LAWYERS AND STAFF
STEPHEN M. HARNIK
Stephen 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., a Director of the U.S. Austrian Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Freud Foundation US, a Director of the International Friends of the Albertina Museum, ("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 and 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 (see links). 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.
Mr. Kaiser advises domestic and international clients on issues of corporate law, international law, commercial litigation and arbitration. He also routinely assists clients in the context of the Internal Revenue Service’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP).
Mr. Kaiser graduated from University of Kent in 2009 (LL.B. in European Legal Studies, First Class Honours). He also completed an LL.M. in European Private Law (cum laude) at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2011, as well as an LL.M. in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law in 2013. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 2014.
Prior to joining Harnik Law Firm, Mr. Kaiser worked as a Stagiaire with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Brussels, focusing on European Competition Law.
STEPHEN P.H. RACHLIS
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.
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.
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.