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Wolff & Samson Achieves High Rankings in 2013 Chambers USA

June 4, 2013

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 2013 Chambers rankings, six of the firm’s practice areas (up from five practice groups last year and three the year before) and 11 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: “This firm is renowned for its wealth of experience in regulatory compliance and transactional matters, and offers formidable strength in environmental litigation. The team is often engaged by large manufacturing and utilities companies, and also counts high-profile real estate developers among its client base. The team recently acted for the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) in obtaining approvals for major transmission upgrade projects valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Corporate/M&A (Band 3) According to the Chambers editorial: “The firm is well known in the New Jersey corporate market for its skill in representing clients on small to medium-sized deals. Nimble staffing and partners who are willing to roll their sleeves up enable the firm to compete vigorously in terms of billing. Foster Wheeler and Bayshore Recycling count among the firm's clients.”

Healthcare (Band 3) Chambers had the following to say about Wolff & Samson’s newly ranked Healthcare and Hospital Group: “This firm joins the rankings following extensive praise from its clients, who laud the team's deep expertise and ability to respond effectively to their needs. The group acts for a host of organizations within the sector including hospitals and other providers, medical device manufacturers and insurance companies.”

Intellectual Property (Band 3) Chambers described Wolff & Samson’s IP Group as follows: “While active across the board in intellectual property, this team is particularly active in licensing and infringement proceedings. It has also attracted an impressive volume of work relating to the management of trademarks, assisting clients in enforcing their rights both in the USA and overseas. Key highlights include assisting AT&T in applying for and prosecuting patents.”

Litigation (Band 3) Of the firm’s Litigation Group, Chambers states: “Wolff & Samson's West Orange-based practice focuses on securities and environmental litigation as well as contractual disputes. The team acts for a range of major corporate clients and their shareholders, including various companies in the healthcare sector, and is also experienced in representing government bodies such as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Standout matters include real estate, estate and partnership disputes."

Labor and Employment (Band 4) Of the Employment Group at Wolff & Samson, Chambers says: “This firm is focused on the defense of management clients in employment matters ranging from discrimination and harassment to wage and hour and whistle-blower cases.”

In addition, Wolff & Samson is extremely pleased to note that Chambers selected the following 11 firm attorneys as among the leading practitioners in New Jersey:

Gage Andretta (Litigation, Band 3) Selected by Chambers for the third year, Gage “has 30 years of experience litigating across a range of matters, including real estate, condemnation and land use.”

Arthur S. Goldstein (Litigation, Band 3) Earning recognition in Chambers for the seventh straight year, Arthur is recognized in the Guide as “a formidable litigator,” and as having “considerable experience in banking and estate cases.”

John A. McKinney Jr. (Environmental, Band 2) Also marking his seventh consecutive year in Chambers, John is described as a "top-flight environmental attorney who is very easy to work with. He earns accolades for his decades of high-quality work in environmental matters, and is valued by clients for his efficiency.”

Robert E. Nies (Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Band 2) Ranked for the third year in a row by Chambers, Rob has “over 25 years' experience representing clients across the full spectrum of bankruptcy-related matters."

Peter E. Nussbaum (Intellectual Property, Band 3) Ranked by Chambers for the second year in a row, Peter “is praised by clients for his ability to ‘organize the approach and make it as simple as possible.’ He is regularly called on to handle copyright and trademark disputes.”

Laurence M. Smith (Corporate/M&A, Band 4) Newly ranked, Larry is described in this year’s Guide as follows: “Laurence Smith enters the rankings this year, having been particularly active within the healthcare arena. He has a broad corporate practice and is a member of the firm's corporate travel group. "

Dennis M. Toft (Environmental, Band 1) In his seventh straight year in the top band of New Jersey Environmental attorneys listed in Chambers, Dennis is noted for being “recognized by clients and peers alike as one of the top transactional attorneys in the state. He is described as a ‘bright guy, and a terrific attorney.’”

Jeffrey M. Weinick (Intellectual Property, Band 2) Chambers notes that Jeff, ranked for the third year in a row, is “described by sources as an ‘outstanding’ practitioner.’ He represents Alcatel-Lucent in patent prosecutions.”

Catherine P. Wells (Labor & Employment, Band 2) Of Catherine, who has been listed for three consecutive years, Chambers notes: “Catherine Wells handles a range of employment litigation including harassment and discrimination matters. She elicits praise from market sources, who describe her as a ‘good combination of a great litigator and a strategic thinker.’”

Diana Buongiorno (Environmental, Up and Coming) For the second year in a row, Diana was selected by Chambers for its “Up and Coming” list. The Guide notes “Diana Buongiorno is lauded by peers for continuing to build her practice, and represents clients in a variety of complex high-value environmental litigation.”

Margaret O’Rourke Wood (Labor & Employment, Up and Coming) Peggy was selected by Chambers for this year’s “Up and Coming” list and is praised for being "very strong in depositions,” and described as an attorney who “knows how to assess the documentation and figure out the best course of action.”