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Wolff & Samson Achieves High Rankings in 2012 Chambers USA

June 7, 2012

Wolff & Samson is pleased to announce that the firm and its attorneys have once again been recognized in the latest edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the newly released 2012 Chambers rankings, five of the firm’s practice areas – up from three in 2011 – and 10 of its attorneys are included in what is widely considered one of the most prestigious guides in the legal industry.

The following Wolff & Samson practice areas are recognized in Chambers (the “Guide”) as among the leading practices in New Jersey:

Environmental (Band 1). As noted in Chambers: “The team is praised for its ability to strike at the practical nature of a client's business to progress matters in a timely and sensitive fashion. The team is described by one source as a watchdog for environmental regulatory issues, empowering clients with the confidence to achieve business goals. The team's accessibility and problem-solving abilities are also highlighted as key attributes that ensure long-standing relationships with clients.”

Corporate/M&A (Band 3). According to the Chambers editorial: “This firm wins acclaim from clients for its strong work product and deep corporate expertise. The firm's corporate team offers value in delivering a package of legal services that ensures clients' needs are met in the most effective and efficient manner. The group has recently been involved in a series of high-value transactions.”

Intellectual Property (Band 3). Chambers had the following to say about Wolff & Samson’s IP Group: “Wolff & Samson debuts in the rankings, having earned praise for its high-quality and growing IP practice. It has increased its patent protection and prosecution team over the past year and represents a growing number of clients in the technology and communications arena. The team has also recently been involved a number of IP asset protection actions for well-known entertainment businesses.”

Litigation (Band 3). Of the firm’s Litigation Group, Chambers states: “Wolff & Samson’s well-rounded litigation team is valued by clients for its ability to forge strong working relationships. The team represents a range of clients, from insurance companies and financial services organizations to law firms and publishers."

Labor and Employment (Band 4). The firm’s Employment Group is newly ranked by Chambers in the 2012 Guide. Of the practice, Chambers says: “Wolff & Samson undertakes a range of labor and employment services for clients including counseling and defense against harassment, discrimination and wage and hour claims. The team represents a number of high-profile brands in relation to employee disputes.”

In addition, Wolff & Samson is extremely pleased to note that Chambers selected the following 10 firm attorneys as among the leading practitioners in New Jersey:

Gage  Andretta (Litigation, Band 3) Selected by Chambers for the second year, Gage is referenced in this year’s Guide “as a fine ‘professional adversary.’ He advises businesses involved in insolvency proceedings as well as general business litigation matters.”

Arthur Goldstein (Litigation, Band 3) Earning recognition in Chambers for the sixth straight year, Arthur is noted as “a skilled and talented attorney who focuses on banking and real estate litigation. He also has a strong practice representing individuals and businesses in professional negligence claims.”

John McKinney Jr. (Environmental, Band 2) Also marking his sixth consecutive year in Chambers, John is recognized in the Guide as an "experienced litigator" and “is regarded as ‘highly knowledgeable about Superfunds.’”

Robert Nies (Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Band 2) Ranked for the second year in a row by Chambers, Rob “is described as a ‘thoughtful person who doesn't make false promises, gives clients knowledge about what they're up against and formulates a plan to meet any problems.’"

Peter Nussbaum (Intellectual Property, Band 3) Newly ranked by Chambers, Peter “is praised for being ‘fabulously responsive and easy to work with.’”

Howard Schwartz (Intellectual Property, Band 3) Howard is ranked for the second year by Chambers, which states in this year’s Guide: “Highly regarded as a trial lawyer, [Howard] counsels a host of arts professionals including authors and producers."

Dennis Toft (Environmental, Band 1) In his sixth straight year in the top band of New Jersey Environmental attorneys listed in Chambers, Dennis is noted as being “’very effective,’ regarded as ‘one of the best pure environmental regulatory lawyers in the state.’ He is particularly knowledgeable in relation to the scientific nature of environmental matters.”

Jeffrey Weinick (Intellectual Property, Band 3) Chambers notes that Jeff, who was also ranked last year, “represents technology and telecom companies in patent disputes. According to clients: ‘The quality of his work is very good and he always meets deadlines, so we have a lot of trust in his work.’”

Catherine Wells (Labor & Employment, Band 2) Of Catherine, who was also listed in the 2011 Guide, Chambers notes: “Head of department Catherine Wells is valued as a ‘helpful and insightful’ practitioner who is praised for being both ‘good on her feet and a great writer.’”

Diana Buongiorno (Environmental, Up and Coming) Diana was selected by Chambers for this year’s “Up and Coming” list and earns praise “as a fearless litigator and is considered by market sources as ‘on the cusp of a leading career - there's certainly a bright future for her.’”

About Chambers
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