NEIL S. SISKIND
Attorney at Law * Real Estate Investor * Philanthropist * Conservationist
Author: The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products©
1385 Broadway, 24th FL
New York, New York 10018
Law Firm Website: http://siskindlawfirm.com/
Nonprofit & Charity Support: http://www.neilsiskindsupports.com/
References & Bio: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/
Founder & Chairman, The Fatherhood Assignment: http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/
Founder, National Fatherhood Day: http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/national-fatherhood-day-tm/
Author of The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products©: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskinds-complete-guide/
Executive Summary: My career as a practicing attorney has been focused on counseling clients in their Intellectual Property licensing, product distribution and brand-building ventures, real estate investments, and business organization structuring. I have worked as an attorney in highly respected Manhattan law firms and corporations, and in my own law practice. My own business pursuits have been primarily in the areas of Intellectual Property acquisition and licensing, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, and commercial and residential real estate investments. Much of my professional career has been devoted to philanthropic endeavors. I created a charity and think tank, and advocate for youths without fathers. I use my own capital and legal skills to conserve and preserve environmentally-precious land. I financed and managed a low-cost legal clinic on Long Island during the recession to help people with their personal and business-related financial struggles. I offer free legal counsel to war veterans and senior citizens who are starting their own businesses. I have spent time working in cancer hospitals and donating resources to struggling public classrooms. I provide free promotions of worthwhile charities and causes and have created valuable trademarks such as “Caring is Free®” and “Just Care – It’s Free™” to aid me in that endeavor. In addition to a variety of editorial-style articles I have written on legal and business topics, I authored The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products© as a roadmap for manufacturers, inventors, and IP owners, to aid them in understanding the product distribution process and in developing practical and viable product manufacturing and sales business models that maximize their chances for success.
NEIL SISKIND’S LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Areas of Specialization: Trademark Licensing; Product Distribution; Contracts; Business Debt Negotiation; Commercial Real Estate Transactions
THE SISKIND LAW FIRM New York, NY
President January 1, 2011-Present
Business Law, Trademark Licensing, Product Distribution, Real Estate, Business Turnarounds
Handle the negotiation and drafting of Intellectual Property/trademark licensing and product distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements and LLC operating agreements; prepare manufacturers agency agreements, licensing agency agreements, consulting agreements and independent contractor agreements; advise product and IP owners on licensing and distribution opportunities; draft and negotiate general operations contracts and provide counsel on business risks and general operations; advise businesses on business expansion and expense control; draft and negotiate office leases and retail store leases; handle residential real estate transactions including purchases and sales of single family homes, condominium and co-op units and related financing matters; handle purchases and sales of apartment and office buildings and strip centers.
Counsel to The Siskind Group, LLC, New York, New York
Counsel to Project Soulmate, LLC, New York, New York
Counsel to Apparel Ventures JRT, LLC, New York, New York
THE SISKIND GROUP, LLC New York, NY/Boca Raton, FL
In-House Counsel January, 2000- November, 2010
Handled all in-house corporate matters related to manufacturing, brand licensing and distribution of apparel, accessories and home goods for multiple brand names including drafting and negotiating license and distribution agreements, providing risk analyses, market analyses and brand assessments; managed on-going operational matters, handled employment agreements, vendor agreements, sales agency agreements, confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements and LLC operating agreements; managed license and brand compliance policies and oversight; drafted and negotiated general commercial contracts; drafted and negotiated office and warehouse leases; formed and advised on subsidiary businesses; managed litigation with outside counsel; reviewed and negotiated loan documents and terms; acquired and sold trademarks; advised on licensing and distribution issues and operations challenges.
HERRICK, FEINSTEIN, LLP New York, NY
Real Estate Law Associate July, 1998-December, 1999
Handled commercial and residential real estate transactions including acquisitions and sales of apartment buildings, office buildings and retail centers; drafted and negotiated office leases and handled related SNDA’s and sublease agreements; handled all transactions-related title and tax matters including 1031 tax-deferred exchanges; represented banks and private lenders including drafting of all related loan documents; formed investment vehicles; negotiated partnership and operating agreements between investors.
GOLDBERG, WEPRIN, & USTIN, LLP New York, NY
Real Estate Law Associate June, 1997-June, 1998
Engaged in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions of apartment and office buildings and shopping centers; negotiated and prepared office leases; represented banks in commercial real estate loan transactions; handled condominium and co-op unit purchases and sales; prepared partnership and operating agreements for investors; handled all transaction-related tax and title matters.
NEIL SISKIND’S VOLUNTEER & PRO BONO WORK
**Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work**
-Charity Promotion & Support
–Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer
Visit and counsel cancer patients to ensure that they are socially and emotionally content and satisfied with services during their inpatient treatments.
See Partners for Excellence
-DonorsChoose: Neil Siskind’s fundraiser for needy public classrooms
-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Neil Siskind’s fundraiser for the children of Memorial Sloan Kettering
Comfort for Kids
-Make-A-Wish Foundation: Neil Siskind asks that you create your own fundraiser to make sick children’s wishes come true.
–Neil Siskind’s Champion Children- True stories that seek to inspire people with examples of children who have overcome physical and health challenges to achieve their goals:
**Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono Work**
-Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse.
-Senior FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: Help to put senior citizens in the right direction to face the challenges of the modern economy by offering legal counsel on: forming a business entity, executing leases, negotiating contracts, obtaining financing, developing online marketing plans, and setting up general business operations.
-Veteran FreeStart Business- Pro Bono: Help to put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction to face the challenges of the modern economy by offering legal counsel on: forming a business entity, executing leases, negotiating contracts, obtaining financing, developing online marketing plans, and setting up general business operations.
NEIL SISKIND’S PHILANTHROPIC & ENVIRONMENTAL WORK
-Hudson Riverfront Land Conservation: The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve has been protected and preserved in a manner that encourages the public at large towards intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to appreciate, protect and maximize them.
See The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
-Founder & Chairman, The Fatherhood Assignment: A think tank and advocacy organization to improve the lives of youths who have absent fathers.
See The Fatherhood Assignment
-Founded and Developed “National Fatherhood Day™”, observed annually on March 29th, to encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.
See National Fatherhood Day
-Created and owns exclusive rights to the “Caring is Free®” and “Just Care – It’s Free™” trademarks, used to encourage compassion for human beings, animals and nature, and to encourage donations and philanthropic work throughout the world related to these causes.
See Caring is Free
NEIL SISKIND’S GOVERNMENT AGENCY WORK
-Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, Intern
-Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, Intern
-Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, Intern
NEIL SISKIND’S COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE
-Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.
-As part of Neil Siskind’ heritage of providing pro bono legal counsel and fairly priced legal programs to benefit the most challenged and vulnerable citizens of New York, launched an affordable debt aid legal service for:
-New Yorkers who have incomes of less than $40,000.00 per year
-New York Military Veterans
-New Yorkers with Emergency Healthcare Related Debt
-New York Single Mothers
-Founded The Public’s Child Abuse Database™ through The Children’s Services Watchdog™ – a government watchdog of children’s services agencies nationwide to ensure that reports of child abuse are being properly handled and that children are protected in or removed from dangerous situations.
See Child Abuse Prevention Advocate
NEIL SISKIND’S BUSINESS ENDEAVOURS
-Acquired a patent for an infant product; designed product and packaging; licensed to children’s products manufacturer for sale to Walmart, Target, Meijer and other national retailers
-Acquired trademark for the original urban hip-hop clothing brand “Cross Colours®”; licensed the mark in Asia to billion-dollar conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation® for manufacture and sale in Japan
-Various residential and commercial real estate investments
-Launched www.savingseniorcitizens.com, an advocacy service to protect and defend senior citizens from fraud and abuse
NEIL SISKIND’S BUSINESS OPERATIONS EXPERIENCE
Acted as Director of Operations for The Siskind Group and Stage II Apparel where I managed budgets, handled contract administration, handled license administrations and audits, retained outside vendors, reviewed resumes, administered interviews, set job descriptions, held employee reviews, oversaw warehouse operations, and aided company to evaluate new branding opportunitites.
NEIL SISKIND’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PORTFOLIO
– Caring is Free®
– Just Care – It’s Free™
– The Fatherhood Assignment™
– National Fatherhood Day™
– Saving Senior Citizens™
– Children’s Services Watchdog®
– The Public’s Child Abuse Database™
– The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products©
– Neil Siskind’s copyrighted articles on topical business, legal, political and social issues at https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/Neil-Siskind
NEIL SISKIND’S PUBLICATIONS
Author of The Complete Guide To The Ways To Manufacture & Sell Your Products Copyright © 2015 Neil S. Siskind https://the-complete-guide-to-ways-to-manufacture-sell-your-products.com/
Author of ‘Tis The Wrinkles In Things Copyright © 2017 Neil Steven Siskind, Zissen-Kinder Publishing
NEIL SISKIND’S SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Bond New York Real Estate, January 30, 2015
Topic: Bargaining Power Strategies in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions
JRT Apparel, LLC, June, 2015
Topic: Evaluating the Market Value of a Trademark in Your Product Category and Structuring a Proper License Agreement
NEIL SISKIND’S ARTICLES
Read Neil Siskind’s articles on topical business, legal, political and social issues at https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/Neil-Siskind
NEIL SISKIND’S EDUCATION
NEW ENGLAND LAW Boston, MA
Juris Doctorate, 1996
Special Courses: Tax law, Business law, Bankruptcy Law, International Business Transactions
Real Estate Law Group
Business Law Group
UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD West Hartford, CT
Bachelor of Arts, 1993
Recipient: “Outstanding Achievement in Field of Study” Award