Sills Cummis & Gross litigators represent multinational corporations, financial institutions and government bodies, typically in complex and important matters. Our litigators are active in pre-trial, trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts, as well as administrative litigation, grand jury investigations and arbitrations. We pride ourselves on advancing our clients’ strategic business objectives, while at the same time striving to identify the key factual and legal issues that impact the final outcome of the litigation. We staff matters intelligently and leanly.
We do not see litigation as an end in itself, but rather as a means of achieving our clients’ goals. This approach, together with a wealth of trial and appellate experience, places us at an advantage against our adversaries both in litigating cases to verdict and in negotiating favorable settlements. Our approach also reduces, to the extent practicable, unnecessary and expensive pre-trial activity.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as civil trial attorneys:
Joseph L. Buckley
Jeffrey J. Greenbaum
Select litigation department rankings and recognition: The Sills Cummis & Gross Litigation Department has received numerous awards and recognition over the past several years, including being named “New Jersey Firm of the Year’’ 2022 by Benchmark Litigation.* In addition to being named “New Jersey Firm of the Year’’ by Benchmark Litigation* since 2017, Sills Cummis & Gross was named “General Litigation Department of the Year - Midsize” by the New Jersey Law Journal* in 2016, 2019 and 2020 and “Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year” by the New Jersey Law Journal* in 2022.
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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys in 16 offices across the country. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Litigation team, including approximately 200 litigators, is routinely in court handling complex, high profile matters and bet-the-company lawsuits. The team is known for its success, having yielded a highly effective and accomplished track record of results including favorable jury verdicts, dismissals and summary judgments, creative settlements, and innovative solutions to disputes of all sizes and sophistication. Our litigators have experience in a vast amount of federal and state courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forums throughout the country. They have substantive experience in a full range of litigation matters ranging from commercial real estate disputes, high profile higher education investigations, construction dispute resolutions, and complex commercial contract litigation. Our litigators provide early case assessments and consider creative solutions to directly address the attendant risks and costs of litigation. Whatever the circumstance, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr litigators are ready to offer immediate, trusted, and experienced counsel. A few highlights of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s litigation experience include:
Real Estate Litigation When disputes arise concerning real estate transactions, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Real Estate Litigation Practice combines real estate knowledge and litigation skills to provide advice and representation to both regional and national clients. Our experienced attorneys handle all types of commercial real estate disputes, including: land use appeals, acquisitions that fail to close, litigation over real estate arising out of bankruptcy proceedings, "takings" cases, landlord-tenant issues, disputes between brokers and buyers, real estate tax assessment appeals, and title disputes.
Higher Education Litigation The legal issues facing colleges and universities are more challenging than ever, reaching every corner of campus life with increasing complexity. From discipline to drones, Title IX to taxes, FERPA to financing, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr has a deep bench of lawyers who wrestle with these issues every day, including acting as general counsel to small colleges and universities without in-house lawyers. In the past few years, our Higher Education Practice has rendered service in some of the nation’s highest profile matters, including multi-campus university systems in large-scale government investigations and in proactive compliance reviews and audits (Clery Act, Title IX, Title IV, Title II, minors on campus) and defending institutions in front-page news lawsuits, including allegations of hazing, child abuse, sexual violence, student death, suicide, faculty dismissal, racial discrimination, ADA discrimination, and more.
Insurance Litigation The Insurance Practice represents insurance industry clients in litigation in the United States and abroad. We litigate in many forums – including private arbitration and in federal and state courts – and in various substantive areas, including coverage for environmental, asbestos and other mass tort liabilities, coverage under professional liability, E&O, D&O, fiduciary claims and other insuring provisions, and claims and matters relating to life insurance and long term care insurance. Our insurance litigators have also represented a number of large, national insurers in putative class action suits challenging a variety of different business practices in the sale of insurance policies, billing and collection practices, claims administration and payment practices and policy administration practices.
Construction Litigation Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Construction Practice provides experienced counsel throughout the life cycle of projects – from planning and contracting through project performance and dispute resolution – to clients across the country and around the globe. Due to our extensive knowledge on construction – ranging from project-specific matters to ongoing developments – our team is well equipped to handle disputes of any variety. We regularly practice before the Agency Boards of Contract Appeals, and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution. We have prosecuted and defended GAO, GSBCA, EPA and DOT protests, as well as Small Business Administration Size Appeals, and a variety of labor matters. Our conflict resolution experience includes representations in allegations of defective pricing, defective design, delay and inefficiency claims and time extensions, payment and performance bond sureties claims, among others.
White Collar and Government Litigation Whether it is a search warrant, interrogation, subpoena, grand jury appearance, whistleblower claim or civil investigative demand, our White Collar and Government Litigation attorneys are prepared to respond quickly, conduct internal investigations, master the facts, and provide trustworthy and reliable counsel. As former federal prosecutors and regulators our attorneys have direct, practical experience to help our clients enhance their compliance procedures and to rigorously defend them against government investigations. We regularly handle ethics and compliance-related investigations involving a variety of regulations including: the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cybersecurity, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), U.S. government contracts, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, securities, and government lobbying activities, among others.
Blank Rome is an Am Law 100 firm with 13 offices and more than 600 attorneys and principals, including 300 litigators, who provide a comprehensive range of legal and advocacy services to clients operating in the United States and around the world. Our professionals are widely recognized for their leading knowledge and experience across a broad spectrum of industries, as well as their dedication to pro bono, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
Our nationally recognized Insurance Recovery practice exclusively represents policyholders, taking a creative and business-minded approach to insurance. Our focus on policyholders makes us conflict free, and we can be adverse to any insurer. Our strength is finding coverage where others do not. We break new ground, making law for our clients and shaping it for others with precedent-setting litigation, mediation, arbitration, and settlement strategies that lead to landmark rulings, new types of coverage, and major advances.
With decades of insurance experience, deep bench strength in trials, and a full-time focus on insurance coverage matters, we offer comprehensive services to clients across industries—from Fortune 50 companies to private businesses and entrepreneurs facing bet-the-company losses.
What Sets Us Apart
Benchmark Litigation’s2020 Insurance Firm of the Year.
Law360 Practice Group of the Year in Insurance two years in a row(2018 & 2019).
The National Law Journal’s 2020 & 2017 D.C. Litigation Department of the Year in Insurance.
Nationally ranked by Chambers USA in: Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Policyholder; Energy: Oil & Gas; Government Contracts; and Shipping/Maritime (Band 1).
“Top-Tier Firm” by The Legal 500 United States in: Insurance: Advice to Policyholders; Shipping.
Tier 1 Rank in U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers: Insurance; Admiralty & Maritime; Banking and Finance; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Employee Benefits (ERISA); Litigation – Bankruptcy; Mergers & Acquisitions; Real Estate; Tax.
About our Insurance Recovery practice, clients tell Chambers USA: - “They have assembled one of the premiere teams across the U.S.” - “Blank Rome provides value-added and cost-conscious legal services. They are a go-to firm in this practice area.” - “They are aggressive and creative—and the carriers know that they are willing to fight to get the coverage for which their insureds bargained.” - “They are really very knowledgeable in this area of the law and are excellent strategic thinkers.”