Anderson Kill Names Litigators Difie M. Osborne and Keith A. Lazere as Shareholders

  • January 10, 2024

Anderson Kill is pleased to announce that Difie M. Osborne and Keith A. Lazere, attorneys based in New York and practicing in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group, have been named as shareholders to the firm.

Sheldon Eisenberger, a senior shareholder in Anderson Kill’s Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group, commented, “Difie and Keith have proved themselves to be creative, versatile and aggressive litigators and problem-solvers. They are skilled at choosing among and pursuing a full range of tools -- litigation, arbitration, mediation and informal negotiation -- to help our clients bring disputes to a successful resolution. They are strong additions to the ranks of our shareholders.”

Difie M. Osborne handles a wide range of high stakes civil matters in federal and state courts for individuals, corporate clients, and nonprofits.  Recent matters include commercial contract disputes, corporate disputes, and class action litigation.  She is experienced in all stages of litigation, including pre-complaint settlement negotiations, and has successfully resolved numerous matters through mediation, arbitration, and motion practice.

Difie’s clients include companies in the retail and hospitality industries.  Additionally, she has successfully counseled business owners and not-for-profit corporations on their rights related to internal disputes and  judicial dissolutions under New York’s Limited Liability Company Law and Not-for Profit Corporation Law.

Difie was appointed Chair of Anderson Kill Pro Bono Committee in fall 2023. She is currently working to organize the firm’s pro bono portfolio and stimulate new initiatives.

Difie was named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for 2024. She holds a J.D. from William and Mary Law School, where she served as a member for the Business Law Review, and a B.A. in government from the University of Virginia.

Keith A. Lazere represents clients in sophisticated commercial and business litigations involving business torts, fraud, breach of contract, corporate and partnership disputes and debtor and creditor rights.  His extensive litigation experience encompasses business arenas including real estate, construction, aviation, hospitality, maritime, media, technology, finance and insurance. He also serves as the firm's Assistant General Counsel.

Keith has an established business divorce practice representing feuding factions in closely held companies in disputes involving dissolutions, valuation/appraisal proceedings and freeze-out mergers.  In this area, his work has set precedent under New York's Limited Liability Corporation Law and Business Corporation Law, achieving, among notable other things, a contested dissolution of an LLC during a receivership and critical discovery from non-parties following the freeze-out of his client’s minority LLC interest for post-merger materials in a case of first impression.  Keith also has an active construction litigation practice, helping  owners, architects, contractors, and engineers prosecute and defend claims in a broad array of construction-related matters.

Keith was named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for 2024. He holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

About Anderson Kill

Anderson Kill is a full-service law firm serving clients including Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium-sized businesses, governmental entities, trusts, committees and nonprofits as well as personal estates. Based in New York City, the firm also has offices in Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Stamford, CT and Washington, DC.

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