Mr. Blum joined Kishner Miller Himes in August 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Blum worked as a litigation associate and trial attorney in several New York State and multistate law firms dealing in complex commercial, financial, securities, and real estate litigation. Mr. Blum is a seasoned trial attorney, having handled more than thirty trials through judgment and appeal, and has handled appeals in all four New York Appellate Departments.
Mr. Blum has represented Fortune 250 and closely-held corporations, manufacturers and distributors, military contractors, casinos, financial institutions, and government agencies. He has prosecuted and defended complex civil cases concerning, for example, banking disputes, direct and derivative shareholder actions, fiduciaries and special purpose vehicles, construction, antitrust, trade secret/corporate espionage, and real estate disputes. Mr. Blum has worked on securities fraud cases involving multi-million dollar transactions, and residential mortgage-backed securities cases resulting in recovery of over $1 billion dollars for institutional clients.
Mr. Blum has served as special counsel and advisor to national banks on defensive strategies in securities, banking, and real estate litigation, authoring statewide bank policy on New York-specific litigation strategies on various case issues.
Currently, Mr. Blum maintains a dynamic practice involving litigation and transactional matters. In his litigation practice, Mr. Blum concentrates in the areas of complex commercial litigation involving multi-party business disputes, construction defects, disputes over dispositions of real estate, landlord/tenant, and banking litigation.
In his transactional and advisory practice, Mr. Blum advises credit unions and lenders on regulatory compliance and financial product structures in connection with his clients’ mortgage banking businesses. Mr. Blum serves as general counsel to domestic and international businesses on financing transactions, corporate organizational structures, and intellectual property. Mr. Blum brings to this work not only legal acumen informed by his litigation experience, but also the benefits from having earned an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance with concentrations in derivatives and institutional risk management.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Blum was a computer programmer. He applies that expertise extensively in his litigation practice. For example, Mr. Blum has assembled and managed teams of attorneys, engineers, and data analysts in eDiscovery and ESI investigations, which have entailed review and analysis of millions of documents. Mr. Blum has created eDiscovery platforms and automation tools that have been used to analyze voluminous document productions in connection with public offerings, securities filings, loan and bond underwriting transactions, payroll and check registers, time records, and other electronically-stored materials used in securities cases and other complex class action litigation.
New York State Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University (J.D., 2012)
Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University (M.B.A. – Corporate Finance, 2012)
University of Florida (B.A., 2008)