Cole Schotz Continues Upward Trajectory in Chambers USA Rankings

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Cole Schotz P.C. is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys across the firm’s offices have been included in the 2024 Chambers USA Guide. Six of the attorneys were included in Band 1 of their respective categories, the guide’s top ranking.

Gary Leibowitz, Norman L. Pernick, Michael Sirota, Irving E. Walker and Richard W. Abramson each maintained their Band 1 position. Warren A. Usatine moved up to the top ranking for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in New Jersey and was recognized for the first time for New Jersey General Commercial Litigation. Catherine Bostock, Heather L. Demirjian, Robert DiPisa, Jonathan Goodelman, Emily Lamond and Marissa Mastroianni also moved up in the rankings for their respective practice areas.

In addition to individual rankings, the firm received 11 department recognitions.

The Chambers USA Guide ranks select lawyers and law firms using criteria most valued by clients such as legal aptitude, client service, technical knowledge, business acumen, cost efficiency and effectiveness. The rankings are based on the organization’s research, which includes in-depth interviews with attorneys and clients and considers information submitted by the law firms.

The firm’s department and individual rankings include:

Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Global / Nationwide – Chambers states that the department is “Recognized for its national profile; the group acts for both debtors and creditors on a broad array of bankruptcy matters, including Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings. It also offers substantial expertise in bankruptcy-related litigation.”

Bankruptcy/Restructuring – DelawareChambers states “Cole Schotz P.C. houses a strong bankruptcy and corporate restructuring team experienced in all aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings. Acts for a wide range of stakeholders, including debtors, institutional creditors, official committees and equity holders. Clients include companies from the manufacturing, entertainment and retail sectors. Possesses a strong bench experienced in acting as both lead and co-counsel in high-stakes bankruptcy proceedings.”

  • Justin Alberto – Chambers states “Justin Alberto is recognized for his adroit representation of secured lenders, as well as his experience advising debtor-side clients. He comes particularly recommended as a creditors’ committee expert, advising on a range of Chapter 11 filings both within and outside the region.”
  • G. David Dean – Chambers states “David Dean frequently represents debtors in bankruptcy proceedings and garners praise for his approach to cases.”
  • Norman L. Pernick (Band 1) – Chambers states “Norman Pernick has earned a superb reputation for his representation of debtors, creditors and trustees in complex business reorganizations. He also has considerable expertise handling litigious matters. He co-chairs the firm’s bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department.”
  • Patrick Reille– Chambers states “Patrick Reilley provides counsel in corporate restructuring matters across a variety of industries, including retail and automotive.”

Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Maryland (Band 1) – Chambers states that the team is “a highly respected bankruptcy group noted for its extensive debtor and creditor capabilities. The team frequently acts on complex Chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation, with notable experience in sectors including real estate, retail and technology. The firm also maintains a strong corporate restructuring practice and is well placed to advise on debtor-in-possession financing and Chapter 11 trustee matters.”

  • Gary H. Leibowitz (Band 1) – Chambers states “Gary Leibowitz is held in high esteem for his able handling of bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation.”
  • Irving E. Walker (Band 1) – Chambers states “Irving Walker has a strong track record of representing debtors and creditors in high-stakes Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings.”

Bankruptcy/Restructuring – New Jersey (Band 1) – Chambers states the firm “is home to a prestigious group of highly regarded practitioners known for the representation of debtors and creditors’ committees as well as hedge funds and liquidating trustees. It is experienced in corporate restructuring and insolvency proceedings for distressed businesses, as well as asset sales. The law firm has represented clients in a broad range of industries including technology, retail and biosciences, both nationally and internationally, and is noted for its work in bankruptcy litigation.”

  • David M. Bass – Chambers states “David Bass provides debtors with Chapter 11 representation and other bankruptcy counsel. His practice also encompasses bankruptcy litigation.”
  • Jacob Frumkin – Chambers states “Jacob Frumkin is well regarded for his ability to advise both debtors and secured creditors. He handles a wide spectrum of issues, including bankruptcy proceedings and restructurings.”
  • Ryan T. Jareck – Chambers states “Ryan Jareck specializes in handling Chapter 11 cases on behalf of debtors, creditors and others.”
  • Stuart Komrower – “Stuart Komrower has a varied practice as a leading debtor-creditor practitioner. He has extensive experience in representing debtors, creditors, trustees, creditors’ committees and litigants before the state, federal and bankruptcy courts in numerous jurisdictions.”
  • Michael Sirota (Band 1) – Chambers states “Michael Sirota is well equipped to handle all manner of Chapter 11 cases and other restructuring matters, specializing primarily on debtor sided representations. He co-chairs the firm’s bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department and represents clients in industries including retail, technology and manufacturing.”
  • Warren A. Usatine (Band 1) – Chambers states “Warren Usatine specializes in handling Chapter 11 restructuring on behalf of both creditors and debtors. He is adept at representing high profile clients in industries including retail and technology.”
  • Felice Yudkin – Chambers states “Felice Yudkin is recognized for her bankruptcy practice, which includes acting in complex Chapter 11 proceedings. She is experienced in industries including retail, technology and manufacturing.”

Real Estate – New Jersey (Band 1) – Chambers states that the firm “has a top quality and much-admired department, with expertise across the spectrum of real estate law. A versatile practice that demonstrates strength in areas such as sales, acquisitions, development and redevelopment as well as financings and restructurings on behalf of a wide range of major clients. Notable experience in residential real estate matters as well as commercial projects concerning office, retail and industrial space. Offers substantial national reach owing to its network of offices in several states across the USA.”

  • Richard W. Abramson (Band 1) – Chambers states “Richard Abramson is widely respected for his largely transactional practice supporting a range of household businesses and investors on various acquisitions, joint ventures and financing matters.”
  • Jonathan Goodelman – Chambers states “Jonathan Goodelman advises investors and developers on redevelopment matters. He is especially active in the retail and restaurant spaces.”
  • John Stewar– Chambers states “John Stewart represents clients such as developers, owners and investors in a range of real estate transactions, including complex financings.”

Environment – New Jersey– Chambers states that the firm “houses a group with experience and expertise in all areas of environmental law, including land use and insurance cost recovery matters, Superfund and Spill Act liability litigation. It regularly advises clients on issues concerning air, water and waste regulations, and is also noted for its work obtaining government brownfield incentive funds. The firm represents clients from an array of sectors, including real estate, manufacturing and chemicals.”

  • Catherine E. Bostock – Chambers states “Catherine Bostock provides companies with environmental assistance on corporate transactions.”
  • Heather L. Demirjian – Chambers states “Heather Demirjian is experienced in environmental transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. She assists a variety of clients, including real estate developers, food and drink, and manufacturing sector clients.”
  • Richard J. Ericsson – Chambers states “Richard Ericsson is an accomplished environmental attorney who frequently navigates issues relating to remediation and Superfund sites, such as environmental insurance policies and liability costs. He is also skilled at handling the environmental aspects of joint ventures and other corporate transactions.”
  • Emily Lamond – Chambers states “Emily Lamond is experienced in the environmental sector, specifically advising clients on the implications of environmental liability risks on a number of deals.”

Litigation: General Commercial – New Jersey – Chambers states that the team “wins praise for the strength of its commercial litigation practice and the depth of its trial experience. The team handles complex litigation across the USA, including business, construction, real estate, IP, product liability, bankruptcy and insurance cases.”

  • Leo V. Leyva – Chambers states “Leo Leyva’s broad practice spans a range of commercial litigation, including shareholder actions and real estate disputes.”
  • Warren A. UsatineChambers states “Warren Usatine co-chairs the firm’s litigation department and has a broad range of expertise, including representing clients in breach of contract and fraud claims.”

Intellectual Property – Texas – Chambers states that the team is a “Growing IP group with experience advising across a range of areas of IP, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters. Frequently called upon to handle litigation and non-contentious mandates such as prosecution and IP strategy for a varied client base that includes technology and energy companies.”

  • Aaron D. Davidson – Chambers states “Aaron Davidson advises clients in a range of intellectual property litigation matters, including patent infringement, patent and trade dress counsel, and trade secret disputes.”
  • Gary R. Sorden – Chambers states “Gary Sorden handles intellectual property matters including patent infringement litigation, patent licensing and enforcement, as well as trademark and copyright litigation.”

Intellectual Property – New JerseyChambers states “Cole Schotz P.C. houses a significant breadth of IP expertise, with its team regularly advising on portfolio management and prosecution, as well as high-stakes contentious proceedings including infringement disputes. The firm represents a diverse client base including media and entertainment, and retail companies.”

  • David S. Gold – Chambers states “David Gold focuses his practice on advising clients on protecting, enforcing and monetizing trademarks and copyrights. He is particularly well regarded for his work in the music and arts field.”
  • William W. Stroever – Chambers states “William Stroever counsels clients in a variety of sectors including consumer and biomedical products. He has expertise in advising on matters in connection with trademark prosecution, enforcement and disputes.”

Labor & Employment – New Jersey – Chambers states the firm “has a notable Hackensack-based group offering deep expertise in employment litigation, with experience spanning wage and hour, discrimination, trade secrets and wrongful discharge disputes. The firm is additionally able to advise clients on a wide array of non-contentious matters.”

  • Randi W. Kochman – Chambers states “Randi Kochman oversees a range of employment proceedings on behalf of clients, including wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and contract disputes. She chairs the employment practice at Cole Schotz P.C.”
  • Marissa Mastroianni – Chambers states “Marissa Mastroianni enjoys a growing reputation for her practice, which focuses on employment litigation.”

Robert DiPisa, Cannabis Law: Eastern United States (Nationwide) – Chambers states “Robert DiPisa of Cole Schotz is particularly notable for his real estate expertise as it pertains to the CBD and cannabis industries.”

For a more detailed overview of the firm’s department and individual rankings, including testimonials from research participants gathered by Chambers on behalf of the firm’s submissions, please visit here.

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