Hon. Shirley Werner Kornreich (Ret.) joins JAMS after serving as a judge in New York State for nearly 24 years, including nine years in the Commercial Division of Supreme Court, New York County. Judge Kornreich presided over both bench and jury trials, and oversaw complex litigation, including the Bextra/Celebrex New York State cases (coordinated with the federal MDL/Judge Charles Breyer) and the New York State Bausch & Lomb ReNu cases (coordinated with the federal MDL /Judge David Norton). She also handled asbestos cases, numerous class actions, securities, real estate and employment litigation and corporate and contract actions.
Prior to her service on the bench, Judge Kornreich worked as an appellate attorney for The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in both Nassau County and New York County, arguing cases in the Appellate Divisions, First and Second Departments, and the New York Court of Appeals. From October 1986 to November 1987, she was a trial lawyer with The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, New York County, and subsequently worked as principal law assistant to Justice Ira R. Globerman in Bronx Supreme Court, Criminal Division.
Over the nearly 24 years of Judge Kornreich’s time on the bench, she has settled thousands of cases involving the following areas:
- Class Action/Mass Torts
- Employment/Unfair Competition
- Financial Markets
- Professional Liability
- Real Property
During her tenure on the bench, Judge Kornreich presided over the most complex of commercial cases. Select examples include:
- Schindler v. Niche Media Holdings, LLC, 1 Misc 3d 713 [Sup Ct, NY County 2003]
First court in New York to analyze the meaning of the LLC dissolution statute, Section 702 of the LLC Law. Judge Kornreich’s “failing financially” standard was adopted by the Appellate Division – Second Department in the Matter of 1545 Ocean Avenue, LLC, 72 A.D.3d 121 (2d Dept. 2010).
- JG Club Holdings, LLC v. Jacaranda Holdings, LLC, [35 Misc 3d 1217 (A)] [Sup Ct, NY County 2012]
Presided over business dissolution of whether a member of an LLC had standing to sue to dissolve the entity
- Zelouf v. Zelouf, 2013 NY Slip Op 32073 (U) [Sup Ct, NY County 2013]
Presided over matter involving a freeze-out merger of a corporation cashing out a minority’s shareholder’s interest in the business
- Slayton v. Highline Stages, LLC [46 Misc 3d 450] [Sup Ct, NY County 2014]
Presided over matter involving Section 407 of the LLC law
- Shawe v. Elting, 2017 NY Slip Op 31406 (U) [Sup Ct, NY County 2017]
Presided over TransPerfect global litigation emanating from Delaware Court of Chancery