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Chambers and Partners recently recognized 15 of our attorneys as "Leading Lawyers" across virtually all practice groups in its 2009 Chambers USA Guide. Our Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Insurance Litigation practices earned first tier rankings for another consecutive year, while our Corporate, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Environmental, Products Liability Litigation, White Collar Criminal Litigation, and Real Estate practices were also awarded top rankings, as follows:
Bankruptcy (First Tier): The publication described our practice as "famed for its impeccable work on behalf of secured creditors."
Commercial Litigation: Attorneys in our Commercial Litigation practice were hailed for their "first-rate communication skills," "tenacity and detail-oriented attitude," "confident, determined approach," and "ability to connect well with both juries and the authorities."
Corporate: Chambers quoted sources, saying Riker is a "responsive, talented team that really knows how to get deals done."
Environment: The Guide said of our practice: "Widely renowned for its terrific local capabilities, this Morristown-headquartered firm's sound environmental practice garners much respect."
General Litigation: Our Litigation practice was praised by sources for our "efficient staffing of cases, which results in what many sources identify as truly outstanding value for money. 'It is incredibly sensitive to costs. Even though the bench strength is extremely impressive, it will never overstaff a case.'" We were also lauded for our "strong expertise across a multitude of different practice areas related to litigation."
Insurance Litigation (First Tier): Chambers notes that the firm's "excellent reputation" in Insurance Litigation is largely a result of our work "on complex coverage disputes and reinsurance matters, often in relation to high-profile insolvencies," and describes the group's head, Shawn Kelly, as a "master in his field."
Labor and Employment: Chambers noted that our Employment group "harbors a superb reputation for litigation, attracting high praise for its ability to resolve complex disputes between employers and employees."
Products Liability Litigation: Riker Danzig was described as having a "notable profile" in the products liability arena, focusing mainly on "defending companies in the pharmaceutical, tobacco and chemical industries."
Real Estate: Riker's Real Estate practice was described as having "an excellent degree of knowledge on all the various elements of real estate law," and noted that we are "long renowned" for our transactional work.
White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: The Guide ranked our white-collar criminal defense practice as among the best in the state, with the "biggest plaudits" earned by our activity in criminal environmental litigation.
Following are excerpts from Chambers regarding the individual Riker Danzig attorneys who were singled out as "Leading Lawyers":
Glenn Clark (Commercial Litigation): "His tenacity and detail-oriented attitude are highly appreciated by clients."
Michael Furey (Labor & Employment): "Is recognized as a strong lawyer with a remarkable breadth of experience in all areas of employment law."
Shawn Kelly -- First Tier (Insurance Litigation): "Is recognized as a master in his field" and "excellent reputation."
Dennis Krumholz -- First Tier (Environment): "He is one of the most well-rounded environmental attorneys in New Jersey -- he does everything, and handles all of it equally well."
Gerald Liloia (Commercial Litigation): "His first-rate communication skills mean he is as skilled at engaging in successful and productive negotiations as he is at arguing cases to victory."
Samuel Moulthrop (Environment and White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Litigation): "His activity in criminal environmental litigation . . . earns the biggest plaudits."
Scott Ohnegian (Labor & Employment): "Represents management in discrimination, whistle-blowing, retaliation and restrictive covenants claims. The quality of his counseling and training practice is also commended."
Dennis O'Grady -- First Tier (Bankruptcy/Restructuring): "A long-standing and preeminent lawyer with vast experience in his field."
Nicholas Racioppi (Real Estate): "A skilled practitioner who is lauded for his ability to manage transactions in the most efficient manner possible."
Robert Schoenberg (Intellectual Property): "Patent and trademark litigation forms the backbone" of his practice.
Steven Senior ("Up and Coming" Attorney in Environment): "A highly promising member of the team."
Andrew Stamelman -- First Tier (Corporate/M&A: Tax): "His knowledge is totally invaluable. He is incredibly good with his clients."
Kenneth Van Deventer (Commercial Litigation): "Commended for his confident, determined approach and his ability to connect well with both juries and the authorities."
Jeffrey Wagenbach (Environment): "His expertise is strongest in industrial site recovery and wetlands cases."