We are proud that Chambers and Partners recognized nine of Riker Danzig’s practice groups with top honors in the Chambers USA Guide for 2022, and recognized 26 of our attorneys. Chambers continues to be one of the most well-respected attorney ranking guides, due to its in-depth research.
Following are the Riker Danzig practices and attorneys honored, with highlights from the editorial commentary. Full rankings and complete commentary are available at Chambers.
Banking & Finance
Mark S. Rattner (Band 1) Mark Rattner “receives praise for his commercial lending practice and for his work representing financial institutions.” Chambers sources say: "He is a well-respected attorney."
Bankruptcy (Band 1) “An accomplished group of practitioners with experience in bankruptcy litigation and Chapter 11 reorganizations. Considerable expertise in healthcare-related insolvencies and real estate restructurings, as well as asbestos-related bankruptcies. The team is well versed in representing all parties, including secured creditors and creditor committees as well as trustees and debtors.” Chambers source say: "Their technical and in-court legal capabilities exceed expectations." "They all work well together to provide seamless help for their clients." "They are subject matter experts and they are very responsive."
Dennis J. O’Grady (Senior Statesmen) Dennis “has a wealth of experience counseling an array of clients on a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring issues.” Chambers sources say: "Dennis is well regarded and respected in the market."
Curtis M. Plaza Chambers sources say Curtis "offers solid and timely counsel." "Curtis is very hands-on and understands the needs of each case."
Joseph L. Schwartz (Band 1) Joe “is renowned for his expert handling of Chapter 11 cases for a variety of bankruptcy clients.” Chambers sources say: "He has an extremely strong knowledge of the law and the practical aspects of achieving excellent results." "Joseph is very helpful and responsive." "He is spectacular in court."
Tara J. Schellhorn Tara “impresses both clients and peers with her growing bankruptcy practice. She has notable experience in significant Chapter 11 cases.” Chambers sources say: "She's a tremendous lawyer with impressive skills." "She is both technically and analytically capable."
Energy & Natural Resources Chambers calls the group a “skilled team with deep experience representing utility companies in regulatory proceedings.” Chambers sources say: "The client service Riker provides is top-notch. They are extremely responsive."
James C. Meyer (Band 1) Chambers noted that Jim is “well regarded in the market for his experience acting for utility companies in regulatory proceedings.” Chambers sources say: "A well-known regulatory lawyer in the utility sector who is at the top of his class in his area." "He is extremely capable and experienced and is efficient to work with."
Environment (Band 1) Chambers says the team is known as a “superb environmental group with a focus on New Jersey remediation programs. Also adept at handling Superfund, natural resource damage and multiparty cost recovery litigation. Deals with the full range of environmental issues, from air pollution to wetlands and hazardous waste. Offers expertise across multiple industries, including banking, energy and pharmaceuticals. Additionally skilled at advising on real estate and redevelopment issues.”
Marilynn R. Greenberg Marilynn “routinely advises clients on all aspects of site remediation and acquisitions, brownfield redevelopment and cost recovery litigation.”
Jaan M. Haus Chambers notes that Jaan “frequently assists across litigation, transactional matters and regulatory compliance.”
Dennis J. Krumholz (Band 1) Chambers notes that Dennis “is a highly regarded attorney recognized for his experience across a huge range of environmental litigation, transactional matters and regulatory work.”
Samuel P. Moulthrop Sam is called a “highly regarded litigator well known for his work handling sophisticated environmental disputes. He has considerable expertise in criminal enforcement actions”
Alexa Richman-La Londe Alexa is noted as being “experienced in negotiating legacy liability in regards to Superfund sites, assisting clients in site remediation and advising on regulatory compliance.” Chambers sources say: "She is responsive and able to meet tight deadlines."
Steven T. Senior (Band 1) Chambers notes that Steve “has experience advising large corporations on site remediation, redevelopment issues and environmental regulatory compliance.”
Jeffrey B. Wagenbach Chambers notes that Jeff “provides large companies with environmental advice in the context of corporate transactions, including regulatory compliance and remediation approaches.”
Insurance Chambers says Riker “is recognized for its representation of insurers and insureds in coverage disputes and reinsurance litigation. They are adept at handling subrogation actions on behalf of insurance companies. The firm boasts expertise in deflecting claims involving property damage, natural disasters, cyber losses, technology defects, asbestos and personal injury.”
Lance J. Kalik Chambers notes that Lance “acts on insurance claims involving fraud, personal injury and road accidents for both insurers and policyholders. He is also noted for expertise in subrogation claims." Chambers sources say: "Lance is a terrific lawyer and always responsive to his clients' needs." "He is a well-known leader in the field."
Brian E. O’Donnell Chambers notes that Brian “offers both policyholders and insurers his expertise in a wide array of insurance-related disputes, including coverage matters involving class action suits and property damage.” Chambers sources say: "Brian is fantastic and has the right blend of aggressiveness and commercial sophistication needed." "He is knowledgeable, practical and high quality."
Robert J. Schoenberg (Band 1) Chambers notes that Bob “has a diverse practice that encompasses patent infringement, prosecution and licensing, alongside trademark and copyright work.” Chambers sources say: "We always receive excellent guidance, legal work product and a keen understanding from Bob not only on the legal matters, but how they will affect our business issues as well."
Labor & Employment
Scott A. Ohnegian Chambers notes that Scott “has magisterial expertise overseeing employment cases involving restrictive covenants, discrimination allegations and harassment claims.” Chambers sources say: "Scott is very well regarded in the market."
Litigation: General Commercial Chambers says ours is a “highly respected litigation group known for its handling of a broad range of commercial disputes, including banking, real estate and environmental matters. Noted for its representation of insurers and insureds in matters such as coverage disputes and reinsurance litigation.”
Litigation: Product Liability Chambers notes that our team “regularly acts for clients in industries including healthcare, technology and pharmaceuticals in product liability disputes.”
Kelly StrangeCrawford Chambers says Kelly “focuses on the defense of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability litigation." Chambers sources say: "She is very dedicated and has strong instincts. She is driven to succeed for her clients." "She's a real fighter."
Maha M. Kabbash Chambers notes that Maha “wins praise for her strong litigation practice. She regularly handles high-value product liability disputes and offers notable expertise in cases concerning the healthcare sector.” Chambers sources say: "She is an exceptional attorney and a quick study. She's highly responsive and will not be out-worked." "Maha is an impressive attorney."
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations Chambers calls ours “a high-caliber litigation team based in Morristown, New Jersey. The practice demonstrates strong capabilities in a range of white-collar criminal defense matters such as fraud cases and government investigations.” Chambers sources say: "The practice has excellent lawyers who know how to negotiate and figure out results for clients." A client comments: "The team did a fantastic job and navigated all of the criminal concerns and difficult client concerns very well."
Charles B. McKenna Chambers notes that Charlie is “is well regarded for his expertise in a broad of white-collar criminal defense matters. He is regularly called upon to represent clients facing tax investigations and allegations of healthcare fraud.” Chambers sources say: "Charlie is practical and has a real gift of cutting to the heart of the matter and devising a practical strategy." "He leaves no stone unturned, he thinks outside the box, and he's analytical and detail-oriented."
Samuel P. Moulthrop Chambers notes that Sam “is a highly regarded litigator well known for his work handling sophisticated environmental disputes. He has considerable expertise in criminal enforcement actions.” Chambers sources say: "He has so much experience: he's been involved in litigation and criminal defense work for so many years that there isn't a scenario or issue he hasn't encountered." "Sam has a very calming demeanor."
Real Estate Chambers calls our team “An impressive group providing high-quality legal representation on transactional matters in the real estate space. Possesses expertise in diverse matters including multifamily developments, acquisitions and dispositions, governmental affairs and land use issues." Chambers sources say: "The firm is very sophisticated in real estate development issues, and ties them to societal, political, and economic trends. Their responsiveness is excellent."
Linda M. Herlihy Chambers notes that Linda “is well versed in advising a range of clients on transactional real estate matters. She also has additional expertise in land use and development concerns.” Chambers sources say: "Linda is an excellent all-around real estate lawyer."
Joshua M. Greenfield Chambers notes that Josh “is a growing talent who advises clients on the acquisition, leasing and sale of commercial and industrial properties. He is experienced in the representation of emerging growth companies.” Chambers sources say: "He has a strong understanding of both the legal and business issues involved in complex real estate transactions and provides strong representation to get a deal done." "Josh provides timely and competent advice for our real estate needs."
James M. Maggio, Jr. Chambers notes that Jim “advises clients on a wide range of complex commercial real estate matters, as well as financing transactions.” Chambers sources say: "He is a talented and highly skilled attorney with great attention to detail."
Nicholas Racioppi, Jr. Chambers notes that Nick “has a broad practice covering both transactional and land use matters, where he regularly obtains government approvals for developers alongside roles handling real estate sales and acquisitions. Chambers sources say: "Nicholas understands the business environment better than any attorney I’ve ever worked with." "He has extremely strong knowledge of all aspects of real estate law. Nicholas is creative and responsive." "He is not only an attorney, he really understands the business aspects."
Tax Chambers notes that Riker’s “team demonstrate their ability to act on a wide range of tax matters including corporate structuring and litigation. The group is also adept at advising clients on state and local tax. Its clients stem from a number of sectors, including media, biotech and energy, to name a few.” Chambers sources say: "They do a tremendous job, including with matters containing international complexities. They are also responsive and provide great insight."
Jason D. Navarino (Band 1) Jason “is noted for his strength in providing counsel on tax issues arising from M&A. He routinely handles issues with complex cross-border elements.” Chambers sources say: "Jason is an excellent attorney, very detailed-oriented and commercially astute." "He has consistently demonstrated an ability to deliver excellence in terms of quality of advice, responsiveness, service and commercial sensibility."
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