New Jersey


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Litigation - New Jersey


What the team is known for Noted for its representation of policyholders in insurance coverage cases, including those involving asbestos and toxic tort, products, and D&O liability. The firm attracts clients from across the country ranging from utilities and municipalities to individuals.

Work highlights Represented AlixPartners in litigation brought against it by its insurance company seeking to recover monies paid out to it as part of an insurance claim.

Successfully settled a coverage dispute on behalf of the Wornick Company with Zurich. Losses had been incurred by Wornick as a result of a contaminated batch of dairy shakes provided to it by Zurich's insured, which were later recalled.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say that Robert Chesler "does a great job. He has great skills and the correct gravitas to get things done." He represents policyholders in a wide range of matters pertaining to the insurance coverage arena, including cutting-edge cyber and privacy insurance concerns.

Steven Pudell has a successful track record in the area of insurance recovery litigation. He has significant experience of advising clients in the pharmaceutical, food, chemical and real estate sectors. Clients appreciate that "he is one of those people that is a one-stop shop. There is nothing that he can't do."

Significant clients Wind Turbine & Energy Cable, Port Liberte Homeowners Association, Phibro Animal Health, Purdue Pharma, Starlic.

What the team is known for Well-reputed New Jersey litigation boutique which punches above its weight in white-collar matters. Previous experience working for various government bodies leaves its attorneys well-equipped to defend clients against the full range of government investigations and prosecutions.

Notable practitioners  

The "top-notch" Jack Arseneault has considerable experience litigating white-collar cases at both the state and federal court level. He enjoys a strong reputation for defending a wide range of leading companies and professionals in matters involving mail fraud, environmental violations, antitrust contraventions and RICO cases, and other issues.

What the team is known for Maintains a strong presence in the automotive, petrochemical and energy markets, working across a range of complex products class actions. Also acts in the defense of home builders in matters involving construction and product defects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their client service is first-rate as they are willing to work with us to ensure our needs are met."

Work highlights Continued to act in the defense of Jim Beam Brands and Beam Global Spirits & Wine in connection with a putative nationwide class action, involving allegations of unjust enrichment, breach of warranty and consumer fraud.

Successful in achieving an advantageous settlement for home-building company NVR in class litigation, involving allegations by New Jersey residential proprietors that insulation within their properties was inadequate.

Notable practitioners  

Neal Walters continues to serve as head of the firm's product liability and mass tort group, and as such has led much of the firm's work in the product liability arena. Sources highlight his success in the class action space and affirm that "he is an excellent lawyer."

John Kearney is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience acting on behalf of blue-chip companies and other businesses, as well as providing individual representation. Recent highlights include acting on behalf of Valero Energy in relation to numerous product liability actions. Peers describe him as "a good attorney," while clients say he is "helpful in providing counsel on local laws and procedures."

William DeSantis focuses on assisting clients with the resolution of commercial disputes through mediation, and is also adept at litigating disputes where necessary. Recent successes include procuring a favorable settlement for Sherwin-Williams in relation to a claim for damages brought against it by the owner of a high-rise office building.

Significant clients Kia Motors America, Valero Energy, Teleflex, Subaru of America, Magnesita Refractories.

What the team is known for Well versed in handling the full range of commercial litigation, offering experience at the state and federal levels as well as appellate expertise. Experience includes an array of matters, including banking litigation, real estate and title disputes, bankruptcy cases, and franchise litigation.

Work highlights Continued to defend Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor, a design engineer company, in relation to its high-profile, big-ticket dispute with Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority, involving allegations that designs provided by Paulus for a facility which was subsequently built are defective.

Successfully defended Liberty Mutual Insurance at the trial court and appellate levels in relation to a claim by a project owner who was seeking $60 million in damages.

What's new? Shortly prior to publication the firm, previously known as Wolff & Samson PC, announced that it was changing its name to Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC in order to reflect changes in leadership due to retirement.

Notable practitioners  

Arthur Goldstein is a "good lawyer," according to peers. He maintains a solid reputation for representing individuals and organizations in complex commercial disputes, banking litigation and white-collar criminal matters.

Gage Andretta has been practicing for over 30 years and remains active on commercial litigation cases, land use and real estate litigation, and condemnation matters.

Significant clients EmblemHealth, T-Mobile, International Fidelity Insurance, Penguin Group, Morgan Stanley.  

What the team is known for New Jersey office of this international insurance firm provides advice on the full range of complex insurance and reinsurance matters for a diverse set of clients. Also offers expertise in relation to Bermuda form policies and is experienced in arbitrating related disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are fantastic. The attorneys are efficient, provide cost-effective analysis and proactive advice, and are trustworthy." 

"The client service is excellent." 

Work highlights Represented Illinois Union Insurance in connection with coverage disputes involving issues including a construction defect.

Acted for Westport Insurance in relation to a dispute concerning insurance cover for asbestos-related injuries.

Notable practitioners  

Daren McNally has a wide insurance litigation practice and is frequently engaged on complex cases. He is well respected for his representation of domestic and international clients in both a court setting and in arbitrations.

Robert Priestley enjoys a superb reputation for his insurance coverage and defendant-side commercial litigation practice. Peers describe him as a "very seasoned, great lawyer," while clients laud him for his straightforward approach: "He is always completely candid with us, which we appreciate, and is consistently very accurate in his advice." 

What the team is known for National client base spanning a vast variety of industries. In demand for a broad array of business disputes, particularly those involving antitrust violations, racketeering, and allegations of breach of state and federal laws. A leading player in bet-the-company litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Leo Leyva serves as cochair of the firm's litigation practice and is regarded as a "very fine lawyer." He is sought out for his expertise in complex commercial disputes and corporate restructurings. Clients benefit from his additional skill in handling real estate and construction matters.

"Excellent attorney" Steven Klein is also cochair of the litigation practice, and continues to assist clients with significant and complex matters. He is a highly regarded figure in the commercial litigation space, well known for his ability to represent clients in all manner of disputes, whether at the state, federal or appellate level, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

What the team is known for At the forefront of the market for bringing and defending litigation on behalf of major international insurance and reinsurance companies. Extensive experience handling complex coverage matters ranging from financial institution liability and product liability, to asbestos and asbestos bankruptcies. Also excels in counseling companies on a wide range of concerns and representing them in arbitrations.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Wolff focuses his practice on advising insurers and reinsurers in relation to coverage matters, including those involving general liability, technology concerns, and errors and omissions, as well as more complex matters such as asbestos and environmental liabilities.

Kevin Coughlin is a highly respected figure among market observers, who describe him as an "excellent attorney." He has a great deal of experience representing companies in coverage dispute arbitrations, and in providing defense in significant insurance and reinsurance disputes in multiple jurisdictions, both at home and abroad.

What the team is known for Impressive work defending individuals and organizations in white-collar criminal matters. Expertise in cases involving issues such as bank fraud, healthcare fraud, tax violations and antitrust breaches. Well versed in representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions commenced by various administrative agencies.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Critchley, Sr. is a much lauded trial lawyer who has handled many cases in the state and federal courts. In the words of one source, "he is one of the best criminal trial attorneys I have ever seen."

What the team is known for Advises an impressive list of clients on a range of commercial disputes within the state and across the USA. Also accomplished in the fields of white-collar criminal defense and product liability litigation. Busy financial services litigation practice, with an increasing focus on consumer finance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are experts on the law and are excellent writers." 

"A very good firm. One of their main strengths is their communication and responsiveness. They get back to us immediately no matter when we call. We never have to chase them."

Work highlights Acted in defense of GlaxoSmithKline in connection with litigation involving allegations of personal injury as a consequence of taking the drug diethylstilbestrol.

Successfully represented LG Electronics in a dispute with residents and various others who were against the company building its new North American headquarters at a location in New Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

Benjamin Haglund is an experienced litigator, arbitrator and mediator, who is particularly recognized for his representation of clients in product liability disputes. He also receives recognition for his skill as a commercial litigator. Clients affirm that he is "terrific," while one peer refers to him as "a star." In the words of one client: "He is very responsive, practical, wise and does what it takes to get the job done."  

Dennis LaFiura is an "excellent" litigator with a strong specialism in franchising and securities litigation, as well as professional liability, consumer liability, and officer and director liability matters. He also routinely acts for corporations in the alternative dispute resolution space.

John O'Reilly is a "great lawyer," say peers, while clients laud him for his ability to achieve success in cases: "He is a long-time prosecutor who knows his way around the courthouse and knows the judges, and has a great amount of credibility. He was very instrumental in the success we achieved in a significant matter." His expertise in white-collar criminal defense is especially prized.

Dennis Kearney recently served as an adviser to a number of major pharmaceutical companies and prominent players in the life sciences arena in connection with an array of white-collar concerns. He is also strong in representing corporations, charitable entities and members of the financial services sector in a range of civil litigation matters.

Anthony Marchetta is a skilled commercial litigator, routinely called upon to represent clients in class actions and securities litigation. He is also widely recognized for his expertise in matters pertaining to the Trade Secrets Act. Clients concur that he is an "excellent attorney" who is "very experienced and very seasoned."

Joy Harmon Sperling continues to defend consumer lenders against allegations of mortgage fraud and litigates matters relating to various lending legislation. She receives sterling feedback from sources, who say: "Her responsiveness is fantastic and she is aggressive enough as an attorney so as to get great results."

Significant clients Caliber Home Loans, Deutsche Bank, Honeywell, State of New Mexico Investment Council, Citigroup Global Markets.

What the team is known for High-caliber litigation practice which focuses on representing national and international companies from the life sciences sector. Largely concentrates on general commercial and products liability matters, demonstrating particular capability in class actions and multidistrict actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We were very impressed with them. Their client service was outstanding and their litigation skills were invaluable."

Work highlights Acted in the defense of Oppenheimer Acquisition Corporation and OppenheimerFunds in connection with multiple class action suits and individual claims relating to their ownership of the Tremont hedge funds. 

Achieved victory for real estate investor Rubin Schron in a series of complicated commercial disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. Judgment in the sum of $157 million was obtained in one case.

Notable practitioners  

David Kotler handles a variety of commercial litigation matters, focusing on issues relating to various financial markets, including hedge funds. He recently led the team's work in defending Oppenheimer Acquisition Corporation and OppenheimerFunds against class action suits.

Significant clients Endo Pharmaceutical, New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union, High Point, Victoria’s Secret, Buckeye Technologies.  

What the team is known for Focuses on representing significant insurance companies in complex insurance coverage cases. Maintains an additional focus on reinsurance and regulatory matters. Clients benefit from the firm's large global footprint and full-service capabilities.

Work highlights Successfully defended TIG Insurance at trial and appellate level in a major insurance coverage dispute involving allegations of asbestos-related injury.

Continued to defend Torus Specialty Insurance against a claim by NJ Transit for losses incurred as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Notable practitioners  

Shawn Kelly is viewed as a "leader" among peers, who highlight his involvement in several high-profile insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes. Clients report that "he is smart, hard-working and focused."

Significant clients Steadfast Insurance, Enstar Group, American Guarantee & Liability Insurance, American Security Insurance, North River Insurance.

What the team is known for Deep practice with prominence nationally, acting on behalf of major companies. Enjoys a strong reputation in the field of insurance coverage litigation. Also offers extensive expertise in both product liability and mass tort matters, and is particularly commended for its expertise in the pharmaceutical industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an outstanding knowledge of the law in the field as well as the subject matter, and a terrific work ethic."

"A very capable and well-organized team." 

Work highlights Represented Sprint Corporation in a case brought against it by a plaintiff who is seeking a national injunction which will require the company to replace their touch screen point-of-sale devices with tactile keypads. This decision will have far-reaching consequences because the ADA regulations do not currently explicitly make these a requirement.

Acted in the defense of Reed Elsevier in connection with a putative nationwide class action involving allegations of breach of contract and unfair trade practices.

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected James Altieri continues to serve as head of the firm's insurance coverage group and is a fine choice for national and global insurers seeking representation in matters including errors and omissions exposures, property and D&O. Sources say that he is a "standout lawyer in this space."

Paul Nittoly has specific expertise in defending clients in white-collar criminal matters, possessing a wealth of trial experience. He also has an impressive track record in handling corporate internal investigations. He is praised by commentators for being "an extremely capable lawyer who is very adept at achieving the best results for his client," and for his "excellent knowledge of the law." 

Sources consider Susan Sharko to be a "very prominent product liability lawyer in New Jersey" who also "knows the law in multiple jurisdictions very well." She is particularly well known for her representation of clients from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and continues to serve as joint co-national coordinating counsel for Johnson & Johnson in the Levaquin products liability multidistrict litigation. In the words of one client, "she is strong in every required department." 

Thomas Campion has decades of experience as a trial lawyer, his portfolio prominently featuring product liability claims. He continues to represent Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the major Risperdal mass tort litigation. He is known in the market as an "exceptional attorney." 

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Urban Outfitters, American Express, Hobby Lobby Stores, Foot Locker.

What the team is known for Able to draw on a regional network of attorneys with extensive expertise in a broad array of industries. Excellent reputation for the strength of its business and commercial litigation practice, as well as its prominent white-collar team, which advises healthcare entities. The products liability group is also very well regarded, routinely attracting mandates from blue-chip companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very experienced and very thorough. I get a comfort factor from having them on my cases as I can rely on them to do the work in the way I need it done."

Work highlights 

Represented the New Jersey Legislature in a lawsuit brought against it by several leagues in connection with its decision to implement legislation allowing wagering on sporting events, which allegedly contravened a federal act.

Continued to represent court-nominated Chapter 7 trustee James Zazzali in connection with various DBSI actions.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Griffinger has over 45 years' experience in litigation, acting in a range of commercial disputes for domestic and international companies prominent in various industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing and financial. He is held in high esteem by his peers as an extremely impressive attorney.

"Superstar attorney" Lawrence Lustberg is a highly experienced and well-regarded criminal litigator, who is considered by interviewees to be "exceptional." In the words of one source: "When you think of top criminal litigators he is right there. He is excellent at white-collar matters."

Kim Catullo is much admired by sources, who consider her to be a "fantastic products liability lawyer." Clients say they would "highly recommend her" because she is "smart, capable, very highly thought of and works passionately on behalf of her client." She serves as chair of the firm's products liability department and is frequently called upon to handle major matters for the likes of Honeywell and various public utility companies.

Bruce Levy is renowned for his expertise in the field of white-collar crime and praised for his specialist knowledge of the healthcare industry. Clients consider him to be "an outstanding lawyer" who is "great in the courtroom."

Robert MacPherson assists suppliers, contractors, subcontractors and proprietors engaged in building and heavy civil construction with the full range of construction disputes.

Michael McDonald recently defended in a purported class action involving claims that a provision in a promotional certificate issued by the company infringed consumer protection legislation. He has advised businesses on a range of complicated commercial matters, unfair business practice concerns and consumer class actions.

Head of the firm's business and commercial litigation team Brian McMahon is regarded as "an excellent attorney who is smart, responsive and has excellent legal judgment." His areas of expertise include complicated contract disputes, securities litigation and M&A disputes.

John Gibbons focuses his prominent career on arbitration and mediation for leading companies caught up in legal disputes. He is also recognized for his litigation work pertaining to matters including securities regulation, antitrust and IP law.

Significant clients APP Pharmaceuticals, J.P. Morgan Securities, Marriott International, Summit Medical Group, Veolia Energy.

What the team is known for Identified for its capabilities representing clients in complex general commercial litigation. Attracts clients ranging from medium-sized businesses to multinationals and institutional entities in a range of matters, including corporate and partnership disputes, antitrust claims and business torts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a very deep bench, and complex New Jersey litigation matters are their strength."

"The attorneys are very attentive and detail-oriented, and the client service at this firm is excellent."

Work highlights Acted in the defense of Wells Fargo in a dispute over whether the bank had contravened the New Jersey prepayment legislation. Obtained summary judgment at the trial level, which was subsequently affirmed by the appellate court.

Represented The LeFrak Organization in relation to multiple actions commenced against it by various groups of purchasers, for the alleged violation of consumer protection legislation. The firm has facilitated the settlement of several of the cases, while others are still pending.

Notable practitioners

Alan Naar is highly regarded by his peers. He focuses on significant commercial litigation, but is also well versed in leading mediations and arbitrations.

John North has a stellar reputation in the market. He is currently helping Wells Fargo defend various claims, including allegations made by the bank's employees of fraud, fraudulent concealment by a fiduciary and breach of contract.

The "top-notch" Paul Rowe is "one of the best lawyers in the state." In the words of one peer, "he never fails to impress me every time I am in court with him." He is a seasoned litigator with particular expertise in handling major disputes on behalf of companies and various other business entities.

Significant clients Honda North America, JPMorgan Chase, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, New Jersey Association of REALTORS, Hartz Mountain Industries.

What the team is known for Advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of business disputes. Able to offer complementary expertise from various of the firm's other practice groups, including real estate, financial services and accounting when needed.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They produce excellent results and provide us with a good service."

Work highlights Successfully procured a motion to dismiss from the court on behalf of Marriott Ownership Resorts in connection with an individual and putative class action, involving allegations including breach of contact in relation to a timeshare interest. 

Representing SGC Global as defendants in a putative class suit in connection with alleged contravention of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, as well as claims of unjust enrichment and breach of warranty.

Notable practitioners  

The very well-respected Philip Sellinger is joint head of the firm's global litigation group and offers clients over three decades of experience in a broad range of class action suits and major matters across the USA. Clients report that "we have had a great experience with litigation at the hands of Philip Sellinger and his team," noting in particular his work in the class action space.

Significant clients Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Verizon, HSBC, Estate of Whitney Houston, Toshiba America Information Systems.

What the team is known for An international firm with a strong presence in New Jersey. Proficient in handling a wide range of litigation including general commercial and products liability concerns. Demonstrates particular strength in real estate litigation and regularly represents major clients from the sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Outstanding litigation expertise and the ability to respond promptly, research thoroughly, write well and negotiate effectively."

"Their work product is second to none and they are extremely sensitive to business concerns. Also, they are always available, even for a quick one-off question."

Work highlights Successfully represented Steven Moses in a business dispute with the cofounder of his logistics business.

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Levine maintains a strong reputation for defending major products manufacturers against class action suits. Clients see him as "as much of a business partner as he is as a counselor." His responsiveness also wins him praise, with one client noting that "he will take my calls at all times of the day and night. He will always find the answer for us."

Paul Schafhauser assists clients with commercial and real estate disputes. Market commentators report that he is a "very skilled litigator" who is "very smart and one of the most hard-working people I know."

Scott Tross tackles creditor's rights, real estate and securities litigation for several leading financial institutions. He is particularly skilled in handling matters involving foreclosure law.

Significant clients Bridgestone Americas, LNR Partners, Rothschild & Company, International Flavors & Fragrances, GAF.

What the team is known for Impressive team with a broad commercial litigation practice, as well as a strong record in product liability and insurance coverage matters. Receives praise for its ability to handle work across the state, as well as nationally and internationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The effort and dedication of the K&L Gates team was astonishing. Their dedication to us as clients exceeded my expectations at every turn."

"Their client service is excellent. The staff are very responsive on any issues, such as billing questions."

Work highlights Successfully represented Telecom Labs in connection with a high-profile commercial dispute with major telecom company Avaya.  

Successfully defended Canadian pharmaceutical company Patheon against putative class actions involving allegations of unwanted pregnancies as a result of incorrectly packaged contraceptives. 

Notable practitioners 

Anthony La Rocco heads the litigation and dispute resolution department at the firm and is the key contact in the team.

Significant clients Onex Real Estate Partners, Ironstate Development, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Deutsche Bank, World Wrestling Entertainment.

What the team is known for Boutique practice which delivers clients first-rate advice and defense in white-collar criminal matters. Also known for ability to represent companies and individuals in a wide array of complex civil litigation disputes.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Henry Klingeman is a prominent criminal defense lawyer in the state of New Jersey, routinely called upon to represent high-profile clients before the New Jersey state courts and federal courts nationally. He has additional strength in guiding clients through complicated civil litigation disputes.

Gerald Krovatin comes highly recommended by sources. He offers clients considerable expertise in a range of white-collar and civil litigation matters.

What the team is known for Litigation powerhouse with a strong track record in handling insurance coverage litigation, general commercial concerns and white-collar matters, in New Jersey and across the country. Receives notable praise for its high-quality representation in high-profile and big-ticket mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have done a fantastic job for us. We had a terrific outcome and they were incredibly responsive, diligent, and creative along the way."

"The attorneys have tremendous depth of knowledge, exceptional research and writing skills and excellent oratory skills. They really think about the type of matter it is and assign the right individuals to it."

Work highlights Represented RCI in numerous lawsuits, including an action brought against it by a class of up to 1,500 members for alleged contravention of consumer protection legislation, as well as a collective action by 500 plaintiffs alleging breach of contract, misrepresentation and other such claims.

Acted for Prudential Financial in a lawsuit against Morgan Stanley, involving allegations including negligent misrepresentation and common law fraud. 

Notable practitioners  

Lynda Bennett is celebrated for her work in insurance litigation matters. Sources say that she is "a tremendous insurance litigator who is able to handle major cases and has the respect of judges and peers alike." She is head of the firm's insurance coverage practice and has achieved many successes for her clients in the past year, including the attainment of the full amount of insurance coverage on behalf of her client, Elan Chemical.

Michael Himmel "has the total package," enthuses one client, while admiring peers attest that he is "dedicated to his clients, thorough in his analysis, and thinks outside of the box." He continues to focus his practice on white-collar crime, acting in matters both locally and nationally for clients drawn from a variety of industries, including the financial arena and life sciences. 

Leading white-collar criminal defense lawyer Robert Kipnees is able to offer clients the benefit of his deep experience in taking matters to trial. His practice includes an emphasis on criminal antitrust, fraud and public corruption matters. Clients say that they "would highly recommend him."

Head of the firm's securities litigation and enforcement team Lawrence Rolnick is "excellent," say peers. He handles a range of commercial litigation work, with a particular focus on securities and class action disputes. He recently led the representation of Huff Fund Investment Partnership in connection with matters pertaining to the alleged acquisition of undervalued shares.

Jeffrey Wild is known for his expertise in capital markets disputes and arbitration, and is a prominent name in the area of fiduciary litigation. Recent highlights include the representation of Denmark-based hearing aid manufacturer Oticon in an action against its suppliers for breach of contract.

Douglas Eakeley is noted for his successful litigation practice, with peers declaring that he is "one of the preeminent litigators in New Jersey." He is praised for his practicality and for being "extremely bright, and easy to work with." Clients are equally impressed, stating that "he has an enormous amount of credibility. When he walks into the room people on the other side really respect him for his tremendous experience and insight."

Sources widely agree that Gavin Rooney is an "excellent commercial litigator." He is described by clients as a "very thorough, detail-oriented and extremely intelligent attorney."

Significant clients Prudential Financial, Estée Lauder, Target, LEO Pharma, Valley National Bank.

What the team is known for Extremely deep practice group, which skillfully handles the full spectrum of litigation matters, from white-collar and product liability cases to general commercial disputes. Receives high praise for its first-rate client service and top-drawer, practical attorneys.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They deliver timely and cost-effective legal services and practical advice, combined with superior local knowledge of the courts and opposing counsel."

"The members of the litigation group that I work with are practical individuals. They do not litigate for love of fighting, but rather because litigation is the best option for the client’s interests."

Work highlights Served as defense counsel to Hayward Industries in antitrust litigation brought by a nationwide class of direct and indirect purchasers. Successfully facilitated a settlement for a sum significantly lower than the amounts originally sought.

Successfully represented Transamerica Corporation in defense of a claim brought by its former subsidiary, in which the subsidiary was seeking to hold the client accountable for payment of the full amount of its asbestos losses.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Beckelman advises clients on a range of commercial litigation matters. He has particular expertise in advising entities from the financial arena in connection with significant disputes. He also offers experience in the defense of class action securities litigation.

The "excellent and practical" William Wallach has extensive trial and arbitration experience, and notable expertise in matters pertaining to Articles 2, 3, 4 and 9 of the UCC, as well as in shareholder disputes. Clients appreciate that "whether in court, settlement conferences or a deposition, he always remains calm and well collected, making everyone else comfortable, which allows for the most productive outcome possible."

William O'Shaughnessy has extensive experience handling antitrust litigation and recently represented Merck in a high-profile class action. He routinely represents clients in courts across the country as well as in arbitrations within the USA and abroad.

Sherilyn Pastor maintains an outstanding reputation in the field of insurance coverage litigation. Peers describe her as a "terrific lawyer, who is very well-regarded."  She is known for the representation of policyholders and recently led the firm's work on behalf of Transamerica Corporation.

Gita Rothschild is held in high esteem by market sources for her extensive experience litigating insurance coverage matters and routinely acts for a range of blue-chip companies. Her recent work has included representation in coverage-related asbestos claims and the past year has seen her act for the Flintkote Company on a range of big-ticket matters.

Admired attorney Gregory Horowitz is experienced in handling a variety of coverage disputes, including in relation to business interruption, bad faith and advertising injury. The past year has seen him acting on significant matters for an impressive roster of clients including the Wiss Company and Toll Brothers.

Brian Osias is a well-known and respected litigator in the insurance industry. He is part of the team acting for Buzzi Unicem USA in connection with several ongoing asbestos and silica claims.

David Kott is a highly experienced and well-regarded product liability litigator. "He is a first-rate lawyer and I would refer a client to him in a conflict without any hesitation," says one peer. Clients are equally complimentary, saying that he "provides a scholarly knowledge of the law and street smart knowledge of the courts, jurisdiction, judges and opposing counsel."

David Cooner wins high praise from market sources, who describe him as a "wonderful attorney who is very smart." He mainly represents chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and medical product and other manufacturers in product liability disputes.

Robert Mintz is well regarded for his white-collar criminal defense work. One client says that "there is no one more qualified, detail-oriented and gregarious than him," further adding: "Whatever he does, he does perfectly."

Ira Gottlieb has a range of experience in insurance coverage, environment, energy and natural resource damage litigation. He continues to represent PNY Technologies in connection with its appeal to the Third Circuit for the return of losses incurred by the company's former chief financial officer.

Significant clients Syngenta Crop Protection, Danaher, Becton Dickinson & Company, Wakefern Food, Urban Outfitters.

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation in the insurance litigation field offering services ranging from advice in insurance coverage and bad faith claims to representation in cases involving industrial accidents. Commands respect for the strength of its commercial litigation practice. Impressive national capabilities, with offices in several locations across the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph LaSala wins plaudits for being "an excellent litigator." He is a very skilled commercial litigator with extensive experience in litigating at all levels of the court system.

James Mulvaney has valuable experience representing the firm's clients in a range of commercial disputes. He has particular expertise in handling construction disputes, and surety and fidelity bonding claims.

Michael Marone has litigated insurance defense and coverage cases before both the trial and appellate courts. He also enjoys a healthy reputation for the representation of clients in a range of other disputes including products liability, environmental and professional liability cases.

Walter Timpone has extensive experience in white-collar defense matters, focusing on the healthcare sector. Clients benefit from his extensive prior experience in various official positions. He is identified as a strong lawyer who "does a great job for his clients."

What the team is known for Particularly strong at handling product liability concerns on behalf of major clients from the pharmaceutical, chemical, medical device and insurance sectors. Also possesses notable expertise in representing clients in general commercial disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This group's strongest qualities are their attention to detail, overall understanding of the suit, and ability to develop a strong game plan and act it out."

"They are extremely knowledgeable, very professional and time-efficient."

Work highlights Successfully acted in the defense of DuPont in connection with a product liability case involving allegations of asbestos-related injury.

Represented Enthone in a complicated toxic tort case alleging injury and disease as result of occupational exposure to a drug manufactured by Enthone. Conducted mediation in the case which led to discontinuation of the claim by the plaintiff without any compensation.

Notable practitioners

Diane Fleming Averell is cochair of the litigation department at the firm and is the key contact in the team.

Significant clients Pfizer, ICON Capital, LLC Cherokee Investment Partners, Barcade Jersey City, Moffatt & Nichol.

What the team is known for Highly impressive presence in the insurance and reinsurance litigation sphere. Also has a dedicated general commercial litigation team, noted for its expertise in a broad range of disputes. Handles complex domestic and international work.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Riker has done an excellent job for us. They have a firm grasp of the applicable law, as well as the knowledge and expertise to be effective. They are also very responsive."

"They are very experienced and were able to get their arms round an incredibly complex case. Plus they have a great national reputation."

Work highlights Successfully obtained judgment for Harleysville Insurance at the appellate level, which exonerated the company from responsibility for several millions worth of damage caused by a mobile car crusher.

Acted for Spectraserv as plaintiffs in connection with a significant and complicated matter involving allegations of breach of contract, conspiracy and fraud.

Notable practitioners  

Glenn Clark has expertise in a broad range of commercial litigation matters. He is particularly experienced in acting for clients from the construction, insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Gerald Liloia is active across the full range of commercial litigation matters, with particular expertise in representing banks and other financial entities. He recently led the firm's work for Spectraserv, and also acted for Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and City of Jersey in connection with a dispute relating to liability for the payment of sewage treatment services.

Brian O'Donnell continues to serve as co-head of the firm's insurance and reinsurance practice and has extensive experience advising clients on complex, high-profile and big-ticket cases. Recent highlights include defending Lumber Liquidators in a putative class action lawsuit.

Samuel Moulthrop is head of the firm's white-collar criminal defense group and has significant previous experience in various organizations, including the Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey. He represents an array of parties, ranging from individuals to blue-chip companies and their executives, in litigation and criminal investigations.

Significant clients Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management, Markel, Lumber Liquidators, Johnson & Johnson, Bank of America.

What the team is known for Extensive experience handling a broad range of business disputes, including employment, products liability, insurance and antitrust litigation. Offers substantial bench strength, including attorneys who have previously served in various positions within the state and federal governments.

Notable practitioners  

William Maderer serves as managing partner of the firm and is well versed in handling major commercial disputes, as well as employment litigation and white-collar criminal matters. Sources describe him as an "outstanding lawyer."

"Great lawyer" Arnold Calmann represents clients from a broad range of industries including chemical and medical products, pharmaceutical and healthcare, gaming and consumer electronic products. He has particular experience in matters pertaining to commercial litigation.

Market sources in the litigation space consider Michael Cohen to be a "standout lawyer." He has a wealth of experience across the breath of insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes, and is particularly recognized for his ability to handle complex litigation at the appellate level.

What the team is known for Highly proficient in handling commercial litigation matters, especially for banks and hospitals. Maintains a particularly good reputation for defending clients against class actions. Also noted for its strength in product liability matters, with an emphasis on handling bet-the-company litigation for consumer product, pharmaceutical and chemical companies. The team has a strong track record in white-collar defense work, achieving particular prominence in the area of tax fraud investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent group, which is very detail-oriented and always very concerned about getting the right result for the client."

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Horn focuses his practice on the representation of individuals and businesses at the centre of criminal investigations. One content client says: "I cannot say enough good things about Lawrence Horn. He is a smart, diligent, creative, hard-working, and dedicated lawyer. He is top shelf."

Mark Olinsky serves as cochair of the firm's healthcare government investigations team, and as such provides white-collar criminal defense to individuals and companies from the healthcare and pharmaceutical arenas. He is also adept at handling corporate internal investigations and government investigations.

Head of the firm's litigation department Joseph Buckley is described by sources as a "very good attorney." He has significant experience advising across a broad spectrum of complex business disputes, with a particularly successful track record defending major financial institutions against putative class action suits.

Clients describe Jeffrey Greenbaum as "insightful, meticulous and detailed," while peers note that "he is particularly strong at handling class action work and is highly regarded by all." He continues to serve as chair of the firm's class action team and is well known for his ability to handle complex cases, often at a national level.

Clients report that Beth Rose "is extremely knowledgeable, possesses very good legal skills, is incredibly responsive and diligent, and cares about clients' issues as strongly as her clients do." She is lauded for her extensive knowledge and experience of product liability matters and her strong track record in taking matters to trial.

What the team is known for Established New Jersey practice in criminal defense work including financial crime, internal investigations, healthcare fraud and cyber crime. Clients benefit from its attorneys' previous experience in various official capacities, including as Assistant United States Attorneys and Deputy Attorneys General. The trial team also boasts several lawyers who have received certification from the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Hayden has significant experience in white-collar criminal defense matters. Sources agree that he is a "wonderful lawyer who is very active in this space."

Justin Walder concentrates his practice on criminal defense work and internal investigations. He is admired for being a "very good lawyer" who is "still at the top for white-collar work."

What the team is known for Experienced in handling a wide range of business disputes. Offers expertise in tackling antitrust litigation, franchise litigation, banking and insurance disputes, and class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are thorough and aggressive, deliver a high-quality work product and are excellent at legal writing."

"They are excellent attorneys. They are very bright and responsive, and do an excellent job for their clients."

Work highlights Represented GenScript USA, a biological research centre, in a claim for damages in the sum of $70 million against its former head of gene synthesis and the company Genewiz, for the theft of GenScript's procedures for creating synthetic DNA.

Defended various members of the Ammons family and its business in connection with a dispute over a shop lease. Issues include fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unfair competition and promissory estoppel.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Molloy enjoys a strong reputation for his wide business litigation expertise and legal malpractice defense work. Peers say that he "is a smart lawyer who is very experienced in trials and provides excellent representation to clients, as well as a top-notch service."

Significant clients Hess Corporation, Zeus Scientific, CONCACAF Saker, ShopRites, NJ CAR.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Stephen Orlofsky of Blank Rome LLP receives extensive praise from market sources. He receives plaudits for his "extraordinary judgment, great courtroom presence, and excellent client skills." He has a broad litigation practice, skillfully handling matters including antitrust litigation, commercial disputes, personal injury cases and white-collar criminal defense.

Carl Poplar of Carl D Poplar, PA, Attorneys at Law continues to assist clients with white-collar criminal matters. He is described by sources as "a good lawyer who does a great job for his clients."

Alfred DeCotiis of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Gluck, Hayden & Cole, LLP leads the white-collar litigation and corporate investigations practice at the firm, offering clients over three decades of experience defending major white-collar litigation at the state and federal levels.

Andrew Bunn of DLA Piper LLP (US) is experienced in handling a range of litigation matters including business disputes, consumer complaints, securities and regulatory disputes. Clients appreciate his "wealth of knowledge" and describe him as "experienced, efficient and cost-conscious."

Eric Breslin of Duane Morris LLP is a well-regarded white-collar defense attorney. He is held in high regard by peers, who say he has "good professional judgment based on long experience in this area," and is "very able and great to work with, without ever losing track of clients' needs."

Jeffrey Pollock of Fox Rothschild LLP is held in high esteem for his extensive expertise handling insurance disputes on behalf of policyholders. One source states: "I am in awe of his skills as a trial attorney and appellate advocate. His expertise on insurance law is impressively vast and his work ethic is unparalleled."  

Robert Feinberg of Giordano Halleran & Ciesla PC has an impressive commercial litigation practice, acting for clients such as companies, executives and fiduciaries. He is praised for his "outstanding demeanor and analytical thought process during settlement negotiations." He is highlighted for his ability to handle complicated matters.

Thomas Curtin of Graham Curtin comes highly regarded by market sources. He is said to be a "leader of the litigation Bar." He concentrates his practice on general commercial matters, acting on behalf of sports teams, fashion designers, athletes and coaches on a range of matters.

Impressed sources report that Stephen Gimigliano of Graham Curtin is "a really fine lawyer" who is "very well renowned in the insurance world." Market commentators go on to say that "he is a very seasoned attorney who is very talented and knows what he is doing."

Edward Dauber of Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker is highly regarded by his clients for white-collar criminal work. Clients report that "he is a very strong and extremely strategic state and federal practitioner."

Thomas Ashley of Law Office of Thomas R Ashley, Esq. is a respected white-collar criminal defense attorney. He has extensive experience in a broad array of matters, including embezzlement and fraud, as well as drug offences and racketeering disputes.

Alan Zegas of Law Offices of Alan L. Zegas is an authority on a series of complex white-collar criminal matters. He is very experienced in representing clients at the appellate level.

James Tyrrell of Locke Lord LLP is "a terrific lawyer" who is "thoughtful and well-prepared" and "always does a spectacular job." He has years of experience representing clients in the full gamut of product liability disputes.

Dennis Drasco of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC has a stellar reputation in the market and is described by one source as "a very fine lawyer." He has extensive trial experience in major commercial disputes, as well as construction, insurance and malpractice disputes.

Kevin Marino of Marino, Tortorella & Boyle PC founded the firm and has a prominent white-collar criminal defense practice. Sources say: "He is at the top of his game: a terrific lawyer who is involved in numerous significant matters."

Laurence Orloff of Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel is highly respected in the field of commercial litigation and described by sources as a "terrific lawyer." In the words of one commentator, "if I were in trouble, I would go to him."

According to clients, Aidan O'Connor of Pashman Stein is "a very smart man who is very diligent with his work." He is also highly respected among his peers, who say he maintains an "excellent reputation in the white-collar criminal arena," and is "very knowledgeable, analytical and thorough."

Michael Stein of Pashman Stein receives praise from clients and peers alike. He is described as a "smart litigator who is very confident and strategic." He is also lauded for excellent communication skills and accessibility.

Mark Sheridan of Squire Patton Boggs is praised for being "consistently on top of things and very technically proficient in significant litigation involving very complex issues." He focuses on insurance litigation.

Barry Cocoziello of Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman, P.C. serves as special counsel to the firm. He has extensive experience working with clients on complex commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels.

Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a "first-class trial lawyer in every way," say sources. She is noted for her participation in various significant cases across the country. She is a noted product liability disputes lawyer, but has also achieved prominence in the commercial litigation space. Clients highlight her excellence in bet-the-company litigation, praising her as "very smart and tactical."

John Azzarello of Whipple Azzarello, LLC is "an outstanding white-collar criminal lawyer," who "has a great combination of skills, including the right balance of aggression and reasonableness," say sources. He is praised for his representation of clients in a multitude of major cases.

John Whipple of Whipple Azzarello, LLC is an "excellent lawyer" with over three decades of experience in white-collar criminal work including drug offenses, bank and mail fraud matters, and political corruption concerns. He is particularly well-versed in dealing with federal sentencing guideline matters and attorney ethics.

"Excellent attorney" Thomas Quinn of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP concentrates his practice on insurance coverage disputes, acting in the defense of insurance companies on a range of matters. Sources say: "He is very good in this area: extremely diligent and very quick on his feet."

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