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Gibbons P.C.


Gibbons P.C. - Newark
  • One Gateway Center
  • Newark
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07102
  • Tel:+1 973 596 4500
  • Fax:+1 973 596 0545
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  • Chairman & Managing Director: Patrick C Dunican Jr
  • Number of directors: 116
  • Number of other lawyers: 114
  • Website: www.gibbonslaw.com

Firm Overview:
With 230 attorneys, Gibbons is a leading law firm in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Delaware, ranked among the nation’s top 200 by American Lawyer. Gibbons is one of only 20 law firms nationwide to be named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural ‘Midsize Hot List,’ which recognized firms with fewer than 300 lawyers that found innovative ways to position themselves in the recent market, demonstrating creativity and success in recruiting and retaining top talent, developing practice areas and managing operations. A 2009 winner of the prestigious Catalyst Award, a preeminent corporate honor recognizing excellence in the advancement of women in the workplace, Gibbons is ranked by Working Mother magazine as one of the top 50 firms nationwide for working women and by Minority Law Journal as a top 50 firm for diversity.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Business & Commercial Litigation:
Handling sophisticated and complex commercial litigation, including securities class actions, insurance coverage disputes, regulatory and administrative law, Lanham Act and unfair competition, restrictive covenants and all manner of contractual disputes. Active E-Discovery Task Force helping companies to prevent document retention and electronic discovery problems, and to solve such problems that do arise.
Contact: Brian J McMahon

Advising leading area and global corporations and other businesses and financial institutions on the full range of corporate law matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, joint ventures, licensing, corporate finance, commercial lending, capital raising, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, tax and specialized business transactions requiring novel solutions, as well as serving as outside general counsel.
Contact: Frank T Cannone

Criminal Defense:
Investigating and defending against allegations of business, accounting, securities, bank, insurance, tax, healthcare and government contract fraud. Department attorneys have been involved in many high profile investigations and prosecutions of alleged political corruption and business crime, particularly in the pharmaceutical and communications industries.
Contact: Lawrence S Lustberg

Employment & Labor Law:
Representing employers in federal and state court, in litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation,wage and hour, employment contract, restrictive covenant,wrongful discharge, employee benefits and ERISA claims. Providing the full range of preventive and compliance counseling and training with an emphasis on discipline and discharge, harassment, disability-related leaves and accommodations, workforce restructurings, restrictive covenants and executive compensation, as well as workplace investigations and audits of employment practices. In the labor arena, addressing union organizational drives, election campaigns and related union activities; labor audits; labor contract negotiations and administration, grievances and labor arbitrations; unfair labor practice charges; plant relocations and closings; successorship and double-breasting problems; and pension liability issues.
Contact: Christine A Amalfe

Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights:
Representing creditors, debtors, and various fiduciaries in all aspects of complex business insolvency issues and proceedings, including federal bankruptcy proceedings; state court litigation involving receiverships, attachments, replevins and foreclosures; out-of-court ‘workouts’ and related debtor and creditor relations counseling to resolve insolvency issues; and disputes outside of formal proceedings.
Contact: Karen A Giannelli

Government Affairs:
Counseling entities in the public, private and nonprofit sectors on state and federal government relations issues, including legislative lobbying, regulatory counseling, and interaction with state agencies.
Contact: David A Filippelli

Intellectual Property:
Providing a full range of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, e-commerce, trade secret and computer and internet law experience in the areas of litigation, strategic licensing and transactional work, patent prosecution, trademark and copyright registrations, corporate due diligence, intellectual property audits,and general intellectual property counseling.
Contact: David E De Lorenzi

Products Liability:
Representing product manufacturers in a variety of industries.Defending pharmaceutical and medical/surgical device manufacturers, as well as diagnostic laboratories, in complex matters involving issues such as purported adverse effects; design, warnings, and/or manufacturing defects; and results of laboratory analyses. Defending industrial equipment, automotive, and consumer product manufacturers in a wide variety of claims relating to products liability issues.
Contact: Kim M Catullo

Real Property & Environmental:
Providing real estate and environmental counseling and litigation services for all types of properties. Extensive real property practice handling sales, purchases and development of properties, including office buildings, industrial and flex buildings, retail centers, apartment buildings and hotels. Environmental practice providing assistance with a variety of clients’ litigation, regulatory, and transactional needs.
Contact: Russell B Bershad, Douglas J Janacek

International Work:
Serving as a bridge between different business and legal systems and possessing cultural and commercial fluency in support of US clients and their transactions throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, with a particular focus on Germany. Providing similar services to international clients seeking to make acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, or investments in the US. Gibbons is also a member of the Geneva Group International, a network of independent professional service firms offering a full range of legal, accounting, and other services worldwide.


  • 50 West State Street,
  • 11th Floor,
  • Trenton,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 08608
  • Tel +1 609 394 5300
  • Fax +1 609 394 5301
  • 1000 N West Street,
  • Suite 1200,
  • Wilmington,
  • Delaware
  • USA
  • DE 19801
  • Tel +302 295 4875
  • Fax +302 2959 4876
  • One Pennsylvania Plaza,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10119-3701
  • Tel +1 212 613 2000
  • Fax +1 212 290 2018
  • 1700 Two Logan Square,
  • Suite 1700,
  • 18th & Arch Streets,
  • Philadelphia,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19103-2769
  • Tel +1 215 665 0400
  • Fax +1 215 636 0366

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New Jersey

THE FIRM Gibbons's bankruptcy practice group runs the gamut of debtor and creditor representations, and it recently welcomed a new partner to its already significant bench. Notable highlights include representing a trustee of the DBSI Private Actions Trust in litigating against a broker-run Ponzi scheme, as well as acting for United Gilsonite Laboratories in a Chapter 11 procedure. Other current clients include Google and Sharp.

Sources say: "Professional, with excellent relationships with other firms and the courts."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Karen Giannelli is chair of the department and lead counsel on the DBSI matter. Greatly respected by clients and peers alike, she is described as "a technical specialist" and "one of the best attorneys in the state."

Frank Vecchione is regarded by many commentators as the dean of New Jersey bankruptcy law. He is described as "gentlemanly, wise and professional."

David Crapo earns accolade for his business understanding. "His advice is very practical and he really understands the commercial aspects of a matter," sources state. 

Mark Conlan is commended by clients as a "workhorse and a straight shooter who does not litigate for the sake of it."

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

THE FIRM Gibbons's Newark-based M&A practice continues to grow. The group comprises 19 highly active partners who cater to a range of midmarket corporates, financial sponsors and government bodies on a host of transactional activities. Clients also benefit from the firm's international strengths, with particular expertise concerning Western Europe, Australia and Japan. Its client roster features JPMorgan Securities and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, and in a recent highlight the firm advised the County of Monmouth on its $97 million general obligation bond issuance.

Sources say: "They are outstanding. The knowledge displayed in each of the practice areas was phenomenal. I was always made to feel like I was the priority."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Corporate department chair Frank Cannone debuts in the rankings this year on the back of strong market praise. Interviewees say Cannone is "extremely responsive" and further highlight his sage business counsel.

Environment - New Jersey

THE FIRM Gibbons's New Jersey team has welcomed three new partners, as well as gaining a fourth through internal promotion. William Hatfield and Camille Otero add further depth to the firm's impressive litigation capabilities, while David Freeman brings considerable expertise in the development of contaminated property. The firm's workload features a variety of high-value contentious cases, including complex multiparty sediment site issues. In standout matters, the team represented Honeywell in connection with the Berry's Creek sediment megasite case. Other major clients include Hoffmann-La Roche, Shell and Tiffany & Co.

Sources say: "The firm's representation went beyond the simple legal matter - our attorney counseled us on the financial and business decisions involved."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "smart and practical" Irvin Freilich is the environmental team leader at the firm. He represented Novartis in connection with the the Rolling Knolls Landfill case.

Clients have high praise for John Klock, who is "a wonderful guy, with an incredible background in complex environmental remediation projects."

Susanne Peticolas is a "very bright attorney, who is very well versed in environmental law." She is also commended for her negotiation skills.

Camille Otero is well regarded by peers for her strength in environmental and toxic tort litigation.

William Hatfield is one of the leading partners advising various clients of the firm on the headline-grabbing Newark Bay Complex sediment case. The matter has a potential value of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Healthcare - New Jersey

THE FIRM This team focuses on transactional and regulatory healthcare work, as well as housing expertise in healthcare fraud and abuse among other areas. The broad nature of the practice is exemplified by its recent work on behalf of medical technology company Stryker in drafting a series of agreements, and for Barnabas Health and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in a number of real estate and land use issues.

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Very good attorney" Bruce Levy focuses his practice on the defense of healthcare providers from allegations of fraud and abuse. 

Intellectual Property - New Jersey

THE FIRM As well as handling trademarks, copyright and Hatch-Waxman litigation, this team is involved in transactional issues such as IP due diligence and patent management. It represents some of the biggest names in the technology industry including GE and Google, and includes among its ranks a number of former in-house patent lawyers. The team also represents General Cigar Company on brand protection issues.

Sources say: "They have the skill and capabilities. They allow me to contribute and they have a good understanding of the commercial realities."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice chair David De Lorenzi is an "all-around fantastic patent attorney." He represented Hoffmann-La Roche in a patent interference matter involving the Japanese Cancer Foundation. 

Sheila McShane has a strong track record in Hatch-Waxman litigation. She has been lead partner in such matters for well-known multinational companies including Pfizer and Procter & Gamble.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

THE FIRM This firm's employment and labor law practice is largely weighted towards employment law, but is also noted for its handling of traditional labor matters. The group has been particularly active in its representation of pharmaceutical and financial services companies in discrimination and wage and hour matters. Current clients include Manhattan Physicians Laboratories and JPMorgan Chase.

Sources say: "They go above and beyond on responsiveness and accessibility and when they do something it is done right first time."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Christine Amalfe is chair of the department at the firm. Market sources praise her as "a brilliant legal mind," and remark that "she gets to the heart of the matter and can zero in on how to attack the problem."

Market sources praise Kelly Ann Bird for her ability to "understand the realities of running a business and taking those realities into account in her advice." She focuses her practice on employer training, compliance counseling and litigation.

Susan Nardone is described by sources as "very strong in dealing with internal investigations as well as litigation." She is an experienced employment litigator, with strong experience before state and federal court and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Carla Dorsi debuts in the rankings having received strong feedback from the market. She provides employment litigation and counseling to management clients.

Litigation - New Jersey

THE FIRM This regional giant has a reputation for fielding excellent attorneys, and attracts some of the most high-profile cases in the state. In big-ticket work, the team represented the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in numerous litigation matters relating to its sports and entertainment properties. Other standout matters include fraud and bankruptcy proceedings and product liability class actions. JPMorgan Securities, Chubb Group and Brother International are counted among the firm's impressive clients.

Sources say: "We love the firm for their knowledge and their responsiveness. They are also very efficient and very economical."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Lustberg has a wealth of experience in criminal defense and appellate litigation before state and federal courts. He is chair of the criminal defense practice group at the firm, and sources describe him as "a great guy and a very gifted attorney."  

Michael Griffinger is described by sources as "at the top of his practice." He successfully defended the City of Newark in a suit brought by Avis Budget Group, and Hertz over a tax on automobile rentals in certain industrial zones in the city, which results in around $8.1 million a year in city revenues.

Kim Catullo has acquired a exemplary reputation within the product liability arena. Practice highlights include acting for Stryker and Howmedica Osteonic in personal injury and product liability matters.

Robert MacPherson focuses his practice on commercial and construction litigation, and represents civil contractor EE Cruz in connection with several infrastructure projects.

Michael McDonald advised Skinder-Strauss Associates on a suit brought by a New York City law firm regarding an alleged unsolicited facsimile advertisement. 

Chair of the business and commercial litigation group Brian McMahon focuses his practice on antitrust and trade regulations and securities litigation. He is a seasoned veteran of jury and nonjury trial at state and federal level.

Former Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, John Gibbons is regarded by sources as one of the deans of the New Jersey commercial litigation Bar. With a career spanning 50 years, he offers an invaluable depth of knowledge in dispute proceedings.

Real Estate - New Jersey

THE FIRM This Newark-based real estate practice group regularly acts on behalf of large developers and major corporations across a range of real estate matters. The group has been involved in assisting Honeywell International with the redevelopment of 100 acres of brownfield land in partnership with the City of Jersey City. Other clients include McDonald's, Hoffmann-La Roche and JPMorgan Chase.

Sources say: "They are excellent. They are very responsive and very thorough and they care deeply about their work."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Russell Bershad recently represented Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in the consolidation of its offices into one campus. Sources describe him as a "tremendous lawyer, amazingly gifted and knowledgeable."