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Martin Mushkin concentrates his practice on business litigation and corporate transactions. The core of his practice is corporate finance.
On the corporate side, Mr. Mushkin’s practice covers: the type of company to organize for a particular business, raising money for the company and the type of shares or debt securities it should issue to raise capital, the work-a-day problems of running a company with particular attention to intellectual property rights, labor issues, and the litigation with which companies must deal. Many of his clients are headquartered overseas, as well as in the U.S. He has been counsel to numerous companies: private, going public, and public, being acquired or acquiring other companies. These companies have been in a wide variety of industries. He was a founding stockholder and first general counsel of Gartner, Inc.
Mr. Mushkin has litigated many Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and is a member of the FINRA chairmen’s panel. He has been co-lead counsel in class actions, and has represented shareholders enforcing their rights in both public and private companies. He has represented parties to construction disputes, insider trading matters, SEC investigations, partnership and LLC operating agreement issues, and collection practice on multimillion-dollar judgments. He is a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Mushkin has been the co-chairman of a Practicing Law Institute Course on Accountant’s Liability; Law and Litigation; a member of the Special Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York on the Lawyer’s Role in Securities Transactions, co-author of an AICPA course, Handbook on Accountant’s Liability, and is a past secretary/director of the Connecticut Venture Group. He was the chairman of the Sub-Committee on Technology of the ABA Committee on Developments in Investment Services from 1983 to 1987. He was a director designate of Connecticut Innovations, Inc., the state venture capital fund.
Mr. Mushkin was a participant for several years in the Congressionally-mandated SEC-SBA-sponsored Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. He is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars and attendant federal courts. He has been admitted to try specific cases in approximately 18 U.S. federal and state jurisdictions.
Education, Early Practice, and Bar Rating
Mr. Mushkin received his B.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin with a major in accounting, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He served as a Judge Advocate General officer in the U.S. Air Force before entering civilian practice. He was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and largest attorney rating service in the United States. This is the highest rating that they award.
Mr. Mushkin was the co-publisher and editor of The American/Overseas Investor, a newsletter covering U.S. regulation of international securities transactions, co-author of “Exiting Through the Public Market,” 1981 – 2000 and “Negotiating a Merger of Your Portfolio Company,” 1984 – 2002, both published by the National Venture Capital Association. Several of his more recent articles appear on this website.
Mr. Mushkin has been an expeditionary mountaineer, having made four first ascents and a significant second ascent in Alaska. He is a member of the American Alpine Club.
Mr. Mushkin is a member of the Greenwich Connecticut Town Democratic Committee.