Publication recognizes 25 lawyers and 10 practice areas
May 04, 2018

The 2018 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features ten Gibbons P.C. practice areas and 25 individual Gibbons attorneys.

Chambers annually rates the nation’s leading business lawyers and law firms through comprehensive interviews with top companies, attorneys, and business executives, plus extensive supplementary research.

“Each year that our firm and our attorneys receive such positive feedback in the Chambers guide is a true honor and testament to the relationships we strive to create and maintain with our clients,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons.

The Chambers excerpts and client testimonials included below highlight the Gibbons practice groups that ranked in the guide’s top three tiers for New Jersey:

Bankruptcy/Restructuring: A well-regarded group with experience acting for both creditors and debtors. Expertise includes workouts and insolvency counseling, bankruptcy litigation and foreclosure actions. The team works across a number of industries with expertise in environment, healthcare and financial services. Works closely with specialists from other departments to provide a comprehensive bankruptcy service. Clients say they are “excellent lawyers with an in-depth knowledge of the law” and that “they are compassionate, realistic and communicate very effectively.” Another client adds: “They’re a full-service firm who can handle any kind of bankruptcy matter; the depth of experience is excellent.”

Corporate/M&A: Active in M&A and divestitures, and stands out for its expertise in regulatory compliance and healthcare transactions. Also notable for its work on public-private partnerships. A satisfied client says: “They’re outstanding. They have a lot of resources, and I always feel protected whenever an issue comes up.”

Environment: A prominent firm frequently called upon by an impressive roster of clients in complex Superfund litigation and site remediation matters. Also has extensive expertise in advising clients on regulatory matters pertaining to air, noise and water pollution, and on environmental aspects of real estate transactions. Sources report: “They are excellent: Their advice, counsel and customer service are spot-on,” while a client adds: “Everyone there is phenomenal.”

Healthcare: Handles a broad spectrum of healthcare matters including fraud and abuse issues, Medicare/Medicaid compliance and HIPAA work. Also advises on a range of corporate transactions and privacy matters. Acts for a wide range of healthcare providers and professionals including physicians, hospital systems, medical laboratories and long-term care providers. Also does notable work with health insurers and nonprofit healthcare organizations. A client says: “They are an excellent firm and very responsive to our needs – they are a true partner in our issues.”

Intellectual Property: Established firm offering a broad range of IP expertise, including litigation, transactions and IP portfolio development. Acts for a wide array of clients, from industries including pharmaceuticals, technology, retail and leisure. Demonstrates particular expertise in handling Hatch-Waxman litigation and is also noted for its counsel on e-discovery issues. One client comments: “The firm has intellectual depth across all matters. They have a good business sense, a good focus on quality and offer creative solutions to our legal questions.” Another source reports: “They are very client-focused, responsive and strategic.”

Labor & Employment: Renowned for the depth of its experience in employment litigation and compliance counseling, with significant expertise in labor relations and restrictive covenant matters. Active across a number of industries, often acting for financial services, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, as well as government entities and higher education institutions. Possesses additional strength in whistle-blower and wage and hour claims. Capable of advising on matters throughout the USA as well as those with a cross-border element. Sources say: “It is an extremely responsive and very, very talented department that offers high-quality and reliable counsel.”

Litigation – General Commercial, Products Liability, and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: 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. 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.”

Real Estate: Highly regarded mainstay of the New Jersey market with breadth and depth across a wide range of real estate matters such as acquisitions, dispositions and redevelopment projects. Acts for major clients including owners, developers, retailers and corporate entities. Local government land use work remains a strong area for the team. Notable expertise in projects concerning industrial, retail and mixed-use sites. One client says: “With Gibbons, you get the full service, across all departments. You’ll always get someone with expertise on the issues you need, exactly when you need them. I would give them five stars.” Another adds: “The entire team is excellent to work with. They are attentive and very responsive, and the varied legal disciplines within the organization are especially important to us.”

In addition, 25 Gibbons attorneys earned individual rankings:

Christine A. Amalfe, Labor & Employment
Dale E. Barney, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Russell B. Bershad, Real Estate
Kelly Ann Bird, Labor & Employment
Mitchell Boyarsky, Labor & Employment
Frank T. Cannone, Corporate/M&A
Kim M. Catullo, Litigation: Products Liability
Mark B. Conlan, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
David N. Crapo, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
David E. De Lorenzi, Intellectual Property
David J. Freeman, Environment
Irvin M. Freilich, Environment
Karen A. Giannelli, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Michael R. Griffinger, Litigation: General Commercial
William S. Hatfield, Environment
John H. Klock, Environment
Bruce A. Levy, Healthcare and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Lawrence S. Lustberg, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Michael R. McDonald, Litigation: General Commercial
Brian J. McMahon, Litigation: General Commercial
Susan L. Nardone, Labor & Employment
Camille V. Otero, Environment
Susanne Peticolas, Environment
Natasha Songonuga, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
Frank J. Vecchione, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at 
gibbonslaw.com/awards/.