James P. Cullen to be Honored for Human Rights Work by Franciscan Friars

Anderson Kill is proud to announce that James P. Cullen, of Counsel in the firm's Real Estate & Construction Group in New York, will be recognized for his pathbreaking human rights work by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

On October 3, Mr. Cullen will receive The Graymoor Award for his life of public service and for his continuing concern for defending the constitutional and human rights of all in accord with the highest traditions of country and faith.

A Brigadier General in the JAG corps until his retirement from the corps in 1996, Mr. Cullen organized effective action after becoming aware in 2004 of allegations of abuse perpetrated by isolated members of the U.S. military at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Concerned about the human, legal, and national implications of violations of international conventions on the humane treatment of prisoners of war, Mr. Cullen was instrumental in organizing a group of retired generals and admirals in conjunction with the non-profit organization Human Rights First to petition the U.S. government to end the abusive tactics and to establish an independent commission to conduct a full investigation.

Their persistence and moral imperative bore fruit in January 2009 when President Obama signed three presidential executive orders banning excessive coercive interrogation techniques as well as substandard detention facilities. Mr. Cullen was among the group of generals present in the Oval Office to witness that signing.

Mr. Cullen has had a distinguished career in private legal practice and was for many years chair of the Real Estate and Construction Group at Anderson Kill. Previously he headed the construction and real estate department for Deforest & Duer and was the Assistant Counsel to the New York City Educational Construction Fund.

Mr. Cullen has negotiated and drafted long term ground leases for significant projects throughout New York City and has been especially helpful to not-for-profit institutions and governmental entities that need pragmatic advice as they contemplate their future physical plant needs. He has also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the New York Construction Industry Disaster Relief Fund, Inc.

The Graymoor Award will be bestowed at the Friars of the Atonement's 21st Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on October 3.

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Anderson Kill practices law in the areas of Insurance Recovery, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Estate, Trusts and Tax Services, Corporate and Securities, Antitrust, Banking and Lending, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Real Estate and Construction, Foreign Investment Recovery, Public Law, Government Affairs, Employment and Labor Law, Captive Insurance, Intellectual Property, Corporate Tax, Hospitality, and Health Reform. Recognized nationwide by Chambers USA for Client Service and Commercial Awareness, and best-known for its work in insurance recovery, the firm represents policyholders only in insurance coverage disputes - with no ties to insurance companies and has no conflicts of interest. Clients include Fortune 1000 companies, small and medium-sized businesses, governmental entities, and nonprofits as well as personal estates. Based in New York City, the firm also has offices in Ventura, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Stamford, CT, Washington, DC and Newark, NJ.

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