Described by one opponent as a “thorough and thoughtful strategist and a shrewd litigator,” Jeff handles complex business litigation for some of the country’s top corporations. He is equally comfortable sitting at the plaintiff's or defendant's table, as he regularly succeeds in both capacities. Although he calls Rochester home, Jeff’s cases have taken him from New York to California, and placed him before numerous federal courts, the Delaware Chancery Court, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Chamber of Commerce.
He has successfully guided clients through disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 2, 2A, 3, 4 & 9), contractual services agreements, commercial leases, and franchise law. Although business disputes may resolve through settlement or motion practice, some do not, and in those cases, Jeff has a proven track record of success in both commercial trials and arbitrations. Indeed, in 2013, he was part of the team that secured one of the largest commercial verdicts in the Western District of New York.
As a complement to his business litigation and counseling work, Jeff handles matters involving employment and workplace discrimination. He regularly provides opinions on the enforceability of restrictive covenants, and lectures on that subject as well.
In addition, Jeff also has an active intellectual property practice. He represents clients in copyright matters ranging from software license disputes to substantial similarity infringement battles. He represents clients involved in trademark infringement disputes as well: In a recent win for franchisors, he successfully argued for the extension of the definition of trademark counterfeiter in the Third Circuit to include holdover franchisees using authentic marks.
Jeff was named one of Rochester’s top “Forty under 40” professionals in 2018, and has been recognized locally and statewide for his legal acumen, his professionalism, and ethics. He is a trained mediator, and member of the Western District of New York ADR Panel and the Seventh Judicial District Mediation Program.
- Motel 6 Operating LP v. HI Hotel Group LLC, 670 Fed. Appx. 759 (3d Cir. 2016)
Established precedent in the Third Circuit that a holdover franchisee who continued to use trade and service marks after termination was a trademark counterfeiter under the Lanham Act.
- Kodak Graphic Communications Canada Company v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 834 (W.D.N.Y. 2015), aff’d 640 Fed. Appx. 36 (2d. Cir. 2016)
Successfully litigated complex joint development dispute which, after a 13-day trial, resulted in a $16.5 million verdict.
- Kingsbury, Inc. v. GE Power Conversion UK Ltd., et al., 78 F. Supp.3d 611 (E.D.Pa. 2014)
Achieved dismissal of claims in favor of English jurisdiction in dispute involving complicated offer/acceptance and UCC analysis.
- Emerllahu v. Pactiv, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155380 (W.D.N.Y. Oct. 30, 2013)
Won summary judgment in employment discrimination suit alleging disability discrimination, retaliation, and an impermissible medical inquiry.
- Project Orange Associates v. General Electric International, Inc., Index No. 117245/2008 (Sup. Ct., New York Cty. 2010)
Obtained $4.1 million arbitration award after 3-week arbitration in contractual services dispute.
- Images Everywhere, et al. v. Six Flags Theme Parks, et al., No. BC365735 (Los Angeles Superior Court 2008), aff’d 2011 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3107 (Cal. App. 4th 2011)
Secured defense verdict in contractual dispute involving theme park photography concessions.
- Cornell Law School, 2004
- Cornell University, B.A., 2001
Admissions to Practice
- New York
- U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits
- U.S. District Courts of New York (All Districts)
- U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania (Eastern)
- Honorable Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2004-2005
- New York State Bar Association
– Executive Committee Member, Commercial & Litigation Section
– Corporate Counsel Section
- Monroe County Bar Association
- Leadership Rochester
– Class of 2020
Presentations & PUBLICATIONS
- "The Work-From-Home Legal Checklist: Protecting Your Employees and Your Business" Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Chamber Counsel webinar, January 28, 2021.
- "What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Protecting Against the Next Crisis." Rochester Business Journal, Nov 2020.
- "Do Not Expect Relief of Most Contractual Obligations Due to COVID-19." Rochester Business Journal, May 2020.
- Ranked by Chambers USA (Upstate New York), 2020
– Litigation: General Commercial
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating
- Selected to The Best Lawyers in America©
– Commercial Litigation
– Litigation - Labor and Employment
- Rochester Business Journal, Forty Under 40 Honoree, 2018
- Recipient of 2014 Pro Bono Award from the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- The Daily Record, Up & Coming Attorney, 2012
- Brockport Central School District Board of Education
– Vice President
- The Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation
- The Western Monroe Historical Society
- "Having worked together in several different roles over the years, I have had a front row seat from which to watch Jeff's tremendous growth. He has evolved from an eager, bright young associate into a creative, client-focused partner with a sophisticated understanding of the law. He has great instincts, leadership, drive, and commitment to his community."
– Heidi Martinez, Xerox Corporation
- "Mr. Harradine is an exceptional attorney and credit to the profession."
– Anonymous, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review
- "Jeff is a true professional with a dedication to excellence and advocacy."
– Anonymous, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review