New Jersey

Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution
Sills Cummis & Gross

Newark’s Sills Cummis & Gross enjoys a prestigious position as one of the Garden State’s frequent recipients of premium-level litigation. A client cheers the firm as "excellent generally, especially on communication of all facets of litigation. They are our only choice, we've had no reason to try others."
     Joseph Fiorenzo, who a peer addresses as “a prodigious trial lawyer with very good clients, just a dynamo,” represented a neurosurgery practice in connection with the revocation of their staff privileges by Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. In October 2019, a Bergen County jury returned a unanimous verdict against Valley Hospital and awarded Fiorenzo’s client $24.3 million. Jeffrey Greenbaum, chair of the firm’s class action group, represents Saint Peter’s University Hospital in its lawsuit against Horizon Healthcare Services, the state’s largest health insurer, challenging Saint Peter’s Tier 2 designation in Horizon’s OMNIA insurance plan, which designates certain New Jersey hospitals as Tier 1, relegates the rest to Tier 2, and creates significant financial incentives for patients to seek care at Tier 1 facilities but providing little detail about its selection process. Saint Peter’s, which learned of its status at the same time Horizon announced OMNIA, filed suit soon after, asserting contract and tort claims, and seeking entry into Tier 1. Litigation head Joseph Buckley obtained a favorable decision on behalf of Mikael Salovaara in his efforts to collect a 2015 $2 million unsatisfied judgment against a former Goldman Sachs partner and head of Goldman’s LBO desk. Since the judgment was entered, Buckley has successfully obtained in excess of $500,000 for Salovaara to date. Last year, Buckley also obtained a rare, non-merits based dismissal with prejudice of an action pending in New York Supreme Court, Nassau County, against clients, Bentley Motors. The plaintiff, a wealthy oil-and-gas investor and retired Big Law attorney, complained that his new Bentley automobile was unsafe due to alleged defects with the tires, and sued, asserting fraud and contract claims relating to the vehicle, and tort claims relating to plaintiff's arrest after he sent a threatening e-mail to a dealership employee. During the litigation, Buckley obtained a protective order prohibiting the plaintiff from directly contacting represented parties, and communicating with counsel for the parties using obscene, vile, threatening, and ethnically offensive language. After the plaintiff continued violating these conditions, a dismissal was granted. One peer marvels, “That case was unbelievable! The guy’s actions were so objectionable and egregious – he used racist slurs, and then claimed he had a First Amendment right to do so! The judge disagreed and tossed the case.”