on business law and tax for commercial banks, investment banks, and other organizations.

Practical scholarly publications:   An integral part of the practice is dedicated to the publication of scholarly writings on the practical aspects of business law and tax.  For selected published works,   click here  or  click "publications" on Navigation Bar.   See also "work in progress" on Navigation Bar.  The firm's publications and works in progress -- born out of experience in the subject covered -- focus on practical legal subjects and emphasize scholarship (e.g., crediting prior relevant works of others that have some expertness on matter (e.g., professors, lawyers, engineers, executives, citizens) and government institutions (e.g., Congress, commissions, state legislatures)).  See, e.g., Adam Liptak, Keep Those Briefs Brief, Literary Justices Advise, New York Times A12 (May 21, 2011) [The justices had very little good to say about articles published in law reviews.. "What the academy is doing, as far as I can tell," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said is largely of no use or interest to people who actually [sic] practice law."].  For more on this subject, e.g., click here  [Justice Roberts on law reviews:  he doesn't pay much attention to academic legal writing; law review articles are “more abstract” than practical and not “particularly helpful for practitioners and judges.”]; here [McCrate report];  here  [at Blog at WordPress.com on McCrate report, e.g., majority of legal academics out of touch with the reality of legal practice and inappropriately preoccupied with producing what the author terms “impractical” scholarship]; here  [Lexis-Nexis synopsis of Brent E. Newton, Preaching What They Don't Practice: Why Law Faculties' Preoccupation with Impractical Scholarship and Devaluation of Practical Competencies Obstruct Reform in the Legal Academy, 62 S.C. L. Rev. 105 (Fall (Nov.), 2010): e.g., the academy -- re preparation of law students to enter profession and type of scholarship its professoriate is producing -- has lost its practical moorings.]; here  [law reviews; impractical scholarship];  and here  [law reviews; impractical].

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                                              In Memoriam: 
Lieutenant Benjamin Ghetzler, an inspirational hero to me in my U.S. Navy service to honor his memory, who received the (1) American Defense Service Medal (Bronze letter "A" (Atlantic)), awarded for military personnel who served on board vessels operating in actual or potential belligerent contact with Axis Forces in the Atlantic Ocean between June 22 and December 7, 1941, and (2) USS Reuben James Purple Heart Medal. Click here and here for sources available at, e.g., http://www.foxfall.com/csm-common-adsm.htmhttp://www.foxfall.com/csm-common-adsm.htm; http://www.history.navy.mil/medals/adsm.htmhttp://www.history.navy.mil/medals/adsm.htm.  Click here for a memorial. Click here for a photograph of him (as Ensign). Click here for more information on Lieutenant Ghetzler. Click here for more information on the Reuben James.
Professor Leonardt Ferdinand Kreisle, an inspiration in my teaching.  Click here for a memorial.    Click here  for more information of Professor Kreisle.   

Professor Harold J. Berman, an  inspiration in my international law work.   Click here for a memorial.  Click here  for more information on Professor Berman

Professor Erwin Griswold, an inspiration to me in my teaching taxation.  Click here for a memorial.  Click here  for more information on Professor Griswold.  

Professor Oliver Oldman, an inspiration to me in my international law work.   Click here  for a memorial.   Click  here  for more information on Professor Oldman.                     

Professor Richard F. Vancil, an inspiration to me in my teachingClick here  for a memorial.   Click here  for more information on Professor Vancil. 

Professor T. S. Smith, an inspiration to me in my international law work.  Click here  for a memorial.   Click here  for more information on Professor Smith.

Professor Lincoln Gordon, an inspiration to me in my international work.   Click here   for a memorial.   Click here  for more information on Professor Gordon. 

Political Columnist and Language Maven William Safire, an inspiration to me in prompting my joining his "Gotcha! Gang".   Click here  for a memorial.    Click here  for more information on Mr. Safire.   Click here  for  more information on the "Gotcha! Gang".   See also reference to my "Gotcha! Gang" letter to him at Selected Publications in this website.

Professor M. David Gelfand, Ashton Phelps Chair in Constitutional Law, Tulane University, School of Law, a valued research assistant (when he was a student at Columbia Law School) in my research on municipal debt limits re New York City financial crisis.   Click here  for a memorial.   Click here  for obituary in Columbia College Today.    Click here for more information on his death.  Click here for information on Prof. Gelfand (in  Google™ search results).   
Newscaster, Journalist, Author,  and Language Maven, Edwin Newman, an early inspiration to me in New York with his book,  Strictly Speaking.   Click here for a memorial.  Click here  for information on Mr. Newman (in Google™  search results).

Professor and Dean John C. Burton, a valued colleague and friend at Columbia Business School.  Click here for a memorial (N.Y.Times).   Click here  for a memorial (HERMES, Columbia Business School’s alumni magazine)   Click here for more information on Dean Burton (in Google™ search results). 

Professor George Clifford Thompson, James L. Dohr Professor of Accounting and Business Law at Columbia, a valued colleague, a friend, who, as head of the Business Law and Tax Department, hired me and inspired me by  the wonderful example he set.  Click here for an obituary.  Columbia College Today at p. 46 (January/February 2011) reported his death, stated that a complete obituary will be published in an upcoming issue (pending receipt of information), and may take several issues for the complete obituary to appear.  Click here for more information on Professor Thompson.

                                     Acknowledgments:    

Robert C. Harrison, Esq., a long-time friend for whose help I am grateful.

Professor Henry B. Reiling, a colleague at Columbia (until his move to Harvard) for whose help I am grateful.  Click here for more information on Professor Reiling.

Candyce J. Golis, for whose help, inspiration, and encouragement I am grateful.  Click here for more information on Candyce.    

Professor Gerald P. Brady, a colleague at Columbia for whose help I am grateful.  Click here for more information on Professor Brady.

Professor John B. Donaldson, a colleague at Columbia for whose help I am grateful.  Click here for information on Professor Donaldson.  Click here for more information on Professor Donaldson. 

Robert L. Ostertag, Esq., for whose help I am grateful in my activities in the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.  Click here for more information on Mr. Ostertag.

Seth Rosner, Esq., for whose help I am grateful in my activities in the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.  Click here for more information on Mr. Rosner.






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