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 Well-established presence in insurance coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders, offering clients the benefit of its national standing. Represents major companies from the full variety of industrial sectors.

Work highlights Represented The Wornick Company in a coverage dispute arising from the recall of milkshake products following salmonella detection at the supplier's manufacturing facility.  

Notable practitioners  

Robert Chesler is an acknowledged expert on coverage issues and has represented large multinational corporations in contentious matters. He is praised for his "analytical mind" and strategic approach to complex insurance issues.

Steven Pudell focuses his practice on insurance recovery matters. A source described him as "a tremendous attorney and someone who I have a great deal of respect for."

Significant clients City of Peekskill, Wind Turbine & Energy Cables, Taco Bell Restaurants. 

What the team is known for Fine litigation boutique offering clients some of the best New Jersey-based criminal counsel in the state. It is experienced in front of both state and federal courts and is known for its tenacious defense of its clients.

Notable practitioners  

Jack Arseneault is an experienced operator in the New Jersey white-collar space, who concentrates on representing high-level executives. He regularly handles securities, antitrust and mail fraud matters and is singled out by one source as a "very good lawyer and a real fighter."

What the team is known for A respected option for advising clients on product liability and consumer finance matters with expertise in defending class actions. Areas of expertise include representing clients in the automotive and utilities sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They were committed, smart and prepared to work hard."

"They were very responsive." 

Work highlights Defended Kia Motors America in a class action regarding allegations of consumer fraud and breach of warranty due to alleged brake defects. This included a five-week trial and post-trial decertified damages claims litigation.

Notable practitioners  

 The “very smart and tactical” Neal Walters leads the firm's product liability and mass tort practice. He is adept at defending clients against claims of unfair trade practices and consumer fraud.

William DeSantis represents clients in a range of commercial litigation matters. One client said: “He did an outstanding job in the courtroom and is one of the best cross-examiners I have seen.”

John Kearney is a respected litigator with expertise in handling class actions. Sources praise his intelligent and committed approach to client service.

Significant clients DuPont,  Valero Energy, Takeda, Omnicare, Teleflex.  

What the team is known for Recognized for its expertise advising clients on a broad spectrum of disputes including bankruptcy, franchise, and corporate and partnership issues. Experience includes representing clients at trial before federal and state courts, and at appellate level.

Work highlights Defended Time Warner Cable against allegations that it violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act when it dropped MSG from its television channel line-up. A motion to dismiss with prejudice was granted.

What's new? In April 2015 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  

Gage Andretta is an experienced and respected commercial litigator. He focuses on representing clients in commercial and real estate litigation. 

Arthur Goldstein has expertise in banking and commercial litigation, and white-collar criminal cases. He also advises clients on professional negligence claims.

Significant clients EmblemHealth, T-Mobile, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, International Fidelity Insurance, Penguin Group.   

What the team is known for Globally renowned firm with a fine New Jersey practice excelling in insurance coverage matters. Acts for leading insurers and reinsurers and well versed in a wide range of matters, including professional liability and bad faith claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I see them on the other side of cases and they are very skilled."

Notable practitioners  

Daren McNally concentrates on the insurance coverage space. He draws praise for his strategic approach to matters and is also described as " a strong advocate for his clients." "He is a bright lawyer who has very good coverage experience," notes another observer.

Robert Priestley is a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who has been practicing insurance coverage litigation across the country for more than two decades. "He knows the area and represents his clients well in court," reports one impressed commentator.

What the team is known for Handles commercial disputes on behalf of clients from a variety of industries. Expertise includes litigation involving contractual issues, unfair competition and patent infringement claims. Also noted for its ability to handle bankruptcy litigation.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Meisel is head of the firm's alternative dispute resolution practice. He assists clients facing construction, real estate and securities disputes among other commercial matters. Sources say: "He is thoughtful, very practical and has good instincts." 

Leo Leyva divides his practice between New Jersey and New York and focuses on commercial litigation, real estate and construction as well as corporate reorganization matters. Interviewees describe him as a "trusted adviser and advocate."

Steven Klein is an adept practitioner before both state and federal courts. Sources describe him as "a terrific lawyer and really solid guy who is very experienced and a very steady litigator."

What the team is known for Prominent practice representing insurance and reinsurance companies in the full range of disputes including complex arbitration proceedings. Leading presence in coverage litigation with expertise in disputes involving professional and environmental liability claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Involved in a lot of reported decisions. If I were representing an insurance company they would be the firm I would definitely retain."

"They are very good and a constant player doing so much of this insurance work."

Notable practitioners 

Kevin Wolff represents insurers and reinsurers in litigation relating to various liability and coverage issues. According to market commentators, "he is a very skilled litigator who knows all the issues and represents his clients well."

Kevin Coughlin is held in healthy regard among his competitors as a strong insurance coverage litigator and arbitrator. Sources said that he is "a leader in the industry and a first stop for insurance companies."

What the team is known for Litigation boutique offering expertise in white-collar criminal disputes. Represents corporations, healthcare organizations and law firms as well as individuals in a range of cases including various fraud and corruption matters.

Notable practitioners  

"Dean of the Bar" Michael Critchley is, according to interviewees, "without a doubt one of the premier trial attorneys in the state." He has deep experience representing clients facing allegations of a variety of business crimes.  

What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its representation of clients on a broad range of disputes including consumer finance, real estate and white-collar crime litigation. Has notable expertise representing major corporations on product liability mass tort cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They always have our best interests in mind and are very responsive. They also understand the company's viewpoint - a first-class legal firm."

"They hire people that are not only excellent in terms of legal skills but who are also practical. We have been very successful in all our matters with them."

Work highlights Represented Avis Budget in two class actions alleging breach of contract and consumer fraud regarding alleged overcharging of customers.

Defending GlaxoSmithKline in New York litigation relating to personal injury alleged to have been caused by in utero exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol. 

Notable practitioners  

Benjamin Haglund co-heads the firm's disputes practice and is a seasoned product liability and general commercial litigator. One client said: "He makes it easy to understand options, is always practical and has excellent skills and knowledge on many levels."

Dennis LaFiura is an "outstanding lawyer" who frequently advises clients on alternative dispute resolution matters. He has notable expertise in franchising, securities and consumer disputes.

Anthony Marchetta maintains a good reputation among market sources for his trial work. He advises clients on a variety of cases including negligence and product liability.

John O'Reilly focuses on the defense of white-collar crime litigation. One interviewee said: “He is an outstanding trial lawyer who also takes the time to get to know the business operations of a firm intimately. This makes him very effective."

Joy Harmon Sperling frequently advises mortgage lenders on a range of claims. Areas of expertise include claims relating to mortgage fraud and the enforcement of mortgage loans.

Dennis Kearney has a diverse practice that spans both civil and criminal litigation. He advised State of New Mexico Investment Council on bid-rigging allegations including work on a $25 million trial victory.

Significant clients Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe, McWane, Fidelity Title Insurance, LG Electronics, Merck.   

What the team is known for Dominant litigation group which offers its impressively broad client roster strong international capabilities from its Princeton base. Excels in product liability and mass tort matters, regularly handling disputes involving areas such as consumer products, tobacco companies and pharmaceuticals. Also offers a strong commercial litigation practice and houses recognized white-collar criminal defense strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They play on a big platform and have both quality at the top and real depth."

Work highlights Acted for Pfizer in the Reglan litigation, one of the largest pharmaceutical mass tort disputes in US history. Recently achieved a significant victory in securing the dismissal of all cases against branded defendants listed under New Jersey law. 

Notable practitioners  

David Kotler comes recommended for his work assisting financial services clients with complex commercial litigation. He is "well regarded among the Bar" for his experience in this space.

Significant clients Philip Morris, Associa, Ungar's Food Products, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Buckeye Technologies.  

What the team is known for Market-leading litigation practice experienced in representing major blue-chip clients in nationwide disputes. Particularly strong in the insurance arena, gaining notable praise for its expertise in acting for insurers. Also identified for its deep product liability and mass tort practice, where it frequently represents large pharmaceutical clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We are incredibly pleased with the results achieved. They have a good understanding of us and how we work, and are incredibly responsive." 

"They were great to work with - pleasant, professional and very savvy in how they managed the client and dealt with the court."

Work highlights Led the representation of Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the Risperdal product liability litigation. Several bellwether cases settled favorably for the client.

Acted for AT&T Mobility in defense of several breach of contract, fraud and antitrust claims brought against it by a previous distribution partner.

Notable practitioners  

Susan Sharko moves up into the top band within the product liability table amid significant praise for her "terrific" product liability practice. Her recent work includes leading the representation of Johnson & Johnson in the Levaquin multidistrict litigation. Sources praise her ability to "really get to the core of the issues" and note that she is "meticulous in her preparation and very well respected."

James Altieri leads the firm's insurance coverage group and maintains a leading reputation in the insurance Bar. Commentators note that he is "a terrific lawyer who's got a broad knowledge base," stating that he "can really try cases."

Thomas Campion comes recommended for his expertise across product liability and general commercial litigation. He leads the Risperdal mass tort litigation for Johnson & Johnson and regularly handles complex cases on a nationwide scale. He is "well renowned as a wonderful trial lawyer" who "has an exceptional ability to find solutions."

Paul Nittoly is a highly regarded white-collar defense expert whose practice includes a range of government investigation work and labor and employment matters. Commentators praise his skills as "an excellent listener who is also very knowledgeable and practical, and is always looking to do what is best for the client."

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, American Express, Reed Elsevier, Comcast, Footlocker.     

What the team is known for Impressive depth across a series of disputes, with a leading presence in commercial disputes on behalf of clients from all industrial sectors. Also offers expertise in cases involving product liability claims and white-collar criminal cases relating to a number of areas including securities, antitrust and healthcare fraud and abuse.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Gibbons is very impressive. One of the best firms I have had the pleasure to work with."

"An excellent firm with a number of very good litigators."

Work highlights Represented a series of electric utilities and generators in their challenge to New Jersey's Long Term Capacity Agreement Pilot Program.

Retained by Hoffmann-La Roche in mass tort litigation arising from more than 7,000 cases alleging gastrointestinal effects from one of its drug products.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Griffinger is a fixture of the New Jersey Bar and offers expertise in securities, bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. Sources say he is "very thoughtful and substantively strong. He has earned his reputation and doesn't take it for granted."

Lawrence Lustberg is a "very good trial lawyer and is a leader among the Bar," according to commentators. He chairs the firm's criminal defense department and led its representation of hedge fund Tiger Asia Management in a government investigation.

Bruce Levy is a seasoned white-collar practitioner who has extensive experience in assisting clients from the healthcare sector. Peers said that "he has developed a niche doing healthcare fraud work and within that sector he is a go-to guy."

Kim Catullo chairs the firm's product liability practice and has led representations of Honeywell and Stryker. A client said that she is a "great thinker who is very strategic and knowledgeable about the local practice as well as the subject matter she handles."

Robert MacPherson handles commercial and construction litigation and has experience in representing developers and subcontractors in a series of high-value deals.

Michael McDonald is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on consumer class actions, recently defending Brother International against such claims. He also possesses skills as an arbitrator and mediator.

Commercial litigation group chair Brian McMahon is known to be "a true litigator who is a tough adversary." He has a broad practice which takes in various disputes including those involving securities, M&A activity and contractual issues.

Esteemed practitioner John Gibbons is "a well-respected and brilliant jurist," according to market commentators.

Significant clients Northrop Grumman, Genentech, JPMorgan Securities, Marriott International, Procter & Gamble.     

What the team is known for Impressively broad-based commercial litigation practice. Handles diverse disputes across areas such as construction, environment, bankruptcy and employment law. Also noted for its expertise in legal malpractice defense work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a great reputation in the commercial litigation field." 

Notable practitioners  

Alan Naar is commended by sources as "a mainstay of litigation in central Jersey." He handles a broad range of commercial litigation and also acts on legal malpractice and employment cases. Clients praise his ability to "get the job done effectively; he is practical and pulls no punches."

John North is active across a range of work, including consumer fraud defense, legal malpractice and construction litigation. Sources note that he is "cost-effective," stating that "he achieved a great result and is a pleasure to deal with."

Head of the litigation department Paul Rowe maintains his excellent reputation within the New Jersey legal community, with one source stating: "He is one of the finest trial lawyers I have ever encountered." His wide-ranging experience includes construction and antitrust disputes. Another commentator noted that "he is one of the best cross-examiners I have seen."

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Hovnanian Enterprises, Honda, JPMorgan Chase, Fonds de solidarité FTQ. 

What the team is known for Houses a large group of experienced litigators with expertise across a range of complex commercial disputes. Draws on notable capabilities across the nation when acting for a diverse client base, including technology and energy companies and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They were phenomenal at handling our litigation; we got high value for the price we paid."

Work highlights Acted for Verizon Wireless in defending against a long-running class action brought against it by ZCom. Successfully reduced claims from $10 billion to $200,000.

Notable practitioners  

"Brilliant attorney" Philip Sellinger is an experienced commercial litigator and regularly acts for clients in major class actions. Sources note that "he is the absolute king when it comes to defending class actions."

Significant clients Canon, Toshiba, Intrawest US Holdings, Playground Destination Properties, Israel Discount Bank of New York.

What the team is known for Acts for nationally renowned companies across diverse industries such as banking, insurance and healthcare. Regularly handles a range of commercial disputes and demonstrates particular strength in real estate litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Their advocacy is very creative, imaginative, thoughtful and persuasive."

Work highlights Acted for Bridgestone in a putative class action connected with a new tire design.

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Levine is the cochair of the litigation department and also leads the product liability team. He is described as "very smart and a great writer," and is "a good counselor who is very careful in his analysis."

Paul Schafhauser is increasingly recognized for his experience in insurance litigation and also handles a broader range of commercial disputes. He is described as "a very effective oral advocate who is very good on his feet in court, and develops a nice rapport with the judge."

Scott Tross handles a range of disputes involving securities and real estate matters. Sources are quick to praise his "incredibly knowledgeable" litigation practice.

Significant clients LNR Partners.

What the team is known for Excellent boutique white-collar, criminal and civil litigation defense firm that punches well above its weight. The two name partners, listed below, drive the practice and attract complex work from around the state. Maintains particular expertise in matters pertaining to corruption, fraud, and professional misconduct and abuse cases.

Notable practitioners  

Gerald Krovatin is "a very talented man and a very sophisticated trial lawyer who tries a nice case." He is held in very high regard by his peers for his white-collar and civil work and is known as a "fabulous trial lawyer who is respected in the federal courts." 

Henry Klingeman continues to focus on federal and state defense work and civil litigation. Sources describe him as a "very smart, thorough lawyer who works very hard and is tenacious in protecting his client."

What the team is known for Powerful presence in New Jersey in litigation across the board, expertly handling general commercial, insurance and white-collar criminal disputes. Experienced in acting on behalf of large corporations in the pharmaceutical, construction and financial service industries at both state and national level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Individually and firmwise it has always delivered high-quality advice and given strong guidance in complex and difficult situations."

"The firm offers very attractive rates and is very conscious of making sure bills are not excessive."

Work highlights Defended Bristol-Myers Squibb in multiple cases alleging personal injury and property damage stemming from chemical exposure at a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

Acted for Lehigh Cement in two environmental liability claims in relation to pollution liability insurance policies.

Notable practitioners  

Lynda Bennett has experience in the construction defect, asbestos and healthcare areas, and offers assistance to policyholder clients needing assistance in insurance litigation. Clients praise her for being "very accessible, responsive, practical and easygoing."

Douglas Eakeley cochairs the firm's class action defense and derivative litigation practice. According to clients, "Doug has stature and gravitas, and if I go to a courtroom in New Jersey, I want Doug on my team."

Michael Himmel is head of both the litigation and white-collar criminal defense practices at the firm. A peer described him as "very experienced and highly competent. He can identify the strengths and weaknesses of a case and gets the best disposition for his clients."

David Harris serves as the head of the commercial and business litigation department, and has recently led the firm's representation of U.S. Home Corporation. Commentators say he is "just an excellent lawyer."

Robert Kipnees is a talented white-collar and criminal lawyer. He has recently been active in assisting clients with voluntary disclosure of financial assets to avoid future prosecution. Interviewees commend him for his "good breadth of knowledge" and "good knowledge of computer fraud cases."

Lawrence Rolnick is "a good advocate and a practical thinker." He led the firm's representation of W.R. Huff Asset Management in high-value securities litigation with Adelphia Communications.

The "extremely knowledgeable" Gavin Rooney is lauded for his "terrific strategic sense and encyclopedic knowledge of a case." He has a broad commercial litigation practice including, but not limited to, securities cases and class actions.

Jeffrey Wild is cochair of the capital markets litigation practice, and also leads the trusts and estates litigation practice. He has a healthy reputation for advising corporations on fiduciary matters. 

Significant clients Wyndham Worldwide, Unilever, Target, Prudential Financial, GlaxoSmithKline.          

What the team is known for Fields one of the deepest litigation practice across the state. Highlighted for its exceptionally strong corporate policyholder work in the insurance coverage arena and its leading product liability practice. Also commended for its impressive expertise in general commercial disputes, regularly acting in major multijurisdictional matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I think highly of them. They are the preeminent insurance litigation practice from a policyholder standpoint."

"They are a specialist firm in product liability; they know that area inside out and are extremely immersed in it."

"They are well established, reputable and do good work."

Work highlights Defended policyholder Transamerica against claims concerning over $2 billion in liability insurance coverage. After two favorable trial decisions, the case is being heard in the New Jersey Appellate Division.

Acted for Johnson & Johnson in defending against a consumer fraud class action brought against it concerning several baby bath products. Plaintiffs allege that claims that the product clinically improves sleep in babies are not proven.

Notable practitioners  

David Kott is highly regarded for his extensive product liability and consumer fraud expertise. Sources note that he is "an excellent lawyer with a strong and deep practice," stating also that he is "a leading light of the New Jersey Bar."

Sherilyn Pastor leads the insurance coverage group at the firm and is notably experienced in litigating coverage cases at both a regional and national level. Clients are quick to highlight her strong negotiation skills and expertise in insurance litigation.

The "very experienced" Gita Rothschild draws on impressive expertise across a range of disputes, regularly handling insurance coverage and product liability cases, often on a nationwide scale.

David Cooner is "a very smart lawyer" who "dominates a case without raising his voice, because of his intellect." He is particularly experienced in product liability work, and recently led the representation of Ashland in nationwide gel fuel fire litigation.

Ira Gottlieb is a well-regarded insurance coverage attorney and also comes recommended for his environmental expertise. He recently led the representation of PNY Technologies in claims surrounding losses experienced by PNY Europe related to unauthorized foreign exchange trades.

Robert Mintz is a former Assistant US Attorney who leads the white-collar and government investigation team at the firm. Clients note that he is "well versed in the law. He navigated us through litigation and didn't expose us to risk."

Steven Beckelman is an experienced securities and commercial litigation attorney. His recent work includes acting for Wiss & Company in a New Jersey District Court case involving claims such of RICO violation, breach of contract and fraud, among others.  

Richard Beran heads up the commercial litigation team. He comes recommended for his significant expertise in disputes involving the financial services arena.

Gregory Horowitz regularly handles a range of complex international coverage cases. Sources state that he is "an excellent attorney who does a very good job."

Brian Osias handles a wide variety of coverage work for his clients ranging from asbestos to IP matters. He is respected by commentators for his ability to "handle very significant matters very effectively."

William Wallach is noted for his commercial litigation expertise and has particular experience in shareholder disputes. Clients highlight him as being "very personable and adaptable," noting his expertise across a range of litigation work.

The "very wise and experienced" William O'Shaughnessy is held in high regard for his significant trial capabilities. He remains a popular choice among clients as he is "very well respected by the judiciary and has instant credibility with the courts."

Significant clients Emigrant Bank, Total, Goodyear, Omnium Insurance & Reinsurance, GE.

What the team is known for Highly regarded litigation group able to advise across a wide range of disputes. Particularly accomplished in insurance coverage cases and fields a strong bench of litigators experienced in acting for high-profile insurance companies. Also maintains a broad-based commercial litigation practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do terrific work for us and we get an incredible product for what we pay."

"They are a substantial force in the state when it comes to insurance defense."   

Notable practitioners 

Joseph LaSala comes highly recommended for his commercial litigation practice. His advocacy skills are particularly applauded, with sources noting that he is "a top-notch trial lawyer." He is also recognized for his experience in product liability work.

Michael Marone is a seasoned insurance coverage lawyer whose practice covers diverse areas such as personal injury and construction disputes. Clients note that "he gets fantastic results time and time again. He knows the lawyers, the judges and the law; he is the whole package."

Walter Timpone focuses on white-collar criminal defense work. He is "a really good lawyer who has tried many cases and remains very calm under pressure." He is also noted for his trial strength.

James Mulvaney is cofounder of the firm and is commended as "an excellent lawyer who is appropriately aggressive when needed; he is professional, courteous and a good adversary." He maintains a broad commercial litigation practice.

What the team is known for Maintains a strong product liability litigation practice. Attracts an impressive client base including leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Also houses commercial litigation expertise and is notable experienced in major class action work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are efficient and cost-effective; their strengths are their attentiveness, responsiveness and strategy."

Work highlights Defended Old Republic National Title Insurance against a class action involving recording fee overcollection claims. Successfully argued against class certification and negotiated a settlement with plaintiffs.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Benenson heads the litigation department at the firm and is the key contact in the team.

Significant clients DuPont, Pfizer, XL Insurance, Georgia-Pacific, Schindler Elevator. 

What the team is known for Renowned for its insurance coverage work and represents some of the largest and most prestigious global insurance companies. Houses strong commercial litigation capabilities and regularly handles work at trial and appellate level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We are very particular that the firms we choose are able to handle high-service needs and quality results; Riker stands out as the very best that a firm can be."

"We get good value and the product is every bit as good as that provided by the big firms."

Work highlights Acted for Seaton Insurance in an asbestos coverage dispute brought against several different insurers by ExxonMobil.  

Notable practitioners  

Brian O'Donnell is cochair of the insurance group at the firm and draws on extensive litigation expertise when handling matters such as insurance coverage disputes. Sources are quick to praise his approach to complex litigation, noting that "he adapts his style depending on the situation; he can be a pitbull when the situation calls for it and he is equally comfortable assuming an affable and reasonable approach to achieve a pragmatic result."

Glenn Clark is described as a "terrific commercial litigator who can try a case well. He is meticulous and practical." He is managing partner of the firm and can draw on longstanding experience of litigating complex cases.

Gerald Liloia is co-head of the firm and head of the litigation department. Sources note that he is "a good litigator who has well-respected clients and engagements."

Samuel Moulthrop has expertise across a range of environmental and white-collar litigation matters, handling work such as government investigations and insurance coverage. He is acclaimed as "a thoughtful defense lawyer who figures out the angles and gets the client to the right place."

Kenneth Van Deventer is an experienced business and financial services attorney. Commentators highlight his skills as "an excellent and very thorough litigator."

Significant clients Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management, Enstar Group, Riverstone Claims Management, Harleysville Insurance, Zurich.

Since publication, Shawn L Kelly has joined Dentons

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of commercial disputes including litigation related to contractual issues, IP and antitrust among other matters. Offers a strong practice in New Jersey with four offices as well as an additional presence in New York.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They do very high-quality work."

Notable practitioners  

Michael Cohen is a "very knowledgeable and capable lawyer" when it comes to insurance coverage disputes. According to a client, he is "an exceptional attorney who lays out the variables for me and addresses concerns I have in terms of our policy language."

William Maderer handles a range of business disputes. He is known to be "an excellent lawyer,” whom commentators have ��nothing but good memories of working with."

"Well-known and respected litigator" Arnold Calmann handles commercial litigation, with expertise in antitrust, IP and professional malpractice cases. Sources say he is "highly analytical and very smart."

What the team is known for Assists financial services and healthcare clients with commercial and class action disputes at a state, national and international level. The team also handles prominent criminal and tax matters, as well as significant product liability cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I'm certainly satisfied with their rates and their attention to cost issues."

"They are doing a very fine job with the service they give us."

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Horn is recognized across the board as a preeminent tax lawyer in New Jersey. He specializes in assisting clients with criminal tax investigations and voluntary disclosures. According to commentators, "there is no finer criminal tax lawyer in New Jersey." 

Beth Rose is a skilled product liability attorney with a national profile. Sources praise her for being "a very strategic thinker who is extremely thorough and doesn't let anything slip through the cracks." She is particularly known for her expertise in the pharmaceutical sector.

Litigation practice chair Joseph Buckley represents financial institutions that are facing class actions. An interviewee described him as a "very hard worker and a bright guy" with "a terrific reputation that he has earned."

Jeffrey Greenbaum heads the class action group and is particularly strong in representing companies in nationwide disputes. Sources describe him as "a top litigator who is really bright and intellectually strong."

Mark Olinsky is a seasoned litigator with a diverse caseload that takes in white-collar, commercial and healthcare disputes. According to a client, he is "very competent and he handled a rather sticky situation very well. I would use him again in a heartbeat."

Significant clients Deborah Heart & Lung Center.

What the team is known for Preeminent white-collar criminal practice fielding deep expertise in the representation of individuals and companies. Houses impressive government experience and is noted for its broad-based regulatory compliance and defense practice across the white-collar arena.

Notable practitioners  

"Top trial lawyer" Joseph Hayden is a seasoned white-collar litigator who is well respected among the Bar in New Jersey. Sources praise his "careful and methodical" approach and advocacy skills.

Justin Walder is considered "one of the best trial lawyers in the country" and is commended for his ability to "drill down and get the facts straight." He has a well-established white-collar criminal litigation practice.

What the team is known for Handles numerous commercial disputes in both state and federal courts. Acts for clients from a variety of industries including healthcare, retail and real estate and is also known for its representation of plaintiffs in contentious issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I regard them very highly and all the lawyers I have worked with there have been outstanding. They are very professional, well prepared and they represent their clients very well."

Work highlights Represented the New Jersey Food Counsel as plaintiff against the State of New Jersey in a case relating to New Jersey's assumption of unclaimed monies left on gift cards.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Molloy has a strong appellate practice, and also handles attorney malpractice defense. According to interviewees, he is a "very bright, commercial attorney who is well prepared and courteous both to the court and to the opposition."

Significant clients Wakefern Food, Hess, Zeuss Scientific, CONCACAF, Car Rentals.    

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David Kistler is a rising star at Blank Rome LLP and is developing a fine reputation in the market for his class action defense work and strengths in appellate matters.

Stephen Orlofsky of Blank Rome LLP is an experienced litigator whose practice encompasses a range of securities, commercial and malpractice disputes. He heads the firm's appellate group.

Sole practitioner Carl Poplar comes highly recommended for his experience in white-collar criminal litigation. He is "a very smart criminal defense attorney who has the respect of the judges."

Alfred DeCotiis of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Gluck, Hayden & Cole, LLP is a new entry to the white-collar crime rankings. Sources state that he is "astute at getting deals done and respected across the state."

Shawn Kelly recently joined Dentons from Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. Kelly is very experienced in dealing with challenging reinsurance cases and coverage disputes. Clients note that he is "a very accomplished trial litigator" who will "move heaven and earth for his clients."

Andrew Bunn of DLA Piper LLP (US) has a varied general commercial practice and "is a fine and thoughtful lawyer who is both a good writer and good on his feet." Clients also praise him for being "very good at building personal relationships with opposing counsel." 

Duane Morris LLP's Gregory Haworth is a commercial litigator who is highly regarded for his expertise in bankruptcy and real estate-related disputes. He represents a fine choice of counsel for financial institutions.

Fox Rothschild LLP's Jeffrey Pollock is "a zealous advocate for his clients," reports one impressed observer. He maintains particular expertise in environmental cases and is also called upon for his strength in insurance coverage litigation.

Robert Feinberg of Giordano Halleran & Ciesla PC handles a range of commercial disputes on behalf of various clients. He is an "excellent lawyer who is extremely thorough without tilting at windmills."

Kenneth Rothschild of Golden, Rothschild, Spagnola, Lundell, Boylan & Garubo P.C. is a "fantastic attorney" in insurance coverage disputes. He represents a range of insurance industry clients as well as insureds. 

Thomas Curtin is a founding member of Graham Curtin and is an experienced commercial litigator who is recognized for his work in IP and in sports and entertainment. An interviewee remarked that "he is a great communicator who is measured, reasonable and articulate."

"Magnificent lawyer" Edward Dauber of Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker is a seasoned white-collar operator and draws particular praise for his thorough approach to matters.

Sole practitioner Thomas Ashley is "a top trial lawyer," well versed in criminal defense matters and civil litigation. He is noted for his expertise in a wide range of disputes, including bribery and fraud cases. 

Sole practitioner Alan Zegas has "developed a very good reputation across the board in state and federal cases." He is known for his strength and success in handling appellate matters.

 James Tyrrell recently joined Edwards Wildman Palmer from Patton Boggs LLP. A client describes Tyrrell as a "superb trial lawyer and thinker with limitless energy and a terrific stability that is so important in any litigation situation."

Dennis Drasco of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC is a hugely experienced civil and corporate litigator. "I'm very impressed with him: he is a real professional, has a good demeanor and is someone who is well thought of and respected," notes one impressed commentator.

Experienced white-collar attorney Kevin Marino is a founder of Marino, Tortorella & Boyle PC. He is praised for his oral advocacy skills and "very strong practice" in the white-collar defense space.

Accomplished litigator Laurence Orloff of Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel is a highly regarded member of the Bar. He counts shareholder and partner disputes and professional malpractice cases among his key areas of expertise and is described by one admiring source as a "skilled and strategic attorney; in an ugly, closely fought business dispute, he is your guy."

Aidan O'Connor is based at Pashman Stein and handles work such as criminal defense, internal investigations and securities fraud litigation. He is a "highly skilled, very experienced and smart" attorney who maintains a strong reputation in the market.

Michael Stein heads the litigation group at Pashman Stein and is a co-founder of the firm. He maintains a broad-based commercial litigation practice, regularly appearing before state and federal court.

Mark Sheridan is an experienced litigator based at Patton Boggs LLP. He has particular expertise in insurance disputes, regularly acting for insurers in coverage matters.

Barry Cocoziello of Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman, P.C. is an experienced commercial litigator and comes recommended for his expertise in real estate and RICO-related disputes. "He is thoughtful, reasonable and responsive. He also has good judgment," an interviewee asserts.

Michael Gugig is an experienced insurance and commercial litigator based at Saul Ewing LLP. He is "extremely intelligent, very thoughtful and an expert in his handling of litigation and regulatory matters," according to clients.

Diane Sullivan splits her time between the New York and Princeton offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She is nationally known for her skill in product liability litigation and acts for clients such as Philip Morris, CIT Group and Johnson & Johnson. One client stated: "She is one of the best trial lawyers out there; we go to her with our most important work."

John Whipple of Whipple Azzarello, LLC is a well-respected white-collar defense lawyer who is described as "easy to work with" and "a very good trial lawyer." He elicits further praise for his affable demeanor and "ability to connect with juries."

Professional liability and insurance coverage attorney Thomas Quinn of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP has a leading reputation in the litigation market. Sources note that he is "a superb litigator."

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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