Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order
by firm name.
Litigation - New Jersey
THE FIRM This group's expertise spans the full gamut of insurance recovery, and the team represents policyholders in a variety of disputes with insurance providers. After the arrival of Robert Chesler in late 2012, the practice now offers the expertise of six partners, and can also call on the knowledge of 63 specialists nationwide. Clients include major real estate trusts and pharmaceutical companies, as well as clients from the food and beverage sector, who engage the firm's services in contamination and recall issues.
Sources say: "The firm has an extensive insurance litigation practice which continues to provide high-caliber work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Chesler joined the firm in fall 2012, bringing with him a wide range of experience that includes environmental, construction and asbestos cases. One client commented: "I can't say enough good things about his knowledge, intellect and style - there is no one in the industry I would prefer to have on my side."
Steven Pudell focuses on insurance recovery cases, representing clients from the pharmaceutical, chemical and real estate sectors.
THE FIRM The specialists at this boutique litigation firm have an enviable combined experience in white-collar crime defense. The team is renowned for the quality of its work in multidefendant criminal actions and public corruption matters, and has been increasingly active in the medical field of late. Clients can call on expert guidance throughout each stage of criminal investigations, as well as in litigation at state and federal level.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources regard Jack Arseneault as a "superb lawyer." His broad-based practice covers securities and antitrust disputes, mail fraud and environmental litigation.
THE FIRM This practice has garnered considerable acclaim for the quality of its work in the product liability arena. The group focuses on the defense of consumer product class actions on behalf of a variety of manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. Highlights include work for US subsidiaries of several international names, and the team represented Kia Motors America in a class action over alleged brake defects. DuPont, Miele USA and Subaru are among the other names in its client roster.
Sources say: "The attorneys possess invaluable trial advocacy skills and industry knowledge."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Neal Walters is the head of the practice's product liability and mass tort group, and was the lead partner on the abovementioned Kia Motors America matter. His litigation prowess is extolled by a variety of clients, who value the fact that "he is responsive and takes a practical approach in resolving issues."
Highlights of John Kearney's practice include representing Jim Beam Brands and Beam Global Spirits & Wine in an action brought by a nationwide class claiming consumer fraud and breach of warranty.
THE FIRM The New Jersey office of this international firm is highly skilled in insurance matters, and can call on the broader expertise of the firm's global network. With significant experience in litigation at both state and federal level, the group acts for some of the world's largest insurance companies in matters ranging from general liability insurance coverage to professional liability and mass tort. The team is well positioned to advise clients on trials and arbitrations both in the USA and abroad.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Daren McNally receives considerable acclaim from market sources, who describe him as "very knowledgeable and very experienced." He is also "an exceptional oral advocate."
Robert Priestley is a seasoned trial attorney who has represented clients in insurance disputes in New Jersey, California and Florida. Sources agree that "he is vastly experienced in the insurance practice area."
THE FIRM This Hackensack-based group is renowned for the quality of its work in commercial litigation, and acts for clients in connection with real estate, construction and securities disputes. Its diverse caseload has recently included work for major clients in a number of headline-grabbing cases. In one such matter, the firm is defending Highland Capital Management in an ongoing $470 million action filed by the Bass and Boeddekker families over its retention of a recovered loan. Other clients include The Home Depot and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department cochair Michael Meisel is called on by a variety of clients for assistance with complex business and construction disputes. He is commended for his formidable trial performance, and also has extensive experience serving as an arbitrator and mediator.
Steven Klein is a seasoned veteran of complex commercial litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. He successfully represented Mr Barjinder Singh Brar and his company in an action to reassert Mr Brar's control over a nonprofit corporation following his removal for alleged misconduct.
Leo Leyva was lead partner in the aforementioned Highland Capital matter. Practicing in both New Jersey and New York, he is most active in real estate litigation and complex commercial cases.
THE FIRM This full-service firm is renowned for the strength of its insurance litigation practice. Acting on behalf of insurers and reinsurers, the group has earned a reputation for excellence in complex coverage matters, regulatory advice and coordinating mass tort actions. Its wide-ranging experience in the insurance arena includes advising on environmental, professional and employment liabilities, as well as bad faith claims.
Sources say: "They are very well versed, and very outspoken on behalf of their clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS One of the founding partners of the firm, Kevin Wolff is at the forefront of insurance and reinsurance practice in the state. He represents insurance companies in complex general liability, environmental and employment matters, and is described by peers as "extremely knowledgeable, with a very high profile."
Kevin Coughlin focuses his practice on the representation of insurance companies in coverage disputes both in the USA and Europe, as well as counseling them on the full spectrum of regulatory issues.
THE FIRM The white-collar crime group at this litigation boutique is praised by market sources for the level of sophistication it shows in its representation of clients. The team is highly experienced in representing individuals and institutions in mail and wire fraud, antitrust issues and political corruption matters. The firm is also well versed in professional misconduct and malpractice matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Critchley has 30 years of litigation experience at both state and federal level. He focuses his white-collar crime practice on defending individuals and institutions from allegations of trust violations and tax fraud.
THE FIRM This regional powerhouse remains an active presence across the board in New Jersey litigation. The firm can offer an impressive depth of trial experience in a range of commercial issues, as well as in white-collar crime defense and product liability litigation. The group is well equipped to represent clients from all industry sectors, and its services are frequently engaged by major names involved in high-stakes disputes. Current clients include Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, GlaxoSmithKline and UPS.
Sources say: "Very thorough, great communication and excellent legal expertise."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John O'Reilly focuses his practice on the defense of corporations and individuals in white-collar crime cases. A former Warren County prosecutor, sources describe him as "a really talented lawyer, and a fantastic litigator."
Benjamin Haglund is co-head of the product liability group, and has played a leading role in some of the firm's most high-profile matters. He is "a strong attorney," who is known for his skills in environmental litigation.
Among his practice highlights, Dennis LaFiura advised the Avis Budget Group on two class actions alleging breach of contract and consumer fraud. Sources regard him as "a very good lawyer with an excellent reputation."
Anthony Marchetta continues to impress with his work on complex commercial disputes. A seasoned civil trial practitioner, he has appeared on numerous occasions before state and federal courts.
Dennis Kearney has a wide-ranging client base which includes a number of major financial services institutions.
Chair of the consumer finance and creditor rights group, Joy Harmon Sperling is a highly respected member of the commercial litigation team.
THE FIRM The Princeton office of this international giant is active across a diverse range of practice areas, and is highly praised for the strength of its commercial and product liability litigation groups. Highlights of the team's caseload include a number of high-stakes consumer class actions, as well as white-collar crime cases and IP litigation. Its client base features some of the world's best-known brands and several Fortune 500 companies, including major pharmaceutical and financial services names. In standout matters, the group continued to represent Oppenheimer Acquisition Corporation and Oppenheimer Funds in various actions arising from the clients' ownership of hedge funds that had invested billions with Bernard Madoff.
Sources say: "The firm's attorneys are smart, responsive, sensitive to business needs and creative problem solvers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ezra Rosenberg divides his practice between complex commercial and product liability litigation. Sources describe him as a go-to name for big-ticket cases: "He is the real deal and a superb attorney - the bigger it gets the better."
David Kotler debuts in the rankings after receiving excellent feedback for his commercial litigation work. Clients enthuse that he is "very smart, and his written work is top-notch - I can feel confident that his work will be great and he will represent our company well."
THE FIRM Drinker Biddle's New Jersey litigation group has distinguished itself through high-quality work that spans the full breadth of the commercial arena. The firm is well known for its stellar services, whether acting for leading enterprises on bet-the-company mass tort proceedings, or defending individuals and corporations from allegations of securities fraud or antitrust violations. In product liability matters, the team continued to act as national coordinating counsel for Johnson & Johnson in connection with its Levaquin product, in proceedings which comprise nearly 1,700 cases in the New Jersey state mass tort program.
Sources say: "Responsive and collegial."
KEY INDIVIDUALS A prominent member of the commercial litigation and white-collar defense group, Paul Nittoly is singled out for praise as "definitely a top-tier guy - very personable, detail-oriented and strategic, and very well respected by the authorities."
Thomas Campion divides his time between general commercial and product liability litigation. A seasoned trial lawyer, he often defends pharmaceutical companies in product liability and consumer fraud matters. Sources report: "He is a very smart attorney with a quiet excellence."
Susan Sharko represents Johnson & Johnson in the abovementioned Levaquin disputes. She has valuable experience in product liability, and sources describe her as "a brilliant strategist and manager of large-scale litigation."
James Altieri is chair of the insurance coverage practice, and regularly represents clients from the insurance and financial services sector in courts throughout the country.
THE FIRM This regional giant has a reputation for fielding excellent attorneys, and attracts some of the most high-profile cases in the state. In big-ticket work, the team represented the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in numerous litigation matters relating to its sports and entertainment properties. Other standout matters include fraud and bankruptcy proceedings and product liability class actions. JPMorgan Securities, Chubb Group and Brother International are counted among the firm's impressive clients.
Sources say: "We love the firm for their knowledge and their responsiveness. They are also very efficient and very economical."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Lustberg has a wealth of experience in criminal defense and appellate litigation before state and federal courts. He is chair of the criminal defense practice group at the firm, and sources describe him as "a great guy and a very gifted attorney."
Michael Griffinger is described by sources as "at the top of his practice." He successfully defended the City of Newark in a suit brought by Avis Budget Group, and Hertz over a tax on automobile rentals in certain industrial zones in the city, which results in around $8.1 million a year in city revenues.
Kim Catullo has acquired a exemplary reputation within the product liability arena. Practice highlights include acting for Stryker and Howmedica Osteonic in personal injury and product liability matters.
Robert MacPherson focuses his practice on commercial and construction litigation, and represents civil contractor EE Cruz in connection with several infrastructure projects.
Michael McDonald advised Skinder-Strauss Associates on a suit brought by a New York City law firm regarding an alleged unsolicited facsimile advertisement.
Chair of the business and commercial litigation group Brian McMahon focuses his practice on antitrust and trade regulations and securities litigation. He is a seasoned veteran of jury and nonjury trial at state and federal level.
Former Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, John Gibbons is regarded by sources as one of the deans of the New Jersey commercial litigation Bar. With a career spanning 50 years, he offers an invaluable depth of knowledge in dispute proceedings.
THE FIRM This full-service group has a strong presence in New Jersey commercial litigation, and fields a team of 34 partners. The group represents a diverse range of clients, from individual entrepreneurs through to multinational corporations, and acts across the full gamut of commercial litigation. Among its practice highlights, the team represented Crescent Heights of America in a construction defect case brought by a condominium association, valued at more than $19 million. Additional clients include Wells Fargo and the New Jersey Association of Realtors.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Naar is vice chair of the department and active across the full range of civil litigation matters, from corporate and partnership disputes to antitrust and land use litigation. Sources characterize him as "extremely knowledgeable and confident."
The "very knowledgeable" John North is praised as "an extremely good trial lawyer. He cross-examines without notes and yet has it all at his fingertips."
Paul Rowe is chairman of the firm's litigation department. A seasoned practitioner, market sources praise him as "one of the finest trial lawyers in New Jersey. He has a great knowledge of the law and has tried many cases."
THE FIRM This international giant's Florham Park-based practice offers experience spanning a wide variety of contentious proceedings. The 12-partner group can also call on the combined expertise of over 600 litigators throughout the USA and Europe. The firm is highly active in class actions and high-stakes litigation for a number of financial services and technology clients. It recently defended Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless in a breach of contract dispute with damages valued at $10 billion.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Sellinger is both the managing shareholder of the firm's New Jersey practice, and the chair of the firm's class action practice. He was lead partner on the aforementioned Verizon matter, and is described by those within the market as a "great attorney and an excellent litigator."
THE FIRM Highly active prominent in class actions, construction disputes and real estate cases, Herrick's Newark commercial litigation group is also commended for its strength in securities work. Clients have high praise for the firm's strategic capabilities and its commitment to customer service. In standout matters, the team successfully defended Bridgestone in a series of class actions regarding a new tire design. The firm also counts major technology, banking and consumer product names among its client roster.
Sources say: "They are very responsive, provide high-quality work and always get good results."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Group co-head Ronald Levine has extensive experience representing clients in consumer class actions, and attracts stellar feedback from sources across the market. Impressed clients report that "he is very responsive, can quickly analyze any situation and provides business-oriented, practical advice quickly. He is also an excellent litigator."
Scott Tross debuts in the ranking in recognition of excellent work in real estate and securities litigation. Sources describe him as an "expert in creditor and real estate matters who is very sharp on analysis, knows what the issues are and is succinct with regards to how to resolve a problem."
THE FIRM This Newark-based litigation boutique is well equipped to handle any variety of state or federal white-collar crime litigation. Its services are often engaged in multifaceted disputes, and the team offers valuable knowledge of a wide range of regulatory investigations. It advises lawyers, accountants and doctors in connection with allegations of professional misconduct and abuse, and also acts for corporate institutions and their shareholders.
KEY INDIVIDUALS A former prosecutor at the District Attorney's office, Henry Klingeman is a seasoned veteran in all forms of criminal defense in both state and federal court. Sources describe him as a "good trial lawyer and well respected in the state."
Gerald Krovatin focuses his practice on the defense of individuals and institutions in all aspects of white-collar crime proceedings.
THE FIRM This excellent Newark-based litigation group is comprised of 13 attorneys, who can also call on the combined expertise of litigation experts spread over three continents. Latham's skills in complex commercial and environmental litigation attract high-caliber clients, which seek out its expertise for state and federal cases. Notable work includes acting for ConocoPhillips in a complex negligence action in New Hampshire with damages estimated at $850 million.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Kraus is lead partner in the aforementioned ConocoPhillips matter and splits his time between New Jersey and New York. With a focus on environmental and consumer class actions, he has represented clients in over 50 matters before courts and arbitrators.
Managing partner of the firm's New Jersey group, David McLean is fêted for his work in complex commercial litigation. High-stake mandates include representing the Eaton Corporation in a sex discrimination class action valued at $100 million.
THE FIRM Lowenstein Sandler's full-service litigation group offers extensive experience in advising major corporations on high-stakes disputes. The team's outstanding expertise in commercial litigation and white-collar crime defense attracts a wide range of clients, including names from the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and educational sectors. The group is also well known for its skills in insurance proceedings, and has represented Wyndham Worldwide, Lehigh Cement and Georgia-Pacific in related cases. Highlights include successfully representing KPMG in the New Jersey Supreme Court, securing the overturn of a $40 million jury verdict against the firm's client.
Sources say: "They are clear market leaders in the state."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Himmel is chair of the litigation practice and the white-collar crime defense group at the firm. Sources consider him to be "a fantastic guy - he is a litigator and a deal-maker, and is very pragmatic."
Robert Kipnees's white-collar crime practice covers criminal antitrust and tax cases, as well as securities and insurance fraud. He represents both individual clients and companies across a wide variety of industry sectors.
Lynda Bennett is regarded as a "brilliant attorney - she explains the issues clearly and comes up with excellent strategies." She is head of the insurance litigation group at the firm, and represents Lehigh Cement in a number of insurance coverage matters.
Douglas Eakeley is a "terrific lawyer," valued by clients for his "excellent ability to develop and present arguments." Of late, he has represented Merck in a class action suit worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
David Harris is chair of the commercial and business litigation group at the firm. He is commended for his "excellent business judgment," and his "phenomenal memory, which gives him an advantage in any discussion or arguments."
Lawrence Rolnick chairs the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice group, and is also active within capital markets litigation and investment management. He typically represents investment funds and municipal pension funds.
Jeffrey Wild offers expert guidance in securities litigation, and is cochair of the firm's capital markets litigation and fiduciary counseling and litigation groups.
Gavin Rooney debuts in the rankings after receiving enthusiastic praise from clients, who describe him as "very smart and a great advocate, with great strategic sense." He is also valued for his understanding of clients' business needs.
Cochair of the appellate practice group at the firm, Nicole Denise Bearce is a forceful litigator who represents clients in commercial and fiduciary cases.
THE FIRM This regional heavyweight has a multifaceted litigation department which attracts rave reviews from sources across the market. Of late, the group excelled in its representation of Consolidated Rail against Texas Eastern Pipeline, achieving a favorable ruling for its client with national precedential value. In the product liability arena, the team defended Goodyear in a class action suit regarding an allegedly defective product, with a potential multimillion-dollar exposure. Additional clients include the New York Giants and Black & Decker.
Sources say: "Responsive lawyers at the top of their game." "Superb performance - they are efficient, strategic and commercially minded, and get great results."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Former Assistant US Attorney Robert Mintz is chair of the government investigations and white-collar criminal defense group. He attracts a range of plaudits, and is commended for his "great substantive legal knowledge and wealth of experience - he is very well respected everywhere."
David Kott is an "amazing lawyer and an excellent strategic thinker," who represented Ryobi Technologies in a suit regarding allegations of a defective table saw design.
David Cooner is "very attuned to providing quality legal services in a cost-effective manner." He has acted on behalf of Ashland and Hercules on product defect and asbestos matters.
Gita Rothschild's varied practice includes insurance coverage disputes and product liability actions. With 36 years of experience spanning a wide range of sectors, she has impressive market standing and is regarded by clients as "a phenomenal lawyer - there is no one better at the settlement table."
Sherilyn Pastor is the head of the insurance group, and is described as "a top-notch attorney and a great strategic thinker."
Ira Gottlieb represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, and has valuable expertise in environmental matters. Clients report that "he performs flawlessly and comes up with brilliantly strategic positions."
Head of the business and financial services litigation group at the firm, Richard Beran is lauded for his "excellent analysis, demeanor and strategy."
Market sources consider Steven Beckelman to be a "very strategic and intelligent" adviser who can quickly get to the heart of issues.
William Wallach is lead partner in the aforementioned Consolidated Rail case. He handles a variety of shareholder disputes and matters arising out of the UCC.
The eminently experienced William O'Shaughnessy is renowned for his "deep understanding of the New Jersey Bar."
Sources describe Gregory Horowitz as "an excellent negotiator with an imposing personal presence, who is able to defuse controversial situations."
Brian Osias has distinguished himself in his representation of policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes. One satisfied client asserted: "He is a rising star and a great strategic thinker."
THE FIRM This regional firm has a strong footprint in New Jersey, with offices based in Morristown, Newark and Ridgewood. The litigation team is experienced across the full spectrum of disputes, and is held in particularly high regard for the quality of its commercial and insurance coverage work. Its caseload features complex contract disputes, insurance coverage cases and construction claims, and the New Jersey team can call on the combined knowledge of 300 attorneys spread over ten states.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Seasoned trial attorney Walter Timpone was formerly Chief of Special Prosecution at the US Attorneys Office. He focuses his practice on white-collar crime defense and is well known for his internal investigations work.
Michael Marone has a highly active insurance coverage practice, including a number of employment insurance issues, and represents a range of carriers.
Joseph LaSala is held in high regard by market sources for the breadth and depth of his experience in complex commercial litigation.
James Mulvaney is described as "a very solid lawyer who is knowledgeable in the substantive law." He represents clients in complex commercial matters, including construction disputes.
THE FIRM This practice is called on by a wide variety of clients for representation in complex commercial litigation. Its client roster features names from the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and energy sectors, and the team defended Pathfinder Energy Services in an alleged contamination matter in the Western District of New York. Additional clients include Mincing Trading and Ascend Performance Materials.
Sources say: "They have a great reputation in the practice area, and the professionalism and quality of research were very good."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Loeber is a key contact for the practice.
THE FIRM This practice maintains its reputation for high-caliber work in product liability. The group handles environmental and medical exposure matters as well as large consumer class actions, acting for a range of clients including major pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing companies. Among its standout matters are several disputes handled on behalf of DuPont, including complaints filed by hundreds of homeowners situated near a plant site in Pompton Lakes. It receives excellent feedback for the level of client service on offer, and the team is praised for its responsiveness and pragmatism.
Sources say: "Attentive, focused and practical."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Steven Benenson is the key contact for the practice.
THE FIRM This Morristown-based litigation group is active across the spectrum of dispute resolution, and is renowned for the strength of its work on commercial and insurance disputes. The team acts for an array of large pharmaceutical companies, as well as representing high-profile insurance names based both nationally and internationally. These include the Harleysville Insurance Companies and Zurich. The team also acted for Riverstone Claims Management on behalf of TIG Insurance, in an action brought by IMO Industries claiming nearly $350 million in asbestos claims coverage and damages.
Sources say: "We have been especially impressed with the firm's ability to bring speed and energy to matters without sacrificing thoroughness and diligence."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Shawn Kelly is "a very good attorney and an excellent judge of character," who represents Riverstone Claims Management in the abovementioned asbestos-related case.
Managing partner Glenn Clark is a seasoned practitioner in the commercial litigation arena, with 30 years of experience in complex disputes before state and federal courts.
Gerald Liloia is head of the firm's litigation department and handles a wide-ranging caseload. Of late he has been increasingly active in securities cases and lender liability claims.
Samuel Moulthrop divides his time between environmental litigation and white-collar crime defense, advising on a range of insurance coverage and securities fraud cases.
Cochair of the insurance and reinsurance group Brian O'Donnell recently acted for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company of America in a claim by Gibson Guitar for losses arising from the 2010 Nashville floods. Clients assert that "he is very organized, exhaustive in his analysis and always up to speed on the work that needs to be done."
Kenneth Van Deventer has a diverse breadth of practice, advising clients from the financial services and communications industries on a wide range of matters.
THE FIRM This broad-based practice handles a variety of commercial litigation mandates from its offices in Florham Park and Newark. Its client roster spans an array of industries, including real estate, banking and construction. The team's broad range of experience covers labor disputes, environmental claims and securities arbitration, as well as mass tort litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Cohen is a seasoned insurance dispute litigator, described as "an excellent advocate, and very knowledgeable."
Managing member of the firm William Maderer is "an excellent attorney" who focuses his practice on business disputes and employment litigation.
Former Deputy Attorney General Arnold Calmann has 38 years of experience litigating a variety of matters in state and federal court. His commercial practice includes franchise and sales and distribution matters.
THE FIRM This regional stalwart offers significant expertise across the breadth of litigation matters. Its wide-ranging skill set includes sought-after expertise in product liability disputes, which is called on by high-profile names in the pharmaceutical industry. Other highlights of the practice's civil caseload include big-ticket construction arbitration, antitrust litigation and breach of contract disputes. On the criminal side, the team is well known for its expertise in handling cases brought by the tax authorities. Its client base features a variety of Fortune 500 and multinational companies, including a number of global financial services providers.
Sources say: "Besides its high-quality trial and litigation advocacy, the firm's strongest point is its ability to adapt to the specific need of the client."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Horn receives glowing praise for his talents in litigation, and is dubbed "a first-rate white-collar crime attorney." He is also renowned for his talents in tax litigation, and one source describes him as "one of the best tax defense attorneys in New Jersey - if you have a federal tax issue then he is your guy."
Beth Rose is the head of the product liability practice at the firm. She is regularly engaged by pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes litigation, and is valued by clients for being "very efficient, and very proactive in staying up to date."
Joseph Buckley has acted on behalf of several major banks and financial institutions in lender liability litigation. Sources praise him as "extremely knowledgeable, with extensive litigation and trial advocacy skills."
Jeffrey Greenbaum is chair of the class action group at the firm, and a seasoned trial lawyer. He has appeared in state and federal court in an array of commercial matters, representing individuals and corporations in disputes regarding professional liability, breach of contract and antitrust issues.
A former federal prosecutor at the US Attorneys Office, Mark Olinsky has 30 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation. His white-collar crime practice includes defending clients from allegations of securities and consumer fraud as well as insider trading.
THE FIRM The attorneys at Walder Hayden are seasoned veterans in white-collar crime defense, and are entrusted with some of the most high-profile and sensitive cases in the state. The team's impressive experience includes advising a range of individuals and institutions facing investigations and litigation at state and federal level. Among its diverse areas of expertise, clients can call on the group's knowledge of official misconduct, securities fraud and RICO offenses.
Sources say: "They are great attorneys, the real deal - they leave no stone unturned."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Former Deputy Attorney General Justin Walder is deemed to be "one of the deans of the Bar," and has a wealth of courtroom experience.
The highly respected Joseph Hayden is also a former Deputy Attorney General, and divides his time between New York and New Jersey. He is well known for his work on complex cases.
THE FIRM With significant expertise across the full gamut of commercial litigation, the firm is well known for its work in antitrust, trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation. The group is regularly engaged to litigate in both state and federal courts, and has extensive trial experience. Market sources praise the group's work on behalf of plaintiffs.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Brian Molloy is the firm's managing partner, whose broad-ranging litigation experience includes antitrust and false advertising matters.
THE FIRM Wolff & Samson's West Orange-based practice focuses on securities and environmental litigation as well as contractual disputes. The team acts for a range of major corporate clients and their shareholders, including various companies in the healthcare sector, and is also experienced in representing government bodies such as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Standout matters include real estate, estate and partnership disputes.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gage Andretta has 30 years of experience litigating across a range of matters, including real estate, condemnation and land use.
Arthur Goldstein is known as a formidable litigator, and has considerable experience in banking and estate cases.
David Kistler of Blank Rome LLP is building a reputation as a go-to commercial attorney within the state. "He has great strategic skills and is a very hard worker," say sources.
Stephen Orlofsky is head of the appellate group at Blank Rome LLP, and maintains a thriving commercial litigation practice. A former District of New Jersey magistrate judge, "he has seen everything one possibly can in terms of litigation and gives great advice."
White-collar specialist Carl Poplar of Carl D Poplar, P.A., Attorneys at Law is "an excellent attorney - very tenacious, diligent and a great trial lawyer." Sources also note that "he is extremely well respected by the judiciary and very well known throughout the state."
Andrew Bunn of DLA Piper LLP (US) has a varied caseload, handling a range of trial work, alternative dispute resolution and investigations for clients, including major financial services institutions.
Gregory Haworth of Duane Morris LLP has represented clients before a number of state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters.
The "very versatile" Jeffrey Pollock of Fox Rothschild LLP is known as a formidable advocate for his clients, and advises on a range of commercial and insurance coverage matters. Sources praise him as "intelligent, responsive and resourceful, with a great breadth of knowledge."
Robert Feinberg of Giordano Halleran & Ciesla PC represents a diverse client base in all manner of commercial disputes, and advised Commercial Landlord on a complex dispute with its tenant.
Kenneth Rothschild of Golden, Rothschild, Spagnola, Lundell, Boylan & Garubo P.C. is a "high-quality attorney" with over 30 years of experience in representing clients in insurance coverage disputes.
One of the founding members of Graham Curtin, Thomas Curtin is renowned for the quality of his commercial litigation work. His practice also includes alternative dispute resolution and IP.
Edward Dauber is a white-collar expert at Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker. A former Assistant Attorney General for New Jersey, he is well known for his work on sophisticated cases.
Peers have a high regard for Thomas Ashley at the Law Office of Thomas R Ashley, Esq. He is described as "brilliant - he has an incredible presence, is quick on his feet and relates well to juries."
A former chair of the criminal law section of the New Jersey Bar, Alan Zegas of the Law Offices of Alan L. Zegas is described by sources as "a terrific trial lawyer, and very knowledgeable."
Dennis Drasco of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC is a vastly experienced trial attorney with a practice encompassing commercial, construction and condemnation litigation. Sources report that "he is highly regarded within the state and national Bar."
Kevin Marino of Marino, Tortorella & Boyle PC is "a fantastic attorney," who is highly valued by clients for his expertise in white-collar defense.
Laurence Orloff of Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel is widely held to be at the top of the New Jersey commercial litigation Bar. "He is a very intense litigator and goes to the mat for his clients - everyone respects him," sources say.
Aidan O'Connor of Pashman Stein, has an excellent reputation within New Jersey's white-collar crime Bar, and offers valuable expertise in securities fraud and internal investigations. "He draws upon his experience as a federal prosecutor to provide insights helpful to private clients," say sources.
Michael Stein of Pashman Stein is praised by sources for the high quality of both his written work and his performance at trial. Cofounder of the firm and chair of the litigation practice, he is an extremely experienced commercial litigator.
Mark Sheridan of Patton Boggs LLP represents clients in state and federal courts in a broad range of insurance coverage litigation. "He is a very practical trial lawyer and a great leader, and his accessibility is amazing," say clients.
James Tyrrell of Patton Boggs LLP is described by sources as "a brilliant lawyer, very articulate, very well prepared and very good at presenting arguments." He divides his time between the firm's New Jersey and New York offices, and chairs the firm's toxic tort and product liability practice group.
Barry Cocoziello is co-managing partner at Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman, P.C., and handles a range of commercial, construction and real estate litigation.
Michael Gugig of Saul Ewing LLP regularly represents insurance companies in coverage disputes at both state and federal level.
Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is described by one market source as "one of the best trial attorneys I have ever seen." She divides her time between New York and New Jersey and focuses her practice on commercial and product liability litigation.
John Whipple recently left Arseneault & Fassett to become a founding partner at Whipple Azzarello, LLC. Whipple has 25 years of experience across a wide variety of contentious matters, including securities fraud and political corruption cases. He is highly respected by peers, who consider him "a very good and tenacious attorney."
Thomas Quinn of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP attracts praise from peers, who describe him as a "very smart attorney." He has 30 years of experience representing insurance companies in coverage disputes.