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Market sources report that Lowenstein Sandler is "a top-notch group" that is "a class above the others in the market." The team in New Jersey advises on a wide range of tax, trust and estate matters as well as on charitable giving and matrimonial issues. "They have attorneys who are very, very experienced," says an attorney, who adds that "they have a lot of expertise and clients like them."
"I have tremendous respect for the lawyers in their group and they have lots of fine lawyers," observes an interviewee, adding: "They are solid, and their clients benefit from them having great business and commercial acumen." Another market commentator states: "I wouldn't hesitate recommending them to my clients. I know they will be in very good hands."
Ashley Steinhart has longstanding experience in both contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates matters. "He is the dean of the trusts and estates Bar here in New Jersey, and his experience and background mean that he is unrivalled in terms of his knowledge and understanding of the market," enthuses a source. Another interviewee says that "he really understands family issues and how to ensure those issues are dealt with in the estate plan," adding: "He is very understanding of the sensitive issues which arise in this area of law."
John Berger is recognised as "a fine lawyer" with "a very good reputation." He provides in-depth expertise on tax and estate planning matters, and a source observes that "he is known for his work in high-profile state tax matters." Another interviewee says: "He is very knowledgeable, has a very good bedside manner and is very good at creative tax planning," adding: "He's been top notch and I have been very happy with everything he has done for me."
Michael Gooen advises on estate and succession planning matters, often acting for wealthy individuals, closely-held businesses and family offices. "He is a very well-known name and a very respected trusts and estates attorney in this state," says an interviewee. "He is an exceptionally smart person," observes a market commentator, adding: "He's a very, very strong income tax lawyer and his tax background is very helpful."
Warren Racusin is chair of the trusts and estates group at the firm and is described as "a very good lawyer with lots of experience." He provides advice on all aspects of tax and estate planning, including marital agreements. "He is very practical, very knowledgeable and really takes care his of clients," says an interviewee. He is further praised for his "friendly demeanour" and for being "very good with clients."