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Gibbons P.C.


Gibbons P.C. - Newark
  • One Gateway Center
  • Newark
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 07102
  • Chairman & Managing Director: Patrick C Dunican Jr
  • Number of directors: 122
  • Number of other lawyers: 108
  • 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 pre-eminent 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 Profiles in Diversity Journal as a “Diversity Leader”.

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

Corporate: 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

What the team is known for Full-service New Jersey firm with a deep bankruptcy bench enhanced by its strong Northeastern presence. Houses extensive litigation capabilities and regularly handles complex bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation before state courts. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They dig deep, are responsive and do their best to protect our interests."

Work highlights Acted for family-owned Pennsylvania corporation United Gilsonite Laboratories in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. This is in relation to the number of asbestos-related personal injury and wrongful death claims filed against the company.

Notable practitioners  

Department chair Karen Giannelli is held in high regard for her expertise in the financial restructuring and creditors' rights fields. She recently led the representation of United Gilsonite Laboratories in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Mark Conlan is "a savvy, practical lawyer" who is highlighted for his impressive litigation capabilities. His recent work includes representing the litigation trustee of the DBSI Estate Litigation Trust in an attempt to recover tens of millions of dollars in alleged fraudulent transfers.

David Crapo has particular expertise in insolvency matters involving healthcare entities. He recently led the representation of Incline Therapeutics in relation to the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of PRACS Institute.

Frank Vecchione is seen as a "dean of the bankruptcy bench in New Jersey" and is widely recognized for his extensive experience in this space.  

Dale Barney is a litigator who attracts significant praise for his bankruptcy dispute work, with sources noting that he is "aggressive in the courtroom and also very practical." He recently led the representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Strauss Discount Auto Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Significant clients Strauss Discount Auto, Copper Tire & Rubber, Armstrong World Industries.

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

What the team is known for A well-regarded team that is often called upon by New Jersey institutions in large privatizations of state assets. Also acts for such clients on related areas, including real estate. Provides clients with international expertise in countries such as Japan, Germany and the UK.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very commercial, dependable attorneys who think outside the box and can go toe to toe with some of the largest New York-based firms."

"They are particularly effective at striking a balance between rigorously protecting my interest while not creating friction between the buyer and seller and risking the transaction." 

Work highlights Represented Rowan University in its successful absorption of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Cannone is chairman of the corporate department at Gibbons. His clients praise him "as an exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable" attorney who is "number one in responsiveness and project management."

Significant clients Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, DAT-Schaub Holding, JPMorgan Securities, New Jersey Division of Investment, Schaffner Holding.

Environment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Runs the gamut of environmental law in New Jersey. Involved in high-profile litigation as well as regulatory compliance, brownfield redevelopment and real estate transactions, and represents a number of large multinational corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are knowledgeable and have the ability to develop and present a position in favor of the client." 

"They have done a very good job, and are very, very responsive." 

Work highlights Defended Bayer CropScience against a claim brought by the NJDEP in relation to natural resource damages in Middlesex. Successfully brought this matter to a close with a favorable settlement.

Acted for United Real Estate Development Associates and Penn Windsor Plaza in defending against environmental cost recovery claims. This litigation was concluded with the negotiation of a settlement advantageous to the client.  

Notable practitioners  

Irvin Freilich heads the environmental team and is praised by sources for his "smart and practical" approach. He leads the representation of Honeywell International in a range of environmental matters.

The "tremendous and super-smart" William Hatfield is a highly experienced litigator, and recently acted as lead litigation liaison counsel for a joint defense group in relation to a hazardous waste site in Long Island City.

Camille Otero represents a wide range of clients in Superfund and toxic tort cases as well as advising companies on compliance and remediation issues. She is rapidly carving out a strong reputation in this space.

John Klock is an "excellent lawyer with a strong engineering background." He is an impressively experienced trial lawyer and led the defense of numerous clients in the Lower Passaic River Study Area.

Susanne Peticolas is praised by clients for her "level of knowledge and familiarity with the law." She acted for Vulcan Materials on its CERCLA litigation, reaching an innovative settlement including a part parcel transfer.

Significant clients Ashland, Avon Products, BASF, Rockwell Automation, Textron.

Healthcare - New Jersey

What the team is known for Possesses particular expertise in defending clients from claims of healthcare fraud, abuse and waste. Also assists healthcare providers with real estate issues, transactional work and nonprofit issues among others.

Work highlights Represented Incline Therapeutics in relation to clinical research provider PRACS Institute's Chapter 7 bankruptcy. 

Represented Summit Medical Group in defense of a federal False Claims Act complaint.  

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Levy focuses on litigating and investigating cases of alleged healthcare fraud around the country. Market commentators describe him as a "terrific lawyer" in litigation.

Significant clients Liberty Healthcare System, Kessler Foundation, Wakefern Food, Meridian Health, Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey. 

Intellectual Property - New Jersey

What the team is known for Recognized for its expertise in IP litigation including Hatch-Waxman cases. Also advises clients on due diligence matters and patent portfolio management.

Work highlights Advised Achates Reference Publishing in an action against BMC Software alleging infringements of two patents.

Represented ITT in defending a claim brought by an individual alleging his image was used by the company on the cover of a catalog without his consent.

Notable practitioners  

Sheila McShane is a patent litigation expert with notable expertise in the pharmaceutical, software and chemical process sectors. She recently advised Pfizer on the defense of a Hatch-Waxman action regarding a patent covering the active ingredient in its drug Detrol.

"Great leader" David De Lorenzi focuses on advising clients in the life sciences, consumer products and telecommunications sectors on a wide range of IP matters. Recent highlights include representing Schneider on a patent infringement action in the Northern District of Texas.

Significant clients Covidien, GE, Google, Novo Nordisk, Merck.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Displays great strength in employment law and defends companies and academic institutions from discrimination, unfair dismissal and retaliation claims. Represents large public companies in a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare and insurance, as well as prominent academic institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very responsive, know the law and produce beautiful work products while thinking outside the box."

"The firm is cost-effective, which was one of the reasons we chose them over the usual counsel for these matters. They staffed reasonably, even leanly, but they have the resources of a big firm."

Work highlights Successfully represented Chubb in numerous employment claims made against them. These ranged from claims of alleged discrimination based on disability, gender, race and age.

Notable practitioners  

Christine Amalfe is a highly skilled litigator and chair of the firm's employment and labor law department. One source attests: "We rely on her judgment and instincts when we have difficult issues."

Kelly Ann Bird has a well-established practice advising clients on regulatory and compliance issues. Sources note her strong comprehension of clients' businesses and comment that she is "strong on her feet in court."

Susan Nardone is the lead partner on all matters for Chubb and has extensive experience defending against all types of discrimination claims. She also advises clients outside the courtroom on how to tackle challenging compliance issues.

Mitchell Boyarsky is a new addition to the rankings this year and is applauded as "not only being incredibly knowledgeable but also extremely personable and approachable."

Significant clients ICAP North America, Seton Hall University, Manhattan Physicians Laboratories, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Hoffmann-La Roche.

Litigation - New Jersey

What the team is known for Impressive depth across a series of disputes, with a leading presence in commercial disputes on behalf of clients from all industrial sectors. Also offers expertise in cases involving product liability claims and white-collar criminal cases relating to a number of areas including securities, antitrust and healthcare fraud and abuse.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Gibbons is very impressive. One of the best firms I have had the pleasure to work with."

"An excellent firm with a number of very good litigators."

Work highlights Represented a series of electric utilities and generators in their challenge to New Jersey's Long Term Capacity Agreement Pilot Program.

Retained by Hoffmann-La Roche in mass tort litigation arising from more than 7,000 cases alleging gastrointestinal effects from one of its drug products.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Griffinger is a fixture of the New Jersey Bar and offers expertise in securities, bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. Sources say he is "very thoughtful and substantively strong. He has earned his reputation and doesn't take it for granted."

Lawrence Lustberg is a "very good trial lawyer and is a leader among the Bar," according to commentators. He chairs the firm's criminal defense department and led its representation of hedge fund Tiger Asia Management in a government investigation.

Bruce Levy is a seasoned white-collar practitioner who has extensive experience in assisting clients from the healthcare sector. Peers said that "he has developed a niche doing healthcare fraud work and within that sector he is a go-to guy."

Kim Catullo chairs the firm's product liability practice and has led representations of Honeywell and Stryker. A client said that she is a "great thinker who is very strategic and knowledgeable about the local practice as well as the subject matter she handles."

Robert MacPherson handles commercial and construction litigation and has experience in representing developers and subcontractors in a series of high-value deals.

Michael McDonald is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on consumer class actions, recently defending Brother International against such claims. He also possesses skills as an arbitrator and mediator.

Commercial litigation group chair Brian McMahon is known to be "a true litigator who is a tough adversary." He has a broad practice which takes in various disputes including those involving securities, M&A activity and contractual issues.

Esteemed practitioner John Gibbons is "a well-respected and brilliant jurist," according to market commentators.

Significant clients Northrop Grumman, Genentech, JPMorgan Securities, Marriott International, Procter & Gamble.     

Real Estate - New Jersey

What the team is known for Assists clients working on major transactions and redevelopment opportunities in the tristate area. Handles sales, acquisitions, permitting and development work across large commercial, office and government properties. Frequently retained by corporations seeking to relocate, advising on the sale and subsequent acquisition or leasing of new property.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"I appreciated their reputation, size and total professionalism; in many cases they are the best."

"They have the invaluable depth of knowledge to handle any matter."

Work highlights Represented Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in relation to its new national headquarters and campus in Whippany. Handled matters such as the site purchase, development and construction, while also advising on the sale of its former site. 

Advised Public Service Electric and Gas Company on its Solar 4 All program, involving the development of solar farms on brownfield sites in the state.

Notable practitioners  

Cochair of the department Russell Bershad is an experienced transactional real estate attorney who is an expert in handling financing, leasing and conveyance issues. One client stated: "He is one of the most talented legal minds I have ever had the pleasure of working with; his ability to think through a complicated transaction while analyzing the future implications of any decision is without equal."

Significant clients Ahold USA/Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, Hoffmann-La Roche, JPMorgan Chase, ITT Corporation, McDonald’s.