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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: 54
  • Number of other attorneys: 92

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 cost-effective 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:  

Litigation: 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

Employment: 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

Corporate: 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 tax-exempt corporations.
Contact: Andrew J Stamelman

Environmental: 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

Insurance: 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

Bankruptcy: 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

Actavis LLC; Allied World National Assurance Company; American Income Life Ins. Co.; Bank of America; Assurant, Inc.; Carrier Clinic; Catalina London Ltd.; CIGNA Corp.; Crum & Forster Corp.; Ecko.Complex, L.L.C.; Enstar Group Limited; Germantown Insurance Company; Global Indemnity PLC; Global Reinsurance Corporation of America; Globe Life And Accident Ins. Co.; Gold Medal Products; Harleysville Insurance Co.; Hartford Financial; High Point Insurance Company; Highlands Insurance Company, in Receivership; IBM; Johnson & Johnson; JPMorgan Chase; Lakeland Bank; LG Electronics; Lucent Technologies, Inc.; Markel Corporation; McNeil Pharmaceuticals; Mersen USA; Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance; National Casualty Company; National Casualty Company of America Ltd; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; New Jersey Bankers Association; New York Community Bank; New York Liquidation Bureau; NVE Bank; The Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company; Plymouth Rock Assurance; PMA Insurance Group; The RiverStone Group; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; Selective Insurance Company; TD Bank; The Provident Bank; UBS; United American Insurance Company; Vitaquest International, Inc.; Wakefern Food Corp.; Zurich American Insurance Company.


  • 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

Transportation - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New Jersey

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its expertise in handling Chapter 11 proceedings, fielding significant litigation strength. Acts for diverse clients such as secured creditors and creditors' committees, and offers experience across areas such as real estate restructuring, healthcare bankruptcy work and mass tort disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They take the time to understand our business and will always offer guidance that is in our best interests and is the most effective approach with regard to our legal spend."

"As a layperson they have helped me understand the bankruptcy procedure, and I found that very helpful."

Work highlights Acted for G-I Holdings in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which involved multiple asbestos personal injury claims brought against the company.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Schwartz is a talented litigator who "goes to the ends of the earth for his clients." His experience includes representing creditors' committees in complex bankruptcy proceedings. Clients note that he is "extremely well prepared when he goes into the courtroom and has always done his homework."

Dennis O'Grady is a highly acclaimed attorney among the bankruptcy Bar in New Jersey and is viewed as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable lawyers in the field. Clients praised his ability to take complex legal issues and "explain them in simple terms."

Significant clients Wilmington Trust Company, The Provident Bank, Law Debenture Trust Company of New York.

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

What the team is known for Covers all aspects of complicated transactions in sectors including food, consumer products, recycling and apparel. Recent work includes advising companies from South Korea and France on US matters, as well as serving domestic clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were attentive, informed and creative about protecting our interests." 

Work highlights Advised MEE Apparel on the sale of its 49% stake in IP Holdings to Iconix Brand Group. IP Holdings is a joint venture set up to own the IP of Ecko, Marc Ecko, Cut & Sew and several related brands.

Notable practitioners  

William Connolly has experience coordinating international midmarket deals and is particularly strong in helping overseas companies seeking to enter the US market.

Charles Detrizio is described by one of his clients as "a smart, hard-working, detail-oriented attorney who comes up with a lot of things that other lawyers don't think of." In addition to being a partner in the corporate department, he is also the co-head of the firm's energy group.

Significant clients A.M. Best Company, Equinox Fund Management, Harvest Power, Bed Bath & Beyond, Jaguar Land Rover North America.

Environment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Ably tackles large, sophisticated cases due to the depth of its bench and the high levels of experience offered by its attorneys. Maintains a particular focus on complex site remediation negotiations, while also offering expertise across the board in a broader range of transactional and litigation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have one of the deepest benches in New Jersey."

Work highlights Represented G&S Motor Equipment in litigation concerning a multimillion-dollar remediation at what was a transformer rebuilding site.

Acted for Hudson Improvement Company in the remediation of an industrial property in Jersey City.

Notable practitioners  

Dennis Krumholz is described by a peer as "an absolutely top-rate attorney." He heads the department and focuses on litigating complex environmental cases. 

Samuel Moulthrop is an "excellent environmental litigator," and has extensive experience with environmental compliance and CERCLA issues. As well as being a notable environmental attorney, he also heads the firm's white-collar defense practice.

Marilynn Greenberg's impressive practice includes a focus on remediation and cost recovery action. A client commented that she was "incredibly thorough and thoughtful."

Steven Senior has extensive skills in site remediation and ISRA compliance. He is recognized by sources as a "key player" who "knows what he is doing really well."

Jeffrey Wagenbach focuses on transactional and regulatory matters. He represents G&S Motor Equipment in a $10 million litigation in North Carolina.

Alexa Richman-La Londe is a strong "up-and-coming" attorney within the environmental practice and has recently been involved in several matters involving CERCLA sites. 

Significant clients AIG, Alcatel Lucent, BAE Systems, Calpine Corporation, Berry Plastics Corporation.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Respected employment litigation team representing large and midsized companies. Also provides internal investigation and counseling services. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"At partner and associate level they are very diligent, attentive and keep me informed. They also have a good grasp of material information from the point of view of an in-house litigator."

Work highlights Defended GSC Group and their CEO against a former employee's claim of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.  

Notable practitioners  

Michael Furey is an experienced employment litigator and co-head of the labor and employment department. Clients remark that he is "very informed and makes thoughtful decisions."

Significant clients IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé Infant Nutrition, AMBest, Northeast Great Dane.

Litigation - New Jersey

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."

Insurance department cochair Shawn 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."

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.

Real Estate - New Jersey

What the team is known for Recommended for its significant expertise in New Jersey and New York real estate law. Represents nascent technology companies in areas such as commercial leasing and also advises clients such as large retailers on sales and acquisitions.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Racioppi is a "responsive and knowledgeable" attorney with strength on the financial side of real estate. He handles diverse matters such as joint venture formation, foreclosure work and leasing. Clients note that he is "a deal-maker who knows his stuff and never takes his eyes away from where we are trying to get to."