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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: 116
  • Number of other lawyers: 181

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’s Corporate Practice has extensive experience in corporate counseling and transactional work as well as business reorganizations. The Corporate Practice 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: Lowenstein Sandler’s Litigation Practice 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, class action defense litigation, environmental litigation and toxic tort defense, insurance coverage litigation, capital markets and securities.

Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights: Lowenstein Sandler’s Bankruptcy Practice has extensive experience representing debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors and investors in high-profile 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’s Insurance Practice 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 collected more than $500 million in settlements and judgments. Lawyers in the practice advise and litigate in insurance matters involving directors and 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 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: Lowenstein Sandler’s Tech Group counsels techdriven businesses and their investors at all stages of growth and has earned a reputation for excellence in venture capital, growth equity and other financing transactions. The Tech Group closed more than 1,000 private company venture, growth, private equity and angel transactions in the last two years. The Tech Group covers all aspects of transactional work so that in addition to the venture and growth deals described above, the group represents tech companies and their investors in mergers and acquisitions, venture debt, venture/PE fund formation and IPOs. The Tech Group also houses Lowenstein Sandler’s intellectual property practice, which covers patent prosecution, licensing, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, outsourcing, procurement, joint ventures, the protection, acquisition and disposition of intellectual property and litigation involving IP.

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 also advises clients on prenuptial agreements, charitable planning, business counseling and fiduciary litigation, thus providing a broad range of services to high-net-worth individuals and their businesses.

White-Collar Defense: Lowenstein Sandler’s White-Collar Defense Practice 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

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Palo Alto and Roseland, New Jersey.

What the team is known for Busy practice with a strong presence in California and New York. Notable skill in fund formation, financing, strategy and counseling of portfolio companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were extremely diligent, supportive and dedicated to protecting our company. We were extremely happy with the outcome and their efforts. I would never consider using another firm."

"What really sets the Lowenstein team apart is how much value they add outside just legal work. The team's connections to the technology community, relationships with very strategic individuals and community-building event programs all really differentiate the Lowenstein product in my mind." 

Work highlights Represented Yext in its sale of Felix, and its related $27 million series E preferred stock financing.

Advised Moda Operandi on its $36 million series C funding. 

Notable practitioners  

Edward Zimmerman is a well-known figure in the market who has an impressive venture capital practice. Sources remark: "He is extremely well connected and a lawyer who understands early-stage finance like no other.”

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New Jersey

What the team is known for Dominant bankruptcy group commended for its ability to handle a broad range of matters for diverse clients such as debtors, asset purchasers and trade creditors. Particularly noted for its deep expertise in representing creditors' committees in complex work such as major Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are clearly one of the preeminent firms in this space; they are very creative and business solution-oriented."

"They are top-notch and they manage their cases economically and efficiently."

Work highlights Represented the unsecured creditors' committee in the Exide Technologies bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners  

Sharon Levine is "an excellent litigator" and serves as vice chair of the firm's bankruptcy, financial reorganization and creditors' rights practice. Clients are quick to praise her, noting that "she is just extremely smart and gets to the heart of the matter promptly; she is top-notch."

Bruce Buechler is adept across a range of bankruptcy and restructuring law, and is particularly experienced in debtor and creditors' committee representations. Sources note that he is "smart, efficient, practical and very well prepared."

The "fantastic" Michael Etkin is highly regarded for his representation of plaintiffs in major class actions involving bankruptcy. His recent work includes acting for investors in connection with the Residential Capital Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 

John Sherwood is a talented litigator who is particularly valued by clients for his "good understanding of, and ability to explain, bankruptcy process and procedures."

Kenneth Rosen is highly experienced across debtor and creditors' committee work and offers particular expertise in acting for members of the board of directors in a bankruptcy. Sources consistently highlight his strong negotiation skills.

Significant clients Big M, official committee of unsecured creditors of Oreck Corporation, Walgreens.

Corporate/M&A - New Jersey

What the team is known for One of the most proficient teams in New Jersey. Able to handle transactions and mergers in all industries and has an especially strong financial services track record. Extensive work on complex venture capital, private equity, hedge funds and banking work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A corporate powerhouse with great depth of practice." 

"First-rate: a top firm."  

Work highlights The team represented J.H. Cohn in its merger with the Reznick Group to form CohnReznick, the 11th largest accountancy firm in the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Ehrenberg is chair of the corporate practice and is "a great lawyer who is very patient, ethical and client-oriented." One client rated him as "amazing and wickedly smart." 

Alan Wovsaniker focuses his practice on M&A and securities work, as well as capital markets, as his role as lead partner on Cancer Genetics' IPO demonstrates. Peers enthuse that he is "superb attorney." 

Edward Zimmerman is a strong venture capital lawyer and specializes in advising fledgling technology companies. He is described as "a very intelligent attorney who is knowledgeable."

Anthony Pergola serves as vice chair of the firm's technology group, and one client described him as a "bright, personable attorney who understands the business needs that I have."

Robert Minion has extensive experience in investment management, private equity and hedge funds. Clients note that "he has an encyclopedic knowledge of securities law coupled with experience of its practical application." 

Raymond Thek is vice chair of the tech practice group and splits his time between the Roseland office and New York. He garners praise from clients for his ability to explain and simplify complex legal issues.

Significant clients Lakeland Bancorp, Cancer Genetics, NeoStem, Pivot.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - New Jersey

What the team is known for Offers its clients adroit advice in benefits and executive compensation law, tax and compliance issues. Provides expertise on the effect of mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies on clients' businesses and their potential benefit liabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are phenomenal and are great at explaining complicated issues in layman's terms to the clients. They have good turnaround times and also charge a very fair rate."

"I really appreciate the people over there as their response times are really fast and they are logical, practical and don't complicate the matter trying to run up the bill. They are on it."

Work highlights Defended Telcordia Technologies and the fiduciaries of the firm's pension plan from litigation bought by a retiree for reinstatement of pension benefits. The pension benefits were reduced to the correct amount after being incorrectly calculated ten years earlier. All the plaintiff's complaints were dismissed with prejudice.

The team provide counsel to the Transport Workers Union on employee and tax benefit matters related to the bankruptcy of American Airlines.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Graw is chair of the department and a seasoned retirement plan and employee benefit attorney. One client names him "one of the best resources at my fingertips; if a question comes up he will explain things to me properly. He is even-keeled, not an alarmist and is always thorough."

Christine Osvald-Mruz joins the rankings this year. Sources comment that she "really knows her stuff, and for a complex topic like stock and restrictive agreements she gets to the meat of it."

Significant clients Vornado Realty Trust, Church & Dwight, Tower International, Donna Karan, Kings Supermarkets.    

Environment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Acknowledged for its deep-rooted expertise across the board in environmental matters, with experience in matters such as complex toxic tort defense on a state and countrywide basis. Also very active in a number of Superfund cases in the state, and remains a popular choice for transactional work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We are very happy with them - they are responsive and helpful, and nothing could make the experience better at all."

Work highlights Represented the Marmon Group in an estimated $100 million CERCLA cost recovery lawsuit related to a site at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Acted as common counsel to the Borne Chemical Company Site Participating Group, providing advice on a range of issues related to remediation and brownfield development.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Ricci heads up Lowenstein's environmental practice and is described by sources as a "marvelous and effective attorney." His recent work includes leading the representation of the Bourne Chemical Company Site Participating Group.

Michael Dore is characterized as a "very capable and experienced" environmental attorney, and advises clients on a range of complex matters such as toxic tort litigation, vapor intrusion issues and insurance counseling.

Michael Rodburg is a "founding father of environment law in New Jersey who is revered as smart and extremely able to represent his clients effectively." He has had over four decades' experience practicing a wide range of environmental law in the state.

James Stewart acts as lead partner for the firm on both the Passaic River and Berry's Creek Study Area Superfund cases. Clients praised his strong legal knowledge and his ability to take complex legal language and render it understandable.

Significant clients Purdue Pharma Technologies, Aramark, Getty Realty, Johnson Matthey.

Intellectual Property - New Jersey

What the team is known for Advises companies of all sizes from startups to established multinationals on a range of IP issues. A focus on IP transactions, patent portfolio strategy, patent prosecution and licensing. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The service level is good across all the people we've used."

"They are very good communicators." 

Work highlights Advised Institutional Venture Partners on music and IP licensing matters relating to its investment in TuneIn.

Acted as privacy counsel to Vitamin Shoppe in the transfer of a customer database from Super Supplements.

Notable practitioners  

Mary Hildebrand is particularly commended by peers for her expertise on licensing matters. Her clients include venture-backed companies in the e-commerce, cleantech and medical devices sectors.

Robert Paradiso has a great deal of knowledge and experience in the life sciences space. He frequently advises clients on patent prosecution and litigation.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Merck, Google, Symantec, Intel, Purdue Pharma.

Labor & Employment - New Jersey

What the team is known for Possesses the ability and experience to service any client facing labor and employment issues. Varied client roster including hedge funds, private equity firms and life science companies, among others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very attentive to us and have quick turnaround times. They're always accessible, reasonable and have our best interests at heart."

"We found them to be responsive and thoughtful. They are extraordinarily helpful and I trust their judgment completely."

Notable practitioners  

David Wissert chairs the firm's employment practice and is noted for the strength of his counseling on employment issues. Sources say that he is "exceptionally responsive and available" and "very client and service-oriented."

William Greenbaum is particularly noted for his handling of employment law issues pertaining to the pharmaceutical and life science arena. Clients applaud his "sage and well-informed" advice.

Amy Komoroski-Wiwi joins the rankings this year after being identified as a rising star for labor and employment matters. A client tells us that "she is very objective, can answer any question in a concise manner and develops a plan quickly. She lets us know the options and shows a real interest in learning our business, so advice is not just legal but takes into regard the business case."

Significant clients Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sun Products, MAC Cosmetics, Warner Chilcott, Forest Laboratories. 

Litigation - New Jersey

What the team is known for Powerful presence in New Jersey in litigation across the board, expertly handling general commercial, insurance and white-collar criminal disputes. Experienced in acting on behalf of large corporations in the pharmaceutical, construction and financial service industries at both state and national level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Individually and firmwise it has always delivered high-quality advice and given strong guidance in complex and difficult situations."

"The firm offers very attractive rates and is very conscious of making sure bills are not excessive."

Work highlights Defended Bristol-Myers Squibb in multiple cases alleging personal injury and property damage stemming from chemical exposure at a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

Acted for Lehigh Cement in two environmental liability claims in relation to pollution liability insurance policies.

Notable practitioners  

Lynda Bennett has experience in the construction defect, asbestos and healthcare areas, and offers assistance to policyholder clients needing assistance in insurance litigation. Clients praise her for being "very accessible, responsive, practical and easygoing."

Douglas Eakeley cochairs the firm's class action defense and derivative litigation practice. According to clients, "Doug has stature and gravitas, and if I go to a courtroom in New Jersey, I want Doug on my team."

Michael Himmel is head of both the litigation and white-collar criminal defense practices at the firm. A peer described him as "very experienced and highly competent. He can identify the strengths and weaknesses of a case and gets the best disposition for his clients."

David Harris serves as the head of the commercial and business litigation department, and has recently led the firm's representation of U.S. Home Corporation. Commentators say he is "just an excellent lawyer."

Robert Kipnees is a talented white-collar and criminal lawyer. He has recently been active in assisting clients with voluntary disclosure of financial assets to avoid future prosecution. Interviewees commend him for his "good breadth of knowledge" and "good knowledge of computer fraud cases."

Lawrence Rolnick is "a good advocate and a practical thinker." He led the firm's representation of W.R. Huff Asset Management in high-value securities litigation with Adelphia Communications.

The "extremely knowledgeable" Gavin Rooney is lauded for his "terrific strategic sense and encyclopedic knowledge of a case." He has a broad commercial litigation practice including, but not limited to, securities cases and class actions.

Jeffrey Wild is cochair of the capital markets litigation practice, and also leads the trusts and estates litigation practice. He has a healthy reputation for advising corporations on fiduciary matters. 

Significant clients Wyndham Worldwide, Unilever, Target, Prudential Financial, GlaxoSmithKline.          

Real Estate - New Jersey

What the team is known for Experienced team with particular expertise in representing developers across a broad range of transactional real estate issues throughout the Northeast. Regularly tackles the leasing, financing and management of major portfolios. 

Notable practitioners  

Edward Hunter leads the real estate team and is well versed in all aspects of commercial real estate matters, offering notable transactional expertise.