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Litigation: General Commercial — New Jersey


Blank Rome LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Significant commercial litigation practice, offering sought-after representation across a range of cases including securities, antitrust, environmental, construction and cybersecurity disputes. Further highlighted for its federal appellate work and for its experience in class action defense.

Strengths A client comments: "The quality of the work by the firm is superior and the expertise that the firm demonstrates is of the highest standard."

Another client adds: "They are practical and cost-effective. They are a very good choice if you need a New Jersey litigator."

Work highlights Represented TGI Fridays in two related class action lawsuits: one regarding the omission of drinks prices from the menu and the other relating to raising drinks prices during a customer's visit without notification.

Notable practitioners

"An authority in the state," Stephen Orlofsky is a very highly regarded within the litigation community in New Jersey. A former United States District Judge, he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as arguing cases in appellate courts. A client comments: "I have witnessed his preparation and delivery before an appellate court and found both to be of the highest standard," and adds: "I am always confident that I have the best attorney in the room."

Carlos Ortiz is an experienced trial lawyer specializing in white-collar criminal defense work and government investigations. He also represents clients in cases concerning violations of the TCPA.

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Our 20-lawyer team handles commercial litigation, securities, antitrust, IP, product liability, environmental disputes, and white-collar criminal defense and investigations. We also we have enjoyed tremendous success in the appellate courts in the last five years.

In recent years, we have defended many consumer class actions, and have a good record at trial. Specifically, we have handled several cases under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act and Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty Notification Act. We also have a dedicated team of lawyers focused on consumer finance litigation.

We have a strong construction litigation practice. Acting for architects, builders, developers, property owners, and property managers, we regularly litigate claims arising from construction defect and delay claims.

Our increasingly strong white-collar criminal defense practice takes in government investigations, internal investigations and represents companies faced with allegations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

We have vast experience in the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, and have worked on a number of these cases in recent years, including some that have gone to the Supreme Court.

Our top environmental litigation practice handles much Superfund litigation and toxic tort defense.

Hatch-Waxman cases also are an increasing part of our practice.

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for An esteemed team of trial and appellate litigators, frequently chosen for its wide experience in securities, contract and construction disputes. Strength in the complex civil litigation space is supplemented by deep capabilities in white-collar criminal defense and government investigations, with an impressive roster of lawyers with state and federal government experience.

Strengths One client says: "The firm is an excellent resource; they have extraordinary lawyers who care deeply for their clients. They represented our interests with diligence and provided valuable recommendations. They allowed us to make a critical decision with ease."

A market source adds: "It is an excellent firm, and the white-collar group is exceptional. They have outstanding lawyers in their personnel; people of great judgment and personality. Their work is of the highest quality."

Work highlights Represented PwC in a securities class action in which the plaintiff claimed that PwC's audit report made inaccurate opinions, which it was alleged constituted false statements.

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Matthew Beck is a well-known figure within the white-collar Bar who represents individuals and companies in corporate investigations, securities litigation and white-collar matters. He is described by fellow lawyers as "an outstanding, well-rounded attorney."

Adam Derman has expertise in a wide range of contractual and commercial disputes. A client describes him as "exceptionally smart and very talented in terms of getting command of the facts that are of issue. He provides very practical guidance and is not trigger-happy as a litigator - he is incredibly effective."

Ross Pearlson is an experienced commercial litigator who focuses on handling complex securities and healthcare disputes. Clients acknowledge him as "a trusted adviser and counselor; he does what is best for the client," while peers note: "He organizes a strategy and sticks to it, follows it through and successfully executes it."

Paul Schafhauser has extensive courtroom experience at both trial and appellate level, handling a wide range of commercial disputes. A client describes him as "very creative in dealing with challenging situations, and he provides solutions that are effective and cost-conscious."

Lee Vartan is a reputable figure within the white-collar arena, with expertise in areas that include money laundering and securities fraud. Market sources comment: "He has a tremendous reservoir of experience, and a wealth of state experience and contacts," adding: "He is an outstanding lawyer, really first-rate."

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Cole Schotz P.C. - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Wins praise for the strength of its commercial litigation practice and the depth of its trial experience. Handles complex litigation across the USA, including business, construction, real estate, IP, product liability, bankruptcy and insurance cases. Also noted for its impressive e-discovery capabilities.

Strengths A client comments: "The service is really excellent. They are always available, very focused on results, very transparent in their answers and their communications, and they're honest with regards to taking direction from the client."

A market source adds: "They have been incredibly attentive and great with following up. They are really great litigators."

Work highlights Acted for Top Shelf Electric in litigation arising from delays and defects relating to the construction of The Oosten.

Notable practitioners

Steven Klein is described by a client as "available for advice any time of the day or night, responding immediately to questions and taking the time to explain things in layman's terms," adding: "He is really sharp; I feel very at ease with him representing me." He has experience litigating a wide variety of commercial disputes and chancery matters.

Leo Leyva represents a wide array of clients in a rich variety of corporate disputes. He is described by a client as "really excellent at combining business initiative with the law and very practical but very protective," adding: "He is really smart and really driven, and always exceeds expectations."

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One of the region’s largest, most experienced groups of commercial trial lawyers, our Litigation Department has achieved success in hundreds of trials in state and federal courts.  Throughout New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Texas and Florida we are recognized as a “bet the company” litigation team.  We frequently arbitrate and mediate as alternatives to litigation.  We also counsel our clients on how to avoid litigation.  First and foremost, our clients see us as problem solvers.

We represent a diverse group of companies and individuals, from all industries, in business disputes in state and federal court litigation, through trial and appeal, as well as in mediation and arbitration.  Specifically, we represent and guide clients in shareholder, partner and member disputes; contract disputes, claims of unfair competition and tortious interference, claims of state and federal statutory violations, such as antitrust, trademark, copyright and patent infringement, racketeering (RICO), and claims of fraud, whether securities, lender, consumer or business fraud, as well as numerous other types of inter- and intra-company disputes.  We have vast experience in identifying, seeking and obtaining the necessary and proper legal and equitable relief and remedies required by our clients, including, but not limited to, temporary restraining orders, preliminary and permanent injunctions, declaratory judgments, specific performance and monetary damages.


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Day Pitney LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highlighted for its expert civil litigation practice which includes significant experience in handling financial services disputes as well as real estate cases and restrictive covenant matters. Noted for its increasing activity in handling legal malpractice claims, and maintains a well-regarded product liability defense practice.

Strengths One client describes Day Pitney as "the best firm we have worked with. The combination of responsiveness and thoroughness is unparalleled, and they will do what it takes to get a job done."

Another client adds: "They never quit. They're willing to go the extra mile, constantly looking to evolve and get better, and they're always ahead of the curve. They're one of the best firms in New Jersey and the surrounding area."

Work highlights Represented a group of community hospitals in contesting an insurance plan offered by Horizon Healthcare.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Haglund is a well-regarded product liability specialist with a wealth of courtroom experience. He is described by market sources as a "fine litigator" and "a trusted resource."

Dennis LaFiura regularly defends clients in high-stakes product liability litigation, representing an array of companies in the automotive and hospitality sectors, among others. One client notes: "He is an outstanding trial lawyer. It's hard to find a lawyer who excels in both the preparation and strategy, and he's capable of doing both at a very, very high level."

Anthony Marchetta represents clients in complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on intellectual property cases. "He has a brilliant legal mind," notes one source. "He's the best at fighting a strategic war and bringing it to a peaceful conclusion. A strong advocate who can win any battle: if I was in the trenches, I'd want him next to me."

Joy Harmon Sperling is "one of a kind," according to one client. "She has great vision; her experience, legal acumen, insight and foresight are so valuable. She is so clear and cogent in making a legal argument - I'd hate to go up against her." She focuses on high-value commercial disputes, regularly representing institutional lenders and investors.

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Dechert LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Respected commercial litigation practice, particularly highlighted for its experience in the life sciences field. Offers expertise in an array of transactional, securities and intellectual property disputes at all levels of the courts. Further areas of focus include large-scale class actions and mass torts.

Strengths A client says: "They are very bright individuals who are subject matter experts in the field and have great wisdom in this area. I am very impressed with their approach; they take difficult concepts and distill them in a way that is cogent, which allows us to form decisions and move forward."

Notable practitioners

David Kotler represents a range of major mutual funds involved in significant litigation. According to one client, "he is very intelligent, explains things well, takes on very difficult questions and answers them upfront and honestly. He's a very impressive litigator; I have the highest degree of confidence in David and I'm very glad he's at the wheel."

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Robust litigation practice offering recognized experience of commercial, insurance coverage and product liability disputes. Frequently represents top clients from financial services, pharmaceutical, medical device, telecommunications and real estate companies. Further well known for its expertise in consumer class action defense.

Strengths A market source comments: "In the courtroom and in ethics investigations work, they're a leader in both. They are a very good firm with some well-respected lawyers."

A market source adds: "Their New Jersey office in its own right is a powerhouse; they've got some great folks over there. The Drinker name carries a lot of weight around here."

Work highlights Represented GE in a class action lawsuit concerning alleged defects in a gas oven.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Campion is revered within the state for his distinguished career in civil litigation. Market sources describe him as "an outstanding lawyer with an outstanding reputation" and "a role model of mine for many years; a terrific lawyer and professional."

James Altieri has significant experience appearing in highly publicized insurance coverage disputes. He is described by market sources as a "well regarded" and "great lawyer."

Susan Sharko is a highly rated product liability litigator who dedicates her practice to defending clients in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Market sources comment: "She has been prominent in pharmaceutical litigation for many years."

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Notable group of litigators, covering the gamut of commercial disputes for clients in a range of industries, with the notable inclusion of financial services companies and broker-dealers. Areas of strength include securities cases, contractual disputes, patent claims and environmental litigation.

Strengths A market source says of the group: "They've done a really nice job with their litigation group. I've tried with and against them and their reputation is really growing in New Jersey."

Work highlights Acted for Kimberlee Williams and a class action group of asbestos plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought against BASF.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Pollock is described by market sources as "a very creative thinker; a hard-nosed lawyer who is tough, very smart and gets good results." He is particularly well regarded for his representation of policyholders in complex insurance coverage claims.

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Gibbons P.C. - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Regional litigation powerhouse that acts on high-stakes disputes involving an impressive range of issues including ERISA class actions, breach of contract claims and shareholder derivative actions. Also recognized for its broad coverage of product liability litigation, which includes expertise in cutting-edge consumer fraud disputes. Maintains a strong bench of white-collar criminal defense experts, including notable former prosecutors, who act on large-scale investigations and enforcement proceedings across a range of industries. Impressive New Jersey presence is augmented by offices in New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Strengths A market source comments: "They have a well-deserved reputation and a good, aggressive team. Frankly, they are a class act."

A client adds: "They are unique in that they're goal-oriented rather than process-driven. They understand that a quick and effective result is more important to our business than an esoteric legal battle. I really appreciate working with them."

Work highlights Assisted the New Jersey Legislature in a motion to uphold two laws permitting wagering on sporting events in casinos and racetracks.

Notable practitioners

Michael Griffinger has a wealth of experience handling commercial disputes, including antitrust and securities litigation. Peers describe him as "a wonderful lawyer and person. He has a great level of experience and capability, and sheer intelligence and ability," adding: "He is universally regarded by the Bar as a class act; it's an incredible pleasure to work with him."

Lawrence Lustberg is one of the most respected and recognized figures within the white-collar criminal defense Bar. He is described by market sources as "unique: one of, if not the best lawyer in our space. He's a rock star, a force of nature." A client adds: "He is among the sharpest legal strategists I have ever had the pleasure of working with and is also a gifted oral advocate. I am always impressed with his work."

Kim Catullo is a well-regarded practitioner within the New Jersey product liability Bar, and is particularly revered for her representation of clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device fields. A satisfied client notes: "Her greatest strength is her ability to forge relationships with people inside our company and with our adversaries. These relationships are invaluable in minimizing cost and getting us to a resolution quicker than most lawyers in other big firms."

Bruce Levy is considered one of the key players in the state for white-collar healthcare defense work. Peers describe him as "highly respected" and a "really good lawyer with a specialist knowledge in healthcare."

Brian McMahon has a sophisticated commercial litigation practice, with significant experience handling securities disputes. One source commends his courtroom advocacy: "He has great court demeanor; a heart-charging advocate who is a really knowledgeable and aggressive trial lawyer."

Michael McDonald an experienced litigator with considerable abilities in class action defense, in particular relating to consumer protection disputes. He is described by peers as "excellent" and "a really good, impressive lawyer."

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The Gibbons commercial litigation practice offers high quality, cost effective middle market services to Fortune 500 clients and middle market businesses—i.e., major litigation for mid-market companies and mid-market litigation for major companies, notably in the Mid-Atlantic.

In the criminal defense area, Gibbons defends multinational and domestic corporations, foreign governments, business executives, and other professionals in criminal, quasi-criminal, civil, administrative, and regulatory matters at all levels of the federal and state judicial systems. We also conduct internal audits and investigations and develop corporate compliance programs.

Our products liability attorneys handle jury trials, national trial team and regional counsel roles, and other litigation for clients facing strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty and failure to warn personal injury, and catastrophic property damage matters. We also provide compliance audits from the product development and marketing stages.

Fully 70 percent of Gibbons litigators served for federal or state judges. Focus areas of our litigation practice include:

  • ADR
  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Class action defense
  • Construction
  • Criminal defense
  • General equity
  • General products liability
  • Insurance
  • Internal and audit committee investigations
  • Laboratory defense
  • Lanham Act/unfair competition
  • Media law
  • Pharmaceutical/medical device liability
  • Restrictive covenants
  • RICO actions
  • Securities
  • Toxic torts

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Provides sophisticated support to a broad client base, including significant domestic and international businesses. Offers strength at trial and appellate level, as well as in arbitration and mediation. Noted for its experience in wide-ranging commercial disputes, including professional liability cases, RICO litigation, consumer finance class actions and business torts.

Strengths A client comments: "They're thorough in the way they handle cases, and they have very good judgment. They understand our cases really well and have the expertise within the firm to deal with all the issues that we face. I rely on them a lot and have never been disappointed."

Work highlights Represented the LeFrak Organization in a number of suits relating to the development and sale of condominium units along the Gold Coast in Jersey City.

Notable practitioners

Paul Rowe is deeply respected by market sources as "a star: an excellent lawyer who is terrific on his feet." He is a seasoned litigator with a wealth of experience advising on complex business disputes.

Alan Naar focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with extensive experience representing clients in cases that include tobacco, real estate and professional negligence claims. He is described by a market source as "very bright and levelheaded."

John North is described by his market peers as "as good a trial lawyer as exists in New Jersey." He represents clients in a broad spectrum of professional liability and catastrophic injury claims.

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  • Represent local, regional and national clients in a broad array of litigation subspecialties
  • Clients include entrepreneurs, mid-sized businesses, multinationals, institutional and public entities in wide range of industries.
  • Resources to handle ‘bet the company’ litigation and efficiency to handle more routine matters; jury and non-jury trials, chancery litigation, appeals, mediation and arbitration
  • Commercial and business disputes: shareholder and partnership; contracts; unfair competition; trade secrets; antitrust; franchise; employment; insurance coverage; consumer fraud; RICO; securities; director and officer liability; professional negligence; class actions; regulatory actions
  • Real estate: contracts; specific performance; construction; land use and zoning; landlord and tenant; condemnation; foreclosure; brokerage, property tax appeals, condominiums
  • Banking: creditors’ rights, commercial collections and asset recovery, financial fraud, interbank disputes, transactional and fiduciary matters
  • Personal injury: plaintiffs in significant injury and complex liability matters; defendants in high exposure cases
  • Estate: probate, ERISA, fiduciary accounting; undue influence
  • Environmental: regulatory enforcement, administrative actions, Superfund; insurance coverage; environmental torts
  • White collar defense: criminal investigations and prosecutions, internal and regulatory investigations, corporate compliance counselling
  • Product liability
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for A high-quality group which enjoys a considerable reputation for its commercial litigation capabilities. Offers particular strength in class action litigation, handling a wide array of commercial disputes for clients hailing from the healthcare, technology and telecommunications industries, among others. Extensive national and international footprint further allows for the handling of multijurisdictional disputes.

Strengths A market source notes: "They have a national platform and do excellent work."

Another peer comments: "I would refer clients to Greenberg. I know that they would be in good hands."

Work highlights Represented Live Nation Entertainment in a lawsuit which alleged that it withheld tickets of events from general sale in order to sell them at inflated prices on the secondary resale market.

Notable practitioners

A "great powerhouse lawyer," Philip Sellinger "has done a wonderful job of building up one of the best litigation groups in the state," according to his market peers, who describe him as "a terrific guy, a terrific litigator and a terrific lawyer." A former Assistant US Attorney, he focuses on complex commercial disputes and possesses significant courtroom experience.

Roger Kaplan handles high-stakes commercial litigation, including antitrust cases and complex contractual disputes. He is described by peers as "very impressive, very smart and always well prepared," and they add: "He always gets the issues; an impressive lawyer."

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Handles a wide spectrum of civil litigation, including complex commercial disputes, real estate litigation and commercial foreclosures. An impressive client roster includes high-profile players from a number of industries, such as financial institutions and food and beverage multinationals.

Strengths A client comments: "They are very aggressive litigators who set very smart, effective strategies and are very successful because of that. They offer excellent service and I trust them implicitly. They can provide the most effective representation to us."

Another client adds: "They are extremely knowledgeable in the relevant law, and great at understanding the client's objectives and managing the litigation accordingly. They are appropriately aggressive and extremely professional. A pleasure to work with."

Notable practitioners

Ronald Levine is an experienced player within the product liability space, representing product manufacturers in consumer fraud disputes. One client comments: "He is a brilliant lawyer. He's almost encyclopedic; I can call him up and bounce very complex ideas off of him. I feel very confident when I speak to him. He is very thorough, very reliable, and can give accurate answers in a pinch."

Scott Tross chairs the firm's real estate litigation practice and has built a sizable reputation in this area, acting on behalf of clients in the full range of real estate disputes, from land use and partnership disputes to foreclosure claims. A fellow lawyer comments: "His legal skills are extraordinary, and his expertise and experience are invaluable. His work is probing, thorough and always delivered before deadlines. His unique qualifications often bring a unique legal perspective not otherwise available."

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K&L Gates - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Regularly provides advice on a range of commercial disputes, including antitrust disputes and healthcare litigation. Acts for clients from a wide range of industries, including retail, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths A client comments: "They provide very pragmatic advice; they won't propose an over-the-top approach or go in with an over-the-top solution. They give us reassuring advice whenever we feel worried or anxious and always strive to provide value. The service is absolutely excellent."

Another client adds: "They're organized, strategic, very clear on their thoughts, and they understand the courts and how to litigate. The service is excellent and they get excellent results."

Notable practitioners

Anthony La Rocco is a key contact in the firm's Newark office.

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for A formidable practice, offering wide-ranging expertise in business and securities disputes, including both single-plaintiff and class action litigation. A front runner in white-collar criminal litigation, with significant capability in the healthcare, criminal antitrust and FCPA spaces. Also highly regarded in the representation of policyholders in high-value insurance coverage litigation, including D&O liability, product recall claims and cyber and media liability.

Strengths A client says: "They have very impressive lawyers with impressive backgrounds. For big litigation, they'd be the first on my list."

A fellow lawyer describes them as "amazingly broad; a terrific law firm. They've developed a really excellent practice group; one of the best in the state."

Work highlights Acted for GlaxoSmithKline in a putative class action brought by purchasers of the prescription drug Lamictal alleging that the client and a manufacturer violated antitrust laws by engaging in a reverse payment scheme.

Notable practitioners

"A legend of the New Jersey Bar," Douglas Eakeley is a renowned trial and appellate lawyer, specializing in complex commercial litigation. One of his market peers comments: "He is in a class all by himself. He is very intelligent, a deep thinker and the best kind of practical," while another notes: "He is the consummate litigator. He always knows what to do, and has the ability to move otherwise very prickly situations forward."

Lynda Bennett is regarded as one of the leading insurance coverage lawyers in the state, representing policyholders in complex coverage disputes with insurers. A client describes her as "an excellent lawyer," noting: "She knows insurance coverage really well, is aggressive when she needs to be but knows when not to be, and is a very good trial lawyer."

Michael Himmel is a distinguished white-collar attorney with extensive experience defending clients against a wide range of criminal charges and assisting in investigations. He is described by fellow lawyers as "strategically brilliant. He is a superb lawyer from start to finish; he is smooth, unflappable and very effective in a courtroom." Sources also acknowledge him as "the top-flight white-collar defense lawyer in the state. He gets his clients excellent results and always finds a way of getting the case resolved."

Robert Kipnees "really knows the law, and has represented me to the highest standard you could possibly get," comments one client, adding: "His client service is A-plus." His white-collar practice is broad, representing corporates and individuals against a wide range of fraud and corruption charges.

Gavin Rooney is a specialist in class actions and complex commercial litigation. A client describes him as "a very thorough thinker who thinks creatively to solve complex problems. The quality of his work is exceptional, and his preparation is thorough and meticulous."

Matthew Boxer is a highly regarded white-collar criminal defense attorney and head of the firm's corporate investigations practice group. He is described by a client as "a zealous advocate for his client, excellent at communicating and great at furthering his client's interests. The depth of his knowledge on the subject matter, and his ability to draft and write, is excellent."

Lawrence Rolnick has over 30 years' experience in a variety of complex civil disputes, with a particular emphasis on securities litigation. Market sources acknowledge his "very good reputation" and describe him as "very strong, a name brand."

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McCarter & English, LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for A distinguished firm with expansive litigation capabilities and an outstanding reputation in New Jersey. First-class group of civil litigators with strength in a full range of complex commercial disputes, securities litigation and antitrust matters. Market-leading product liability practice covering disputes in a range of fields, including consolidated and multidistrict litigation. Also lauded in the insurance litigation space, with an insurance coverage group which regularly excels on behalf of policyholder clients.

Strengths A client comments: "Their work has been of extremely high quality, and they have acquired the status of a really trusted adviser - one of the highest compliments you can give to outside counsel. They offer quality lawyering at a reasonable fee, with excellent results."

Another client adds: "They are outstanding. They are responsive, efficient and have deep subject matter expertise over a number of different disciplines."

Work highlights Represented Valeant Pharmaceuticals in several putative securities fraud class actions concerning the dramatic drop of the company's share prices, alleging fraudulent behavior on the part of the company.

Notable practitioners

William O'Shaughnessy is a hugely experienced member of the New Jersey Bar and a specialist trial lawyer focusing on commercial disputes.

Edward Fanning focuses on product liability disputes and has extensive experience defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies, among other clients, in high-stakes disputes. Market sources describe him as "at the top of his game," with others commenting: "He gets really good results and is really active in the Bar: a first-rate lawyer."

David Kott, "a luminary of the New Jersey Bar," is a leading figure in the product liability area, and a distinguished trial lawyer. He is described by a client as "by far the best product liability and personal injury lawyer that I have ever met. A brilliant guy and a brilliant lawyer; he gets excellent results and has an incredible command of his subject area. He's able to communicate with expert witnesses in a way that I've not witnessed in many decades in the Bar."

The "outstanding" Sherilyn Pastor leads the insurance coverage group, acting for policyholders in high-value coverage disputes. Fellow lawyers describe her as "one of the top policyholder lawyers in the state," with multiple peers expressing their willingness to refer work to her, noting: "She is a very considered person. I have full confidence in her demeanor to hand a client over to her."

David Cooner focuses his practice on defending medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies in product liability disputes.

Gita Rothschild is described by her peers as "a top-level policyholder insurance coverage lawyer." She is described further as "a great writer and a top-notch insurance coverage counsel, one of the best in the New Jersey Bar."

Steven Beckelman represents clients in high-stakes commercial and securities disputes. Market sources comment: "He is very smart and a really good lawyer."

Ira Gottlieb focuses on insurance coverage matters with an emphasis on environmental claims. He is described by fellow lawyers as "a very good attorney," with others noting: "He has a very good reputation; he is one that people speak very highly of."

Richard Hernandez specializes in commercial litigation, with particular abilities in antitrust matters. Clients describe him as "a brilliant litigator; he has a command of facts and the law that is sometimes scary. He is extraordinarily hard-working and extraordinarily energetic. He is a zealous and dogged representative of his client."

Gregory Horowitz is described as "an excellent lawyer" and "a great adversary" by his market peers. He handles a range of high-value insurance coverage disputes across a variety of industries, and is particularly well known for acting in insurance broker litigation.

Christopher Loeber represents policyholder clients in a range of complex insurance disputes. He is described by a market source as "a really top-notch policyholder lawyer."

Robert Mintz is the chair of the firm's white-collar criminal defense group and is described by a client as "an expert on white-collar crime, and one of the smartest men you'll meet. He has such a command of the law and is able to explain it in layman's terms." Others commend his "ability to approach different situations in different ways, as circumstances require," as well as his "great grasp of the facts."

William Wallach is described by market sources as "very bright, hard-nosed yet reasonable," adding: "He acquits himself very well in cases." A client comments: "He is really pleasant to work with. He has everything under control and gives us a lot of confidence going into cases." He handles complex litigation, with an emphasis on shareholder disputes.

About the Team (content provided by McCarter & English, LLP)

As the state's oldest and largest firm, we handle an unparalleled range of litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey. In addition to general commercial litigation, our Band 1 practice covers insurance coverage, IP, product/premises liability and white collar matters.

Our commercial litigators handle traditional business tort, contract and unfair trade practice claims; securities litigation; commercial real estate and construction disputes; financial services disputes; and related appeals. We represent Fortune 500 companies, global manufacturers, start-ups and private clients.

The insurance coverage lawyers are acknowledged in public filings by insurers and their experts for "dominance" in the "market for policyholder counsel in insurance coverage matters." We handle matters involving business interruption, construction defect, D&O, fiduciary liability, employment liability, surety and financial products, environmental, broker malpractice, advertising injury and IP, reinsurance, captives and international arbitration.

The product liability group serves prominent manufacturers of consumer products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and industrial machines. We regularly appear as national, regional and local counsel, defence medical counsel and lead counsel in MDLs. In recent years, we also have defended many consumer protection class actions involving NJ's Consumer Fraud Act and the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

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McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for High-end civil litigation practice offering particular strength in the commercial and insurance spheres. Handles a range of coverage issues for insurers and defends insureds against alleged mass torts, construction defects and other claims. Also represents insurers on a range of coverage issues and defends insureds against alleged mass torts, construction defects and other claims. Additionally called upon to defend prominent clients in white-collar criminal matters and government investigations.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Curtin has a wealth of experience representing sports clients in complex disputes. Peers say: "He is very good to deal with and is very helpful in getting things resolved." He recently joined the firm from Graham Curtin.

The "outstanding" Joseph LaSala is widely considered among the top trial attorneys in New Jersey and has a wealth of experience defending clients across a range of commercial matters. Market sources indicate: "He is terrific, a great trial lawyer. He has a good presence, handles himself well in court and handles clients well." Others note: "He is someone you can trust; he's the lawyer we all try to be like. He is a class act."

Paul Nittoly is a well-respected figure within the white-collar criminal defense Bar who is described by his peers as "an outstanding lawyer, and a tremendous trial lawyer who is well connected within the state." Others comment: "He is very clever, results-oriented and gets the client where they need to be."

The "top-notch" Michael Marone represents clients in insurance defense and coverage disputes. He is described by a fellow lawyer as "the best at trying bad faith cases in New Jersey - really hotly contested cases. He tries a lot of them in New Jersey and has a big reputation in that area."

John Coyne is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer, one of the top attorneys in insurance and commercial litigation in New Jersey." Clients add: "You can really trust him with your high-exposure litigation."

John O'Reilly has over 40 years' experience practicing as a commercial litigator and a white-collar criminal defense lawyer. He is described by a market source as "just a terrific lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP)

MDM&C’s litigation practice includes both trial and appellate work in the following areas: commercial disputes and business torts, insurance defense, directors and officers defense, insurance coverage, environmental, fidelity and surety, product liability and toxic tort, malpractice, errors and omissions, construction, private and public contract disputes, health care, workers’ compensation, labor and employment, civil rights, trade regulation, antitrust, intellectual property, franchise, real estate, banking, pension, probate, and white-collar criminal defense.

One of the most varied areas of the Firm’s litigation practice involves insurance defense and coverage, which includes matters spanning the complete range of insurance interests, from industrial accidents and premises liability to insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims. Our insurance defense practice also involves extensive experience with suits alleging wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, and other claims in the emerging area of business torts. In the area of environmental insurance coverage litigation, the Firm has acted as national coordinating counsel for a major insurance company and as regional counsel for numerous others. Our Firm regularly handles a wide range of sophisticated commercial litigation in areas that include contract disputes, construction claims, employment disputes, and commercial torts such as fraud, tortious interference, and civil RICO violations.

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Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C. - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Top-tier litigation practice, particularly noted for its strength in white-collar criminal defense and government and internal investigations. The firm also impresses in securities cases and other complex commercial disputes. Also offers a respected appellate litigation practice.

Strengths A market source reserves a wealth of praise for the group, commenting: "My experience of working with them has been excellent. The quality and expertise within the group is the best in the state."

A client adds: "They are responsive, proactive, and experienced in their specialties. They have a deep knowledge base within their practice areas."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of PleasanTech Academy Education Association in a liability suit surrounding the death of a school pupil who fell from a Ferris wheel while on a school trip.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Hayden, "one of the deans of the white-collar defense Bar," is widely acknowledged as one of New Jersey's finest white-collar criminal lawyers. One peer describes him as "one of the most thoughtful lawyers I've ever met. His work ethic is unparalleled and he doesn't leave any stone unturned," as well as "a great guy, a wonderful lawyer and a pleasure to work with. I have endless admiration for Joe."

Aidan O'Connor is commended by his peers as "like the proverbial iron fist inside the velvet glove." A former New Jersey Assistant US Attorney, he represents clients in a wide range of white-collar criminal matters. One of his clients adds: "He is extremely thoughtful, extremely intelligent, and he provides great counsel and wisdom. 'Excellent' truly is the word to describe him."

The "unique" Justin Walder is an esteemed member of the Bar and a formidable trial lawyer, defending clients against a host of civil and criminal matters. He is considered to "one of the go-to lawyers in the state." Fellow lawyers comment: "He has wonderful judgment, and is one of the most gracious and well-liked professionals," and: "He is universally regarded as the leading ethics and white-collar defense lawyer."

Michael Stein is chair and managing partner of the firm, and specializes in commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes and legal malpractice claims. A fellow lawyer describes him as "the complete lawyer – analytical yet very practical, thorough and very well prepared. He has a deep and broad knowledge and drills down onto a case to understand all the facts. He's a true professional and a quality guy."

James Plaisted is a highly experienced white-collar criminal lawyer. He is described by fellow lawyers as "a class act" who "has excellent demeanor, handles himself very well with judges," and is acknowledged further by sources as "very even-keeled, articulate and smart."

About the Team (content provided by Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C.)

Unlike many law firms, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden does not simply have a litigation department. Each of our litigators is battle-tested with dedicated areas of practice. The result is a vibrant litigation practice where many legal perspectives come together to offer our clients the most comprehensive legal advice and advocacy. We counsel individuals, businesses, and public entities. Our clients have included Fortune 500 companies, members of the New Jersey judiciary, professional athletes, and the largest housing authority in the state.

When clients are confronted with serious threats to their business or livelihood, they confidently call upon Pashman Stein Walder Hayden attorneys to fight for their rights and to protect their interests, knowing that our attorneys are committed to not just delivering optimal results but exceeding expectations. Especially in complex business disputes and other “bet the company” situations, when results are all that matter, our attorneys have a proven track record of aggressively and strategically pursuing our clients’ interests and strategically positioning our cases for the best possible outcome. The specialties that our litigators handle are:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Business Torts
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Contract Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Internal Corporate Investigations
  • Crisis Management
  • White Collar
  • Breach of Duty Claims 
  • Consumer Fraud
  • IP Litigation
  • D&O

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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected litigation group known for its handling of a broad range of commercial disputes, including banking, real estate and environmental matters. Also noted for its representation of insurers and insureds in matters such as coverage disputes and reinsurance litigation.

Strengths A fellow lawyer describes the group as "one of the best regional New Jersey firms, with smart, aggressive, younger people. A go-to firm for people with a problem in this region."

Another market source adds: "They are a top-notch, experienced team. They provide excellent representation to their clients and are always a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Served as co-defense counsel to Virgin Media in a suit brought against it seeking to recover lost anticipated profits and out-of-pocket expenses under the terms of two indemnity agreements with Virgin Media's predecessors.

Notable practitioners

Brian O'Donnell is known for his representation of clients in complex reinsurance and insurance coverage disputes. His peers regard him as "really excellent" and "as good a titled insurance lawyer as anyone in New Jersey."

Kelly Strange Crawford concentrates her practice on defending clients in high-stakes and complex products liability litigation. A peer notes: "She is very well respected in this area and very knowledgeable. She has good skills and you can work with her."

Gerald Liloia specializes in banking litigation, representing prominent financial institutions in securities litigation and other commercial disputes.

Samuel Moulthrop specializes in the defense of clients facing allegations of white-collar criminal activity and is described as "an insightful leader." One peer states: "He brings a tremendous amount of expertise to the table. He shows the benefits of his experience and has an even temperament; I've never seen him ruffled."

Glenn Clark has a broad practice that focuses on commercial disputes. A market source describes him as a "hard-nosed, very effective litigator who does excellent work across the board," while a client acknowledges him as "a great trial lawyer."

Lance Kalik represents insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims. He is co-managing partner of the firm and cochairs its insurance and reinsurance practice group.

Zahid Quraishi represents corporates and individuals in criminal investigations involving healthcare fraud, securities violations and corruption. He is regarded by market peers as "incredibly smart, incredibly talented and also aggressive if he needs to be," with others describing him as "a creative thinker with deep insights into how the particular federal authority will likely handle a matter."

About the Team (content provided by Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP)

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, white collar criminal defense, fraud claims and class actions, insurance, reinsurance (national and international), products liability, construction and intellectual property litigation.  Its litigators appear regularly in federal and state courts, as well as before federal, state and administrative agencies.

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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent team of litigators, known for its extensive trial experience. Handles complex commercial disputes and white-collar criminal defense, including antitrust and securities matters. Particularly noted for its tax fraud practice, including the representation of high net worth individuals in cross-border investigations and voluntary disclosure proceedings. Also boasts a high-profile product liability class actions and mass torts group.

Strengths A client comments: "They are very thorough and their work product is excellent. Everything is well ahead of time and they keep us updated with all progress; they couldn't be more cooperative! They are an all-around excellent firm."

Another observes: "They are efficient, smart, know the law and are very good trial attorneys. They are willing to jump in and get to know a new product but they don't waste my time and money; they get right to the point."

Work highlights Acted for Saint Peter's University Hospital in a case brought against Horizon Healthcare Services, challenging its designation of the hospital as 'tier 2' in its OMNIA insurance plan.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Horn is a leading authority on criminal tax law within the state, regularly defending clients in federal white-collar investigations. A market peer comments: "When you mention his name, you think of criminal tax. He has a very thorough understanding of the law."

Beth Rose heads the firm's product liability group, specializing in defending pharmaceutical companies and medical devices manufacturers. Her clients comment: "She is extremely competent, diligent and on top of absolutely everything," and: "She presents very well; she is a really good speaker and is very well prepared."

Joseph Buckley is a prominent figure in banking litigation. A market peer comments: "He brings a really rare combination: a terrific litigator and a wonderful human being. He brings a really common touch to his work, it's an art not a science." His client list comprises a number of major investment banks.

Jeffrey Greenbaum is a specialist in complex commercial litigation, with expertise in RICO, trade secrets and antitrust disputes, among many other civil claims. He is described by peers as "a great class action lawyer" and "a very effective and tenacious litigator, a very good advocate for his clients."

Mark Olinsky is a white-collar criminal defense attorney whose practice involves representing clients in internal and government investigations. He regularly acts on behalf of healthcare clients. He is described as "a true white-collar guy who really excels in business investigations."

Richard Sapinski has a wealth of experience representing clients in white-collar criminal disputes, with notable expertise in tax cases, as a former trial lawyer for the IRS. A market source comments: "He is the kind of individual that instills confidence. His strategy and written work are excellent."

James Tyrrell specializes in high-stakes product liability litigation and mass torts. Market sources comment: "His preparation is thorough and flawless, his arguments are thoughtful and persuasive, and his manner with clients, adversaries and the courts is unwaveringly gracious and professional. He is one of the very finest litigators I have known."

Peter Verniero heads the firm's appellate practice and corporate internal investigations group. His peers describe him as "a razor-sharp, really smart and very practical litigator" and "a good appellate lawyer and former New Jersey Supreme Court justice."

About the Team (content provided by Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.)

Our litigators are here to assist you in meeting your long- and short–term business goals. Our winning team of litigators takes great pride in partnering with clients and, as a result, we have developed a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses.  Over the years, our attorneys have become trusted advisors to companies in a variety of industries. 

In the planning and conduct of litigation, we are always mindful that litigation does not take place in a vacuum, but is instead an instrument of your overall business objectives. This means that we are careful to conduct litigation in a cost-effective way, with due regard to the value of what is at stake. /// We apply the intellectual and material resources to master the most sophisticated factual and legal disputes and to bring them to a successful conclusion. Our unflagging investigative efforts have regularly brought to light critical facts deeply concealed by adverse parties, and we have a demonstrated ability to develop, explain and prove to courts and juries the most difficult scientific and technical questions. Our tenacity, both in and out of the courtroom, is well regarded by many of our adversaries.

We are responsive. We understand that you need answers to your legal questions in a timely fashion. We also provide ongoing case status updates at intervals you determine. Client service is our number one priority.

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Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents clients in connection with a wide array of disputes, and well recognized for its strong trial experience. Matters frequently handled include franchise litigation, class actions and banking disputes.

Strengths A client comments: "They are outstanding; very responsive and great advocates."

Another adds: "The service and results were top-notch. The quality of work was excellent."

Work highlights Acted for Apotex in a patent dispute concerning the production of a corticosteroid inhaler.

Notable practitioners

Edward Kole is acknowledged by clients as "an outstanding litigator. A master strategist, he has the ability to take a lot of information and hone it down into primary, secondary and tertiary strategy components. His ability to take command of the situation, even opposing counsel, is amazing." He handles a wide array of business disputes and chairs the firm's commercial litigation department.

Brian Molloy has a wealth of experience defending clients in high-stakes professional negligence cases, including legal malpractice. Market sources describe him as "a real top-notch lawyer" and "a go-to lawyer when the firms need representing in professional malpractice claims. I've seen him try cases and in motions, and he's very impressive."

About the Team (content provided by Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.)

Protection of clients’ overall business interests is the team’s primary strategic focus. Team experience and practice includes: corporate and partnership disputes; securities matters; legal malpractice defense; banking and insurance disputes; casino law; trade secret litigation; ERISA; class actions; and franchise disputes.

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Senior Statesperson

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Campion is revered within the state for his distinguished career in civil litigation. Market sources describe him as "an outstanding lawyer with an outstanding reputation" and "a role model of mine for many years; a terrific lawyer and professional."

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Senior Statesperson

Douglas S Eakeley Esq

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"A legend of the New Jersey Bar," Douglas Eakeley is a renowned trial and appellate lawyer, specializing in complex commercial litigation. One of his market peers comments: "He is in a class all by himself. He is very intelligent, a deep thinker and the best kind of practical," while another notes: "He is the consummate litigator. He always knows what to do, and has the ability to move otherwise very prickly situations forward."

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Senior Statesperson

William J O'Shaughnessy

McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William O'Shaughnessy is a hugely experienced member of the New Jersey Bar and a specialist trial lawyer focusing on commercial disputes.

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Senior Statesperson

Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Rowe is deeply respected by market sources as "a star: an excellent lawyer who is terrific on his feet." He is a seasoned litigator with a wealth of experience advising on complex business disputes.

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Band 1

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Curtin has a wealth of experience representing sports clients in complex disputes. Peers say: "He is very good to deal with and is very helpful in getting things resolved." He recently joined the firm from Graham Curtin.

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Band 1

Michael R Griffinger

Gibbons P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Griffinger has a wealth of experience handling commercial disputes, including antitrust and securities litigation. Peers describe him as "a wonderful lawyer and person. He has a great level of experience and capability, and sheer intelligence and ability," adding: "He is universally regarded by the Bar as a class act; it's an incredible pleasure to work with him."

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McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Joseph LaSala is widely considered among the top trial attorneys in New Jersey and has a wealth of experience defending clients across a range of commercial matters. Market sources indicate: "He is terrific, a great trial lawyer. He has a good presence, handles himself well in court and handles clients well." Others note: "He is someone you can trust; he's the lawyer we all try to be like. He is a class act."

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Laurence B Orloff

Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel

From the Chambers USA guide

Laurence Orloff of Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel is described by peers as "remarkably unpredictable and a real independent thinker," as well as "a wonderful litigator." He is a senior member and a much-respected figure within the New Jersey Bar, with over 40 years' experience as a litigator and trial lawyer.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"An authority in the state," Stephen Orlofsky is a very highly regarded within the litigation community in New Jersey. A former United States District Judge, he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, as well as arguing cases in appellate courts. A client comments: "I have witnessed his preparation and delivery before an appellate court and found both to be of the highest standard," and adds: "I am always confident that I have the best attorney in the room."

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Philip R Sellinger

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

A "great powerhouse lawyer," Philip Sellinger "has done a wonderful job of building up one of the best litigation groups in the state," according to his market peers, who describe him as "a terrific guy, a terrific litigator and a terrific lawyer." A former Assistant US Attorney, he focuses on complex commercial disputes and possesses significant courtroom experience.

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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Buckley is a prominent figure in banking litigation. A market peer comments: "He brings a really rare combination: a terrific litigator and a wonderful human being. He brings a really common touch to his work, it's an art not a science." His client list comprises a number of major investment banks.

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Band 2

Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Drasco of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC has a broad commercial disputes practice, with particular expertise in construction and malpractice claims. A market peer praises his written work, noting: "He writes the most impressive letters, and can fit into one-and-a-half pages what other lawyers can't fit into ten." The interviewee also comments: "He is a forceful litigator and that's represented in every aspect of his practice."

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Jeffrey J Greenbaum

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Greenbaum is a specialist in complex commercial litigation, with expertise in RICO, trade secrets and antitrust disputes, among many other civil claims. He is described by peers as "a great class action lawyer" and "a very effective and tenacious litigator, a very good advocate for his clients."

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Band 2

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Edward Kole is acknowledged by clients as "an outstanding litigator. A master strategist, he has the ability to take a lot of information and hone it down into primary, secondary and tertiary strategy components. His ability to take command of the situation, even opposing counsel, is amazing." He handles a wide array of business disputes and chairs the firm's commercial litigation department.

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Band 2

Day Pitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis LaFiura regularly defends clients in high-stakes product liability litigation, representing an array of companies in the automotive and hospitality sectors, among others. One client notes: "He is an outstanding trial lawyer. It's hard to find a lawyer who excels in both the preparation and strategy, and he's capable of doing both at a very, very high level."

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Band 2

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Liloia specializes in banking litigation, representing prominent financial institutions in securities litigation and other commercial disputes.

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William F Maderer

Saiber LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

William Maderer of Saiber LLC is acknowledged by his peers as "a terrific lawyer who is very bright, well prepared, and has good judgment." Others comment: "He enjoys a great deal of credibility and respect in the Bar, and serves his clients very well." He is regularly sought by clients for guidance in a wide range of complex commercial disputes.

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Anthony J Marchetta

Day Pitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Marchetta represents clients in complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on intellectual property cases. "He has a brilliant legal mind," notes one source. "He's the best at fighting a strategic war and bringing it to a peaceful conclusion. A strong advocate who can win any battle: if I was in the trenches, I'd want him next to me."

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Gibbons P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian McMahon has a sophisticated commercial litigation practice, with significant experience handling securities disputes. One source commends his courtroom advocacy: "He has great court demeanor; a heart-charging advocate who is a really knowledgeable and aggressive trial lawyer."

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Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Molloy has a wealth of experience defending clients in high-stakes professional negligence cases, including legal malpractice. Market sources describe him as "a real top-notch lawyer" and "a go-to lawyer when the firms need representing in professional malpractice claims. I've seen him try cases and in motions, and he's very impressive."

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gavin Rooney is a specialist in class actions and complex commercial litigation. A client describes him as "a very thorough thinker who thinks creatively to solve complex problems. The quality of his work is exceptional, and his preparation is thorough and meticulous."

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Joy Harmon Sperling

Day Pitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joy Harmon Sperling is "one of a kind," according to one client. "She has great vision; her experience, legal acumen, insight and foresight are so valuable. She is so clear and cogent in making a legal argument - I'd hate to go up against her." She focuses on high-value commercial disputes, regularly representing institutional lenders and investors.

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Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Stein is chair and managing partner of the firm, and specializes in commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes and legal malpractice claims. A fellow lawyer describes him as "the complete lawyer – analytical yet very practical, thorough and very well prepared. He has a deep and broad knowledge and drills down onto a case to understand all the facts. He's a true professional and a quality guy."

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is regarded as "one of the best trial lawyers in the country" specializing in commercial litigation and product liability suits. A client describes her as "fearless, excellent, and as zealous an advocate as there is in the Bar," and adds: "She is one of the country's top trial lawyers in her space."

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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Verniero heads the firm's appellate practice and corporate internal investigations group. His peers describe him as "a razor-sharp, really smart and very practical litigator" and "a good appellate lawyer and former New Jersey Supreme Court justice."

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McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Beckelman represents clients in high-stakes commercial and securities disputes. Market sources comment: "He is very smart and a really good lawyer."

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Band 3

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glenn Clark has a broad practice that focuses on commercial disputes. A market source describes him as a "hard-nosed, very effective litigator who does excellent work across the board," while a client acknowledges him as "a great trial lawyer."

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Derman has expertise in a wide range of contractual and commercial disputes. A client describes him as "exceptionally smart and very talented in terms of getting command of the facts that are of issue. He provides very practical guidance and is not trigger-happy as a litigator - he is incredibly effective."

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Richard Hernandez

McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Hernandez specializes in commercial litigation, with particular abilities in antitrust matters. Clients describe him as "a brilliant litigator; he has a command of facts and the law that is sometimes scary. He is extraordinarily hard-working and extraordinarily energetic. He is a zealous and dogged representative of his client."

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Band 3

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Kaplan handles high-stakes commercial litigation, including antitrust cases and complex contractual disputes. He is described by peers as "very impressive, very smart and always well prepared," and they add: "He always gets the issues; an impressive lawyer."

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Cole Schotz P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Klein is described by a client as "available for advice any time of the day or night, responding immediately to questions and taking the time to explain things in layman's terms," adding: "He is really sharp; I feel very at ease with him representing me." He has experience litigating a wide variety of commercial disputes and chancery matters.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Kotler represents a range of major mutual funds involved in significant litigation. According to one client, "he is very intelligent, explains things well, takes on very difficult questions and answers them upfront and honestly. He's a very impressive litigator; I have the highest degree of confidence in David and I'm very glad he's at the wheel."

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Cole Schotz P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Leo Leyva represents a wide array of clients in a rich variety of corporate disputes. He is described by a client as "really excellent at combining business initiative with the law and very practical but very protective," adding: "He is really smart and really driven, and always exceeds expectations."

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Michael R McDonald

Gibbons P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael McDonald an experienced litigator with considerable abilities in class action defense, in particular relating to consumer protection disputes. He is described by peers as "excellent" and "a really good, impressive lawyer."

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Naar focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with extensive experience representing clients in cases that include tobacco, real estate and professional negligence claims. He is described by a market source as "very bright and levelheaded."

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John North is described by his market peers as "as good a trial lawyer as exists in New Jersey." He represents clients in a broad spectrum of professional liability and catastrophic injury claims.

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Ross Pearlson is an experienced commercial litigator who focuses on handling complex securities and healthcare disputes. Clients acknowledge him as "a trusted adviser and counselor; he does what is best for the client," while peers note: "He organizes a strategy and sticks to it, follows it through and successfully executes it."

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Lawrence M Rolnick

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Rolnick has over 30 years' experience in a variety of complex civil disputes, with a particular emphasis on securities litigation. Market sources acknowledge his "very good reputation" and describe him as "very strong, a name brand."

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Schafhauser has extensive courtroom experience at both trial and appellate level, handling a wide range of commercial disputes. A client describes him as "very creative in dealing with challenging situations, and he provides solutions that are effective and cost-conscious."

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Tross chairs the firm's real estate litigation practice and has built a sizable reputation in this area, acting on behalf of clients in the full range of real estate disputes, from land use and partnership disputes to foreclosure claims. A fellow lawyer comments: "His legal skills are extraordinary, and his expertise and experience are invaluable. His work is probing, thorough and always delivered before deadlines. His unique qualifications often bring a unique legal perspective not otherwise available."

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William D Wallach

McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Wallach is described by market sources as "very bright, hard-nosed yet reasonable," adding: "He acquits himself very well in cases." A client comments: "He is really pleasant to work with. He has everything under control and gives us a lot of confidence going into cases." He handles complex litigation, with an emphasis on shareholder disputes.

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Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Liza Walsh of Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP a highly sought-after litigator who focuses on complex commercial litigation. Her market peers regard her as "a top-flight litigator" who "has a really loyal client following who speak the world of her." She is particularly well known for her defense of pharmaceutical clients in patent litigation.

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