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Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Lowenstein Sandler logo.png
HeadquartersNew York, New York; Roseland, New Jersey
No. of offices5
No. of attorneys350+
Key peopleGary M. Wingens, Chairman and Managing Partner[1]
Revenue$308M (2019)[2]
Date founded1961[3]
Company typeLimited liability partnership
Websitewww.lowenstein.com

Lowenstein Sandler is an American law firm with offices in New York, Palo Alto, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington, D.C. In 2019, the National Law Journal ranked Lowenstein 145th in the United States based on size.[4] The firm placed 107th on The American Lawyer's 2020 Am Law 200 ranking.[5] On the 2019 Global 200 survey, Lowenstein Sandler ranked as the 151st highest grossing law firm in the world.[6] The firm has approximately 350 attorneys and has been described as "well connected" politically.[7][8][9][10] Former partners have been appointed to important positions in state government.[11]

History[edit]

The firm was founded in 1961[3] and was based in Newark, New Jersey.[3][11] One of the firm's founders was Newark-born Alan V. Lowenstein who was also a leader of Newark's charter reform movement.[12] In the early 1980s, it had 67 lawyers and a staff of 150, but moved to Roseland, New Jersey after a four-year decision-making process.[3] In 1994, one of the firm's attorneys, Faith Hochberg, became the United States attorney for New Jersey, and succeeded Michael Chertoff at this position.[13] In 2003, the firm was noted for promoting African-American David L. Harris, a one-time "radical", to head its litigation department. [14] In 2004, the firm prevailed over six other competitors to represent creditors in the reorganization of Interstate Bakeries, the maker of Wonder bread, Twinkies, Devil Dogs; this case was considered to be one of the largest bankruptcy proceedings in the country.[15]

The firm does a variety of corporate work; on one occasion, attorneys tabulated stockholder votes;[16] it also handles legal work relating to real estate auctions.[17] as well as decisions about whether a business should go public or not.[7]

In 2008, the firm opened an office in Silicon Valley, California, to expand its law practice in venture capital and technology. [18] In 2009, the firm had offices in New York City[19] and Palo Alto, California, all the while maintaining its office in Roseland, New Jersey.[20][19] In 2014, the firm opened its Washington, D.C., office.[21] In 2017, Lowenstein moved its Roseland, New Jersey, office to new facilities.[22]

In 2018, the firm conducted an internal investigation of the Dallas Mavericks and uncovered "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization" over the preceding two decades.[23]

Staff[edit]

Thirty-six of the firm's lawyers (across 11 practice areas) are listed in "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business."[24] Each September the firm typically hires approximately 20 new associates.

Controversies[edit]

  • In 1988, a judge ordered one Lowenstein attorney to step in to replace an ill lawyer for a reputed organized-crime leader, since Lowenstein had been involved in pre-trial work on the case. The lawyer defied the order, claiming that he couldn't do it because it would require reading a 27,000 page transcript, litigating without having established a relationship with the jury, and having to interrupt his work with five other clients.[25] Attorney Matthew P. Boylan told the judge "I refuse" and this statement resulted in a contempt of court charge, including fines, and a running battle covered in newspapers.[25] The contempt charge was upheld through appeals, and the firm ended up paying the fines.[26]
  • In 2000, a respected 45-member law firm broke up and 14 lawyers defected to Lowenstein Sandler. These defections led to a lawsuit, brought by ex-partners against Lowenstein.[27] Lowenstein settled the case on the eve of the trial.
  • Zulima V. Farber, a Lowenstein partner who became Attorney General, [28] resigned in 2006 after an investigation found she had acted improperly by aiding a companion during a routine traffic stop.[19]
  • In 2006, the firm agreed with a state supreme court committee decision to ban attorney advertising which used the term Super Lawyer as promulgated by a local magazine.[29]
  • In 2010, Judge Ellen Koblitz of the New Jersey Superior Court found that the firm, along with co-counsel Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, had filed and prosecuted frivolous litigation involving Ronald Perelman's in-laws and ordered the firms to pay $1.96 million in attorneys' fees to the defendants.[30] However, on appeal, this decision was overturned and the sanctions order reversed.[31]

Pro bono work[edit]

The firm conducts its pro bono work through the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest.[32] Chaired by partner Catherine Weiss,[33] the center directs the firm’s strong pro bono program and other forms of civic and philanthropic engagement. Through these efforts, the center addresses significant social problems and offers meaningful assistance to low-income and other marginalized people, along with the organizations that advocate for and support them. This work engages the full range of the firm’s talents and reflects a stated commitment to perform work of the highest quality in a manner that maximizes results for clients and important causes.[34]

Notable lawyers & alumni[edit]

  • Matthew Boxer, former New Jersey State Comptroller
  • Zulima Farber, former New Jersey Attorney General (2006)
  • Faith Hochberg, former United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey (1999-2015)
  • Shavar Jeffries, Newark politician
  • Paul Matey, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit[35]
  • Lewis J. Paper, author
  • Christopher Porrino, former Attorney General of New Jersey (2016-2018)
  • Ted Wells, criminal defense lawyer
  • Freda L. Wolfson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

References[edit]

  1. https://www.lowenstein.com/people/attorneys/gary-wingens
  2. https://www.law.com/law-firm-profile/?id=193&name=Lowenstein-Sandler
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 ALFONSO A. NARVAEZ (September 11, 1983). "COUNTRY NEIGHBOR LURING AWAY PROFESSIONAL OFFICES FROM NEWARK". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11. Newark had been home to the law firm of Lowenstein, Sandler, Brochin, Kohl, Fisher, Boylan & Meanor since 1938...
  4. https://www.law.com/international-edition/law-firm-profile/?id=193&name=Lowenstein-Sandler
  5. https://www.law.com/international-edition/law-firm-profile/?id=193&name=Lowenstein-Sandler
  6. https://www.law.com/international-edition/law-firm-profile/?id=193&name=Lowenstein-Sandler
  7. 7.0 7.1 Claudia H. Deutsch (January 26, 2005). "For more small companies, pros of delisting outweigh cons". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  8. KEN BELSON (February 27, 2005). "INSIDE THE NEWS; Ebbers May Testify. But Should He?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  9. Debra Galant (August 27, 2000). "JERSEY; Black Hats and Vice Presidents". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  10. "Short Hills lawyer chairs Social Justice Gala". The Newark Star-Ledger / nj.com / Independent Press. June 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  11. 11.0 11.1 JERRY GRAY (February 8, 1994). "Treasury Official Is Attorney Pick For New Jersey". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  12. "N.J. lawyer held U. of C. degree -- ALAN V. LOWENSTEIN 1913-2007". Chicago Sun-Times. May 10, 2007. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved 2009-09-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. BARBARA STEWART (June 25, 1995). "Filling Some Very Big Shoes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  14. Miller, Jonathan (August 31, 2003). "IN PERSON; From Agitated To Agitator To Litigator". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  15. JOHN HOLL (October 10, 2004). "BRIEFINGS: LAW; THAT'S A LOT OF TWINKIES". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  16. "AROTECH CORPORATION". The New York Times / SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION -- SCHEDULE 14A. April 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  17. AMY CORTESE (February 21, 2009). "Commercial Auctions Expected to Rise". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  18. Fitzgerald, Beth (May 19, 2008). "Lowenstein Sandler expands in California". NJ.com.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Larsen, Tim; MANSNERUS, LAURA; CHEN, DAVID W. (August 16, 2006). "New Jersey Attorney General Quits -- Zulima V. Farber, accompanied by Gov. Jon S. Corzine, announced her resignation last night in Trenton. She said that staying on would cause too much of a disruption". The New York Times.
  20. "Lease to Lowenstein Sandler LLP in Roseland, NJ". Loeb & Loeb.
  21. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/new-york-law-firm-lowenstein-sandler-opens-washington-office/2014/08/08/40ddd686-1f34-11e4-ae54-0cfe1f974f8a_story.html
  22. https://njbiz.com/lowenstein-sandler-opens-new-office-in-roseland/
  23. "Investigative Report Alleges Decades of Misconduct Inside Dallas Mavericks Front Office". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  24. https://chambers.com/law-firm/lowenstein-sandler-llp-usa-5:65966
  25. 25.0 25.1 ROBERT HANLEY (March 1, 1988). "Lawyer Held In Contempt At Mob Trial". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  26. DONALD JANSON (March 10, 1988). "Jersey Lawyer Loses Appeal of Contempt Finding". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  27. "Tort Claims From New Jersey Law Firm Breakup Must Be Arbitrated Public policy benefit of arbitration trumps any vagueness in clause". New Jersey Law Journal. December 4, 2001. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  28. JOSH BENSON (January 15, 2006). "ON POLITICS; A Lukewarm Reception To Corzine's Transition". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  29. LAURA MANSNERUS (July 22, 2006). "Lawyer Ads Cannot Tout 'Super' Status". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  30. Lat, David. "A Jersey Judge Benchslaps Paul Weiss and Lowenstein Sandler — Hard". Above the Law. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  31. October 03, Mary Pat Gallagher |; PM, 2013 at 07:26. "Lowenstein Sandler and Paul Weiss Escape Sanctions in Perelman Case". Law.com. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  32. https://www.lowenstein.com/pro-bono
  33. https://www.lowenstein.com/people/attorneys/catherine-weiss
  34. https://www.lowenstein.com/pro-bono/about-center
  35. Journal, A. B. A. "Trump has filled 1 in 5 appellate judgeships now that Neomi Rao has been confirmed to DC Circuit". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2020-11-01.


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