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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.


Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. - Newark
  • The Legal Center
  • One Riverfront Plaza
  • Newark
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07102
  • Tel:+1 973 643 7000
  • Fax:+1 973 643 6500
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman: Steven E Gross
  • Managing Partner: R Max Crane
  • Number of partners: 61
  • Number of other lawyers: 87

Firm Overview:
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., a full-service corporate law firm, represents national and international clients. The firm’s work is diversified among industries such as pharmaceutical and medical device, banking and finance, healthcare, life sciences, retail and commercial real estate,manufacturing and technology. The firm is an Am Law 200 firm and has been selected as a ‘2013 Go-To Law Firm ® for the Top 500 Companies’.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking & Finance:
The firm represents international and national banks, commercial finance companies, debt and equity funds, and private lenders, with financings across the spectrum of public and private debt transactions. The firm also represents the financial services industry in a wide array of legal disputes and litigation matters in state and federal courts.

The group is experienced in all aspects of bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights matters, including complex litigation cases, representing debtors, official and unofficial committees, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and other parties in interest in outof- court restructurings and in Chapter 11 reorganization cases. The group also structures “prenegotiated” plans of reorganization to expedite the Chapter 11 process and is experienced in representing creditors in Uniform Commercial Code lien enforcement issues in state and federal courts.

Complex Litigation/Class Action Defense:
The firm has a broad spectrum of litigation expertise reflecting the diversity of its clients. The firm’s litigators regularly assist companies in cases involving commercial transactions, banking, healthcare, intellectual property, technology, construction, real estate, insurance, administrative law, antitrust, directors’ and officers’ liability, employment, unfair competition, securities, tax and business crimes.

Construction Law:
The firm represents clients at various stages of construction projects, including project delivery systems, contracts/project documentation/risk allocation, claims avoidance, delay/defect claims, financial structuring and restructuring, trial advocacy and surety claims/defense.

Corporate Internal Investigations & Business Crimes:
The group designs and implements corporate compliance programs, conducts internal investigations, provides legal counseling to executives and corporate boards and defends those who are subjects of criminal investigations.The group includes several former prosecutors.

The firm has one of the largest corporate practices in New Jersey regularly advising both public and private companies. The firm’s attorneys regularly handle US and cross-border M&A matters; corporate, securities and regulatory compliance issues; and joint ventures. They also create and implement corporate governance and compliance programs.

Employment & Labor:
The group provides the highest level of employment counseling, training and management side litigation. The group routinely defends clients in federal, state and appellate courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and all federal and state administrative agencies. It also provides assistance with compliance and investigations, and traditional labor law representation.

The firm provides a full range of legal services to the healthcare industry, including transactions and corporate law, regulatory and compliance, government and internal investigations, finance, employment and labor law, litigation, real estate and antitrust. Clients include health systems, hospitals, nursing homes, longtermcare facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, home health companies, investment funds, imaging centers, medical groups, ambulance companies, specialty care networks, management companies and other health care businesses.

Intellectual Property:
The group’s services range from prosecution for emerging companies, to “high-stakes” litigation on behalf of multinational corporations. The attorneys specialize in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and internet law in litigation, licensing and transfer, analysis and counseling.

Life Sciences:
The group handles a wide range of matters, including licensing arrangements, strategic alliances and collaborations, joint ventures, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, intellectual property, research and development, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, public and private financing, technology transfers, national and international corporate counseling, governance and compliance, employment law, real estate, regulatory and tax.

Pharmaceutical/Medical Device:
The group’s transactional attorneys provide strategic legal advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; capital raising; manufacturing and distribution; and licensing, collaboration and technology transfer issues. The group’s litigators act as national and local counsel in mass tort, major class action, and related product liability, warranty and infringement litigation; patent prosecution; business disputes; internal investigations and regulatory compliance matters.

Product Liability:
The firm has earned a reputation as a “go-to” firm for defending complex product liability cases and mass tort litigation, successfully representing pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer product, industrial equipment and chemical companies as national, regional and New Jersey counsel in “bet the company” litigation. The product liability and mass tort lawyers are known for their legal, scientific, technical, trial and settlement expertise.

Real Estate:
The group provides a full range of legal and related services to participants in all areas of the real estate industry, focusing on investment, vertical and horizontal acquisition and disposition; condominiumizations; retail, office, industrial and warehouse leasing; and mixed- and single-use development/redevelopment and construction. Expertise is also provided in the areas of government relations, zoning and land use; and conventional and capital markets financing (including securitized and mezzanine financings).


  • 600 College Road East,
  • Princeton,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 08540
  • Tel +1 609 227 4600
  • Fax +1 609 227 4646
  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10020
  • Tel +1 212 643 7000
  • Fax +1 212 643 6500

Retail - Nationwide

THE FIRM This compact but highly effective outfit is a strong contender in the market and is able to provide a dedicated team of experts to advise on all aspects of the retail industry. It has established a strong reputation for its commercial real estate and leasing work, including real estate-related litigation.

Client Service "Their performance for us has been outstanding - they use the right level of lawyers and staffing to minimize the costs, are always accessible, very on top of things and responsive in the turnaround for any aspect of our projects."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Co-managing partner of the New York office, Michael Goldsmith chairs the firm's retail practice.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New Jersey

THE FIRM Sills Cummis's bankruptcy practice group has experience across the full breadth of bankruptcy-related matters, though it is particularly adept at representing creditors. The firm has also continued to expand its reach into the healthcare arena, including recently representing creditors in the sale of millions of dollars worth of assets released from two failing hospitals.

Sources say: "These guys have been the most professional firm I have seen in New Jersey. They really hold their own against big-city lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Sherman is viewed as the future of the practice by market sources. He is described as a "very fine lawyer who does a terrific job for his clients."

A skilled litigator and Chapter 11 reorganization specialist, Simon Kimmelman is praised for his "total mastery of the bankruptcy code." 

Jack Zackin is held in the highest regard by market sources. As a vastly experienced practitioner and as "the face of Sills Cummis," there is a broad consensus that he has earned his senior statesman ranking.

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

THE FIRM This Newark-based corporate team has considerable experience across the full spectrum of public and private corporate matters. The firm represents clients in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, life sciences, technology and the financial services. Over the years the group has developed something of a specialty in acting for foreign companies trading in the USA.

Sources say: "They are very responsive and accessible, and I get a quick response when I need one."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Chairman Steven Gross has over 30 years' experience handling complex corporate transactions. Market sources describe him as a "very smart guy and a very good global strategist."

Sources describe Steven Kamen as solution-oriented, able to present a solution "before the problem even becomes apparent." He is also praised for his attention to detail and his responsiveness.

Department co-head Ira Rosenberg is particularly active within the life sciences space. He has remained busy acting on a number of significant transactions in recent months.

Max Crane is held in high regard by market sources. They describe him as "an entrepreneur at heart who understands all the aspects of a business as well as being gifted legally."

Healthcare - New Jersey

THE FIRM This firm offers its healthcare clients a full-service practice, with related expertise in regulatory compliance, government investigations, real estate and dispute resolution. The team also has experience in handling transactional work on behalf of its clients, which include healthcare providers and individual healthcare professionals. Clients are quick to praise the firm for its high levels of performance and responsiveness to their needs.

Sources say: "They have been outstanding. They handle everything with a high degree of professionalism, are very prompt and efficient and work independently when needed."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department chair Gary Herschman is described by commentators as "a very good strategic thinker who really sees the big picture and provides good advice so that the client knows the legal issues."

Anjana Patel "has a tremendous understanding of the regulatory issues and is very good at explaining the details of a transaction so that businesspeople can understand them," say sources.

Jack Wenik debuts in the ranking having been applauded by market sources for his "tremendously detailed knowledge of the regulatory issues and his practical approach to matters."

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

THE FIRM This firm offers a full-service labor and employment team. Areas of expertise include employment litigation, strategic counseling, employee handbooks and human resources training. Recent contentious matters include the representation of employers in discrimination and restrictive covenant matters.

Sources say: "Very responsive, excellent at communicating and, more importantly, extremely competent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Rosen debuts in the rankings, having received particular praise for his skill as a "persuasive negotiator" who is "very articulate and eloquent." 

Galit Kierkut is well versed in all employment litigation and counseling matters, and is adept at carrying out employment due diligence in connection with transactions.

Litigation - New Jersey

THE FIRM This regional stalwart offers significant expertise across the breadth of litigation matters. Its wide-ranging skill set includes sought-after expertise in product liability disputes, which is called on by high-profile names in the pharmaceutical industry. Other highlights of the practice's civil caseload include big-ticket construction arbitration, antitrust litigation and breach of contract disputes. On the criminal side, the team is well known for its expertise in handling cases brought by the tax authorities. Its client base features a variety of Fortune 500 and multinational companies, including a number of global financial services providers.

Sources say: "Besides its high-quality trial and litigation advocacy, the firm's strongest point is its ability to adapt to the specific need of the client."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Horn receives glowing praise for his talents in litigation, and is dubbed "a first-rate white-collar crime attorney." He is also renowned for his talents in tax litigation, and one source describes him as "one of the best tax defense attorneys in New Jersey - if you have a federal tax issue then he is your guy."

Beth Rose is the head of the product liability practice at the firm. She is regularly engaged by pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes litigation, and is valued by clients for being "very efficient, and very proactive in staying up to date."

Joseph Buckley has acted on behalf of several major banks and financial institutions in lender liability litigation. Sources praise him as "extremely knowledgeable, with extensive litigation and trial advocacy skills."

Jeffrey Greenbaum is chair of the class action group at the firm, and a seasoned trial lawyer. He has appeared in state and federal court in an array of commercial matters, representing individuals and corporations in disputes regarding professional liability, breach of contract and antitrust issues.

A former federal prosecutor at the US Attorneys Office, Mark Olinsky has 30 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation. His white-collar crime practice includes defending clients from allegations of securities and consumer fraud as well as insider trading.

Real Estate - New Jersey

THE FIRM This impressive real estate team handles the full range of matters including financing, sale and purchases, and land use and zoning. The group routinely handles retail, office, industrial and warehouse leasing, and is noted for its work with condominiums. Clients include major retailers and financial institutions.

Sources say: "Their performance for us has been outstanding. They are very responsive and are always accessible."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Hugh Newman is chair of the real estate group and has significant experience in all matters relating to real estate law. "He exhibits great leadership and strategy, and puts the right team together to solve a problem," say sources. He is especially renowned for his expertise in retail leasing.

"Fine attorney" Margaret Black focuses her real estate practice on commercial transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and leasing. She advises a wide range of clients in this space.

Kevin Moore is described by sources as "one of the most experienced land use attorneys around." He is "a great attorney and a quick study," according to one interviewee.

Philip Markowitz is frequently called upon by national retailers and developers to assist in the acquisition, disposition and financing of large-scale shopping centers throughout the country. 

Former policy and planning adviser to the Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey Thomas Jay Hall is well versed in all aspects of land use and development, and is highly regarded by peers and clients alike.