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David H. Relkin

David H. Relkin

Winning is about thinking three steps ahead: Litigation is like Chess
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Collections, Business Law ...
  • Connecticut, New York
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Northwestern University, B.A., Honors in Philosophy.
Attended Harvard, Columbia University, and Laval University [Montreal]
City University of the State of New York, New York, Ancient Greek Philosophy, 1982.
New School for Social Research, New York, Modern European Philosophy, 1983.
Writer and Lecturer on a Broad Range of Legal Issues: "Fraudulent Conveyances (New Broad Scope of Debtor Liability for Collections)": "The New Scope of Web-Based Jurisdiction to sue foreign and out-of-State Entities"; "Litigation Strategies to Win"; "New Concerns for Lenders in Bankruptcy Litigation"; Author of "Creative and Strategic Analysis To Win", Author: "How to Lose a Litigation"; "Is Arbitration still viable?" Author and CLE Lecturer: "RICO in Creditor Actions"; "When not to Litigate": "When Creditors should hold off Filing a Petition in Bankruptcy against your Borrower--The Risk of Bad Faith Filing. Find new articles at or
In a seminal case, I successfully argued that a Creditor may extend the time to reach fraudulent conveyances to the date of commencement of an Arbitration was accepted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and is now a generally accepted reach-back provision under the UFTA and the New York Debtor and Creditor Law.

I Specialize in Debtor and Creditor issues, Commercial Arbitration and Litigation, Judgment Enforcement and Collections, Bankruptcy Reclamations and Preferences, International Legal Issues and strong associations with National and International clients.

General Counsel and Executive VP of Import/Export Commodities Corporation.
New York County District Attorney's Office: Repeat Offender's Bureau, 1986.

Harvard University
other | Ancient Philosophy and Myth--Presocratics
- present
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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
J.D. (1986) | Legal Studies
Honors: Moot Court Finalist Internship at Manhattan District Attorneys Office
Activities: Trial Preparation, Argument and Cross-Examination
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Columbia University
History of Scientific Development--Epistemology
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City University of New York - Graduate School & University Center
M.A. (1985) | Ancient Greek and Platonic Dialogues
Honors: Certificate of Merit
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New School University
M.A. (1984) | Modern Continental Philosophy
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Northwestern University
B.A. (1982) | Modern Philosophy -- Nietzsche
Author Erich Heller
Honors: Honors in Humanities and Philosophy MA
Activities: Editor of "In the Age of Prose"
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Laval University in Montreal
B.A. | French Philosophy and Art
Honors: Honors
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Professional Experience
Managing Member
The Relkin Law Firm
Articles & Publications
Business and Commercial Litigation--Fraudulent Conveyances
National Business Institute
Web Jurisdiction over out-of-state and foreign Entities
National Business Institute
Judgments and Executions in and out of Bankruptcy
Duane Morris
Reclamation of Goods or Their Value
Duane Morris
Guaranties--Waivers and Applications in Bankruptcy
Duane Morris Reorganization and Finance Developments
Hidden Liens--A Risk for an Uneducated Lender
Duane Morris-Developments in Bankruptcy Reorganization and Commercial Finance
Letters of Credit-The UCP Trumps the UCC
Duane Morris-Developments in Reorganization and Comm. Finance Law
Asset Securitization-Structured Finance and Bankruptcy
Duane Morris-Developments in Reorganization and Commercial Finance
Speaking Engagements
Hidden Liens--When relying on UCC filings are overturned, When a Lien is worthless, Bermuda
Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys
Hidden Liens are rare, but there is one that dates to 1970: the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, which trumps Security Interests.
COLLECTION LAW: FROM START TO FINISH, Certified by NYS Continuing Legal Educational Board, Four Points by Sheraton Plainview
National Business Institute
I have lectured on Private [Duane Morris and Kriendler & Relkin, P.C.] and Public Law [NY County Dist Attny--in Repeat Offenders Bureau] as well as inhouse counsel Import/Export Consortium--$100m/yr
National Business Institute, Collections: Seeking and Collection a Judgment, New York, NY
Highest Rating
Phi Beta Kappa
Northwestern University
Professional Associations
New York State Bar  # 2137479
- Current
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Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
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2nd Circuit
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United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
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United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
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  • Free Consultation
Practice Areas
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    International Law
    Human Rights, Imports & Exports
Additional Practice Area
  • Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. Before I sue, I want to send the defendant a demand. Can I send it to their registered agent?
A: When any entity applies to do business in a State it must designate how it may be served by providing a registered agent for such purpose. You say you are hopeful of a possible settlement and ask whether you may send an initial demand to such a registered agent for the entity. The answer is yes since the entity has officially designated that agent to accept process. I have considered your strategy and am uncertain whether this may be the best way to serve that goal. This method does show the entity that you have already researched its designation of an agent -- which shows diligence and intention -- it will also delay the receipt of the demand by the entity since the agent must thereafter send your demand to the entity. ... Read More
Q. I have a case in Supreme Court Queens, PRO SE, for debt collection, the other party has answered, I need an ATTY taking
A: Are you collecting the debt, and, if so, how much and against whom? If you are the debtor and you brought this action under the FDCPA, then it is a different story. I would need to hear more facts to give you advice.
Q. My father in law passed away in February 2022. An unauthorized transfer of funds was made 6 months after his death.
A: You say that your wife spoke to a National Bank in New York. Then you say that the fraud was perpetrated by someone in Louisiana. I think that you need an attorney to handle this in New York. I don't know the amount of the fraud, but if it is over $25,000 then the case would be brought in the Supreme Court of New York, which is a commercial court that has experience in these types of frauds. I think that you need to discuss the matter with a commercial litigator (which I am) to see about your options.
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Former Offices: The Relkin Law Firm
272 Plandome Road
Manhasset, NY 11030
Telephone: (516) 888-1223
Cell: (917) 686-4441
Fax: (516) 340-3242
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM (Today)
Friday: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM
Notice: Flexible scheduling.
The Relkin Law Firm
272 Plandome Road
Manhasset, NY 11320
Telephone: (516) 888-1233
Cell: (917) 686-4441
Monday: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM (Today)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 3 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Notice: Meetings by appointment are flexible.