Author: Gibbons P.C.

Gibbons Environmental Law Department Congratulates Former Director Shawn LaTourette on Being Named NJDEP Acting Commissioner

The Gibbons Environmental Law Department proudly congratulates former Director Shawn LaTourette on his being named Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) by Governor Murphy. Shawn joined the Gibbons Environmental Law Department as an associate in 2015 where he was provided with a supportive platform on which to develop and expand his legal and environmental skills. Recognizing his significant talent, Gibbons elevated him to Director in 2018. Shortly thereafter, he was tapped to serve as Chief Counsel for the NJDEP. During his time at Gibbons, he was an integral part of the Environmental Law Department where he worked on complex environmental litigation matters under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act and the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as well as other significant litigation matters involving contract and common law claims between private parties. He also represented clients in cutting-edge permitting and regulatory compliance matters, and on brownfields redevelopment projects. “We are extremely proud of Shawn, and we are glad that our department was able to enhance his development as an environmental attorney such that he has been able to succeed so profoundly in public service,” said Camille V. Otero, Director and Chair of the Gibbons Environmental Law Department. “Shawn was a vital part of our Department’s...

Former Gibbons Director Shawn LaTourette Named NJDEP Acting Commissioner

Shawn LaTourette, formerly a Director in the Environmental Department at Gibbons P.C., has been named Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), as announced by New Jersey Governor Murphy earlier today. Mr. LaTourette previously served as NJDEP Chief Counsel. Mr. LaTourette joined Gibbons in 2015 as an associate and was promoted to Director in 2018, prior to joining the NJDEP. At Gibbons, his practice focused on environmental and closely related legal fields, in both litigation and transactional settings involving environmental conditions, land use, and development. He helped clients across various industries manage compliance with and enforcement of state and federal environmental and land use laws, including their application to commercial, real estate, construction, and infrastructure transactions. At Gibbons, Mr. LaTourette was the firm’s go-to lawyer to handle all environmental aspects of our clients’ real property acquisitions, developments and redevelopments, and construction projects, which included some of the most high-profile real estate, construction, and infrastructure matters in New Jersey. “When he was here, all of us at Gibbons recognized that Shawn was a rising leader in the environmental bar in New Jersey and throughout the region,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of the firm. “We are delighted to congratulate him on proving us right.” For an article on...

David J. Freeman to Co-Chair N.Y. State Bar Superfund and Brownfields Update Webinar

David J. Freeman, a Director in the Gibbons Environmental Department, will serve as Program Co-Chair for “Superfund/Brownfield Update 2020: Federal and State Environmental Law and Policy.” The program is sponsored by the Section of Environmental & Energy Law of the New York State Bar Association and will be presented as a webinar on December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program will feature presentations by representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and private bar and expert consultants regarding recent developments in the federal Superfund and New York State Brownfield programs. There will also be panels discussing the proposed new ASTM standards for the conduct of Phase I environmental site assessments and the operation of New York State’s land banks. The keynote speaker will be Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters and New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. Her timely topic will be “How the 2020 Election Will Affect the Environmental Agenda at the Federal and State Levels.” A full description of the program, and instructions on how to register, can be found here.

Jordan Asch to Participate in Upcoming NJSBA Panel Discussion – “Resolving Everyday Environmental Problems” – November 5

Jordan M. Asch, an Associate in the Gibbons Environmental Department, will participate in an upcoming panel discussion presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association, in cooperation with its Environmental Law Section. The panel, “Resolving Everyday Environmental Problems,” will take place virtually on Thursday, November 5 from 9:00 – 10:30 am. The discussion will cover some of the complex, and often expensive, environmental issues that small businesses and homeowners may face, including site remediation issues, funding sources, environmental permitting, and the permitting process. Attorneys who represent small business owners that own or lease real property, or that may develop or improve real property, as well as homeowners that may face environmental remediation or permitting issues are encouraged to attend. For additional information or to register, click here.

Christopher Strate to Speak at the Upcoming American Conference Institute’s Virtual Conference

On August 20, Christopher H. Strate, a Director in the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, will speak at the American Conference Institute’s Virtual Conference, “Paragraph IV on Virtual Trial: COVID-19 Edition.” Mr. Strate’s discussion is scheduled from 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET and will address virtual trial and adjudication matters. For additional information or to register for this Conference, please visit AmericanConference.com/PIVCOVID.

Gibbons Again Ranked Among World’s Leading Patent Professionals by Intellectual Asset Management

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) has again ranked the Intellectual Property Department of Gibbons P.C. among “The World’s Leading Patent Professionals,” granting the firm its “Gold Band” rating for practices that earned the highest number of positive reviews from sources. Gibbons is one of only three Gold Band firms in New Jersey. In addition, eight Gibbons attorneys—David E. De Lorenzi, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department, and Thomas J. Bean, Charles H. Chevalier, George M. Gould, George W. Johnston, Samuel H. Megerditchian, Robert E. Rudnick, and Christopher H. Strate—were ranked individually among IAM’s leading patent practitioners, spanning the litigation, prosecution, and transactions categories. Gibbons has the highest number of ranked attorneys on the New Jersey list this year. This is the tenth straight year that David De Lorenzi and the firm have been recognized by IAM. “Remarkably, nearly half of the Gibbons patent team have top-flight in-house experience,” notes IAM. The publication later reports, “This is a group, then, that intimately understands what clients need, and how and when they need it – and it delivers on all fronts.” To compile the IAM Patent 1000, the IAM team conducts extensive research over the course of five months with thousands of private practice attorneys based in dozens of countries, as well as the users of their services, in order to identify the practitioners and practices that are considered to excel at providing...

Economic Loss Recovery/Minimization with State and Federal Programs

As it has successfully done for its clients in prior emergencies (e.g., Superstorm Sandy), a Gibbons interdisciplinary team will work with you to coordinate securing available assistance from state and federal sources. In doing so, Gibbons will also review with you any relevant insurance policies for coverage of any expenses or business income losses that may be sustained/incurred as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. The Gibbons interdisciplinary team will advise you on the full range of state and federal programs being authorized by law, established, or expanded to assist businesses with losses related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Working with clients’ senior management teams, Gibbons will provide strategic advice on the internal measures to be initiated immediately in order to qualify and begin preparing applications for financial assistance from government agencies, including: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) The federal government’s $8.3 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 includes certain provisions that allow the SBA to administer loans connected with this crisis. In addition, the SBA is authorized to offer an additional $50 billion in low-interest loans to address losses caused by the pandemic and the response thereto. A maximum of $2 million can be awarded for economic support to small businesses facing a temporary loss of revenue as a...

Gibbons Ranked New Jersey’s Top Lawyer-Lobbying Firm for Twelfth Consecutive Year

For the twelfth year in a row, Gibbons P.C. has been ranked the #1 lawyer-lobbying firm in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJ ELEC), which has just released its report on 2019 lobbying expenditures in the state. Gibbons has also ranked sixth in the state among all lobbying firms. “The firm’s growing presence and influence in both the state’s capital and the nation’s capital ultimately stem from loyal clients who have turned to Gibbons for over a decade as their ‘go to’ firm for navigating the governmental process and resolving legislative and regulatory issues that impact their bottom lines,” says Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. Based just steps from the New Jersey State House in Trenton and supported by additional resources from the firm’s Newark and Red Bank offices, the Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Department offers a broad range of services and experience in state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs and departmental actions, administrative law, business incentives, government procurement and contracting, and political and campaign finance compliance. In addition, the firm’s Washington, DC office provides Gibbons lawyer-lobbyists a base from which to more efficiently handle federal regulatory concerns and government relations strategies with on-the-ground guidance wherever client issues may arise. Building on its longstanding...

Gibbons Government & Regulatory Affairs Department Director Christine Stearns Featured on ROI-NJ’s Third Annual “Influencers Power List”

ROI-NJ, a weekly newspaper covering business in New Jersey, has named Christine A. Stearns, a Director in the Gibbons P.C. Government & Regulatory Affairs Department and Administrative Director of the Trenton office, to its third annual “Influencers Power List” of the professionals with the greatest influence on business in the state. The list ranks New Jersey’s top 30 influencers by number, then features a select group of influential professionals in various fields. Gibbons attorneys have been featured on this list every year it has been published. The firm also has more attorneys on the 2020 list than does any other law firm in New Jersey. Ms. Stearns appears on the list of most influential “Government Affairs” professionals for the second consecutive year. Previously selected to the NJBIZ “Health Care Power List” for several years and included on NJ Spotlight’s list of “Top 10 Healthcare Lobbyists in New Jersey,” Ms. Stearns has also been named a “Top Policy Expert” on the ROI-NJ “Health Care Influencers” list in 2018 and 2019. On this year’s “Influencers Power List,” ROI-NJ notes: Yet another big name with plenty of experience in Trenton and government affairs, she deftly handles the needs of clients at Gibbons, one of the top government affairs groups in the state. To compile the “Influencers Power List,”...

Gibbons Chairman and Managing Director & CCL Department Member Featured on ROI-NJ’s Third Annual “Influencers Power List

ROI-NJ, a weekly newspaper covering business in New Jersey, has named Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C. and a member of the firm’s Commercial & Criminal Litigation Department, to its third annual “Influencers Power List” of the professionals with the greatest influence on business in the state. The list ranks New Jersey’s top 30 influencers by number, then features a select group of influential professionals in various fields. Gibbons attorneys have been featured on this list every year it has been published. The firm also has more attorneys on the 2020 list than does any other law firm in New Jersey. Mr. Dunican is one of 19 people on the “Lawyers” list. The publication notes: Oversees what many feel is the state’s most powerful firm. Client list is a who’s who of business and political leaders. Dunican’s deft handling makes him one of the most respected leaders in the sector. Mr. Dunican has been featured on this list every year it has been published. He is also consistently ranked on the PolitickerNJ “Power List” of the 100 most prominent and connected people in New Jersey politics and has been named for ten consecutive years among the NJBIZ “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New Jersey business. To...