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Gibbons Recognized as a Leading Firm in 2017 Chambers USA Guide


May 26, 2017

The 2017 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.

“We are extremely honored that our clients provide such positive feedback about our firm and our attorneys every year in the Chambers guide,” 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. Works closely with specialists from other departments to provide a comprehensive bankruptcy service. Sources say “Gibbons has given us very practical advice and we’ve had good results with them.”

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. Stands out for its expertise in regulatory compliance and healthcare transactions. A source praises the firm’s impressive roster of attorneys: “They are outstanding, really outstanding,” adding: “I found their professionals to be extremely knowledgeable.”

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 pertaining to air, noise and water pollution, and on environmental aspects of real estate transactions. One delighted client reports: “The whole team is strong and they work well together as a team. They are extremely transparent and I have access to all key members of the team. They all share the same strong work ethic and passion.”

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. Impressed clients highlight the firm’s collaborative approach and strength in a multitude of areas: “What distinguishes Gibbons is that they really are wide and deep in terms of their talents.”

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 also noted for its counsel on e-discovery issues. The Gibbons IP group stands out for its approachability, with one client commenting: “They are hands down the most responsive and client-friendly firm that I’ve worked with.”

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. Possesses additional strength in whistleblower and wage and hour claims, as well as Title IX compliance. Sources say “The employment and labor group has always impressed as they are consistently able to provide strategic business solutions and a responsive, hands-on service,” and “They are an outstanding firm with top-quality counsel. They are very creative with legal arguments, but with a practical perspective. They just don’t work a file to generate fees, but to achieve ends.”

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. 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.”

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 is a particular standout for the team. One client applauds “their terrific land use and trial expertise – we would definitely use them again.”

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