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Wolff & Samson Achieves High Rankings in 2014 Chambers USA

May 23, 2014

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 2014 Chambers rankings, six of the firm’s practice areas and 12 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) Chambers quotes a client to describe the strengths of the Environmental Group: “They are outstanding; extremely bright, responsive and professional, I really can't say enough good about them. They've provided us with great advice and great service." Also noted in the Guide, the Environmental Group “provides a full service in the environment arena, offering strong litigation skills as well as years of experience with issues such as brownfield redevelopment, site remediation and transactional matters.”

Corporate/M&A (Band 3) According to the Chambers editorial, the team “offers a broad-based transactional practice and prides itself on offering a seamless service between departments. [The Corporate Group] serves numerous large public companies as well as smaller privately held businesses, with sectors of experience ranging from major retail developments to healthcare.”

Healthcare (Band 3) Chambers quoted one of the Healthcare and Hospital Group’s clients: “In a difficult and constantly changing healthcare environment the firm provides expert representation and guidance to my hospital.” The Guide also noted the Wolff & Samson healthcare team “acts for some of the largest healthcare providers in New Jersey” and “offers a full-service healthcare group that has expertise in regulation, litigation and merger transactions.”

Intellectual Property (Band 3) Chambers described Wolff & Samson’s IP Group as having a “wide-ranging practice with experience acting for clients on a comprehensive array of IP law topics. [The Group has] notable expertise in the data networking, e-commerce, telecommunications and publishing sectors.”

Litigation (Band 2) Chambers states that the firm’s Litigation Group is “recognized for its expertise advising clients on a broad spectrum of disputes including bankruptcy, franchise, and corporate and partnership issues,” citing extensive trial experience before federal and state courts, and at appellate level.

Labor and Employment (Band 4) Of the Employment Group at Wolff & Samson, Chambers quotes: “They lay out the legal issues but come up with solutions that balance the business with the legal risks to make a reasonable decision rather than avoiding all risk." The Group is also noted for “defending management of companies of all sizes against claims relating to discrimination, wage and hour, whistle-blower and breach of employment agreements.”

In addition, Wolff & Samson is extremely pleased to note that Chambers selected the following 12 firm attorneys as among the leading practitioners in New Jersey:

Gage Andretta (Litigation, Band 3) Selected by Chambers for the fourth year, Gage is described as “an experienced and respected commercial litigator,” representing clients in commercial and real estate litigation.

Diana L. Buongiorno (Environmental, Band 3) Newly-ranked (previously ranked as “Up and Coming”), Diana is “considered to be ‘responsive and thorough, and someone who can communicate well with consultants, engineers and key business executives.’"

Arthur S. Goldstein (Litigation, Band 3) Earning recognition in Chambers for the eighth straight year, Arthur is recognized in the Guide for his experience in banking and commercial litigation, as well as white-collar criminal cases.

John A. McKinney Jr. (Environmental, Band 1) Also marking his eighth consecutive year in Chambers, John is “praised by sources for his ability to ‘grasp the issue when doing due diligence,’ and ‘is very knowledgeable’ in the environmental space.”

Robert E. Nies (Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Band 2) Ranked for the fourth year in a row, Rob is described as an "’excellent litigator and communicator’” and is “commended for his deep experience in the bankruptcy field.”

Peter E. Nussbaum (Intellectual Property, Band 3) Ranked for the third year in a row, Peter is “praised by clients for his responsiveness,” citing his extensive experience in copyright and trademarks.

Laurence M. Smith (Corporate/M&A, Band 3) Ranked for the second year in a row, Larry is described in this year’s Guide as a ”bright and strategic lawyer who represents his clients effectively."

Dennis M. Toft (Environmental, Band 1) In his eighth straight year in the top band of New Jersey Environmental attorneys listed in Chambers, Dennis is noted for being “a hugely experienced attorney with deep knowledge of the sector and a strong business sense that is of particular use to clients, with one source stating that ‘his contacts and knowledge are phenomenal.’”

Jeffrey M. Weinick (Intellectual Property, Band 2) Chambers notes that Jeff, ranked for the fourth year in a row, “’really understands what clients need,’ impressed sources report. He has a great deal of experience with IP licensing and enforcement matters.”

Catherine P. Wells (Labor & Employment, Band 2) Of Catherine, who has been listed for four consecutive years, Chambers notes: “’In the words of one impressed client: ‘She is our go-to person for labor and employment. If I could steal her and move her into the office I would do it.’”

Scott A. Zuber (Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Band 2) Ranked for the sixth year in a row, Scott is described as “’a smart, energetic, thoughtful lawyer who dedicates his practice to bankruptcy and restructuring work."

Margaret O’Rourke Wood (Labor & Employment, Up and Coming) Chambers notes that Peggy is "building a vibrant practice in employment litigation” and “can analyze a situation and get to the crux of the matter very quickly."

About Chambers
Chambers USA is published annually by London-based Chambers & Partners. Attorneys and firms are selected for inclusion based on extensive client and industry research. For full methodology, please visit