Chairman: Steven E Gross
Managing Partner: R Max Crane
Number of partners: 65
Number of other lawyers: 75
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., a full-service commercial law firm, represents national and international clients. The firm’s work is diversified among industries such as banking and finance, fashion, apparel and textiles, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical device, retail and commercial real estate and technology. The firm is highly ranked in many directories and has been selected as a ‘Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies’.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm represents international and national banks, commercial finance companies, debt and equity funds and private lenders, with financings across the spectrum of public and private debt transactions. The firm also represents the financial services industry in a wide array of matters in state and federal courts.
The group is experienced in all aspects of bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights matters, including complex litigation cases, representing debtors, official and unofficial committees, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and other parties-in-interest in out-of-court restructurings and in Chapter 11 reorganization cases. The group also structures ‘pre-negotiated’ plans of reorganization to expedite the Chapter 11 process and is experienced in representing creditors in Uniform Commercial Code lien enforcement issues in state and federal courts.
Complex Litigation/Class Action Defense:
The firm has a broad spectrum of litigation expertise reflecting the diversity of its clients. The firm’s litigators regularly assist companies in cases involving commercial transactions, banking, healthcare, intellectual property, technology, real estate, insurance, administrative law, antitrust, directors’ and officers’ liability, employment, unfair competition, securities, tax and business crimes.
Corporate Internal Investigations & Compliance:
The group designs and implements corporate compliance and governance programs, conducts internal investigations, provides legal counseling to executives and corporate boards and defends those who are subjects of criminal investigations. The group includes several former prosecutors.
The firm regularly advises public and private companies. The firm’s attorneys handle US and cross-border M&A matters; corporate, securities and capital markets; and joint ventures.
Employment & Labor:
The group provides the highest level of employment counseling, training and management side litigation. Routinely defending clients in federal, state and appellate courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and all federal and state administrative agencies. It also provides assistance with compliance and investigations, and traditional labor law representation.
The firm’s experienced attorneys provide a wide range of services to clients in regulatory compliance, cost recovery litigation, redevelopment, brownfields, transaction negotiation and risk analysis. This experience extends to transactions involving real estate and business assets to address environmental liability and compliance issues.
The practice is unique in its emphasis on complex financial matters and issues beyond the traditional such as cohabitation agreements and palimony, including for same-sex couples.
Fashion, Apparel & Textiles:
The group represents a wide range of clients in this industry including apparel, accessory and home furnishings importers, distributors, designers, jewelry manufacturers, personal care products distributors and factoring and finance companies that specialize in this marketplace.
Government Relations & Public Policy:
The group assists clients in the ways that government and business intersect on a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues.
The firm provides a full range of legal services to the healthcare industry. Clients include health systems, hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, home health companies, investment funds specializing in healthcare, medical groups, ambulance companies, specialty care networks, management companies and other healthcare businesses.
The group’s services range from prosecution for emerging companies, to ‘high-stakes’ litigation on behalf of multinational corporations. In addition to litigation, the attorneys handle patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, internet law, licensing and transactions, IP portfolio analysis, unfair competition and counseling.
The group handles a wide range of matters including licensing arrangements, strategic alliances and collaborations, joint ventures, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, intellectual property, research and development, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, public and private financing, technology transfers, national and international corporate counseling, governance and compliance, employment law, real estate, regulatory and tax.
The group’s transactional attorneys provide strategic legal advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; capital raising; manufacturing and distribution; and licensing, collaboration and technology transfer issues. Its litigators act as national and local counsel in mass tort, major class action, and related product liability, warranty and infringement litigation; patent prosecution; business disputes; internal investigations; and regulatory compliance matters.
The firm has earned a reputation as a ‘go-to’ firm for defending complex product liability cases and mass tort litigation, successfully representing pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer product, industrial equipment and chemical companies as national, regional and New Jersey counsel. The product liability and mass tort lawyers are known for their legal, scientific, technical, trial and settlement expertise.
The group provides a full range of services to participants in all areas of the real estate industry, focusing on investment, vertical and horizontal acquisition and disposition; condominiumizations; retail, office, industrial and warehouse leasing; and mixed- and single-use development/ redevelopment and construction. Expertise is also provided in the areas of government relations, zoning and land use, environmental, and conventional and capital markets financing.
Tax & Business Crimes:
The group is a leader in tax fraud investigations, with a focus on voluntary disclosures for high net worth individuals with undisclosed offshore accounts. Attorneys also focus on defending clients who are subjects of income tax evasion, investigations and prosecutions. The firm’s state and local tax attorneys assist with corporate and business activity taxes, personal income tax, sales and use tax, gross receipt tax and special local taxes, among others.