Jonathan Lupkin, a former partner of Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer, and solo practitioner Michael Rakower have formed their own litigation boutique, Rakower Lupkin, which will focus on complex commercial litigation, including RICO, corporate finance, professional liability and real estate. Lupkin and Rakower will be joined by Harvey Stuart, who will be counsel, and another associate-level attorney.
Lupkin, who joined Flemming Zulack in 2005, said he had considered starting his own firm for a few years and that he left Flemming Zulack on good terms. “It was really an issue of just really wanting to spread my wings,” Lupkin said. “I decided to do this because I wanted to create something from the ground up.”
Lupkin and Rakower met six years ago and became good friends, sometimes referring cases to one another, Lupkin said. Rakower said he was looking to expand his practice and “I couldn’t think of a better partner to do this with.”
Rakower Lupkin is subletting from Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo at 488 Madison Ave. “We have the space that we need and room to grow,” Lupkin said, adding he is looking for “measured growth” while staying small and focusing on litigation. He said his billing rate is lower than at Flemming Zulack because overhead is lower.
Flemming Zulack partner Mark Zauderer, who practiced with Lupkin for 16 years, said, “There’s nothing as exciting or rewarding as starting one’s own firm. I think it’s a great thing for Jonathan to do.”