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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP


Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP - Morristown
  • Headquarters Plaza
  • One Speedwell Avenue
  • Morristown
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07962-1981
  • Managing Partner: Glenn A Clark
  • Number of partners: 58
  • Number of other attorneys: 95
  • Website: www.riker.com
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has an office in London, UK.

Firm Overview:
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP is proud to have served the business community for over 125 years. Riker Danzig has earned a national reputation as the firm to go to in New Jersey for practical, innovative and costeffective legal solutions. The reputation of the firm and its lawyers provides inherent credibility in the capital markets, courts and government hallways.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Riker Danzig’s seasoned trial and appellate attorneys, numbering over 100 strong, have earned the firm a national reputation as zealous courtroom advocates. The group litigates complex civil cases, and is a leader in banking, securities arbitrations, fraud claims and class actions, insurance, reinsurance (national and international), product liability, construction and intellectual property litigation. Its litigators appear regularly in federal and state courts, as well as before federal, state and administrative agencies.
Contact: Gerald A Liloia

Real Estate:
Riker Danzig has handled some of the largest workouts and foreclosures in New Jersey, and is an industry leader in land use issues and real estate transactions. Its Real Estate Practice includes all aspects of real estate law, transactions and litigation, including substantial property acquisitions, complex sales and exchanges, sale-leasebacks and build-to-suits, commercial, retail and industrial leasing, joint-venture projects, zoning and planning, mortgage lending and financing, construction contracts, title litigation and real property tax appeals.
Contact: Nicholas Racioppi, Jr

The employment law attorneys at Riker Danzig counsel clients on the full range of issues, including employee relations, wage and hour and contract issues. They also defend management in federal and state courts in New Jersey and elsewhere on all employment-related claims, including discrimination,wrongful termination, whistleblower, restrictive covenants, unfair competition and employee fidelity bonds. They also conduct internal investigations.
Contact: Michael K Furey

A diverse client base seeks counsel and solutions from Riker Danzig’s corporate attorneys, from start-up entrepreneurial enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. The group counsels clients on the full spectrum of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, corporate finance, technology licensing, international transactions, tax and regulatory matters, and logistics and distribution, as well as the issues unique to non-profit and taxexempt corporations.
Contact: Andrew J Stamelman

In a state noted for its strict and pace-setting environmental legislation, Riker Danzig’s Environmental Group is among the largest and most diverse practices of its kind. The firm’s experienced environmental lawyers have in-depth knowledge of federal, state and local law. They handle litigation, regulatory, permitting and counseling, and real estate development matters addressing all environmental areas, including hazardous substances, air, water and noise pollution, and solid waste.
Contact: Dennis J Krumholz

Riker Danzig’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group has provided unparalleled representation to the insurance industry for over 30 years. The firm represents its clients in a variety of insurance matters, including insurance coverage, reinsurance, bad faith litigation, insurance defense, insolvencies, intermediary and agency disputes and legislative and regulatory matters.
Contact: Shawn L Kelly

Riker Danzig is unique among prominent New Jersey law firms for experience and expertise in bankruptcy litigation, corporate reorganization, real estate restructurings, non-bankruptcy insolvency proceedings and also for its practice on a national platform. The firm has earned a nationwide reputation for its representation of debtors, secured creditors, landlords, equipment lessors, indenture trustees, bondholders, private equity groups, creditors’ committees, trustees, as well as third party plan proponents (i.e. takeovers) in all aspects of litigation under the Bankruptcy Code.
Contact: Dennis J O’Grady

Bank of America; Carrier Clinic; CIGNA Corp.; Crum & Forster Corp.; Ecko.Complex, L.L.C.; Global Reinsurance Corporation of America; Gold Medal Products; Harleysville Insurance Co.; IBM; Johnson & Johnson; JPMorgan Chase; Lakeland Bank; LG Electronics; Lucent Technologies, Inc.; McNeil Pharmaceuticals; Mersen USA; Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance; New Jersey Bankers Association; New York Community Bank; NVE Bank; Prudential Insurance Company of America; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; TD Bank; The Provident Bank; UBS; Wakefern Food Corp.

International Work:
Riker Danzig’s London office reflects an expansion of the firm’s international practice in insurance, reinsurance, banking and commercial litigation. In addition, Riker Danzig’s Corporate Group has developed a significant in-bound cross-border practice, advising overseas clients on the corporate and tax issues faced when setting up US offices, making acquisitions, assuming debt, selling assets or engaging in other transactions in the United States.


  • Headquarters Plaza,
  • One Speedwell Avenue,
  • Morristown,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07962-1981
  • Tel +1 973 538 0800
  • Fax +1 973 538 1984
  • Email : info@riker.com
  • Website : www.riker.com
  • 50 West State Street,
  • Suite 1010,
  • Trenton,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 08608-1220
  • Tel +1 609 396 2121
  • Fax +1 609 396 4578
  • 500 Fifth Avenue,
  • Suite 4920,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10110
  • Tel +1 212 302 6574
  • Fax +1 212 302 6628

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New Jersey

THE FIRM This group is particularly adept in representing creditors to bankruptcy proceedings including banks, financial institutions and companies. The team is also active in the healthcare field, where it counts Dr Reddy's Laboratories and the Provident Bank among its roster of clients. Recent work highlights include representing Wells Fargo as secured lender in the TexStyle Chapter 11 reorganization.

Sources say: "Very well managed and professional. They represent the highest standards of any New Jersey firm I have worked with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Dennis O'Grady is held in the greatest regard by market sources, who report that "if you are filing for bankruptcy protection in the Third Circuit, you can't do better than Dennis O'Grady."

Joseph Schwartz is lauded by clients as "probably the best-prepared attorney that I have ever seen. He really does his homework." Recent work highlights include closing the purchase of the assets of R&S Strauss and Strauss Discount Auto for client Somerset Tire Service.   

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

THE FIRM Riker Danzig's New Jersey corporate team comprises nine partners and 15 associates. The group possesses extensive experience across a wide variety of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, telecoms and energy. With a strong commitment to understanding their clients' businesses, the group focuses on midmarket deals and has international expertise in the Russian market.

Sources say: "Their work is excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Andrew Stamelman receives praise as "one of the brightest attorneys I have ever worked with. He analyzes risks and understands how to structure a deal accordingly." His depth of corporate knowledge also attracts positive commentary.

William Connolly earns praise from clients for his "excellent communication skills when negotiating and advising, so that all the relevant parties understand." His practice focuses squarely on small and medium-sized companies.

Charles Detrizio recently represented Northern Lights Power in its sale of a holding company that owns multiple power facilities. He is described as "practical business attorney - a great drafter with great attention to detail."

Environment - New Jersey

THE FIRM Riker Danzig's Morristown-based team has a broad base of experience covering the full spectrum of environmental matters. Clients can call on the talents of experts in transactional work, litigation, site remediation and land use. The firm acts on behalf of financial services providers and real estate developers, as well as advising major names in the defense and petrochemical industries. The group represented G&S Motor Equipment in a $65 million site remediation dispute regarding a former transformer rebuilding factory. Other major clients include AIG and Berry Plastics.

Sources say: "Their strengths are their knowledge, expertise, depth of personnel and unique ability to find good solutions to difficult issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Dennis Krumholz is a highly experienced specialist, who of late has represented a big-ticket defense client in a New Jersey Spill Act suit.

Samuel Moulthrop is a former Assistant District Attorney for New Jersey and a skilled litigator, who acts for a group of clients involved in the Lower Passaic River litigation.

Clients are enthusiastic in their praise of Steven Senior, who is "great at focusing on the essential issues, and a very good detail man."

Jeffrey Wagenbach represented G&S Motor Equipment in the abovementioned remediation litigation.

Marilynn Greenberg is a highly valued member of the team, who"in addition to her extensive knowledge, experience and expert legal advice, is an excellent team administrator and leader."

Praised by clients as "very able," Alexa Richman-La Londe is deemed a future star.

Intellectual Property - New Jersey

THE FIRM This group is highlighted for its work in managing trademark and licensing agreements, as well as for representing major pharmaceutical and software companies in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. Highlights include co-counseling The Tetris Company and Tetris Holding in copyright infringement and unfair competition litigation. The team counts IBM, Johnson & Johnson and Berkeley among its roster of clients.

Sources say: "Their performance has been exceptional."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Schoenberg is praised by sources for bringing "a great feel for fashioning an argument and putting forward productive strategies." He represented IBM in defending a software copyright infringement action.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

THE FIRM This Morristown-based team is predominantly focused on employment litigation. Of late, the group has successfully represented IBM in two instances of alleged discrimination. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson and United American Insurance Group.

Sources say: "Responsiveness is excellent. We need quick answers and that is what they provide."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Furey is co-head of the practice group at the firm and a seasoned employment litigator. He was lead counsel for IBM in the matters described above.

Litigation - New Jersey

THE FIRM This Morristown-based litigation group is active across the spectrum of dispute resolution, and is renowned for the strength of its work on commercial and insurance disputes. The team acts for an array of large pharmaceutical companies, as well as representing high-profile insurance names based both nationally and internationally. These include the Harleysville Insurance Companies and Zurich. The team also acted for Riverstone Claims Management on behalf of TIG Insurance, in an action brought by IMO Industries claiming nearly $350 million in asbestos claims coverage and damages.

Sources say: "We have been especially impressed with the firm's ability to bring speed and energy to matters without sacrificing thoroughness and diligence."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Shawn Kelly is "a very good attorney and an excellent judge of character," who represents Riverstone Claims Management in the abovementioned asbestos-related case.

Managing partner Glenn Clark is a seasoned practitioner in the commercial litigation arena, with 30 years of experience in complex disputes before state and federal courts.

Gerald Liloia is head of the firm's litigation department and handles a wide-ranging caseload. Of late he has been increasingly active in securities cases and lender liability claims.  

Samuel Moulthrop divides his time between environmental litigation and white-collar crime defense, advising on a range of insurance coverage and securities fraud cases.

Cochair of the insurance and reinsurance group Brian O'Donnell recently acted for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company of America in a claim by Gibson Guitar for losses arising from the 2010 Nashville floods. Clients assert that "he is very organized, exhaustive in his analysis and always up to speed on the work that needs to be done."

Kenneth Van Deventer has a diverse breadth of practice, advising clients from the financial services and communications industries on a wide range of matters.

Real Estate - New Jersey

THE FIRM This 15-strong real estate practice group handles a full range of real estate and land use matters. The group recently acted for Bed Bath & Beyond in relation to a number of retail leasings and acquisitions across the USA. Other representative clients include Bank of America, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and The Heller Group. 

Sources say: "They are very well versed on the business realities, make sure all the timings are correct and do a great job of coordinating between the counsels of the various parties."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Nicholas Racioppi has played a leading role in much of the firm's work for Bed Bath & Beyond. Sources report: "His general legal knowledge is great. He is a transactional lawyer who concentrates on achieving the completion of the transaction."