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Attorney Carla Varriale Will Speak at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition

New York, NY – July 1, 2012 – Sports law attorney Carla Varriale, a partner at Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, will participate in a panel discussion at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on August 2 in New Orleans.

The discussion, entitled “Rising Spectator Injuries and Deaths Raise Safety Concerns,” will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Varriale, who has represented Major League Baseball teams, minor league teams and many other clients in the recreation and sports industries, said the timing is appropriate.

“Often, what we read in the sports pages has nothing to do with what happens on the field,” said Varriale. “Accidents and other incidents involving spectators are becoming all too common. Facility managers and others in charge of safety and security must be proactive to protect the fans, the athletes and ultimately avoid being the target of a costly and embarrassing lawsuit.”

The conference begins on July 31. For information on attending, visit http://www.ncs4.com/conference/

Varriale speaks on risk management issues at numerous sports law conferences each year and has written for  publications including  Sports Litigation Alert, Facility Manager, Athletic Businesses and the ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer.

She is also an adjunct  member of the faculty at Columbia University's School of Continuing Education, Sports Management Program, where she teaches a "Sports Law and Ethics" class.


HRRV’s Carla Varriale Will Participate at Prestigious SRLA Conference

February 10, 2012 (New York, New York) — Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP and one of its partners, Carla Varriale, will participate as a sponsor of the Sport and Recreation Law Association’s 2012 Annual Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation and Law Conference February 29 through March 3 in Greensboro, N.C.

SRLA is an organization of more than 100 sports law professors,  who meet yearly to discuss trends and developments in the sports law industry with the objective of providing an exemplary education for their students.

“Helping young people to succeed is an important way to give back, a principle we take very seriously at HRRV,” said Varriale. “One way to accomplish that is to help educate sports law professors about current liability issues and best practices.”

Varriale is a litigator, who has represented Major League Baseball teams and players, minor league teams and clients in the recreation and sports industries.  Among other things, she counsels entities with self-insured retentions regarding methods to minimize exposure and to develop successful risk management and litigation strategies, particularly those related to promotional activities and security issues.

Varriale also teaches a “Sports Law and Ethics” class at Columbia University's School of Continuing Education, Sports Management Program.

“Carla is one of the country’s best sports law practitioners, and we’re fortunate to have her firm as a sponsor and Carla as a participant,” said Mark Conrad, the chairman of SRLA’s sponsorship committee and a sports law professor at Fordham University. “We look forward interacting with her at the conference, where her perspective will be invaluable.”

Attorney Carla Varriale to Moderate Keynote Panel, ‘Broker to Broker,’ at Ticket Summit Conference in New York City

New York, NY – December 29, 2010 – Carla Varriale, a partner at Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale, LLP (www.hrrvlaw.com), has been invited to moderate the keynote panel at this year’s Ticket Summit Conference in New York City. Varriale is an attorney who specializes in sports and entertainment law and has written regarding various legal issues facing the live entertainment and ticketing industries.

The panel, “Broker to Broker,” will address current and upcoming trends in the ticketing and ticket resale industry. The discussion will feature prominent industry leaders including Jim Holzman,  Jonathan Rader, Andy Wallenstein, Frank Quatromani, Randy Cohen, and Steve Kobelski.

Approximately 400 people are expected to attend the Summit, which will also include sessions on advanced marketing strategies and technology innovations, among other topics.

“Ticket Summit is a dynamic conference and this panel will focus on challenges and changes with respect to live entertainment and ticket sales,” said Varriale. “In an industry where change is a constant, this conference plays a vital role in creating successful strategies for adapting to the changes. I am excited to moderate a panel with innovative and successful brokers.”

Specific to the ticketing industry, Varriale has moderated the popular ticketing panel at the annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, discussing the most current issues in the ticketing industry, including ticketing technology, and the dynamic role of the secondary market. She has also published articles addressing legislation regulating the ticketing industry, and other legal developments.

About Ticket Summit®

Ticket Summit® is the world's leading ticket conference and trade show for live entertainment professionals. This event attracts hundreds of global business leaders, entrepreneurs, and entertainment experts in the ticket community. Past attendees and sponsors include: Billboard, Blue Man Group, Broadway.com, eBay, Forbes, Google, Live Nation, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, PowerPay, StubHub, Ticketmaster, and Yahoo!, among others. The upcoming Ticket Summit® conference and trade show is scheduled for January 12-14, 2011 at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York, NY.


Attorney Gail Ritzert to Speak on Legal Issues Involving No-Fault Claims and Litigation

New York, NY – Nov. 29, 2010 – Gail Ritzert, a partner at the law firm of Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, will speak at a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute on Dec. 3 that is themed No-Fault Claims and Litigation: From Start to Finish.

Ritzert and other panelists will speak at 2:30 p.m., addressing the issue of “Arbitration and Trial for Defense.” For information on attending the event, visit http://www.nbi-sems.com/

“These are incredibly important issues for attorneys and other professionals impacted by developments in this area of law,” said Ritzert, who will be joined on the panel by William Considine and Brett Hausthor, both of the American Arbitration Association. “It’s an honor to be invited by the NBI to participate as a speaker again.”

Among the issues addressed by Ritzert and her colleagues will be:

  • What to Include in the Arbitration Submission
  • Discovery and Motions/Pleadings
  • Preparing for the Arbitration and Trial
  • Expert Examination
  • Help the Fact Finders Get All the Relevant Information
  • Tips for Third-Party No-Fault Litigation
  • Handling Out-of-State PIP and No-Fault Coverage
  • Common Mistakes to Avoid


Attorney Carla Varriale Invited to Speak At Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society Panel: ‘Crisis Management in Sports in an Era of Instant Feedback’

New York, NY – Nov. 5, 2010 – Carla Varriale, a partner at Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, will speak at a panel on Nov. 13 at Brooklyn Law School’s Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society event, Perspectives of the Sports and Entertainment Legal Professions. The panels feature distinguished professionals in the music, fashion, sports, television and film fields.

Specifically, Varriale’s panel will address “Crisis Management in Sports in an Era of Instant Feedback.” Varriale said the timing of the panel could not be better.

“As we have seen from recent events, people involved in the sports and entertainment businesses (as well as athletes and performers) must be more vigilant about their legal exposure, anticipating problems before they become public, whether on the Internet or in the press,” said Varriale. “The Internet presents challenges, as well as opportunities in this regard. I hope that we can identify some best practices and discuss the legal implications of ‘living on the era of instant feedback.’”

Varriale will have plenty of personal experience to draw upon. She has represented Major League Baseball teams and players, minor league teams and clients in the recreation and sports industries. Her practice is focused on the defense of sports and entertainment clients. Varriale writes for publications such as Sports Litigation Alert, Facility Manager, Billboard, and the ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. She is also a faculty member at Columbia University's School of Continuing Education, Sports Management Program, where she teaches "Sports Law and Ethics."

Attorney Carla Varriale Selected to Speak at 2010 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards

New York, NY — Sept. 22, 2010 — Carla Varriale, a partner at Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, has been selected to speak at Billboard’s 7th annual Touring Conference and Awards event this November.

Varriale will moderate the “Ticketing: Managing the Keys to the Kingdom” panel.  This topic is expected to provide a fiery discussion, since ticketing is arguably the most critical and controversial subject in the touring industry.

“This is one of the biggest conferences of the year in the ticketing industry,” said Varriale.  “And this panel discussion, in particular, is one that is especially important.”

Central to the panel’s discussion will be issues around paperless tickets, the secondary market, digital advancements, mergers, and upstarts.

The speakers on the panel will include David Butler, president of Paciolan; Lynsie Camuso, president of ShowClix; Jeff Kreinik, vice president of marketing of Front Gate Tickets; and Chris Tsakalakis, president of StubHub.

Varriale has moderated Billboard’s popular ticketing panel before, discussing the most current issues in the ticketing industry, changes in ticketing technology, and the dynamic role of the secondary market in regards to legal and business challenges. 

This year’s conference will be held Nov. 3-4 at Sheraton New York in New York City.  Varriale’s ticketing panel will run from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 3.


HRRV’s Tara Fappiano to Discuss Post-Remediation Care at Westchester County Bar Association CLE

August 24, 2010 (New York, New York) – Tara C. Fappiano, a partner at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP in New York, will present a continuing legal education seminar September 29 on environmental law for the Westchester County Bar Association.

Fappiano will co-present the program, entitled “A Tale of Two Regulatory Programs: The NY and NJ Post Remediation Care Responsibilities,” with EWMA Vice President Don Richardson.

The following will be addressed:

“Post remediation care risks and liabilities on brownfield redevelopment sites are on the rise due to the popularity in the implementation of cost effective risk based cleanup strategies.  A critical strategy in meeting risk based cleanup goals are the use of environmental easements (NY) and institutional and engineering controls (NJ), collectively referred to as Activity Use Limitations (AULs).  The EPA estimates approximately 75 percent of brownfield redevelopment projects have some form of an institutional or engineering control to meet site regulatory closure requirements.   Both NY and NJ have developed programs facilitating the AULs, but have taken different legal and programmatic approaches to ensure protectiveness of health, safety and the environment on a brownfield site.”

The session, which will include a case study, is appropriate for New York and New Jersey attorneys who handle real estate transactions with environmental issues. The presenters will compare and contrast the N.Y. and N.J. regulatory programs as well as “offer innovative solutions to address the challenges to implement long-term stewardship of these AULs.”  There will also be an overview of the regulations, case law references and technical approaches. Among the many issues addressed will be property ownership succession, third-party tenant relations, cost effective monitoring and tracking, financial assurance obligations, contract and insurance risk management strategies. 

For information about signing up, visit www.wcbany.org or call (914) 761-3707, extension 17.


HRRV’s Carla Varriale and Robert J. Romano of the Romano Sports and Entertainment Agency to Speak at Prestigious IAAM Conference

August 5, 2010 (New York, New York) — Attorneys Carla Varriale, a partner at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP in New York  and Robert J. Romano of the Romano Sports and Entertainment Agency in New York and Connecticut have been invited to speak this fall at the International Crowd Management Conference. The International Crowd Management Conference is, an educational conference hosted by the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM).

Varriale and Romano will address legal issues and challenges faced by sports and entertainment venues during a November 10 in a session entitled “Current Events: Legal Cases and Situations.”

For information on the IAAM and the conference, which will be held November 7-10, 2010 in Kansas City, KS visit http://www.iaam.org/2010_meetings/icmc/home.asp.

This is the second consecutive year that Varriale  and Romano been invited to speak at the conference. Last year’s popular session was devoted to constitutional issues, including the legal challenges posed to spectator pat-down policies, and a sports or entertainment venue’s liability for alcohol-related incidents.

“Attendees of last year’s conference told us that the legal panel was one of the highlights of the conference,” said Neal Harrington, the program chair for this year’s conference and a Director for Rose Quarter/AEG Facilities.

“Rob and I look forward to presented a dynamic panel regarding the myriad of current legal issues facing sports and entertainment venues,” said Varriale. “The IAAM an influential organization in the industry. We benefit as much as those attending the conference because we have an opportunity to learn about the needs and priorities of venue owners and managers.”

For more information on Carla Varriale and to read her recent articles, see her profile.

About Robert J. Romano and The Romano Sports & Entertainment Agency
Robert J. Romano is the founding partner of The Romano Sports & Entertainment Agency, which specializes in representing NCAA and Professional League Coaches in all aspects of contract negotiations. For more information, visit his web site at www.romanosportslaw.com, or contact him at rjr2128@columbia.edu


Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale Moves Manhattan Offices to Accommodate Growth

(April 26, 2010) New York, New York — Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale (www.hrrvlaw.com) announced today that it has moved its Manhattan offices to 1065 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 800, in response to growing demand for its multi-faceted legal services.

The law firm, which has 25 attorneys, also has offices in Mineola (Long Island) and White Plains.

“Five years ago, when we started the firm, we sought out offices that would accommodate our existing group of attorneys,” said Steve Rosenfeld, HRRV’s Managing Partner. “As the firm began to leverage its expertise in a variety of practice areas and attract more clients, it became apparent that we needed more attorneys and subsequently more space.”


Carla Varriale of HRRV and Robert J. Romano of the Romano Sports and Entertainment Agency Co-Present The Legal Forum at IAAM’s Annual Crowd ManagementConference

New York, New York (November 2, 2009) — Carla Varriale of Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP (“HRRV”) in New York and Robert J. Romano of the Romano Sports and Entertainment Agency in New Have, CT will co-present the popular Legal Forum at the annual International Association of Assembly Managers’ (“IAAM”) International Crowd Management Conference (“ICMC”). ICMC was launched in 1982 in response to the 1979 tragedy in Cincinnati, Ohio, at a concert for The Who, when 11 fans were crushed to death and scores were injured because of poor crowd management. IAAM has been committed ever since to helping venue managers adopt effective crowd management strategies while ensuring premier guest services through the annual ICMC. This year, its ICMS is November 8-11 2009 at The Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Varriale, who frequently writes and lectures on sports and entertainment law issues, and Romano, who teaches, writes and co-publishes Legal Issues in High School Athletics, have co-lectured on legality of and best practices associated with pat-down searches, alcohol policies and other legal issues of interest to venue professionals. Both are affiliated with Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education’s Sports Management Program where Varriale teaches “Sports Law and Ethics” and Romano will graduate in 2010 with a Masters in Sports Management. 


Carla Varriale Named to University of New Haven Green Sports Facility Society Advisory Board

New York City, N.Y. (July 17, 2009) – With her depth of knowledge in sports litigation, Carla Varriale of Havkins Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale was a perfect choice to be named as the newest member to UNH’s Green Sports Facility Society (GSFS).

Varriale has represented several professional baseball teams (major and minor) over the past ten years. Given the opportunity to apply her sports litigation experience to the GSFS, Varriale was excited to be involved on an important issue for the planet.

"Effective sports management involves making sound business decisions on behalf of the team and the facility and being a dynamic part of the community where the team and the facility are located,” said Varriale. “Sports facilities are in a unique position to show leadership on ‘green’ issues. Prudence dictates that teams and facilities make informed choices, especially given the high cost of energy and waste. UNH's Green Sports Facility is taking an important first step: assembling and sharing information. Educated managers make informed decisions.”

GSFS’ mission is to educate professional sports facility managers on environmentally-friendly practices and procedures.

“With Varriale’s passion and dedication to ‘going green’ in sports, we hope to see some wonderful changes in the communities and venues where the teams and facilities are located,” said Gil Fried, Professor and Chair of the Sport/Hospitality and Tourism Management Department within the College of Business at the University of New Haven. Fried also serves as the President of the GSFS.

Other Board Members include: Chris DeVolder, of 360 Architects; Bill Squires, President of Right Stuff Consulting; Eliezer Strassfeld, LEED-Certified Associate at Shipman & Goodwin Lawyers; John Simone, Athletic Director at Mercer County Community College; Nancy Friedman, AP-accredited principal architect at Sasaki Architects; Dan Rubino, Director of Projects for Global Spectrum; Aaron Haviland, Director of Operations at Dolphin Stadium; Tom Beebe, Associate VP for Capital Projects at the University of New Haven; Jack Freeman, Director of Stadium Operations at Rentschler Field at UConn; and Jon Niemuth, Principal with Ellerbe Becket.


Carla Varriale to Serve as Panelist at International Association of Assembly Manager’s Conference

New York City, N.Y. (July 15, 2009)–Carla Varriale of Havkins Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale, LLP  has been invited to speak on a legal panel at the International Association of Assembly Manager's (“IAAM”) national conference in Boston on July 25.

The panel, moderated by the IAAM’s Legal Counsel, Turner D. Madden, Esq. will address recent legal cases and developments of interest to the sports and entertainment industries. Among the developments discussed will be the California Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the constitutionality of the San Francisco 49er’s pat-down searches of spectators, the changing nature of the ticketing and the secondary market,  the proposed Ticketmaster merger.

Varriale and Madden will be joined on the panel by David Weinberg, Associate Counsel for Legal Affairs at the National Football League and William “Billy” Traurig, the Director of Finance and Legal Affairs RBC Center / Carolina Hurricanes.

Varriale said she was looking forward to interacting with IAAM members.

“This is a great opportunity to discuss the latest legal developments and practical solutions to cutting edge facing venue owners and managers, who are on the front lines,” said Varriale.


HRRV Partner Carla Varriale Quoted in Article Regarding Michigan Law Circumscribing Spectator Injuries

New York, New York (May 29, 2009) – Carla Varriale, a partner with Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, was recently interviewed by the Detroit News about how a Michigan law limits the liability of teams to spectators, which are hit by errant baseballs.

Varriale, a litigator who defends teams and players in a variety of spectator injury cases, is also on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education’s Sports Management Program where she teaches “Sports Law and Ethics.” Varriale emphasized that Michigan, like New York, follows the “qualified” or limited duty of care. Briefly, this is a specialized duty of care that requires that an owner or operator of a baseball stadium to provide screening for the area of the field behind home plate where the danger of being struck by a baseball is the greatest. The limited duty of care recognizes that an owner or operator is not an insurer of the safety of the denizens of a ball park, because even by providing such screening some risk of being struck by a ball will continue to exist.  Varriale opined that Michigan “has well-tested laws that protect teams from liability due to acts stemming from the field of play.” Arguments to the contrary lack validity, according to Varriale, particularly with regard to the myriad of distractions at a ball park including mascots, entertainment and the launching of t-shirts and similar souvenirs into the stands. In the Detroit News, Varriale rejected the so-called “distraction theory.” "It's pretty incredible to me when people say they didn't know or understand," she told the paper. "The law has upheld that ballpark owners and teams are not insurers of spectators' safety. If you're concerned about the chance of contact, do what I do if I see a game — watch from home on your couch." Varriale also told the author in a sidebar article that most teams are doing enough to protect spectators by providing redundant warnings, signs and announcements.

"A baseball stadium is like nowhere else: It's not like going to the mall, gas station or any other type of commercial establishment," she told the paper. "There's razzle-dazzle, there's action, baseballs are flying, maybe a bat could be flying, mascots are dancing, people are cheering, music is playing, T-shirts are being launched into the stands.

"You can't insulate people from everything. The openness is part of the excitement and the character of the game. People assume the risk when they come to the game."

To read the articles in which Varriale is quoted, visit:
http://tinyurl.com/p29zyd and http://tinyurl.com/obms69


HRRV Partners Used as Experts in Story About what Hospital Administrators Should Consider when Addressing Mold Concerns and Remediation Measures

New York, New York (May 1, 2009) – Tara Fappiano and Gail Ritzert, partners with the law firm of Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, were recently called upon by the editor of Healthcare Risk Management to comment on what hospital administrators should consider when addressing mold concerns and remediation measures.

Fappiano and Ritzert both suggested to the journalist, who was writing a story about a hospital that was accused of releasing toxic mold that led to the deaths of three young cancer patients, that risk managers must be aware of all guidelines pertaining to mold abatement and control.

“By familiarizing themselves with the applicable guidelines, Ritzert says, risk managers put themselves in a position to take the steps necessary to prevent or minimize the exposure,” wrote Freeman.

“They also are in a position to incorporate specific insurance recommendations in vendor and subcontract agreements. For building owners, leases must be changed to reflect need for coverage. Risk managers also should familiarize themselves with the condition under which mold grows and how it spreads to have an idea on what risks lurk behind the walls and ceilings, she adds.”

Freeman then went on to source Fappiano for the statement that “the first and most natural response when one is faced with the presence of mold is to try to rid the property of the condition immediately. While that is the right idea, she says risk managers should realize there are other important steps that need immediate attention.”

He then quoted Fappiano directly in the following passage:

“Notice should be given to an insurance carrier as quickly as possible to avoid any argument of late notice. The carrier should also be given the opportunity to inspect and test the condition before any remediation is done. From a health perspective, and because often times mold conditions have not reached a toxic level, this will ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the problem,. If the carrier disclaims coverage or opts not to test, such testing should still be done. Then, if necessary, it is important to enlist the services of a qualified abatement contractor to remediate the condition.”


HRRV Attorneys Set To Speak to High School Students About Becoming a Lawyer

White Plains, New York (December 10, 2008) — Tara Fappiano and Carmen Nicolaou, attorneys with the law firm of Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, will lead a roundtable discussion on the topic of “Are You Ready to be a Lawyer?” at a high school in Yonkers, New York on the morning of January 16.

Specifically, Fappiano and Nicolaou will speak to students at The Law and Public Service Academy of Gorton High School, presenting them with a fact pattern, which is similar to how law is taught in law school and how lawyers assess cases before them.

“We will analyze the important facts, then review the potential causes of action from a plaintiff's prospective and the possible defenses to the causes of action from the defendant's perspective,” said Fappiano.

Fappiano said the firm, which opened an office a year ago in nearby White Plains, is honored to present their vision of what it means to be an attorney.

“There are so many negative perceptions about lawyers,” said Fappiano. “For attorneys at HRRV, however, the profession is a true labor of love. We hope that comes across in our presentation.”


Interns Enlightened by Experience at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale

White Plains, New York (November 18, 2008) —Channel Fitch and Sheila Morales, students of the Gorton High School Law Magnet, participated in the six week internship, which was made available through a program set up and coordinated by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.

As part of their internship, they did office work, including filing, docketing and pulling exhibits. They also accompanied Tara Fappiano resident attorney in the White Plains office, on court appearances and depositions.

When asked what they thought of their experience, both said it was “eye opening” and that they “felt like grown ups.” Most fascinating was the realization that the legal field does not have the drama that is often associated with being an attorney. Despite that lack of drama, Channel, who had no intention of entering the legal field when she began working at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, has since changed her mind. In addition, Sheila has also decided to pursue a career in law.

Both Channel and Sheila have set examples for all students at Gorton High School of what they can accomplish if they keep up their grades, a necessary requirement to be part of the Law Magnet. Since the internship, both Channel and Sheila have accepted part-time employment at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP.

“They are both hard workers and doing a wonderful job,” said attorney Fappiano.“This firm is very proud of their accomplishments.”


HRRV Sponsors Mock Trial

Vernon, New Jersey, (October 25, 2008) — Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LPP, sponsored and presented a mock trial as part of the 2008 State Day sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Insurance Women. The event was attended by over 100 insurance professionals, several of whom took an active part in the presentation as members of two separate juries. The empanelling of two juries was designed to show the potential for variance of opinion based on the same facts.


Havkins Publishes Article on Consequential Claims

New York Court of Appeals Allows Consequential Claims to Proceed, by Abbie Havkins, has appeared in the April 18, 2008 issue of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Reporter. Abbie, an accomplished litigator, focuses his practice on litigating insurance coverage disputes and counseling insurance companies, insurance agents, brokers and third-party administrators on issues involving a wide variety of insurance policies, including errors and omissions, directors and officers, commercial general liability, environmental, professional liability and fidelity policies. Abbie advises insurance companies, claims administrators and brokers on issues involving excess insurance, extra-contractual liability, policy language, conflict of laws, notice requirements, co-insurance, rescission, misrepresentation and the interplay of other insurance clauses.


Varriale Publishes Ticketing Industry Article

That’s The Ticket…What’s Next For The Ticketing Industry After Ticketmaster v. RMG Techs., Inc., by Carla Varriale, has appeared in the April 2008 issue of the ABA’s Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. Carla, who is well known in sports law circles for her work defending professional and recreational sports teams and venues, was the moderator of a panel discussion on this topic at the November 2007 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards in New York, New York. The panel featured representatives from Ticketmaster, StubHub and Tickets.com.


Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale Expands, Opening a New Office in White Plains

New York, New York (February 21, 2008) – Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale LLP, a law firm that vigorously works with its clients to develop innovative and effective strategies to help them achieve their objectives, announced today that it is opening a new office in White Plains, N.Y. (Westchester County)

Serving as Resident Partner for office is Tara Fappiano, who has already established a presence in the area as the co-chairperson of the Environmental Law and Lawyer Referral Services Committees of the Westchester County Bar Association as well as being very active in the Westchester Women's Bar Association. 

“We’re excited about making a full commitment to Westchester County,” said Fappiano. “There is tremendous growth in this region and with that growth comes the need for legal services.”

HRRV Managing Partner Steve Rosenfeld added that the decision to more fully expand to Westchester County was made easier by the fact that Fappiano has established herself by her experience in a variety of environmental law issues.

“Tara has made great strides in the practice area as well as other areas of law,” said Rosenfeld. “This is a natural step for the firm, given her progress and the fact that she lives in Westchester County.

“With this new office, HRRV can further service our clients in the various courts in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess and Rockland counties, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, while reducing travel and other costs associated with the defense of matters that are assigned to us.”



HRRV Provides Life Experience
to PowerPlayNYC Intern

August 13, 2007, Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale made a 14 year-old girl’s dream come true this week when she shadowed an attorney during in a one-week internship through PowerPlayNYC’s STARS program.

An HRRV attorneytook time out of her busy schedule to mentor Devona Adjei Baffour, who will be attending the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York this fall on a full scholarship.

During her week at HRRV, Devona participated in various activities to help her get a sense of what it is like to be an attorney.

“Ever since I was seven, I’ve wanted to be a lawyer,” said Devona. “When I found out I got the internship for HRRV my eyes lit up. I was so happy. I wanted to see what kind of life I could live in the future if I were to become a lawyer. HRRV showed me exactly how my life might be.

“When I came in everyone gave me such a warm welcome. As part of the internship, I shadowed Nicolaou. She took me to the Bronx Court House and the Supreme Court House on Centre Street. I watched as she had conferences and filed motions. I even got to see a criminal trial.”

In addition to observing the law in action, Devona also did hands-on work for HRRV such as writing summaries for articles, filing, copying and labeling.

PowerPlay NYC created STARS (Sports Training and Role models for Success), an after-school career education program, to provide an opportunity for New York City high school girls to receive training in important career and life skills and benefit from supportive relationships with positive female role models.


HRRV lawyers preside at New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament

On March 8, 2007, Tara C. Fappiano "presided" as judges in the New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament, hosted by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and conducted at the Supreme Court, Westchester County.

The program is presently in its 24th year, the purpose of which is to teach high school students basic trial practice skills and to teach professionalism. The students learn how to think on their feet while conducting direct and cross examinations, to present opening and closing statements, and how to analyze legal issues, as well as how to be zealous but courteous advocates for their "clients."

HRRV was proud to participate in the program this year and congratulates all of the students for their extraordinary hard work, dedication, and professionalism during the course of the competition. We wish the winners luck as they proceed to the State Finals, to be held in Albany in May.



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