Chambers USA Recognizes McElroy Deutsch in the areas of Insurance, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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McElroy Deutsch is pleased to announce its 2021 accolades from Chambers USA in the areas of Insurance, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Bankruptcy/Restructuring. Chambers USA also recognized 12 McElroy Deutsch attorneys in this year’s rankings.

Insurance (New Jersey)

The team “[h]as substantial experience advising and representing companies in many insurance-related disputes and matters. Particularly adept at defending insureds and self-insureds in areas including mass torts, personal injury, product liability and construction defects. Also handles the full gamut of insurance coverage litigation.”

  • John Coyne incorporates insurance matters and disputes into his wider commercial litigation practice. He has significant expertise advising insurers in relation to their coverage obligations.”
  • Michael Marone is recognized in the market for his sophisticated civil litigation practice. He regularly represents insurers in lengthy coverage disputes.”

Labor & Employment (New Jersey)

“Accomplished group of practitioners in the labor and employment market, possessing a breadth of expertise in employment litigation. Acts across the full range of disputes, from whistle-blower cases to noncompete, discrimination and wrongful termination claims, while also maintaining an active labor negotiations practice. Other areas of work include advising employers on workplace investigations and training programs. Sources value McElroy as ‘one of the leading firms in the state, with great lawyers.’

  • John Peirano’s varied practice spans both contentious and noncontentious issues, including traditional labor law matters. He frequently represents employers in arbitrations, in addition to providing assistance to clients facing allegations of race, sex and disability discrimination. Sources say, ‘John is responsive, a good strategist and super knowledgeable in the higher education field.’ Another remarks, ‘He is an excellent litigator and traditional labor lawyer.’
  • John Ridley has a sophisticated litigation practice defending organizations in high-stakes disputes. He has extensive experience representing clients in allegations of discrimination made by employees. Sources say, ‘John is both scholarly and knowledgeable, and a very good lawyer.’
  • Stephen Payerle's dedicates his practice to disputes involving allegations of discrimination and wrongful discharge. He also assists clients with wage and hour issues.  Sources say, ‘Stephen is really smart and demonstrates great legal analysis.’

Litigation: General Commercial, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New Jersey)

“Experienced civil litigation practice offering particular strength in the commercial and insurance spheres. Handles a range of coverage issues for insurers and defends insureds against alleged mass torts, construction defects and other claims. Market sources comment: ‘McElroy has some of the strongest trial lawyers in New Jersey.’

  • John O'Reilly incorporates white-collar criminal defense into his wider litigation practice. He represents individuals and corporations under investigation for a broad range of allegations, including fraud, embezzlement and securities violations. Sources say, ‘He is an excellent lawyer who straddles being able to be tough and being able to negotiate when he has to.’
  • Joseph LaSala has a strong civil litigation practice, encompassing liability claims and securities disputes.”
  • Paul Nittoly has extensive experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporations. He also defends companies and their executives in white-collar criminal cases in federal and state courts. Sources say, ‘He is a very fine lawyer; he is good on investigations and knows how to work with prosecutors to get a good result.’
  • Thomas Curtin regularly handles an array of commercial disputes, specializing in representing clients from the sports sector. Sources say, ‘He's great; he really knows his way around a courtroom.’ Another remarks, ‘He is one of the lions of the Bar and an iconic presence.’

Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Pennsylvania and New Jersey)

“Well regarded for representing debtors in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings, and particularly noted for its skills in bankruptcy disputes, reorganizations and creditors' rights matters. Regularly represents debtors, lenders and creditors' committees, and enjoys a fine reputation for its work in healthcare. One source enthuses: ‘The team is fantastic.’ Another reports: ‘The team is diligent and works well together.’ Interviewees remark: ‘They are very responsive. The team does a great job.’

  • "Barry Kleban brings his significant experience to bear in the representation of distressed businesses and their creditors in out-of-court restructurings. Sources say, ‘Barry is a dean of the Bar.’ Another remarks, ‘There is nothing he doesn't know.’ Interviewee remarks, ‘His strengths include very broad experience of the law and an ability to negotiate positions.’”                                                                   
  • "Gary Bressler is an experienced practitioner across a range of matters involving distressed businesses. He has notably advised debtors, creditors and trustees in complex bankruptcy proceedings. Sources say, ‘Gary is excellent; he is one of the smartest people I know - he is a real intellectual and loves the study of the law.’ Another reports, ‘He is a consummate practitioner.’
  • Jeffrey Bernstein (New Jersey) frequently counsels nonprofit associations, insurers and debtors within the context of bankruptcy proceedings. Sources say, ‘Jeffrey is extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent application of the law.’ Another remarks, ‘He has a very solid grasp of the bankruptcy code.’

Chambers USA ranks the country’s leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas annually. The rankings are determined based on the research of a team of full-time editors and researchers, in-depth telephone and email interviews with lawyers and their clients, and information submitted directly by law firms. Chambers Guides are read by industry-leading companies and organizations worldwide, and the publications are widely used by firms across the U.S. for referrals.  A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court).

About McElroy Deutsch

McElroy Deutsch is a diverse practice with lawyers who place the client first. The Firm has approximately 250 lawyers in thirteen offices in nine states and offers a full range of legal services. Please visit for more information.