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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
  • 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 ‘2014 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.

Bankruptcy: 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 “pre-negotiated” 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, real estate, insurance, administrative law, antitrust, directors’ and officers’ liability, employment, unfair competition, securities, tax and business crimes.

Corporate Internal Investigations & Compliance: 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.

Corporate/M&A/Securities: 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.

Healthcare: 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, long-term care 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).

Tax & Business Crimes: The group is a leader in tax fraud investigations, with a focus on voluntary disclosures for high net worth individuals with undisclosed offshore accounts.


  • 650 College Road East,
  • Princeton,
  • New Jersey
  • USA
  • NJ 08540
  • Tel +1 609 227 4600
  • Fax +1 609 227 4646
  • 101 Park Avenue, 28th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • Tel +1 212 643 7000
  • Fax +1 212 643 6500

Retail - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department Key office is New Jersey.

What the team is known for Noted for its real estate prowess in New Jersey, attracting a significant roster of clients through its extensive experience in retail leasing. Also well placed to advise on acquisitions, disposals and the development of real estate, as well as related litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very good retail practice and understand retail issues - they're prompt and have a good depth of lawyers to cover all kinds of issues that may come up."

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Hugh Newman chairs the firm's real estate practice and is the key contact. 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New Jersey

What the team is known for Experience in dealing with all sides of bankruptcy-related matters. Continues to demonstrate particular skill in handling insolvency work in the healthcare arena. Also noted for its expertise in acting for creditors in UCC lien enforcement work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are outstanding. They offer impeccable service and are very client-oriented, smart attorneys." 

"They have good response times, a high quality of work, and a good understanding of our business and our needs."

Notable practitioners 

Clients highlight Simon Kimmelman as someone "you can rely on not only as a lawyer but also as an adviser." He is particularly experienced in handling Chapter 11 proceedings on behalf of a range of main parties.

Andrew Sherman is commended by clients as a "smart, hard-working lawyer who balances good judgment with sound legal advice." He cochairs the firm's creditors' rights and bankruptcy reorganization group.

Jack Zackin continues to be held in high esteem as an impressively experienced bankruptcy attorney who draws on significant expertise in handling Chapter 11 work.

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

What the team is known for Alongside an established general corporate practice, developed considerable expertise in healthcare, advising companies in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences arena. The firm also has particular expertise in advising foreign firms looking to enter the US market.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Gross is chairman of the firm and has deep experience within the banking and healthcare arenas. He also has a niche in representing international companies entering the US market through acquisitions or mergers.

Steven Kamen is a general mergers and acquisitions lawyer who has developed a specialty in corporate research and joint venture work. 

Ira Rosenberg is cochair of the corporate and chair of the life sciences practice group. A client described him as a "brilliant strategist on corporate transactions, who is able to pull himself away from the written word to work out where strategically things need to go." 

Max Crane is the firm's managing partner and has extensive experience counseling firms on complex corporate governance matters.

Healthcare - New Jersey

What the team is known for Full-service healthcare practice with expertise in dealing with transactional and regulatory work and internal investigations on behalf of the largest healthcare institutions in New Jersey. Large team able to offer industry clients a deep and rounded service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"Excellent lawyers who are very responsive, very knowledgeable, careful and thorough. They really care about the success of their clients and this shows in the work product every time."

"Good value and efficient as a law firm. There is nothing that they could do better."

Notable practitioners  

Chair of the healthcare group Gary Herschman is an attorney who "really knows how to design a deal," according to clients. He has expertise in high-level transactional work involving large healthcare providers. Interviewees describe him as "incredibly bright, very knowledgeable about business transactions, well connected and efficient."

Anjana Patel is known among clients to be "bright, pleasant, knowledgeable, careful and very thorough." Sources are quick to commend her expertise in handling both transactional and regulatory issues in the healthcare sector. 

Jack Wenik assists clients with governmental investigations and regulatory compliance work within the healthcare arena. Clients note that "the laws he deals with are very technical and he does a great job at explaining them."

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Offers a full-service labor and employment practice that regularly deals with matters concerning enforcing restrictive covenants, defending claims of discrimination and harassment. Represents clients in federal and state courts as well as in front of administrative bodies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive and accurate in the information they give us, and have a conservative bent that is appropriate. They understand where people are coming from when dealing with them."

Notable practitioners  

David Rosen is head of the employment law team at the firm and focuses his practice on a range of employment litigation including wrongful dismissal, employment discrimination and the defense of restrictive covenant. Sources described him as a "respected and skilled attorney."

Galit Kierkut joins the rankings this year having received outstanding feedback for her litigation counseling and training practice. Sources describe her as "very sharp and a good litigator."

Litigation - New Jersey

What the team is known for Assists financial services and healthcare clients with commercial and class action disputes at a state, national and international level. The team also handles prominent criminal and tax matters, as well as significant product liability cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I'm certainly satisfied with their rates and their attention to cost issues."

"They are doing a very fine job with the service they give us."

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Horn is recognized across the board as a preeminent tax lawyer in New Jersey. He specializes in assisting clients with criminal tax investigations and voluntary disclosures. According to commentators, "there is no finer criminal tax lawyer in New Jersey." 

Beth Rose is a skilled product liability attorney with a national profile. Sources praise her for being "a very strategic thinker who is extremely thorough and doesn't let anything slip through the cracks." She is particularly known for her expertise in the pharmaceutical sector.

Litigation practice chair Joseph Buckley represents financial institutions that are facing class actions. An interviewee described him as a "very hard worker and a bright guy" with "a terrific reputation that he has earned."

Jeffrey Greenbaum heads the class action group and is particularly strong in representing companies in nationwide disputes. Sources describe him as "a top litigator who is really bright and intellectually strong."

Mark Olinsky is a seasoned litigator with a diverse caseload that takes in white-collar, commercial and healthcare disputes. According to a client, he is "very competent and he handled a rather sticky situation very well. I would use him again in a heartbeat."

Significant clients Deborah Heart & Lung Center.

Real Estate - New Jersey

What the team is known for Offers clients a full-service practice in both transactional real estate and zoning and land use. Regularly tackles acquisitions, sales and redevelopment work for retail, office, industrial and warehouse projects. Impressive client roster includes Fortune 500 companies who turn to the firm for its experience in statewide and nationwide work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have an understanding of the resources needed, the ability to bring those resources to the transaction and a determined willingness to work diligently until the completion of the transaction."

"They represent our company on claims matters and do a fine job as good value, strong litigators."

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Moore focuses on land use and zoning matters including final site plan approval, planning board presentations and redevelopment tax exemptions. He is also noted for his expertise in the emerging solar energy industry. Clients note that "he is not only thoroughly knowledgeable in all areas but also extremely professional in how he deals with presentations before the planning board."

Margaret Black represents prominent Fortune 500 clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of real estate on a nationwide basis. She is praised for her "great ability to make sure the deal gets done if it's becoming a bit difficult. She holds everybody together and knows her business, so there is no pulling the wool over her eyes."

Philip Markowitz concentrates on assisting retail and shopping center clients, as well as others, with challenging commercial real estate deals. Clients note that he "has good experience and is very prompt."

Chair of the real estate department Jeffrey Hugh Newman possesses the full breadth of real estate skills. Sources comment that he is "very high-energy, sees the big picture, and always thinks of clients first and how to meet their needs."