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- 13 Greenbaum Partners Ranked As Leading Individuals -


The Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has once again recognized Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP in its annual rankings of the foremost law firms and lawyers in the country.

The recently published 2012 edition of the Chambers Guide ranks our firm among the top tier law firms in New Jersey in four core practice areas - Litigation, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate and Environment. Additionally, the firm is pleased to announce that thirteen of our partners rank among the top attorneys in this year’s Chambers Guide listings.

Litigation: General Commercial

Chambers USA editors note that in handling cases from ‘small disputes to substantial high-profile matters,’ the Greenbaum litigation team is ‘thorough and impresses clients with its ability to digest the facts of a case and achieve successful outcomes.’ They quote sources who describe the firm’s litigation department as “well-developed and high trained” with lawyers who are “very attentive to client needs.”

Paul A. Rowe, chairman of the firm and chair of our Litigation Department, is identified as a “premier litigator” and “a sought after commodity” who one source characterizes as “one of the best trial lawyers I have seen: he is well prepared, a great strategist, and a superb cross-examiner.”

Alan S. Naar, who serves as Litigation Department vice chair, is named a “seasoned litigator” and is described by clients as “smart, intuitive and able to express complex points of law in a brief or memo in a highly persuasive and compelling manner.”

John D. North, Litigation Department partner, who sources say is “thorough and has impressive skills in front of a jury,” receives ‘particular praise for his expertise in the construction sector’ and is also recognized for his “understanding and quick grasp of the business aspects of a matter.”

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

Chambers comments that ‘the firm has carved out a key position in the New Jersey market for advising a diverse portfolio of small and medium-sized businesses’ with a corporate team that ‘is committed to developing long-standing relationships with clients.’ They quote sources who report that our lawyers have “great legal knowledge and business sense” and are “responsive and communicate…in a timely manner.”

W. Raymond Felton, the firm’s co-managing partner and chair of the Corporate Department, is described by sources as an “incredible individual: I could not ask for better representation for my company.” His “thoroughness is unbelievable and from a business perspective he reduces the risk of the decisions we need to make.”

Alan E. Davis, immediate past chair of the Corporate Department, “has great business sense and is a wonderful lawyer who is enjoyable to work with” according to a quoted source.

Real Estate

Our real estate group receives ‘praise for its high-quality attorneys, its in-depth knowledge, as well as for the firm’s global intelligence.’ Chambers editors reference our representation of an ‘impressive list of clients…in various redevelopment, leasing and financing matters.’ Sources comment: “The attorneys are tremendous, highly responsive individuals, who do sophisticated work and represent clients very well.”

Thomas J. Denitzio, Jr., co-chair of the Real Estate Department, is characterized by clients as “an excellent communicator and extremely responsive,” with Chambers editors noting that his practice ‘spans the full range of industrial and commercial real estate, and…is particularly highlighted for his exemplary real estate tax appeal work.’

Meryl A. G. Gonchar, co-chair of the Real Estate Department and chair of the Land Use Practice Group, retains her reputation as an “excellent land use and zoning lawyer.”

Martin E. Dollinger, Real Estate Department partner, is described as “supersmart” and ‘hailed by peers as a “dean” in the field.’ Editors note his ‘premier leasing work’ and quote ‘an impressed client source’ as saying “he is the consummate professional and his level of expertise is astounding.”

Jack Fersko, Real Estate Department partner and Alternative Energy and Sustainable Development Practice Group chair, impresses clients with his “depth of understanding on complex issues related to business and legal matters” and his “ability to draft, negotiate and conclude transactions from beginning to completion both professionally and in a timely manner.”

Robert S. Goldsmith, Real Estate Department partner and chair of the Redevelopment Practice Group, is ‘widely acclaimed’ as an “excellent redevelopment lawyer who totally knows his subject matter.” Chambers editors note that he is ‘sought by developers intending to make complex land use applications.’

Christine F. Li, Real Estate Department partner and chair of the Planned Real Estate Practice Group, is described by sources as “phenomenal,” with editors noting her ‘core expertise in condominium law’ and ‘well known’ status for her work in planned real estate development.

Ann M. Waeger, Real Estate Department partner, is recognized for her work in ‘securing environmental insurance policies,’ and garners client appreciation for “her great follow-up skills” and “her professional demeanor and tact, especially when working with difficult opposing counsel.”


The firm’s environmental team is ‘considered strong specialists in environmental and real estate matters’ according to Chambers editors, who reference the group’s ability to draw upon ‘wider departmental support in litigation and business law’ on behalf of clients.

David B. Farer, chair of the Environmental Department, is acknowledged as “first-rate” and as ‘well known as an influential figure in environmental law, particularly for site remediation.’ His ‘national profile for transaction matters’ is also noted.

Ann M. Waeger, Real Estate Department partner, receives recognition in the environmental sector from sources who characterize her as “very responsive and one of the best environmental insurance lawyers in the state,’’ while also advising on real estate transactions and developments.

The London-based publishers of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business conduct comprehensive annual research, including in-depth interviews with thousands of lawyers and clients, as they seek to assess the reputations and expertise of business lawyers across the country. The qualities which determine firm and individual rankings include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence and commitment. The complete methodology can be viewed at https://chambers.com/research/methodology

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