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Gibbons Recognized as a Leading Firm in 2016 Chambers USA Guide


May 31, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features ten Gibbons P.C. practice areas and 26 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.

“We are extremely proud that our clients provide such positive comments about our firm and our attorneys every year in the Chambers guide,” noted 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. Sources say: “They are a great resource for us,” and “They are a strong regional firm and they provide quality representation at rates below those of Wall Street firms. They are very user-friendly and a pleasure to work with.”

Corporate/M&A: Active in M&A, divestitures and public-private partnerships. Also has a burgeoning solar project development practice servicing providers, developers and users. Sources say: “I rate them extremely highly; they are large enough to have the full range of professionals and small enough to make you feel special as a client. I am extremely pleased with them,” and “They have consistently exceeded my expectations.”

Environment: A prominent firm frequently called upon by an impressive roster of clients on complex Superfund litigation and site remediation matters. Also has extensive expertise in advising clients on regulatory matters and the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. Sources say: “They have some really solid practitioners who understand the nuances in the law and are zealous advocates for their clients,” and “They have a very good environment department.”

Healthcare: Handles a broad spectrum of healthcare matters including fraud and abuse issues, Medicare/Medicaid compliance and HIPAA work. Acts for a full range of healthcare providers and professionals including physicians, hospital systems, medical laboratories and long-term care providers. Sources say: “They deliver on what they say they are going to do and their advice is clear and concise. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Intellectual Property: Established national 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. Sources say: “An outstanding team that reaches beneficial resolutions quickly and cost-effectively. They have been instrumental in helping us navigate some very complicated areas that impact our business,” and “A very capable team – their client service is the best and their responsiveness is fantastic.”

Labor & Employment: Renowned for the depth of its experience in the full gamut of employment litigation and compliance counseling, with significant expertise in labor relations and restrictive covenant matters in particular. Active across a number of industries, often acting for financial services, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, as well as government entities and higher education institutions. Sources say: “It’s an excellent firm with high standards and very good-quality people,” and “Excellent – absolutely outstanding.”

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. Sources say: “It’s a terrific firm. They always work with their clients’ best interests in mind and do their best to recruit and maintain the best talent. They have that wow factor,” “They were outstanding in all respects: highly professional, organized and effective. I was very impressed with the team they assembled and the process they followed,” and “I think they’re the best law firm in the state of New Jersey. They are the cream of the crop.”

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. Sources say: “They are a very knowledgeable firm that is very specific and leave no stone unturned. They are very thorough,” and “My impression of the firm as a whole is excellent. A major strength is the size and the depth of the services the firm can provide with qualified lawyers in different disciplines.”

In addition, 26 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
Robert J. MacPherson, Litigation: General Commercial
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