Mr. Bendes concentrates his practice on domestic and international corporate and commercial transactions, financings, SEC-related matters and privacy/data protection, Internet and computer-related law matters. He is frequently called upon as counsel to negotiate mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt and equity financings, joint ventures, aspects of sales, secured and asset-based lending transactions, franchising representing franchisors and franchisees, licensing, and computer, Internet-related and high technology transactions. Additionally, he advises private and public companies and their owners, officers and both inside and outside directors; and venture capital and angel investors in commercial, business, securities and personal matters.
In 2012, Mr. Bendes was listed as one of "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" by Inside Jersey Magazine in Business & Commercial Law.
Mr. Bendes served as the Secretary and General Counsel of Emerson Radio Corp., a NYSE listed company with $800 million sales, and Senior Vice President-Administration of its computer and technology subsidiaries based in NJ and Newport Beach, CA. He represents and has represented public and private domestic and international companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of consumer electronics and other consumer products, fashion products, hardware and computer software, as well as companies involved in telephony, voice recognition, financing, build out and sale of cellular radio sites and networks, and oil and natural gas businesses. He has handled public and private offerings involving medical device companies, computer equipment manufacturers and retailers, telecommunications and telephone interconnect companies, robotics and electronics companies, and consumer products, as well as representing issuers and investors in startups, private placements and pipes involved in such diverse areas as fiber optics, ammonia processing, oil and gas exploration, hotels, restaurants, fashion and consumer products. He has represented the indenture trustee and successor trustee in numerous public debt financings and insolvencies.
Mr. Bendes serves as a member the Firm’s Opinions Committee and Audit Response Committee. He continues to serve as a bar association delegate to the ABA’s Working Group on Legal Opinions (WGLO) (since 2006) and as a member of the Bar Association Advisory Board to the WGLO (since 2006). He has served as the Chair of the Legal Opinions Committee of the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (formerly the American Corporate Counsel Association) and as chair of the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, 1998 - 2006 and from 2008, when he resumed the chair of the Third Party Legal Opinions Committee.