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Litigation: General Commercial — New Jersey


Blank Rome LLP - Litigation

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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 One client reports: "They provide thorough answers to any question, whether small or large. In particular, their briefs and all written materials are superior to any other firm I have ever worked with. They are also a pleasure to spend time with."

Work highlights Successfully represented TGI Friday's in an appeal of a class action alleging violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and the Truth in Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act. The case concerned the company's failure to print drink prices on its menus. The appellate court reversed the trial court's decision to certify a class of over 13 million members.

Successfully defended AXA against allegations it had breached its fiduciary duty by charging excessive fees for the management and administration of several of its mutual funds.

Significant clients Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Heartland Payment Systems, Payless Shoes, US Bank, Viacom.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Orlofsky heads the firm's appellate practice. His litigation experience spans commercial, securities and antitrust cases, among other matters. He is also noted for his arbitration and mediation work.

Carlos Ortiz chairs the firm's white-collar criminal defense group and is noted for his handling of a range of complex trial and investigation work, including FCPA matters. Interviewees name him "an excellent lawyer."

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC - Litigation

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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.

Strengths Sources note this “exceptional law firm” for its “skill, wisdom and elegance” and describe it as “absolutely superlative.”

One client speaks very highly of the firm's performance: "They were very easy to get hold of and were always available. They always made us feel comfortable throughout the process. They attacked the matter quickly and effectively and minimized any effect. They did a fantastic job."

Work highlights Acted as co-counsel to PwC in defense of a securities class action stemming from an audit report that was referenced in a prospectus for Valiant Pharmaceuticals International.

Represented Accutest in an investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection relating to alleged irregularities in the extraction and testing of certain chemical compounds.

Significant clients T-Mobile, International Fidelity Insurance, Goldman Sachs, Horizon Healthcare Services, Morgan Stanley.

Notable practitioners

Gage Andretta enjoys a sound reputation for his civil litigation practice. He regularly represents clients in disputes arising from commercial, real estate and land use matters.

Adam Derman is sought after for his knowledge of ERISA, shareholder, IP, environmental and real estate disputes, among other complex commercial matters. Sources value his “outstanding intellect and vast experience.”

The respected Arthur Goldstein offers a wealth of experience in complex commercial disputes. Among other areas of strength, he is noted for his handling of real estate disputes and financial services litigation.

The "very competent" Paul Schafhauser is recognized for a broad commercial litigation practice that covers disputes relating to real estate, IP and business dissolutions, among other matters.

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Cole Schotz P.C. - Litigation

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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 One interviewee reports: "They were extremely professional. They painstakingly built their case over time and left no stone unturned, and as a result that's why we achieved such a terrific win."

Another source states: "They are very business-smart and very client-centric. I have nothing but the highest regard for them."

Work highlights Defended Opus Trading Fund in a FINRA arbitration against claims by Penson Technologies that it had breached an exclusive portfolio margining service agreement.

Acted for EveryBeauty to bring malpractice claims against its insurance brokers following $3 million damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The brokers failed to file timely claims with the insurance carrier, resulting in the carrier disclaiming coverage.

Significant clients EverBeauty, The Wimbledon Fund, Metrogate, Morris Plains Holding, Biltmore Realty.

Notable practitioners

The “outstanding” Steven Klein cochairs the firm's litigation practice. His practice encompasses a wide range of commercial trial and appellate litigation, as well as arbitration.

Leo Leyva cochairs the Cole Schotz litigation and real estate special opportunities groups. He is known for his capabilities in commercial and real estate litigation. Sources say: “He's a very accessible person, very attentive, very detail-oriented and always puts together a really good team to get the job done.”

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Day Pitney LLP - Litigation

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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 Sources highlight the team's user-friendly approach: “Day Pitney is very client-oriented. Their staff members are very responsive and maintain close attention to detail, in spite of a fairly large volume of matters. They always provide sound advice, but will readily defer to their client’s chosen course of action. They communicate very well internally. Day Pitney’s overall performance is excellent.”

Impressed clients describe the team as “well organized, strategic thinkers who are fully engaged and committed.”

Work highlights Represented six hospitals in their suit against Horizon Healthcare Services, which alleged contractual breaches in connection with Horizon's new value-based insurance plan.

Significant clients AECOM Capital Management, Caliber Home Loans, National Grid USA.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Haglund acts for an array of corporate clients in connection with complex product liability disputes. Sources describe him as being “very thorough with research” and note that he is “able to guide many moving groups with different issues in a coordinated path.”

The “superb” Dennis LaFiura is described by sources as a “top-level litigator.” He is recognized for his handling of complex commercial litigation pertaining to a range of industries, including the hospitality, automotive and consumer product sectors. He is also known for his expertise in franchising law.

Anthony Marchetta is “very experienced,” say interviewees, who also praise his “skill set, reputation and approach.” He is an experienced trial lawyer who is noted for his handling of complex commercial disputes and securities litigation, among other matters.

Joy Harmon Sperling chairs the firm's consumer finance and creditors' rights group and is noted for her representation of banks and mortgage lenders in individual and class action claims. Sources describe her as a practitioner "who truly cares about her client and the outcome of every case."

Dennis Kearney handles complex commercial litigation as part of a broader practice that also encompasses white-collar criminal defense work. His clients include nonprofit organizations, large corporations and financial institutions.

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Dechert LLP - Litigation

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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.

Work highlights Acted for Prudential Investments in the defense of an action brought by the shareholders of six mutual funds which it had advised. The plaintiffs alleged that the advisory fees were excessive.

Successfully represented Endo Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement action against seven generic drug manufacturers. The case concerned the company's Opana ER drug.

Significant clients Calamos Advisors, Calamos Financial Services, High Point, Harbor Funds, Fiduciary Management.

Notable practitioners

David Kotler is frequently selected to represent financial services companies, including hedge funds and investment advisers, in an array of corporate and commercial disputes. His clients find him to be "extremely effective and helpful.”

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Litigation

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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 across a range of industries, including financial services, pharmaceutical, medical device, telecommunications and real estate companies. Further well known for its expertise in consumer class action defense.

Strengths The firm's litigation team is described as “lean, responsive, very capable,” as well as “easy to work with and innovative.”

Sources also praise the firm's product liability expertise: “They're professional, they understand the science, they're diligent, they work hard and they get down into the details of what makes these products work or not work.”

The firm is further noted for its insurance litigation team, and sources describe its practitioners as “great coverage lawyers with great national practices.”

Work highlights Represented Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation in a securities fraud class action stemming from the allegedly fraudulent misrepresentation of clinical trials for a drug designed for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. The team successfully achieved full dismissal of the action.

Acted for GE in defense of a class action alleging defects in one of the company's gas range ovens.

Significant clients Travelers Property Casualty Corporation, Republic Services, Tagna, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Gannett Company.

Notable practitioners

The hugely experienced Thomas Campion cochairs the firm's professional services liability team and practices extensively in civil, business and product liability litigation. He is a widely venerated figure in the market, with one source noting: "Everybody has only wonderful things to say about Tom."

The “phenomenal” James Altieri has represented a great number of clients before state and federal courts. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage disputes, including those arising from D&O, casualty and property issues.

Susan Sharko offers a wealth of experience in product liability litigation, with a particular focus on pharmaceutical and medical device cases. One interviewee enthuses: “She is, in my view, one of the most incredible and phenomenal lawyers I have had the pleasure of dealing with.”

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Litigation

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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.

Work highlights Acted for Ware Industries in a patent infringement action against Dietrich Industries.

Significant clients Tradition-Asiel Securities, Quest Capital Strategies, North Ridge Securities, RSD Advisors, Hausinger Financial.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Pollock is a respected litigator with expertise at both trial and appellate levels. He is particularly known for his representation of policyholders in insurance coverage disputes.

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Gibbons P.C. - Litigation

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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 One satisfied client reports that he would award the team “11 stars out of 10,” explaining: “Everything they touched they succeeded at.”

Others praise the group's commercial awareness: “The team understands the value of aligning legal work with business objectives. It is results-driven rather than process-driven.”

Another interviewee describes Gibbons as "a wonderful law firm" with "an excellent reputation."

Work highlights Acted for Alpha Painting & Construction, seeking injunctive relief in connection with the company's rejected bid on a public contract with the Delaware River Port Authority of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey for the painting the Commodore Barry Bridge.

Represented Stryker and its subsidiary Howmedica Osteonic in multicounty litigation consolidated in Bergen County, New Jersey. The litigation related to the company's Rejuvenate modular implants.

Acted as co-counsel for Bayer in defense of allegations of impropriety by a former employee. The plaintiff's claims included off-label promotion and violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Significant clients CIGNA, Gannett Satellite Information Network, Verizon, Honeywell International, Medco Health Solutions.

Notable practitioners

Michael Griffinger is “the dean of the trial Bar in New Jersey,” say sources, who also note that he is “very well credentialed and very well regarded by his peers and the judges in New Jersey.” He represents prominent clients hailing from an array of industries in complex corporate, antitrust and securities disputes.

Lawrence Lustberg chairs the firm's criminal defense group and is renowned for his experience in a wide range of white-collar matters, including antitrust, securities, tax and political corruption cases. Hugely impressed interviewees note his "extraordinary talent" and "tremendous reputation."

Kim Catullo is well known for her representation of consumer products and pharmaceutical companies, among others, in product liability cases. Clients say she is “very smart, a very quick study who has good field vision,” adding: “She's very responsive, humble, unbelievably hard-working - she is a true standout.” Catullo chairs the firm's product liability group.

Bruce Levy is a white-collar litigator who is highly valued for his representation of healthcare clients accused of criminal, civil and administrative misconduct. He regularly advises on matters relating to regulatory compliance and government enforcement. Sources praise his “expert level” of “skill and knowledge.”

One interviewee attests that Michael McDonald is “a superb attorney" who is "creative and diligent in his research for the crafting of the defense." He is head of the firm's consumer class action defense team and is well regarded for his expertise in commercial, advertising and consumer protection disputes.

Brian McMahon is the chair of the firm's business and commercial litigation department. He handles all manner of corporate disputes, including M&A, securities and contractual issues, as well as complex class actions, for a wide range of clients.

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP - Litigation

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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 Clients are pleased with the firm's performance, declaring: "They're just wonderful to work with. They're very professional and always on point."

Work highlights Acted for FirstService Residential in connection with an employment dispute alleging discriminatory and retaliatory termination.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Hovnanian Enterprises, Honda, JPMorgan Chase, Fonds de Solidarité.

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Paul Rowe handles a range of commercial litigation matters, including complex corporate disputes, chancery litigation and legal malpractice defense. Market sources affirm that he is "very well regarded."

The "excellent" Alan Naar is highlighted for his trial experience. His commercial litigation practice is wide-ranging and includes trademark, antitrust and professional malpractice disputes.

John North offers significant trial experience in commercial, construction and professional liability litigation, among other matters. He is an experienced advocate before both state and federal courts.

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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

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What the team is known for 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 Sources emphasize: "They certainly have a quality practice and a very substantial presence in New Jersey."

Work highlights Defended E*TRADE against claims by investors that it violated New Jersey’s RICO statute and Uniform Securities Law. The matter related to allegations that it had engaged in the illegal short selling of stock in Escala, a Spanish company.

Defended Verizon Wireless against claims by ZCom, a large Verizon sales agent, for damages in excess of $10 billion. The case related to the termination of a contract between the two parties.

Significant clients Marriott Vacations Worldwide, HSBC, Alcon Laboratories, UPS, North Plainfield Board of Education.

Notable practitioners

Philip Sellinger cochairs the firm's global litigation practice and is recognized for his excellence in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including class actions. He has recently handled high-stakes matters for clients of the caliber of Verizon Wireless, Marriott Ownership Resorts and Walmart.

Roger Kaplan represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. Areas of particular focus include business torts, contract disputes, antitrust matters and RICO litigation.

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP - Litigation

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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 One source affirms that the team is "responsive, dedicated, willing to cooperate with multiple parties and patient with nonlawyer stakeholders." The interviewee adds: "Everyone we dealt with at the firm was extremely courteous, attentive and smart."

Work highlights Represented Onyx Equities in relation to the foreclosure of a $39.5 million mortgage secured by an office building in Edison, New Jersey.

Acted for Northeast Charter Schools Network in a challenge to the constitutionality of the state's funding of charter schools.

Significant clients Bridgestone, Firestone Building Products, International Flavors & Fragrances, Grand Pacific Finance, Bank Leumi.

Notable practitioners

Ronald Levine is a product liability litigator who is particularly well known for his experience in consumer products and food and beverage cases. Interviewees affirm that he is "very well respected."

Scott Tross offers a wealth of expertise in real estate litigation, cochairing the firm's practice in the area. He is widely recognized for his knowledge of foreclosure law and regularly acts on behalf of high-profile financial institutions.

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K&L Gates - Litigation

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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 Clients value the team's "very direct advice on when to litigate and when to settle" and report that "they are truly engaged in doing what’s best for their client."

Work highlights Represented CarePoint Health to bring an action alleging breach of a nondisparagement clause against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Represented Continuant in a complex antitrust action against Avaya. The case related to the market for internet service providers.

Significant clients Onex Real Estate Partners, Deutsche Bank, CareOne, Exact Sciences, L’Oréal.

Notable practitioners

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

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP - Litigation

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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. Also a front runner in white-collar criminal litigation and in the representation of policyholders in high-value insurance coverage litigation, including D&O liability, product recall claims and cyber and media liability.

Strengths The firm receives ample praise from the market for its litigation department, with sources describing it as “probably the best firm in New Jersey.”

Other sources stress the firm's strength in the insurance field, describing the team as “very knowledgeable about insurance industry practices and the motivations behind those practices.”

“They're excellent, top of the line,” confirms another client.

Work highlights Represented the New Jersey Department of the Treasury and the Division of Investment as plaintiffs in a securities class action against Cliffs Natural Resources, which was successfully resolved with a $84 million settlement.

Represented RCI, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, in defense of a number of individual cases and class actions related to the allegedly fraudulent sale of timeshares by a resort in South Carolina.

Acted for Defy Media in a dispute with its media liability insurance company following the insurer's refusal to cover the settlement of a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Significant clients State of New Jersey, Appaloosa Management, Valley National Bank, Sterling Infosystems, NIKSUN.

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The “extremely knowledgeable” Lynda Bennett “is among the best I've worked with, not only in the substantive legal work, but also in understanding the business needs of what the client is trying to accomplish,” comments one source. She is recommended for her representation of corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes.

Douglas Eakeley is “very knowledgeable in the field, very competent and helpful,” according to one source. He is a respected trial and appellate lawyer, and is recognized for his excellence in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including securities litigation and antitrust cases.

The "excellent" Michael Himmel chairs the firm's white-collar criminal defense group. His experience spans disputes relating to bank, tax and securities fraud cases and internal investigations, among other matters. He is sought after by significant players in a variety of industries, in New Jersey and further afield.

Robert Kipnees is a well-known figure in the white-collar criminal defense sphere. He defends clients in an array of fraud and corruption cases, as well as in FCPA violation matters.

Gavin Rooney is recognized for his handling of complex commercial disputes, including securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation, consumer fraud cases and mass torts. “He's a good writer, he has a good court presence and he's a hard worker,” notes one interviewee.

Matthew Boxer is chair of the firm's corporate investigations and integrity practice. He enters the rankings following substantial market approval for his work in the white-collar criminal defense space. Sources attest to his "great reputation," and note the breadth of experience he gained in his previous role as New Jersey State Comptroller.

Christopher Loeber is a respected insurance litigator who is noted for his handling of coverage disputes in a broad range of areas on behalf of policyholder clients. Sources consider him to be "very knowledgeable and very responsive."

Lawrence Rolnick continues to advise on a range of complex commercial disputes, most notably in the securities litigation space. He offers particular experience of securities fraud cases, and is also noted for his handling of breach of fiduciary duty claims and SEC investigations.

Maureen Ruane is recognized for her defense of healthcare and life sciences industry players in connection with criminal litigation. Clients note: “She knows exactly what is going on from both the prosecution and defense sides.” She handles criminal defense as part of a broader healthcare practice that also encompasses civil litigation and regulatory matters.

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McCarter & English, LLP - Litigation

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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 One hugely impressed client notes: "The firm has done an excellent job for this company. The attorneys are responsive and provide outstanding counsel at reasonable rates. The firm is also extremely proactive in pointing out areas we should be concerned about. The attorneys are very professional in every aspect."

Another source comments on the merits of the firm's product liability litigators: "They are extremely bright, always well prepared - even on short notice - and extremely personable while being completely professional. These attorneys have the ability to make people feel at ease and comfortable."

Another interviewee describes the litigation group as “very, very smart, very knowledgeable, very practical, very responsive and very user-friendly.”

Value for money A number of clients comment that the firm represents strong value for money. One states: "In terms of value, their rates are the best I have found for the level of service."

Work highlights Successfully represented Mayne Pharma Group in a significant 'product hopping' antitrust case. Mylan Pharmaceuticals alleged that the company had violated federal antitrust laws with respect to its Doryx acne drug.

Represented retail cooperative Wakefern Food Corporation and its members in a $52 million insurance coverage dispute for property damage and business interruption losses caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Acted for Shore Medical Center in defense of a class action alleging violations of the Pure Food and Drug Act. The plaintiffs claimed that they had been exposed to HIV and hepatitis.

Significant clients Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Urban Outfitters, Zimmer Biomet, Ryobi Technologies, World Finer Foods.

Notable practitioners

William O'Shaughnessy is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who offers a wealth of expertise in complex disputes relating to contracts, intellectual property and unfair competition, among other matters.

David Kott is highlighted for his impressive track record in the product liability space. He is a respected trial lawyer with particular strength in handling class action defense. Observers attest that he is “a very prolific writer and a very good lawyer.”

A renowned presence in the insurance coverage sphere, Sherilyn Pastor is recognized for her representation of corporate policyholders. Clients note that she is “incredibly responsive.”

David Cooner is a respected product liability litigator, and is frequently selected by medical device manufacturers, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, among other clients. Among other recent matters, he represented Ashland in defense of a number of cases relating to gel fuel.

Edward Fanning chairs the firm's product liability practice and is highlighted for his defense of medical device, pharmaceutical, industrial equipment and consumer product manufacturers. Sources credit him with “an amazing ability to sift through a lot of information, assess the relevant facts and issues very quickly, and provide practical advice immediately.”

Robert Mintz heads the firm's white-collar criminal defense and government investigations practice and is well known for his representation of high-profile clients. Clients say he is “knowledgeable and technically proficient.”

Gita Rothschild has built an excellent reputation acting for policyholders on an array of insurance coverage disputes, including cases involving fidelity claims and environmental issues. Among other recent highlights, she represented Whittaker, Clark & Daniels to bring coverage claims against The American Insurance Company. The matter related to underlying claims that the client had been responsible for exposing consumers to asbestos in talc.

Steven Beckelman represents corporate clients and financial institutions in commercial and securities disputes at the state and federal level. According to sources, he is “terrific” and “thinks outside the box.”

Ira Gottlieb is held to be a strong choice for insurance coverage litigation. His practice includes product liability and toxic tort matters, employers' liability, D&O and workers' compensation issues.

Richard Hernandez heads the firm's antitrust practice and is known for his “excellent tactical and strategic advice” and for being “very thorough and diligent.” As well as antitrust counseling and litigation, he represents high-profile clients in an array of complex commercial disputes.

Gregory Horowitz offers a wide-ranging insurance coverage litigation practice, covering disputes relating to business interruption, asbestos claims and intellectual property disputes, among other matters. Sources consider him a "fantastic" attorney.

William Wallach is noted for his handling of a range of complex commercial disputes, including shareholder litigation. Sources say he is “responsive, understands the issues and has a very good manner with clients.”

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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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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 called upon to defend prominent clients against white-collar criminal matters and government investigations.

Strengths The firm is well respected for its litigation practice in the white-collar, insurance and commercial areas, with sources confirming that “they have some fine lawyers.”

Notable practitioners

Joseph LaSala has built a considerable reputation litigating a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including securities litigation, patent disputes and professional liability matters. He is widely recognized by the market as an "outstanding lawyer."

Paul Nittoly is particularly noted for his strength in white-collar criminal litigation and internal investigations. He handles criminal matters as part of a broader litigation practice that also encompasses employment law disputes.

Michael Marone is considered by sources to be “a very good trial lawyer.” He particularly excels in insurance defense and coverage matters, and also offers experience on commercial disputes, professional liability cases and construction litigation, among other matters.

John Coyne enters the rankings following broad market approval of his insurance coverage litigation practice. He regularly represents insurer-side clients, and is considered by interviewees to be "an excellent coverage lawyer."

John O'Reilly offers considerable experience in white-collar criminal defense. He draws on his background as a former prosecutor to successfully represent clients in criminal securities, RICO and environmental cases, among other matters.

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Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C. - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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, while also impressing in securities cases and other complex commercial disputes. Also offers a respected appellate litigation practice.

Strengths The group is very well regarded for its white-collar practice, and receives glowing reviews for its work in the area. “They're one of the top criminal defense firms in the state - they have a lot of experience,” notes one interviewee.

Other clients see the team as their “go-to firm for difficult cases” and describe its attorneys as “excellent strategists – they write well and they think on their feet quickly.”

Work highlights Represented Grammy Award winner Mario Winans in a criminal tax investigation, successfully negotiating a misdemeanor plea and favorable tax loss amount.

Acted for the Bergen Record, part of the North Jersey Media Group, on its challenge to the Township of Lyndhurst, involving the latter's refusal to release its records of a high-speed police chase and shooting.

Significant clients CareOne, Edison Properties, Fishermen's Atlantic City Windfarm, Rivkin Radler, The Cardiology Group.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Hayden continues to impress in the white-collar criminal defense space. He receives the highest praise from the market, with one interviewee attesting: “He's a legend in his own time and someone whose reputation is above reproach. When Joe Hayden speaks, everybody listens.”

Aidan O'Connor brings his experience as a federal prosecutor to bear in his defense of clients in the context of white-collar criminal litigation, government investigations and IRS matters. Sources say he “has emerged as one of the top criminal defense lawyers on the market.”

A “dean of the criminal Bar,” Justin Walder is, according to sources, “someone who attracts the highest-profile clients because he gets the results that those people want.” His broad experience has led him to handle a wide range of criminal matters and internal investigations.

James Plaisted is noted for his handling of white-collar criminal litigation and internal investigations. “He's very smart but also has very good judgment. Knowing what to say and when to say it is an underrated quality and his judgment is among the best I've ever known,” comments one interviewee.

Michael Stein is well respected for his wide-ranging commercial litigation practice and for his experience in appellate advocacy. Interviewees describe him as “a very analytical thinker” who is “able to articulate his thoughts very clearly and to convey to the adverse party a strong sense of conviction.”

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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP - Litigation

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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 Clients are impressed with the group's level of service: “They are a great firm. They understand their clients, they are very cost-conscious when it comes to billing and they do top-notch litigation work.”

Another client confirms: "I can rely on their high quality and good results."

Work highlights Acted as co-counsel for Virgin Media in defense of claims by W.R. Huff Asset Management and Musashi. The plaintiffs sought the recovery of lost future profits under the terms of an agreement with Virgin's predecessor company.

Defended Spectraserv against a construction suit brought by The Middlesex County Utilities Authority. The case concerned alleged flaws in the plans for improvements that Spectraserv had carried out to a wastewater treatment facility.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, Santander, Sompo America Insurance Services, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Harleysville Insurance, Bank of America.

Notable practitioners

Brian O'Donnell is the cochair of the firm's insurance and reinsurance practice. He is an accomplished litigator who is noted for his representation of clients in high-profile coverage and reinsurance matters.

Gerald Liloia chairs the firm and heads up its litigation department. He handles a broad range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on securities cases and financial services litigation.

Samuel Moulthrop leads the firm's white-collar criminal defense group. His deep experience in the field makes him a valuable asset in the defense of compliance issues, D&O matters and government enforcements and investigations.

Glenn Clark is a longstanding litigator and managing partner of the firm. He offers a wealth of experience in commercial, insurance, employment, product liability and construction litigation.

Lance Kalik is a respected insurance litigator who is described by sources as a “top-notch coverage lawyer.” He is well known for his representation of insurers in coverage disputes and for his defense of insureds in litigation arising from professional liability, personal injury and environmental issues, among other matters.

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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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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, as well as high-profile product liability class actions and mass torts. Further noted for its tax fraud practice, including the representation of high net worth individuals in cross-border investigations and voluntary disclosure proceedings.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's “savvy” commercial litigation practice: “They continue to be terrific advisers and legal counselors.”

Sources also highlight this “very able and competent firm” for its white-collar criminal defense group, and particularly note the strength of its tax defense practice. “They remain the leaders of tax,” remarks one interviewee.

Work highlights Defended Kellwood Company against allegations that it had failed to adequately fulfill its license to manufacture, promote and sell the Sunday Players line of compression athletic apparel.

Represented Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in a class action alleging ERISA violations in the operation of its pension plan.

Significant clients Contel Global Marketing, Knowledgent Group, MDX Medical, West Palm Beach Hotel, Kellwood Company.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence Horn leads the firm's business crimes and tax litigation groups. He offers a wealth of experience defending clients against white-collar crime allegations and is particularly well known for his expertise in criminal tax investigations. Sources affirm that he is "an excellent lawyer."

Beth Rose chairs the firm's product liability group. She represents clients in the medical devices, pharmaceutical, chemicals, construction, consumer products and food sectors in complex product liability disputes. Clients credit her with a “very strong client focus,” describing her as “a very hard worker, very practical” and “a very good team player.”

Joseph Buckley chairs the firm's litigation department and is, according to sources, “as good as they get, solid as can be.” He offers deep experience in complex commercial litigation matters and is particularly noted for his strength in financial services litigation.

Jeffrey Greenbaum chairs the firm's class action group. He is an experienced trial attorney who represents clients in RICO, securities, consumer fraud and professional liability cases at both the state and federal levels.

Mark Olinsky is described by sources as a "well-rounded criminal defense attorney." He is highly respected for his white-collar practice, and is particularly noted for his representation of clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields.

Richard Sapinski defends a range of clients against white-collar criminal prosecution before all levels of court. His areas of focus include criminal and civil tax litigation, and he also advises on compliance issues and international tax planning.

Chair of the firm's internal investigations and appellate practice groups Peter Verniero advises clients before state and federal courts. He handles a range of commercial matters, as well as internal investigations. Interviewees describe him as “smart, detail-oriented and conscientious.”

Department profile 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

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

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 Appreciative clients declare: "They make themselves always available, respond quickly to questions and always act in a very professional manner. We rely on their litigation expertise and guidance."

Work highlights Defended Ammons Supermarket in federal court against an action by a property developer alleging interference with prospective contractual relations, fraud and unfair competition.

Represented Aero Snow Removal in a contract dispute with Maher Terminals, involving claims for breach of contract on both sides.

Significant clients Wakefern Food, Adeptus Partners, Zucchetti Centro Sistemi, Zeus Scientific, NJ CAR.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Edward Kole is well versed in the defense of complex business litigation, including contract disputes. He offers further experience in appellate matters.

Brian Molloy is noted for his handling of complex commercial litigation. A respected trial lawyer, he is also well known for his legal malpractice defense capabilities. One impressed interviewee names him "one of the top litigation attorneys in the Northeast."

Department profile 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 Statesmen

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The hugely experienced Thomas Campion cochairs the firm's professional services liability team and practices extensively in civil, business and product liability litigation. He is a widely venerated figure in the market, with one source noting: "Everybody has only wonderful things to say about Tom."

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William J O'Shaughnessy

McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William O'Shaughnessy is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who offers a wealth of expertise in complex disputes relating to contracts, intellectual property and unfair competition, among other matters.

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Rowe handles a range of commercial litigation matters, including complex corporate disputes, chancery litigation and legal malpractice defense. Market sources affirm that he is "very well regarded."

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Graham Curtin

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Curtin of Graham Curtin is an experienced litigator who is noted for his representation of clients in commercial disputes before state and federal courts. He offers particular experience in matters pertaining to the sports and fashion industries.

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Douglas S Eakeley Esq

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Eakeley is “very knowledgeable in the field, very competent and helpful,” according to one source. He is a respected trial and appellate lawyer, and is recognized for his excellence in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including securities litigation and antitrust cases.

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Michael R Griffinger

Gibbons P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Griffinger is “the dean of the trial Bar in New Jersey,” say sources, who also note that he is “very well credentialed and very well regarded by his peers and the judges in New Jersey.” He represents prominent clients hailing from an array of industries in complex corporate, antitrust and securities disputes.

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McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph LaSala has built a considerable reputation litigating a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including securities litigation, patent disputes and professional liability matters. He is widely recognized by the market as an "outstanding lawyer."

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Laurence B Orloff

Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very, very smart" Laurence Orloff of Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel continues to handle breach of duty claims, commercial and real estate litigation and professional malpractice cases, among other matters. Sources consider him "an excellent lawyer."

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Philip R Sellinger

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Sellinger cochairs the firm's global litigation practice and is recognized for his excellence in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including class actions. He has recently handled high-stakes matters for clients of the caliber of Verizon Wireless, Marriott Ownership Resorts and Walmart.

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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Buckley chairs the firm's litigation department and is, according to sources, “as good as they get, solid as can be.” He offers deep experience in complex commercial litigation matters and is particularly noted for his strength in financial services litigation.

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Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Drasco of Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC is a respected trial lawyer who is noted for his handling of commercial and professional malpractice disputes.

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Jeffrey J Greenbaum

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Greenbaum chairs the firm's class action group. He is an experienced trial attorney who represents clients in RICO, securities, consumer fraud and professional liability cases at both the state and federal levels.

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Day Pitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The “superb” Dennis LaFiura is described by sources as a “top-level litigator.” He is recognized for his handling of complex commercial litigation pertaining to a range of industries, including the hospitality, automotive and consumer product sectors. He is also known for his expertise in franchising law.

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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Liloia chairs the firm and heads up its litigation department. He handles a broad range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on securities cases and financial services litigation.

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Anthony J Marchetta

Day Pitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Marchetta is “very experienced,” say interviewees, who also praise his “skill set, reputation and approach.” He is an experienced trial lawyer who is noted for his handling of complex commercial disputes and securities litigation, among other matters.

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Gibbons P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian McMahon is the chair of the firm's business and commercial litigation department. He handles all manner of corporate disputes, including M&A, securities and contractual issues, as well as complex class actions, for a wide range of clients.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Orlofsky heads the firm's appellate practice. His litigation experience spans commercial, securities and antitrust cases, among other matters. He is also noted for his arbitration and mediation work.

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gavin Rooney is recognized for his handling of complex commercial disputes, including securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation, consumer fraud cases and mass torts. “He's a good writer, he has a good court presence and he's a hard worker,” notes one interviewee.

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Joy Harmon Sperling

Day Pitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joy Harmon Sperling chairs the firm's consumer finance and creditors' rights group and is noted for her representation of banks and mortgage lenders in individual and class action claims. Sources describe her as a practitioner "who truly cares about her client and the outcome of every case."

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Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Stein is well respected for his wide-ranging commercial litigation practice and for his experience in appellate advocacy. Interviewees describe him as “a very analytical thinker” who is “able to articulate his thoughts very clearly and to convey to the adverse party a strong sense of conviction.”

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Diane Sullivan of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is noted for her expertise in complex product liability disputes and complex commercial litigation. She regularly handles big-ticket cases in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, life sciences and consumer products fields. Sources describe her as "a superstar litigator."

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gage Andretta enjoys a sound reputation for his civil litigation practice. He regularly represents clients in disputes arising from commercial, real estate and land use matters.

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McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Beckelman represents corporate clients and financial institutions in commercial and securities disputes at the state and federal level. According to sources, he is “terrific” and “thinks outside the box.”

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Bunn of DLA Piper LLP (US) handles a broad range of commercial litigation, including consumer securities, and ERISA class actions. Clients describe him as "very friendly and easy to work with."

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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Glenn Clark is a longstanding litigator and managing partner of the firm. He offers a wealth of experience in commercial, insurance, employment, product liability and construction litigation.

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J. Barry Cocoziello

Connell Foley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Cocoziello of Connell Foley LLP represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation. He is noted for his expertise at both trial and appellate levels.

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Derman is sought after for his knowledge of ERISA, shareholder, IP, environmental and real estate disputes, among other complex commercial matters. Sources value his “outstanding intellect and vast experience.”

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Arthur S Goldstein

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The respected Arthur Goldstein offers a wealth of experience in complex commercial disputes. Among other areas of strength, he is noted for his handling of real estate disputes and financial services litigation.

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Richard Hernandez

McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Hernandez heads the firm's antitrust practice and is known for his “excellent tactical and strategic advice” and for being “very thorough and diligent.” As well as antitrust counseling and litigation, he represents high-profile clients in an array of complex commercial disputes.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Kaplan represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. Areas of particular focus include business torts, contract disputes, antitrust matters and RICO litigation.

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Day Pitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dennis Kearney handles complex commercial litigation as part of a broader practice that also encompasses white-collar criminal defense work. His clients include nonprofit organizations, large corporations and financial institutions.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kearney is recommended for his expertise handling complex commercial litigation. His track record also includes a variety of product liability and toxic tort cases and class actions, as well as arbitrations and mediations.

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Cole Schotz P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

The “outstanding” Steven Klein cochairs the firm's litigation practice. His practice encompasses a wide range of commercial trial and appellate litigation, as well as arbitration.

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Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Edward Kole is well versed in the defense of complex business litigation, including contract disputes. He offers further experience in appellate matters.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Kotler is frequently selected to represent financial services companies, including hedge funds and investment advisers, in an array of corporate and commercial disputes. His clients find him to be "extremely effective and helpful.”

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Backes & Hill, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Seth Lapidow of Backes & Hill, LLP handles a range of commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities, advertising and contract disputes. Clients say he is "very articulate and effective, very respectful" in making his arguments to the court.

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Cole Schotz P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Leo Leyva cochairs the Cole Schotz litigation and real estate special opportunities groups. He is known for his capabilities in commercial and real estate litigation. Sources say: “He's a very accessible person, very attentive, very detail-oriented and always puts together a really good team to get the job done.”

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William F Maderer

Saiber LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

William Maderer of Saiber LLC offers a broad litigation practice with a particular focus on complex commercial disputes. Sources name him "a great lawyer."

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Michael R McDonald

Gibbons P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

One interviewee attests that Michael McDonald is “a superb attorney" who is "creative and diligent in his research for the crafting of the defense." He is head of the firm's consumer class action defense team and is well regarded for his expertise in commercial, advertising and consumer protection disputes.

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Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Molloy is noted for his handling of complex commercial litigation. A respected trial lawyer, he is also well known for his legal malpractice defense capabilities. One impressed interviewee names him "one of the top litigation attorneys in the Northeast."

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Alan Naar is highlighted for his trial experience. His commercial litigation practice is wide-ranging and includes trademark, antitrust and professional malpractice disputes.

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John North offers significant trial experience in commercial, construction and professional liability litigation, among other matters. He is an experienced advocate before both state and federal courts.

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Lawrence M Rolnick

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Rolnick continues to advise on a range of complex commercial disputes, most notably in the securities litigation space. He offers particular experience of securities fraud cases, and is also noted for his handling of breach of fiduciary duty claims and SEC investigations.

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Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very competent" Paul Schafhauser is recognized for a broad commercial litigation practice that covers disputes relating to real estate, IP and business dissolutions, among other matters.

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Tross offers a wealth of expertise in real estate litigation, cochairing the firm's practice in the area. He is widely recognized for his knowledge of foreclosure law and regularly acts on behalf of high-profile financial institutions.

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Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's internal investigations and appellate practice groups Peter Verniero advises clients before state and federal courts. He handles a range of commercial matters, as well as internal investigations. Interviewees describe him as “smart, detail-oriented and conscientious.”

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William D Wallach

McCarter & English, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Wallach is noted for his handling of a range of complex commercial disputes, including shareholder litigation. Sources say he is “responsive, understands the issues and has a very good manner with clients.”

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