Interviews with clients and peers reflected well on Flaster Greenberg PC, in the 2020 Chambers & Partners USA Directory, and earned group rankings for both the Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property Departments in Pennsylvania, as well as for four attorneys individually both within and outside those groups and located in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Individually, Jordan A. LaVine was recognized in the field of intellectual property; William J. Burnett and Harry J. Giacometti were recognized in the field of bankruptcy and restructuring; and Marty M. Judge was recognized in the field of environmental law.
Overall, the Flaster Greenberg Intellectual Property team was described as a “highly respected practice with a team of experienced practitioners providing a multidisciplinary approach to IP matters. Known for prosecution and portfolio management work in a number of fields such as media, apparel, chemicals and manufacturing. Well versed in a range of issues pertaining to both patent and trademark law, with notable experience advising on internet-related IP disputes.” And the Firm’s Bankruptcy, Financial Restructuring and Risk Management Department was described as a “superb group acting for a wide range of clients, including debtors and creditors, and frequently engaged by Fortune 500 companies. Advises on an array of issues including workouts, insolvency-related disputes and creditors' rights matters. Also frequently acts as trustee in complex Chapter 11 proceedings. Experienced in Chapter 7 issues, including business and asset sales, regularly representing trustees.” One source noted that Flaster Greenberg is “a tactical team and extremely experienced in bankruptcy matters.”
William J. Burnett, a shareholder in the firm, is former Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Financial Restructuring and Risk Management Department and concentrates his practice in bankruptcy, reorganizations and workouts. A source noted that Bill is “very knowledgeable and good at finding solutions” and adds that he has a “practical approach to handling cases.” Burnett represents clients in all areas of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, creditor’s rights and corporate liquidations. In addition, he counsels debtors on the advantages and disadvantages of Chapter 11 and the rights and remedies of creditors and unsecured creditors' committees in the Chapter 11 process. His representations include financially distressed companies, creditors' committees, trustees, plan administrators, secured and unsecured creditors, Chapter 7 trustees, Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, landlords, equipment lessors, asset purchasers, and preference plaintiffs and defendants. This is the sixth consecutive year Burnett has been recognized as a "Leader in the Field" in Pennsylvania for Bankruptcy/Restructuring.
Sources praised Harry J. Giacometti, Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Financial Restructuring and Risk Management Department, for being a “very experienced and well-rounded attorney” and someone who “does good work for his clients and is a pleasure to deal with.” His practice is focused on bankruptcy, debtor and creditors’ rights, commercial law and litigation. Through his representation of corporate, individual and institutional clients, Giacometti’s wide range of experience includes: commercial bankruptcy representation of debtors, creditors and trustees in both chapter 11 and 7; commercial litigation in both the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and commercial transactions, including formations, liquidations, asset sales and purchase transactions. This is the sixth consecutive year Giacometti has been recognized as a "Leader in the Field" in Pennsylvania for Bankruptcy/Restructuring.
Marty M. Judge, who is Chair of the firm’s combined Environmental Law and Real Estate and Land Use Departments, was honored for the fourth consecutive year as one of only several individual attorneys in Band 1 in New Jersey for Environmental Law. According to one source, Marty was characterized as "an extraordinary environmental regulatory lawyer." Marty handles Superfund and NRD claims and provides companies with compliance advice. He is also engaged to represent clients in various kinds of contentious proceedings involving environmental issues. He has an impressive track record of dealing with matters such as waste management, water and air pollution, water use and allocation, and the development of brownfield sites. Judge is a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey where he once represented the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He is a shareholder in the firm’s Environmental Practice Group and focuses his practice on all facets of environmental litigation, and regulatory compliance and counseling. This is the ninth consecutive year Judge has been recognized as a “Leader in the Field” in New Jersey for Environmental Law.
Jordan A. LaVine , Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, specializes in trademark and copyright law, and frequently advising media and publishing clients on issues such as strategy, licensing and prosecution. According to the guide, he has been recognized as a “Leader in the Field” in Pennsylvania for the last twelve consecutive years for his considerable expertise in trademark and copyright law, and offers wide-ranging experience in both advisory and contentious matters. Also a shareholder, he concentrates his practice on trademark, copyright and unfair competition strategic counseling, litigation, licensing, and prosecution matters. He represents public and private companies in such industries as media and publishing, technology and telecommunications, consumer products and services, pharmaceuticals, health care, financial services, automotive, automotive chemicals and accessories, retail and commercial services, apparel, jewelry, software, and food products. For the past decade, LaVine has been ranked among the top trademark attorneys in the world by World Trademark Review 1000.
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