Gibbons P.C. Welcomes 2022 Fall Associate Class
October 3, 2022
Gibbons P.C. is pleased to announce that 11 new associates have joined the firm, bringing wide-ranging talent and experience in support of the legal and value-added services Gibbons provides to clients. Their practices will span two of the firm’s offices and five of the firm’s legal practice groups, as well as the Gibbons Fellowship.
Consistent with the firm’s commitment to hiring the most promising new attorneys with the most relevant prior experience, the new associate class includes a former law clerk to a United States Senator, a former intern for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and several associates who have completed clerkships at the state or federal level.
“We could not be more pleased with the quality and potential of these exceptional young attorneys,” noted Peter J. Torcicollo, Managing Director of the firm. “They will undoubtedly uphold the Gibbons legacy of excellence.”
“The varied backgrounds and skill sets of these attorneys will serve our clients well,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., the firm’s Executive Chairperson. “We are delighted to welcome them to the firm.”
The new associates, along with overviews of their experience, are listed below.
Julia T. Bradley, Gibbons Fellowship (Newark Office)
Ms. Bradley is a Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest & Constitutional Law for the 2022-2024 term. Prior to joining Gibbons, Ms. Bradley was a litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and a Cleary Law Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Ms. Bradley earned her J.D. from The University of Chicago and her B.A. from Carleton College. She is admitted to practice in the state of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
John A. Capobianco, Commercial & Criminal Litigation (Newark Office)
Mr. Capobianco has researched and drafted orders, Reports and Recommendations, and dispositive opinions on various civil subjects, ranging from discovery to civil rights to habeas corpus. He has also worked on a variety of criminal law issues, including affirmative defenses, government filter team disputes, and evidentiary questions. In addition, he has experience with settlement conferences, discovery disputes, witness interviews, and witness preparation.
Mr. Capobianco served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Myers, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, where he was Technology and Social Media Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University. Mr. Capobianco is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Danielle N. Craft, Commercial & Criminal Litigation (Newark Office)
Ms. Craft brings to the firm over two years of experience as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Esther Salas and the Honorable Susan D. Wigenton, U.S. District Judges in the District of New Jersey. She is well-versed in conducting legal research, witness depositions, and discovery analysis, among many other responsibilities, and represents both plaintiffs and defendants. Ms. Craft earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was Articles Editor for the Seton Hall Law Review, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Fordham University. She is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York.
Leonardo A. Di Stasio, Commercial & Criminal Litigation (Newark Office)
Mr. Di Stasio has a foundation in commercial litigation and chancery practice, which includes experience in commercial and corporate law, securities law and compliance, corporate governance, civil litigation and procedures, and transactional law. He has drafted legal opinions concerning chancery, foreclosure, and probate matters and participated in settlement conferences regarding estate, property, and chancery disputes. He has also composed briefs, discovery requests, and other documents for various civil matters and analyzed, reviewed, and organized discovery materials for complex litigation cases. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Di Stasio completed a clerkship for the Honorable Jodi Lee Alper of the New Jersey State Superior Court, Chancery Division. He earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University and is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey.
Griselda Hodaj, Real Property (Newark Office)
Ms. Hodaj has broad experience in commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition and disposition of property, leasing, and financing. She performs due diligence, assists with commercial closing transactions, and reviews contracts, loan documents, title commitments, disclosures, and surveys. In addition, she assists with land use applications and review of municipal ordinances. Prior to joining Gibbons, she interned for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and there focused on violations involving digital assets, initial coin offerings and cryptocurrencies, and trading on the basis of hacked non-public information. Ms. Hodaj initially obtained her law degree in Civil Law from the University of Tirana in Albania, her native country. She earned her J.D. in the U.S. from Rutgers Law School, attending in the evenings, completing her degree one semester early, and serving as a Staff Editor of the Rutgers Business Law Review, all while working full-time as a commercial real estate paralegal. She also holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Montclair State University. State of New Jersey bar admission is pending.
Susan M. Kritzmacher, Products Liability (New York Office)
Ms. Kritzmacher is a former law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. Mega and the Honorable Mark P. Ciarrocca for the New Jersey Superior Court Union Vicinage. Ms. Kritzmacher is skilled in conducting research on various litigation topics and issues. She also has developed a particular knowledge of alternative dispute resolution and the unique issues that arise in ADR scenarios. Her litigation experience has involved products liability and commercial litigation matters, including complex insurance fraud, bankruptcy, and real estate matters. During her various judicial clerkships and internships, Ms. Kritzmacher has drafted a range of legal documents that include bench memoranda, opinions, and judicial orders. Ms. Kritzmacher earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York.
William C. Martinez, Commercial & Criminal Litigation (Newark Office)
Mr. Martinez has assisted in all aspects of appellate practice, including processing petitions for certification, drafting pre-argument memoranda, and researching, editing, and evaluating legal analyses in drafts of written opinions on a variety of civil and criminal matters. Additionally, his work has involved preparing appellate briefs on employment law issues regarding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, New Jersey Tort Claims Act, Title VII, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. Mr. Martinez also has a significant background in issues related to healthcare compliance, food and drug law, and medical device regulation. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Martinez completed a clerkship for the Honorable Anne M. Patterson, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. from The George Washington University and is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey.
Kyle P. McEvilly, Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights (Newark Office)
Mr. McEvilly concentrates his practice on bankruptcy and insolvency law, including complex corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy-related litigation. He most recently served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Stacey L. Meisel, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey. During law school, Mr. McEvilly interned for the Honorable John K. Sherwood, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey, and for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Mr. McEvilly earned his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Journal, and his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Tampa. He is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey.
Zachary L. Miller, Employment & Labor Law (Newark Office)
Mr. Miller most recently completed a clerkship for the Honorable Thomas M. Moore, Essex Vicinage, Civil Division, where he was responsible for preparing motion write-ups, revising letter opinions, and conducting legal research. Prior to his judicial clerkship, Mr. Miller was a law clerk at a mid-size law firm, where he drafted memos and conducted legal research on various legal issues and interviewed numerous clients to assist in deposition preparation and the completion of responsive discovery documents in consumer class action matters. He earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was Comments Editor for Volume 45 of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal, and his B.A., cum laude, from Rutgers University and is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey.
Zachary B. Posess, Employment & Labor Law (Newark Office)
Mr. Posess was recently a judicial clerk to the Honorable Catherine I. Enright, J.A.D., State of New Jersey, Appellate Division, writing opinions and memos related to a broad range of criminal and civil appeals. Before this clerkship, he was a legal extern to the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, writing opinions, orders, and memos. Mr. Posess’s past experience also includes a clerkship at a full-service law firm, where he prepared memoranda on employment and labor law, insurance, and administrative law; drafted and edited motion papers for public entity and corporate clients; and conducted research on state and federal law. Mr. Possess earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor for the Seton Hall Law Review, and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey.
Marwan M. Rashed, Commercial & Criminal Litigation (Newark Office)
Mr. Rashed is experienced in handling depositions, counseling and representing clients at pretrial appearances, and arguing discovery motions, summary judgment motions, and motions to dismiss. He is also skilled in drafting a range of legal documents, including memoranda and legal briefs. He is a former Deputy Attorney General for the state of New Jersey and, as such, defended the state, its agencies, and employees. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rashed completed two judicial clerkships for the Honorables Carol Sandra Moore Wells and Petrese B. Tucker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. There, he wrote memoranda, Reports and Recommendations, and draft judicial opinions. He earned his J.D. from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he was a Staff Editor for the North Carolina Central Law Review, and his B.A. from Rutgers University, and he is admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.