LAWYERS AND STAFF

STEPHEN M. HARNIK

CLAIRE HART

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Ms. Hart advises domestic and international clients in matters related to trusts and estates, taxation, residential and commercial real estate, litigation, arbitration, corporate law, and art law. She routinely assists clients in drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, wills, corporate organizational documents, probate proceedings, trust administration, and estate planning documents. 
 
Ms. Hart is a graduate of Skidmore College (B.A., Art History and English) and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was President of the Cardozo Art Law Society. She was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 2021. 
 
Prior to joining Harnik Law Firm, Ms. Hart worked at Christie's Inc. in New York, focusing on bespoke consignment agreements and private sales. Before attending law school, Ms. Hart worked as a Litigation Project Assistant with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

Stephen M. Harnik is a general practitioner, concentrating in corporate law, international law, litigation, arbitration, trusts and estates and real property. He represents a broad range of domestic, foreign and international corporations. He is the attorney for the Austrian government in New York, the U.S. correspondent of Juris Consult Alliance (a consortium of law firms throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe), a Trustee of The American Austrian Foundation, Inc., (AAF) a Director of the U.S. Austrian Chamber of Commerce, (USACC) a Director of the International Friends of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, (IFKHM), the Freud Foundation US, which supports the Freud Museum in Vienna, a Director of the International Friends of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, ("IFAM"), a director of the International Friends of the MAK ("IFMAK," Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria), a director of the Vienna Secession American Foundation, (VSAF), a Director of the International Friends of the European Radiological Society (IFERS) with headquarters in Vienna,  and a director of the American Foreign Law Association ("AFLA"). Mr. Harnik is a regular contributor to Anwalt Aktuell, a monthly legal periodical published in Austria. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

On June 6, 2007, Stephen M. Harnik was awarded a gold decoration of honor for his services to the Republic of Austria (Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich).

On the 16th Austrian-American Day, September 16, 2013, the Austrian-American Council awarded Stephen Harnik its Volunteer Community Service Award.

On February 18, 2016, Stephen M. Harnik was honored by the City of Vienna with a silver statuette of the armored knight who stands atop Vienna’s City Hall (the Rathausmann award).  On the same occasion,  the Austrian Consul General in NY Dr. Georg Heindl commemorated Mr. Harnik’s  20 years as Austria’s designated attorney for the Republic  in NY. 

Stephen M. Harnik is a New York State licensed real estate broker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ANNA FRIEDRICH

Anna Friedrich studied law at the University of Graz, Austria, from which she graduated in September 2021. 


After several internships at prestigious law firms in Graz as well as the court in Graz and Vienna, Anna moved to New York in the autumn of 2021, where she worked as an intern for the Austrian Trade Commission. Anna began as an intern with our firm in January 2022.

SARAH C. CLARIDAD

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Sarah is a graduate of the University of St. La Salle (B.S., Commerce and Accounting), De La Salle University (Teacher Certification), and Centenary College (B.S., Business Administration). Sarah has been a paralegal with our firm since 1998.

 

 

 

 

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STEPHEN P.H. RACHLIS

Mr. Rachlis specializes in commercial and products liability litigation and in drafting and negotiating contracts including purchase and sales agreements. Many of his clients are industrial equipment manufacturers, including Black Clawson Company, Inc. and United Container Machinery, Inc. He is a graduate of Beloit College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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CHRISTIAN VOTAVA

Mr. Votava is a graduate of University of Vienna Law School and Danube University in Krems (Degree in European Law). In May 2006, he also graduated cum laude from Fordham Law School with an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law.

During his studies in Austria Mr. Votava has worked with the Austrian Patent Office, with a Viennese law firm, and with an Austrian IT-Service company. In 2000/2001 he participated in the European Law Moot Court for the University of Vienna, where his team ranked third overall. Thereafter, Mr.Votava was engaged in the creation of a comprehensive revision of a commentary on Austrian Commercial law.

Mr. Votava is a member of the American Foreign Law Association ("AFLA") and he is also co-author of EU State Aid Law Yearbook 2008, 2010 and 2013 published by NVW in Austria.

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LORENZ WOLFFERS

Lorenz Wolffers is an experienced immigration lawyer whose practice is primarily focused on business immigration. Lorenz has assisted a wide array of companies in hiring foreign talent and transferring high level managers and specialists from all over the world to the United States. He has secured investor visas for both well-established companies, as well as start-ups. One of Lorenz’s specialties is procuring visas for individuals of extraordinary ability.
Lorenz is fluent in German and French. He graduated magna cumlaudefrom the University of Bern School of Law in Switzerland and earned his LLM from Cardozo Law School in New York City.

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