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CMM Represents Vicon Machinery Group in its Acquisition by Lindab International

Posted: March 18th, 2024

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick is delighted to announce that our client Vicon Machinery Group, the leading U.S. manufacturer of rectangular ventilation duct machinery, has been acquired by Lindab International, a publicly traded billion-dollar corporation.

Vicon is the industry leader in North America for the manufacture of HVAC ductwork machinery. Their office is headquartered in Bohemia, New York, with production facilities in Missouri and Pennsylvania. Vicon is comprised of four companies: Vicon Machinery, Plasma Automation, Walsh Atkinson Company, and Central States Machinery with approximately 20 distributors across the U.S.

Lindab is an international leader in the production of ventilation ducts. This acquisition will give Lindab more comprehensive access to the North American market, according to Lindab President and CEO Ola Ringdahl. This acquisition more than triples Lindab’s sales in the U.S. while doubling global sales of machines for duct production.

Lindab, listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap, under the ticker symbol LIAB, has over 5,000 employees in 20 countries and generates over $1.2 billion in revenue.

Vincent Costa led the deal team, which included CMM’s Marc Saracino and Zachary Mike.  Through the negotiations, CMM worked closely with multi-family office Strata Alliance; tax advisors Sasserath & Co.; M&A advisory firm Protegrity Advisors; and trusts and estates counsel DePinto Faldetta, LLP.

Congratulations to the all the Vicon companies and Lindab for the upcoming success of the business integration.

CMM Closes Multifaceted Mergers & Acquisitions Deal for an East End Restaurant

Posted: October 10th, 2023

Every M&A deal presents its own challenges. CMM recently closed a multimillion dollar deal for a popular East End restaurant. The business and real estate upon which the restaurant operates were owned by two different corporations, and CMM restructured the corporations into LLCs, and worked with the shareholders in the transfer of the business and real estate into the new LLCs. This included the liquor license transfer, the assignment of the mortgage, and other business transfers. Thereafter, the Buyer, a private equity firm, purchased a portion of certain membership interests in both LLCs, and our client happily retained an ownership interest in both LLCs, while a retiring member was bought out entirely.

Despite these changes, the restaurant will continue to operate as usual, with our client remaining as a manager and continuing to run the business in the future. CMM will continue to play an active role. Stay tuned!

Christine Malafi and Marc Saracino spearheaded the deal with support from Zachary Mike and Legal Assistant Taylor Lininger. This multifaceted deal highlights CMM’s ability to navigate the most complex mergers and acquisitions.

McCormick Inducted as President-Elect of the Suffolk County Bar Association

Posted: June 15th, 2023

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick is proud to announce that Senior Partner Patrick McCormick has been elected and inducted as President-Elect of the Suffolk County Bar Association. As President-Elect, McCormick will continue to advocate for the legal community and represent the SCBA in the absence of the President.

This election is a noteworthy professional milestone for McCormick, who has previously served as First and Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the SCBA Board of Directors, as well as Dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law. A proven leader in the community, this election highlights McCormick’s long-standing dedication to the SCBA. McCormick was sworn in at the SCBA’s 115th Annual Installation Dinner at Cold Spring Country Club on June 9th.

McCormick chairs the Appellate Practice at CMM, having built a reputation as a strategic and talented appellate attorney over three decades in the field. Representing clients in civil and criminal matters in both federal and state courts, he has argued numerous appeals, including at the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. McCormick is also a respected trial attorney, litigating all types of complex commercial and real estate matters. He represents national commercial shopping centers, retailers, and publicly traded home builders in commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters. McCormick has been recognized by his peers with the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating for ethical standards and legal ability, the highest possible rating from the most recognized legal directory and resource. 

CMM Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of Middleton’s AV Preeminent® Rating

Posted: May 31st, 2023

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP is celebrating Senior Partner Scott Middleton’s 10th anniversary of earning the AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. This rating is the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability from the most recognized and trusted legal directory and resource for 150 years. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary, recognizing attorneys for both ethical standards and legal ability. 

In a peer review, a judge reported, “He is a strong advocate, well prepared, and respected by the judiciary.” Another attorney wrote, “Scott is accountable, reliable and a terrific advocate. He is a credit to his profession.”

Middleton chairs the Municipal and Personal Injury practice groups at CMM. He handles all types of complex litigation including cases that have received local and national media coverage. Middleton also focuses on land use and zoning, for municipalities including the Villages of Poquott and North Haven. He has also held roles including Trustee, Mayor, Village Justice, and Attorney/Prosecutor.

Scott is a recognized supporter of the arts, particularly on the East End, serving as the President of the Board of Directors of East End Arts and supporting the Parrish Art Museum in addition to his membership on the Stony Brook University Intercollegiate Athletic Board.

CMM Closes Complex F-Reorganization M&A Deal for Longstanding Family Business

Posted: September 13th, 2022

Selling a business you’ve spent decades building is never easy, but having the right legal team in place makes a stressful time much easier to navigate.

CMM’s M&A team recently represented a client who had devoted nearly 40 years to its business of selling building cleaning supplies and sanitation products. To close the multimillion-dollar stock deal, we guided our client through a complex F-reorganization under the Internal Revenue Code. For companies in New York, this process, in short, involves forming additional companies and merging the existing corporation into a newly created LLC prior to closing.

Vincent J. Costa led the CMM team, which also included Zachary Mike and paralegal Cailey McByrne. Vinny and Zach skillfully managed the client’s concerns and deftly handled the major NYC firm representing the buyer. Cailey kept the deal on track and made all necessary filings with the Department of State, all while keeping the dozens of versions of transaction documents well organized and the open issues in the forefront. Our client was very happy with the outcome of the sale to the buyer, a specialized distributor with operations throughout the United States.

CMM has the experience to handle the most complex M&A transactions. Contact us today.

CMM’s Christine Malafi Featured in The Best Lawyers in America® for the 6th Consecutive Year

Posted: August 23rd, 2022

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, a premier law firm with offices across Long Island, is thrilled to announce that that Senior Partner Christine Malafi has been recognized by her peers for the sixth year in a row to be featured in The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of Employment Law – Management (2023 edition). With this distinction, Malafi ranks among the top five percent of private practice attorneys nationwide as determined by a rigorous peer-review process.

For over three decades, the legal profession and the public have turned to Best Lawyers® as one of the most credible measures of legal integrity and distinction in the nation. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on over a million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. The Best Lawyers’ founding principle forms the basis of this transparent methodology: the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are. No fee to participate is permitted.

Malafi chairs the Corporate Department at CMM, which was recognized by Forbes as a Top Corporate Law Firm in America. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate transactions, drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements, and helping businesses navigate all types of human resources matters. She routinely represents buyers and sellers in multimillion-dollar transactions and serves in a general counsel role for many of the firm’s corporate clients. In addition to her legal work, Malafi serves on the Executive Board of Directors of Family Service League, among others.

Malafi Quoted in Newsday on Employee Safety Committees

Posted: February 14th, 2022

Update: As of February 15, 2022, the Commissioner of Health has continued to designate COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health in New York State. This designation was extended to March 17, 2022.

by Jamie Herzlich, Newsday

Almost two years since the COVID shutdown, employers now have guidance on a key component of New York’s HERO Act, which among other things required employers to allow for the establishment of workplace safety committees.

The state Department of Labor recently released a proposed rule providing details on the composition and operation of these committees, which would allow workers at firms with 10 or more employees to raise workplace health and safety issues and review health and safety policies.

While the workplace safety committee provision technically took effect Nov. 1, legal and safety experts say employers were fuzzy on their obligations until the DOL released the proposed rule on Dec. 22.

“Until the proposed rule came out, employers didn’t really know what they needed to do to be in compliance,” says Christine Malafi, a senior partner and chair of the corporate department at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP in Ronkonkoma.

The employers had the potential setup of committees on their radar, but without further detailed guidance were more immediately focused on creating airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans, another component of the HERO Act, she said.

Employers must keep in effect those prevention plans until Feb. 15 — or later if New York’s Health Commissioner Mary Bassett extends the designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm beyond that date, Malafi says. Experts expect an extension.

Not just about COVID

But consider that the HERO Act’s safety committee provision isn’t just about coronavirus prevention — it also deals with overall workplace safety.

Also, keep in mind, employers are under no obligation to create these committees on their own, but must allow for them to be formed upon a written request by employees, Malafi says.

Specifically, the guidance dictates, among other things, that, “committees may be established for each worksite following a written request for recognition by at least two non-supervisory employees who work at the worksite,” says Malafi. “Multiple requests for committee recognition shall be combined and treated as a single request to form a committee,” the rule says.

Asking for it

The committee must be comprised of at least two non-supervisory employees and at least one employer representative. Upon the receipt of a request for recognition, employers shall respond to such request with “reasonable promptness.”

Among their obligations, after the establishment of a workplace safety committee, employers must respond, in writing, within a reasonable time period, to each safety and health concern, hazard, complaint and other violations raised by the workplace safety committee or one of its members, Malafi says.

Read the full article on Newsday‘s website.

Learn more about employee safety committees by joining us on February 18th: Event Details

Corporate Associate

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, a premier law firm with offices across Long Island, is seeking a Corporate Associate Attorney with at least 1-2 years of relevant experience for a full-time role in our Ronkonkoma office. In this role you will review and negotiate various agreements and handle a variety of legal issues that arise in a corporate setting including M&A, joint ventures, commercial leasing, and other high-value corporate transactions.

CMM is recognized by Forbes as a Top Corporate Law Firm in America.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Review and interpret contract terms and be able to clearly and concisely communicate the meaning and implications of, as well as advise on, those terms
  • Draft a variety of business contracts including asset and stock purchase agreements, license agreements, partnership agreements, supply agreements, employment-related agreements, joint venture agreements
  • Negotiate contracts with opposing counsel
  • Regularly engage with in-house counsel
  • Handle all aspects of commercial lease drafting and review
  • Regularly engage and communicate with clients by phone and email
  • Advise clients on legal changes impacting their business
  • Assist in all aspects of M&A transactions
  • Assist other attorneys with contract review and other projects as needed
  • Provide other legal advice and participate in special projects and initiatives as needed

Qualifications

  • Admitted to practice in New York State with 1-2 years of relevant corporate experience
  • Impeccable attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, writing, and legal analysis
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office

Benefits of a career at CMM include:

  • Competitive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; retirement account with employee match
  • Professional development support

CMM is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary: $100,000/year

Please email resume to recruiting@cmmllp.com.

CMM Attorneys Recognized as 2021 “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars”

Posted: September 30th, 2021

Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP is proud to announce that ten attorneys at the firm, in multiple practice areas, have been named to the 2021 Super Lawyers list, three of them as a “Rising Star.” The CMM attorneys recognized this year, in practice areas including Business and Corporate, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Business Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Construction Litigation, Employment Litigation, Civil Litigation, and Appeals, are:

The rigorous Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer evaluations, independent research, and professional achievement in legal practice. The “Rising Stars” recognition denotes superior professional achievement by attorneys who have been in practice for under 10 years or are under age 40. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in New York State are named to the Rising Stars list.

Learn more about CMM’s outstanding legal professionals here.