Blaine Bortnick, a partner leading the New York office of Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto.

Blaine Bortnick, a former partner at the New York boutique firm Liddle & Robinson, has joined the New York office of Miami-based Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto. He follows his longtime colleague Read McCaffrey, who recently launched the office.

Bortnick, who like McCaffrey has extensive experience in international arbitration and complex litigation, will lead the new office.

He also has an extensive experience advising senior executives wishing to change their employment terms or better their financial contracts. And his expertise in the intricacies of compensation arrangements is unique, Rasco Klock said.

Bortnick, who will handle New York-based assignments as well as international market work in Miami, has practiced securities and complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitration tribunals.

His commercial litigation practice clients have included both public and private companies in a variety of industries, including the securities, banking, and oil and gas industries, in matters ranging from complex contract disputes to international bank and securities fraud cases.

Bortnick has advised companies on governance, intellectual property, investigatory and general business matters, and has represented clients in FINRA regulatory matters and in arbitration, where he has obtained significant FINRA arbitration awards, McCaffrey said. Among these were a significant judgment for sex discrimination, and, on behalf of an airline employee, the second-highest award for emotional distress damages in an employment case in New York.

In another case, Bortnick obtained an international arbitration award of $4.7 million on behalf of a large privately owned oil wholesaling company in the United States against a foreign supplier. As part of an international team of lawyers, Bortnick headed the New York team that obtained a $100 million judgment on behalf of a foreign bank executive in an international fraud case litigated in the Dominican Republic, Florida, Colorado and New York.

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