Fred Wilcon’s combined closely-held business and legal transactional experience is quite broad and extensive consisting of more than 30 years of large and small law firm practice and hands-on business operations. Fred has engaged in business formations, the negotiation and structuring of business entities, reorganizations and combinations, as well as, the drafting of employee stock ownership, retirement and business succession plans. He has also developed proprietor estate and financial and estate and income taxation planning tools. He is also experienced in commercial real estate transactions, contract and licensing, administrative (U.S. Customs) trade (importation) regulatory practice, and state government contracting, and has addressed U.S. customs brokerage and international logistics, commercial insurance, and general business civil litigation matters.
He has served an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association focusing on securities law matters, and on the Boards of Directors of various client companies and other organizations, including those operating in the fresh and frozen fish and produce markets.
Fred has devoted several years to teaching a general business law course at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Division of Management Science, and has lectured at the Boston Center for Adult Education and other organizations on topics such as business organizations, financing transactions and instruments, tax and estate planning, wills and trusts. He previously served as an official resource person and participant in the President’s White House Conference on Small Business. Fred is a graduate of Harvard College and of Columbia University Law School where he was a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar.
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Lawrence Kogan possesses approximately 30 years of international business and law experience counseling public and private clients on cross-border transactional, planning and policy matters, enabling recognition of the legislative, regulatory, policy, and trade and investment risks and opportunities their activities may engender. Since 2003, he has briefed U.S. industry and various U.S. federal agencies, executive offices and congressional committees concerning how emerging foreign environmental, health and safety, and intellectual property laws, regulations and technical product standards are impacting U.S. business' profitability, technological innovation and international competitiveness.
To serve the broader interests of these constituencies, in 2004, he established a New Jersey-based nonprofit legal research, educational and advocacy organization (the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD)). The ITSSD is a globally recognized NGO for reporting and analysis of the growing influence of evolving foreign and international public interest rules on private property rights and the American free enterprise and common law systems. These educational and advocacy initiatives led to his serving, during 2007, as a part-time Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law & Policy, at Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and to his ongoing participation in U.S. and foreign industry, university and government symposiums. He is also an established author with numerous internationally referenced peer-reviewed articles appearing in U.S. and foreign law, economics, and policy editions, journals, and news media publications.
Prior to engaging in his currently focused international law and policy work, Lawrence served as General Counsel and Chief Operations Officer of an affiliated group of closely-held U.S.-based textiles products manufacturing and import-export firms. While functioning in these capacities, he was responsible for U.S. and foreign product procurement, manufacturing, logistics and division sales operations; he also negotiated, drafted and oversaw product and intellectual property licensing, product representation/distribution, finance and insurance arrangements, and managed the integration of once distinct businesses. He also worked as a senior attorney within the tax departments of two international public accounting firms, specializing in international corporate income and excise tax and international trade (customs) transactional, planning and compliance issues on behalf of multinational clients operating in the manufacturing, electronics, banking, insurance, publishing, advertising, and resort sectors.
Lawrence earned his Masters in Taxation at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a graduate of The University of Miami School of Law and Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy/Political Theory.
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James Wagner’s business law practice focuses primarily on corporate and commercial transactions, and estate planning and family law. He has also advised middle market and large public companies operating in the biotech and medical device (instrument) industries, including Boston Scientific, Covidien and others, concerning the business and legal aspects of strategic collaborations (joint venture, licensing and distribution arrangements), business combinations, reorganizations, and plant and facility expansion and improvement.
He has also performed in a number of business roles in the pharmaceutical and medical instrument industries, controlling multi-million dollar budgets, overseeing clinical studies, establishing new product markets in Europe and Asia and managing the identification, development and launch of numerous products in a variety of geographic markets. He was one of two non-physicians selected by the American Urological Association to review the treatment guidelines for Begin Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).
James has provided pro bono indigent legal services for Metro West Legal Services. He is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Ohio Wesleyan University.