Gibbons Recognized as a Leading Firm in 2012 Chambers USA Guide
June 27, 2012
The 2012 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features the most Gibbons practice areas (10) and individual attorneys (20) ever ranked in the top tiers of this publication. The firm has appeared in the New Jersey section of the Chambers guide since its inception.
“We are extremely proud that every year Chambers recognizes more and more Gibbons attorneys and practice areas,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. “Even more impressive is the fact that our clients speak so highly of the work and exceptional service our attorneys provide.”
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.
Chambers and client testimonials included below, highlight the Gibbons practice groups that ranked in the guide’s top three tiers for New Jersey:
Bankruptcy/Restructuring: This practice receives praise for its handling of Chapter 11 filings, particularly in its representation of creditors in bankruptcy-related litigation matters. According to sources, the team provides adept and responsive advice based on an extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law and the New Jersey judicial system. The team has been involved in a number of complex cases as representatives of debtors, creditors and trustees. Sources say: “I value the thoroughness, foresight, efficiency and gracious civility of the lawyers at Gibbons, which springs from a well of deep experience. They are also tenacious and extraordinarily hard working with excellent business sense.”
Corporate/M&A: This firm represents clients from its multiple New Jersey offices in addition to locations in New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The corporate attorneys are experienced with diverse technical and industry specialties, which helps instill confidence in their ability to handle a variety of matters. The team has recently undertaken work on a number of M&A transactions including cross-border disposals and financings as well as the creation of venture capital and investment vehicles. Sources say: “The team is very technically competent as it relates to transactional work and is well known in the New York metro marketplace.”
Environment: Despite the departure of preeminent environmental attorney Edward McTiernan, who accepted a position as deputy counsel at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, this environmental team remains a leading player in the state. The group is esteemed for its litigation capabilities, particularly in the area of natural resource damage, and also maintains a well-regarded regulatory practice. Of late, it has been counseling a number of clients on the impact of the state’s new Site Remediation Reform Act. Sources say: “The Gibbons New Jersey environmental team are very capable lawyers.”
Healthcare: Gibbons has had an active year defending a variety of healthcare clients who have been accused of violating the False Claims Act. In addition, it continues to bolster its transactional work following recent additions to team. Clients are particularly quick to praise the group for its superb client service and excellent subject matter expertise. Sources say: “Big firm service at a lower cost.”
Intellectual Property: Gibbons continues to cement its position as one of the go-to full-service firms in New Jersey. Representing a broad range of Fortune 500 and midmarket businesses, and with offices also in New York, Philadelphia and Delaware, the firm is well positioned to provide integrated and streamlined business advice. The firm’s 35-strong IP team is particularly active in the areas of patent, trademark and trade secrets disputes. The team has seen an increase in contentious matters in the past year, and also handled a substantial amount of work pertaining to patent due diligence. Sources say: “We are very satisfied with the services they provide and we’ve been very successful with them.”
Labor & Employment: This prestigious New Jersey firm has clear strength and expertise in the employment law arena. It has successfully defended multiple employers in race, age, and disability discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims over the past year. The team represents a range of clients in the pharmaceutical, financial and manufacturing sectors. Sources say: “The firm is very practical, to the point and thorough, and the fees are reasonable.”
Litigation – General Commercial, Products Liability and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: This first class litigation team has specialist experience in areas such as construction, financial services and media law. During the last year the firm has been actively engaged in major national class actions, commercial business disputes, and defending numerous mass tort product liability claims. The team represents private and public organizations and also excels at white collar crime defense including healthcare fraud. Sources say: “Gibbons is among the premier litigation firms in the state. It has great lawyers and I have been very impressed with the team. They are solid and deserve their statewide reputation.”
Real Estate: The firm fields a skilled team in transactional real estate and development work, and has an enviable roster of clients including McDonald’s, ITT, Tiffany and Co, and supermarket chain Aldi. The team’s recent highlights include handling the real estate work in ITT’s separation into three separate companies, and the representation of Cooper University Hospital in its purchase of land for a new cancer facility. Clients particularly appreciate the hands on and personal approach that the partners at this large firm offer. Sources say: “I will use this firm going forward as often as possible and certainly for all my future real estate work. They are superior with respect to service, resources, thoroughness and professionalism.” “They are very well respected with a reputation for results. Where necessary, they will work day and night to meet deadlines.”
In addition, 20 Gibbons attorneys received the following reviews in the guide’s individual rankings:
Christine A. Amalfe, Labor & Employment: Christine Amalfe is praised for her strength in employment litigation. She recently represented Konica Minolta Business Solutions in a series of complex claims alleging race, age and disability discrimination.
Kelly Ann Bird, Labor & Employment: Kelly Ann Bird is a “really excellent” attorney who practices in labor and employment law, compliance and litigation.
Russell B. Bershad, Real Estate: The “tremendous” Russell Bershad inspires confidence in clients for his persistence in closing transactions without, where possible, having to resort to litigation. Peers agree that he is “an excellent lawyer who does a very good job.”
Kim M. Catullo, Litigation: Products Liability: Kim Catullo is the firm’s product liability department chair. She represents medical and pharmaceutical companies engaged in mass tort class actions relating to product liability claims. Catullo is also retained by public utility companies in defense of personal injury and property damage claims.
Mark B. Conlan, Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Mark Conlan is an experienced trial attorney who earns praise from both clients and his fellow professionals.
David E. De Lorenzi, Intellectual Property: David De Lorenzi chairs the firm’s IP department and is well known in the market for his contentious [litigation] IP practice, particularly in patent litigation.
Irvin M. Freilich, Environmental: Irvin Freilich is an established environmental litigator who draws praise for his expertise on multiparty actions.
Karen A. Giannelli, Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Department head Karen Giannelli is deeply respected by the market and is known among peers and clients to be a positive presence in bankruptcy matters. Clients say her “knowledge of the local courts, input and integrity are invaluable.”
John J. Gibbons, Litigation: General Commercial: John Gibbons is a stalwart of the New Jersey business litigation scene and one of the state’s most respected attorneys. He is held in considerably high regard by clients of the firm and peers, and provides counsel on significant litigation cases, as well as mediation and arbitration.
Michael R. Griffinger, Litigation: General Commercial: “Talented” state and federal litigator Michael Griffinger practices in the resolution of corporate and commercial disputes, as well as antitrust and securities litigation. He is currently engaged in a multimillion-dollar international product liability and breach of contract claim.
John H. Klock, Environmental: Experienced trial attorney John Klock comes particularly recommended for his “sound judgment” and is well versed in a full range of environmental matters, including site remediation issues.
Bruce A. Levy, Healthcare: Peers agree that Bruce Levy is a “top guy” for state and federal healthcare fraud investigations. He is also highly recommended by clients for healthcare litigation matters, as “disputes never develop into any trouble” when he is involved.
Lawrence S. Lustberg, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: The “smart and hardworking” Lawrence Lustberg receives resounding praise as an excellent trial and appellate lawyer whose practice covers a wide spectrum of matters. He chairs the firm’s criminal defense department.
Robert J. MacPherson, Litigation: General Commercial: Robert MacPherson’s reputation precedes him as an authority on construction law, with commentators affirming: “he has a tremendous understanding of the law in this area and can argue a case from any side.” He represents civil contractor EE Cruz & Company in relation to a number of high-value infrastructure projects in the metropolitan area.
Michael R. McDonald, Litigation: General Commercial: Michael McDonald “has done a really good job for us: the cases he has represented us on have been resolved with favorable outcomes. He is very strategic and cautious about how we handle the litigation, but in a positive way,” enthuses one satisfied client. McDonald is particularly active in class action defense work.
Brian J. McMahon, Litigation: General Commercial: The firm’s business and commercial litigation department chair Brian McMahon has played a significant role in some of the state’s biggest class action cases. He represents financial services companies and healthcare organizations, and also acts as bankruptcy trustee counsel in a number of ongoing matters.
Sheila F. McShane, Intellectual Property: Sheila McShane has made a name for herself in the area of patent litigation, particularly in the representation of pharmaceutical companies. She is also considered by sources to be a specialist in ANDA litigation and drug patent protection.
Susan L. Nardone, Labor and Employment: Susan Nardone is praised by clients for being “extremely thorough, very aggressive, and familiar with federal court system and how to maneuver through it.”
Susanne Peticolas, Environmental: Susanne Peticolas has a particular focus and strength in the representation of organizations involved in significant Superfund litigation, and is singled out by sources for a collaborative-minded approach to working with others.
Frank J. Vecchione, Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Frank Vecchione is noted for his vast experience and sound advice: “He’s like Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi master.” Other sources describe him as “the godfather of the bankruptcy practice” and note that “he really sees the issues and is a pleasure to deal with.”