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2019 Chambers USA Guide Ranks Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis and recognises 15 attorneys as ‘Leading Individuals’

5th June 2019

MSI's New Jersey law member Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP is pleased to announce that Chambers USA 2019 (a publication of Chambers and Partners) has again recognized the firm in its annual rankings of the foremost law firms and lawyers in the country.

In the publication’s 2019 edition, the firm and 15 of our attorneys are listed among New Jersey’s leading law firms and lawyers in a number of our core practice areas – Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use and Environment.

Here is a summary of the firm’s editorial presence in Chambers USA 2019:

Litigation: General Commercial

  • The firm has “experience in wide-ranging commercial disputes, including professional liability cases, RICO litigation, consumer finance class actions and business torts.” Chambers’ editors further comment on our ability to provide “sophisticated support to a broad client base, including significant domestic and international businesses” and reference our litigators’ “strength at trial and appellate level, as well as in arbitration and mediation.”
  • The publication quotes a firm client: “The service is excellent – they’re very good at communicating, they seek feedback to make sure they meet our expectations and they give us different options in terms of a strategy to pursue.”
  • A market source reports that: “Greenbaum is a wonderful law firm. I’ve had nothing but really good experiences with them. They do a nice job and always produce quality work.” 
  • Partners recognized in this practice area:
    • Paul A. Rowe is “an impressively experienced practitioner who sources consider to be a long-time leader in the commercial litigation space in New Jersey. He continues to provide strategic advice to clients in high-stakes business matters.”
    • Alan S. Naar is recognized for “his skillful handling of civil disputes on behalf of corporate clients.” Chambers quote sources who call him “an excellent litigator,” adding: “He was able to effect what lots of people thought was unrealistic.”
    • John D. North is described as “a seasoned litigator” who “advises clients in relation to contentious commercial matters, offering particular strength in financial services and public entity liability disputes.” According to one peer, Mr. North “is a guy to emulate as a role model, and is one of the most talented trial lawyers I’ve seen.

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

  • The firm’s corporate practice provides practical and efficient solution-oriented representation. A key competency is its sophisticated knowledge of both big picture issues and fine point details of business dealings in New Jersey. Clients include individuals, entrepreneurs, middle market companies, family-owned operations and regional and national corporations in various industries.
  • Partners recognized in this practice area:
    • W. Raymond Felton is described by market sources as “a longstanding corporate practitioner who has done great work for many years.” Chambers’ editors add that Mr. Felton “acts for several middle-market companies and startups in M&A, reorganizations and financing matters.”
    • Alan E. Davis “maintains an excellent reputation for his corporate practice. He provides transactional advice to clients in matters such as mergers, acquisitions and financings.” The publication quotes research sources who praise him as “practical and pragmatic.”

Real Estate

  • Chambers USA comments on our “extensive experience acting for regional and national developers, private equity investors and landlords and tenants” and calls attention to our standing as “a superb group for real estate matters” that “demonstrates expertise in transactional work including sales, acquisitions, leases, financing and tax issues” and “displays further strength handling litigation matters along with environmental issues associated with development projects.” Also referenced is our involvement in “varied zoning and land use projects involving mixed-use buildings, industrial premises and brownfield redevelopment sites, assisting with issues including the acquisition of planning permits and site approvals.”
  • A firm client adds: “They are very knowledgeable, very informative and always available, and they’re a pleasure to work with.”
  • Partners recognized in this practice area:
    • Thomas J. Denitzio, Jr. has “a well-regarded transactional practice within the state, focusing primarily on the sale, acquisition and financing of both multi- and single-tenant commercial and industrial property.”
    • Martin E. Dollinger “represents clients in New Jersey and beyond in connection with a range of complex transactional matters. He focuses his practice on the leasing and financing of office, retail and industrial space.”
    • Jack Fersko is described as “excellent” by market commentators. The publication notes that “his respected practice encompasses industrial leasing, project financing and redevelopment, among other matters.”
    • Christine F. Li is described by market sources as “an exceptional lawyer” with “a great reputation for condominium work,” with Chambers’ editors reinforcing that she’s “particularly noted for her work in the condominium space.”

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

    • Gary S. Forshner enters the firm’s rankings as “a land use specialist” with “broad market approval for his practice.” The publication notes that his client base “includes local and national developers, for whom he acts on a wide range of redevelopment and zoning issues.”
    • Robert S. Goldsmith has “cultivated an impressive reputation” within the zoning and land use space. Chambers‘ editors quote sources who say: “His unique knowledge of New Jersey redevelopment and land use laws is remarkable.”

Environment

  • Chambers USA highlights the firm’s “noted strength in contaminated site remediation, particularly brownfield cleanups” and adds that we are “adept at conducting environmental due diligence and providing counsel on air, water and wetlands laws and permits.” The firm’s environmental group is “sought out by a diverse range of clients, including developers, property owners and manufacturers.”
  • A client comments: “I can’t speak highly enough of Greenbaum. They are wonderful, responsive and professional.”
  • Another research source professes admiration for the firm’s depth: “Greenbaum is a large firm. If there’s anything you need, there’s always someone available.” 
  • Partners recognized in this practice area:
    • David B. Farer focuses on “dealing with the regulations pertaining to business transactions, with a “widely respected environmental practice” that incorporates “a multitude of compliance and due diligence matters.”  He is described by a client as “a problem solver and a very nice person.” 
    • Jay A. Jaffe is characterized by a research source as “an excellent, detail-oriented attorney,” while a client remarks; “He is on top of all the environmental laws and knows what to do.”  Chambers’ editors add that Mr. Jaffe “has an encyclopedic knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations and their consequences for commercial transactions.”
    • David A. Roth runs “a broad-based practice taking in environmental, real estate and health and safety law.” He is “highly esteemed for his transactional guidance” and portrayed by research sources as a “smart” and “very practical” lawyer.
    • Ann M. Waeger handles “environment-related insurance claims and coverage issues as part of a wider real estate practice.” She is described by market sources as “very skilled” and as “an excellent attorney and a wonderful person to work with.”

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