The 2013 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business features the largest number of Gibbons practice areas (10) and individual attorneys (26) ever ranked in the top tiers of this publication. The firm has appeared in the New Jersey section of the Chambers guide since its inception and this year has broken into the New York rankings as well.

Chambers annually rates the nation’s leading business lawyers and law firms through comprehensive interviews with top companies, attorneys, and business executives, plus extensive supplementary research.

“Gibbons has consistently, year over year, improved in its Chambers rankings, and we are proud to be recognized as one of New Jersey’s preeminent firms by this leading industry publication,” notes Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons.

The Chambers excerpt and client testimonials included below highlight the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department, which ranked in the guide’s top two tiers for New Jersey.

Environment: Gibbons’s New Jersey team has welcomed three new partners, as well as gaining a fourth through internal promotion. William Hatfield and Camille Otero add further depth to the firm’s impressive litigation capabilities, while David Freeman brings considerable expertise in the development of contaminated property. The firm’s workload features a variety of high-value contentious cases, including complex multiparty sediment site issues. In standout matters, the team represented Honeywell in connection with the Berry’s Creek sediment megasite case. Other major clients include Hoffmann-La Roche, Shell and Tiffany & Co. Sources say: “The firm’s representation went beyond the simple legal matter – our attorney counseled us on the financial and business decisions involved.”

Real Estate: This Newark-based real estate practice group regularly acts on behalf of large developers and major corporations across a range of real estate matters. The group has been involved in assisting Honeywell International with the redevelopment of 100 acres of brownfield land in partnership with the City of Jersey City. Other clients include McDonald’s, Hoffmann-La Roche and JPMorgan Chase. Sources say: “They are excellent. They are very responsive and very thorough and they care deeply about their work.”

The Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department attorneys featured in the 2013 Chambers edition include:

  • Russell B. Bershad, Real Estate: Russell Bershad recently represented Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in the consolidation of its offices into one campus. Sources describe him as a “tremendous lawyer, amazingly gifted and knowledgeable.” 
  • Irvin M. Freilich, Environmental: The “smart and practical” Irvin Freilich is the environmental team leader at the firm. He represented Novartis in connection with the Rolling Knolls Landfill case.
  • David J. Freeman, (New York) Environmental: David Freeman of Gibbons P.C. focuses on handling environmental due diligence and toxic exposure litigation. He is also experienced in representing the sellers, developers and buyers of brownfields sites.  
  • William S. Hatfield, Environmental: William Hatfield is one of the leading partners advising various clients of the firm on the headline-grabbing Newark Bay Complex sediment case. The matter has a potential value of hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • John H. Klock, Environmental: Clients have high praise for John Klock, who is “a wonderful guy, with an incredible background in complex environmental remediation projects.” 
  • Camille V. Otero, Environmental: Camille Otero is well regarded by peers for her strength in environmental and toxic tort litigation.
  • Susanne Peticolas, Environmental: Susanne Peticolas is a “very bright attorney, who is very well versed in environmental law.” She is also commended for her negotiation skills.