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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Roseland

Lowenstein Sandler LLP - Roseland
  • 65 Livingston Avenue
  • Roseland
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07068
  • Tel:+1 973 597 2500
  • Fax:+1 973 597 2400
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Gary M Wingens
  • Number of partners: 110
  • Number of other lawyers: 157

Firm Overview:
Lowenstein Sandler is a leading provider of transactional, litigation, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights legal services to many of the country’s top companies and funds. Close to 300 lawyers in New York, New Jersey and California offices immerse themselves in clients’ industries in order to deeply understand their businesses. The firm is characterized by its passion for clients’ success, its commitment to its people, and its pro bono and public interest work in the communities that it serves.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate:

Lowenstein Sandler has extensive experience in corporate counseling and transactional work, as well as business reorganizations. The Corporate Department provides a full range of services to clients in connection with the organization and structuring of business entities; initial public offerings and subsequent offerings; general business counseling; mergers and acquisitions; financing transactions; and investment management and derivatives. Lowenstein Sandler also provides a full range of tax and employee benefits/executive compensation services to the business community, as well as tax and estate planning for individuals.

Litigation:
The firm’s Litigation Department represents clients in all stages of litigation (both trial and appellate) in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative and governmental agencies. Lowenstein Sandler has developed several prominent, nationally recognized niche practices in areas such as complex litigation, environmental litigation and toxic tort defense, insurance coverage litigation, capital markets and securities litigation, and white-collar defense.

Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights:
Lowenstein Sandler’s Bankruptcy Department has extensive experience representing debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, and investors in highprofile Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court workouts, financial restructurings, and litigation. The group also frequently provides bankruptcy advice on corporate and structured finance matters, and on the acquisition of assets out of bankruptcy.

Employment:
Lowenstein Sandler’s Employment Practice works with clients ranging from dynamic start-ups to multinational corporations, developing employee relations strategies that address clients’ challenges and leverage their opportunities, while helping management comply with the growing array of employment laws that regulate the workplace. The firm’s attorneys focus on preventing claims and on pursuing litigation strategies that enhance the ability of clients to manage their employees in an effective manner that strengthens their organizations and promotes productivity.

Environmental:
Lowenstein Sandler’s Environmental Law and Litigation Practice assists clients with virtually every type of lawsuit involving environmental matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. The firm counsels clients on a variety of matters including compliance and auditing; acquisitions and divestitures; site remediation; natural resource damages; toxic tort cases; occupational health and safety; and insurance coverage.

Insurance:
Lowenstein Sandler is one of a handful of nationally known firms that pioneered the development of insurance coverage litigation. Lowenstein Sandler attorneys have litigated coverage cases in more than 20 states, appeared for the policyholder in more than 30 reported decisions, and have collected more than $500 million in settlements and judgments. Lawyers in the practice advise and litigate in insurance matters involving Directors & Officers coverage, professional liability, employment practices liability, construction defect liability, cyber liability, consumer product liability, fiduciary liability, broker liability and first party property losses.

Real Estate:
Lowenstein Sandler’s national Real Estate Practice covers transactions and disputes involving investments in all types of commercial real estate. Developers and landlords, leading financial institutions (including investment advisers, private equity firms, and commercial and investment banking institutions), Fortune 100 companies, national and regional retailers, and closely held businesses all turn to Lowenstein Sandler’s Real Estate Practice for legal counsel on a wide range of sophisticated transactions involving real properties located throughout the United States.

Technology, IP & Venture Capital:
The Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler counsels technology-driven businesses and their investors at all stages of growth and has earned a reputation for excellence in venture capital and other financing transactions. The group has closed hundreds of private company financing transactions including, angel rounds, complex venture financings, bridge fundings and IPOs. Members of the Tech Group include intellectual property attorneys, and registered patent lawyers and practitioners who counsel clients on matters pertaining to intellectual property, technology and privacy law.

Trusts & Estates:
Lowenstein Sandler’s Trusts and Estates Practice helps clients preserve and pass on their families’ wealth, while minimizing taxes and assisting fiduciaries in fulfilling their duties. The group’s attorneys are skilled in fiduciary litigation, business counseling, and domestic and international business tax planning, all of which enhance both its planning and administration practices.

White-Collar Defense:
Lowenstein Sandler’s White-Collar Defense Group has decades of experience defending corporate and individual clients in state and federal prosecutions, as well as conducting internal investigations for private and public corporations. The group regularly defends clients in all phases of criminal proceedings, including grand jury investigations, trials and appeals.

Branches

  • 65 Livingston Avenue,
  • Roseland,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07068
  • Tel +1 973 597 2500
  • Fax +1 973 597 2400
  • Website : www.lowenstein.com
  • 390 Lytton Avenue,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94301
  • Tel +1 650 433 5800
  • Fax +1 650 328 2799
  • 1251 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10020
  • Tel +1 212 262 6700
  • Fax +1 212 262 7402

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New Jersey

THE FIRM Lowenstein Sandler's bankruptcy practice group is active in representing both creditors' committees and debtors, advising each on Chapter 11 proceedings and all forms of bankruptcy-related litigation. The firm is currently acting as debtors' counsel to the Coach America Holding Chapter 11 filing, and it is also representing the committee of unsecured creditors in connection with the bankruptcy of Global Aviation. Commentators concur that the firm deserves its place within Band 1 of the rankings.

Sources say: "The firm is well managed, accessible and responsive to client needs." "Very skilled and qualified; available all the time."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Departmental vice chair Sharon Levine is praised by commentators as "exceptionally bright - a New York attorney at a New Jersey price point." She has recently been invited by the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to advise on Chapter 11 reform.

Kenneth Rosen ascends to Band 1 of the rankings as a result of exemplary comments from sources. He is praised as a "good negotiator and very skilled at getting good results."  

Bruce Buechler "keeps a level head and does a great job," according to souces. He is commended across the board for his demeanor and ability to "juggle all the balls without dropping them."  

Michael Etkin is described by commentators as "very plugged-in" and "instrumental in providing tactical advice." He is particularly active in complex Chapter 11 filings and reorganizations.

John Sherwood is applauded by clients as an "excellent litigator and very professional - a lawyer's lawyer."

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

THE FIRM This corporate powerhouse is seen by clients and peers alike as one of the most preeminent M&A firms in the state. The group houses a prolific and highly acclaimed technology and venture capital practice, and also proves popular with investment management clients, investment banks and issuers. In a recent highlight, the firm represented tech company Buddy Media in its sale to Salesforce.com. Other clients include Tower International, Indorama Ventures and Cerberus Capital Management.

Sources say: "Excellent in their drafting and always ready, willing and able to do anything. Brilliant lawyers who know how to do everything."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice chair Peter Ehrenberg remains one of the most prominent names within New Jersey corporate law. Sources hail him as a "deep thinker" and a "top-of-the-line attorney," with one impressed interviewee describing Ehrenberg as "an extraordinary litigator and one of the hardest-working lawyers I have ever worked with."

Edward Zimmerman is chair of the firm's technology group and was lead partner in the Buddy Media sale. A well-known and respected rainmaker, he is described as "working hard to make sure clients get the service they need."

Heavily involved in the Buddy Media sale and vice chair of the firm's tech group, Anthony Pergola is regarded as "a master draftsman, remarkably responsive and fun to work with."

Alan Wovsaniker is regarded by those in the marketplace to be building a "great reputation in the state." He is also noted for his abundant knowledge of SEC regulations.

Technology vice chair Raymond Thek is praised by market sources as "a master at structuring deals and one of the best negotiators I have ever met." Thek splits his time between the firm's Roseland and New York offices, and his recent highlights include representing online fashion retailer Moda Operandi in a $36 million investment deal with Condé Nast and others.

Investment management group chair Robert Minion has been lead attorney in respect to the firm's advice to clients such as Cerberus Capital Management and Marathon Asset Management. He is noted for his skills in advising on ongoing business development.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - New Jersey

THE FIRM This firm's employee benefits and executive compensation group regularly advises in matters stemming from mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies. The team recently represented Pall Corporation with respect to the creation of new executive compensation plans. Other clients include Telcordia Technologies and Cerberus Capital.

Sources say: "I am very impressed with their work. They offer high-quality legal work, and are very responsive and easy to work with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Graw is held in high regard by peers and clients alike. He is chair of the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation group, and is praised by clients as "a very practical lawyer who will tell us what he thinks we should do, but also offer us alternatives."

Environment - New Jersey

THE FIRM Lowenstein Sandler's environmental practice is lauded for its impressive depth of resources and high-quality work product. Its extensive experience covers the full range of environmental matters, and the group's caseload includes hazardous waste litigation and Superfund remediation as well as the defense of toxic tort cases. In standout work, the firm defended the Marmon Group in 21 toxic tort cases filed on behalf of more than 1,000 individual plaintiffs in Illinois. Other clients include Sanofi, Aramark and the Global Landfill PRP Group.

Sources say: "They are one of the top firms in New Jersey and they have plenty of resources."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Rodburg combines in-depth knowledge of environmental law with a valuable understanding of chemical engineering. Clients have a high regard for his experience in pollution issues, describing him as a "seasoned veteran of the Bar in one of the most densely polluted areas of the world."

Practice chair Richard Ricci is praised by market sources for his ability to resolve conflicts, and to offer clarity of insight when it comes to complex issues.

James Stewart has considerable expertise in the renewable energy sector, and acted for Sanofi on the negotiation of a solar power purchase agreement.

Michael Dore defends a variety of corporate clients in toxic tort allegations, and represented Unidynamics in an environmental discharge class action.

Intellectual Property - New Jersey

THE FIRM Lowenstein Sandler is widely recognized for its sophistication in representing companies requiring advice on critically important IP concerns. Its work includes counseling a global healthcare corporation in managing 5,000 trademark assets in over 100 jurisdictions. It also has an impressive track record advising on prosecuting, managing and litigating patents. Active clients including JPMorgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson and Google.

Sources say: "They are always up to date with current issues, and are flexible and available whenever we need them."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Kesslen chairs the group and is described as a "fantastic attorney; very knowledgeable and responsive." He advised Knewton over an agreement to bring online educational products to market.

Robert Paradiso is deemed a "fantastic strategist" and brings a "calming presence," sources say. He delivers advice on patent prosecution, patent protection and licensing agreements.  

According to sources, the "detail-oriented" Mary Hildebrand is "responsive, reliable and intelligent." She specializes in advising technology firms, where highlights include representing CIT Group in renegotiating a licensing agreement central to the company's operations.

Trademark specialist Vanessa Ignacio "delivers everything that she promises," sources report. She works particularly closely with clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

THE FIRM Lowenstein Sandler's Roseland-based employment group handles employer training, compliance counseling and litigation. It represents clients from across a range of industry sectors, but has particularly close ties to the pharmaceutical and corporate industries. Clients include Bristol-Myers Squibb and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Sources say: "The advice is not only something that I can rely on from a legal perspective, it also offers business strategy."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Greenbaum handles a broad range of employment law matters, including workplace investigations, severance agreements and EEOC matters. "His strength is that he is very knowledgeable in the law and very thorough," sources say.

David Wissert is a seasoned litigator, and receives plaudits from clients for his "practical and pragmatic approach" and his "creative problem solving."

Amy Komoroski-Wiwi handles matters including restrictive covenant agreements, severance agreements and human resources training. "She is very good and conscientious," relates one interviewee. 

Litigation - New Jersey

THE FIRM Lowenstein Sandler's full-service litigation group offers extensive experience in advising major corporations on high-stakes disputes. The team's outstanding expertise in commercial litigation and white-collar crime defense attracts a wide range of clients, including names from the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and educational sectors. The group is also well known for its skills in insurance proceedings, and has represented Wyndham Worldwide, Lehigh Cement and Georgia-Pacific in related cases. Highlights include successfully representing KPMG in the New Jersey Supreme Court, securing the overturn of a $40 million jury verdict against the firm's client.

Sources say: "They are clear market leaders in the state."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Himmel is chair of the litigation practice and the white-collar crime defense group at the firm. Sources consider him to be "a fantastic guy - he is a litigator and a deal-maker, and is very pragmatic."

Robert Kipnees's white-collar crime practice covers criminal antitrust and tax cases, as well as securities and insurance fraud. He represents both individual clients and companies across a wide variety of industry sectors.

Lynda Bennett is regarded as a "brilliant attorney - she explains the issues clearly and comes up with excellent strategies." She is head of the insurance litigation group at the firm, and represents Lehigh Cement in a number of insurance coverage matters.

Douglas Eakeley is a "terrific lawyer," valued by clients for his "excellent ability to develop and present arguments." Of late, he has represented Merck in a class action suit worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

David Harris is chair of the commercial and business litigation group at the firm. He is commended for his "excellent business judgment," and his "phenomenal memory, which gives him an advantage in any discussion or arguments."

Lawrence Rolnick chairs the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice group, and is also active within capital markets litigation and investment management. He typically represents investment funds and municipal pension funds.

Jeffrey Wild offers expert guidance in securities litigation, and is cochair of the firm's capital markets litigation and fiduciary counseling and litigation groups.

Gavin Rooney debuts in the rankings after receiving enthusiastic praise from clients, who describe him as "very smart and a great advocate, with great strategic sense." He is also valued for his understanding of clients' business needs.

Cochair of the appellate practice group at the firm, Nicole Denise Bearce is a forceful litigator who represents clients in commercial and fiduciary cases. 

Real Estate - New Jersey

THE FIRM This team is highly regarded for its transactional work in relation to all manner of commercial real estate matters. The real estate practice group regularly handles acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing and development matters. Clients include real estate investment funds and financial institutions. 

Sources say: "I have received great advocacy and advice. They have done a great job at prioritizing the issues and are very cost efficient."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Edward Hunter is chair of the real estate practice group at the firm. He handles all matters pertaining to commercial real estate.