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Short Hills Lawyer Honored by The Best Lawyers in America

Michael A. Saffer of Mandelbaum Salsburg Credits: Mandelbaum Salsburg

ROSELAND, NJ – Short Hills lawyer Michael A. Saffer is among seven attorneys from Mandelbaum Salsburg selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 edition.  Inclusion on this list of the top practitioners in various areas of practice across the United States is an honor as it is bestowed by fellow attorneys.  Best Lawyers is regarded as one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.
Saffer was chosen in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, and Litigation – Real Estate. He is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial and Corporate Litigation group and focuses his practice on the areas of complex commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant contracts and corporate counseling. He represents banks, national corporations, closely held companies and entrepreneurs, and has considerable experience in both seeking and opposing injunctive relief actions. As a seasoned trial attorney, Michael has litigated in diverse areas including contract actions, shareholder disputes, medical malpractice, adverse possession, palimony, and bank fraud. He has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers Edition every year since 2009 for Business Litigation, and every year since 2006 by Top Lawyers in New York as one of the top litigators in the New York Metropolitan area. Saffer has been recognized every year since 2006 by Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation as one of the top litigators in America. He resides in Short Hills, NJ.

In addition to Saffer, six other attorneys from the same firm were honored. 

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Barry R. Mandelbaum, who was chosen in the field of Real Estate Law, is the Co- founder and CO- CEO of the firm. He has more than four decades of legal experience. Mandelbaum chairs the firm’s Real Estate group and concentrates his practice on real estate development, land use, financing and commercial real estate, as well as corporate and transactional law. His corporate and transactional practice involves representing private and public corporations in all aspects of their business, including formation, due diligence, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and governance issues. Mandelbaum was a member of the Governor’s Corporate and Business Law Commission, and the Board of Directors of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.  He was a past director of two NASDAQ-traded firms, Warwick Insurance Managers, Inc. and Growth Bank, Inc., as well as privately held companies.  Mandelbaum has been recognized and included among: Who’s Who in American Law, as a New Jersey Super Lawyer, and every year since 2007 as one of The Best Lawyers in America. Mandelbaum resides New Vernon, NJ.
Arthur D. Grossman is a member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Commercial and Corporate Litigation group. With over 47 years of experience in commercial and corporate litigation, Grossman focuses his practice on matters involving partnership and shareholder agreements, distributor agreements, construction contracts, real estate contracts (leases, joint venture and development contracts), employment agreements, trade secret agreements/restrictive covenants, merger/acquisition agreements, and environmental issues. He has litigated these matters in the state and federal courts in New Jersey, administrative agencies in New Jersey, and state and federal courts in other jurisdictions (Texas, Virginia, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and New York), as well as in alternate dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation. Grossman also has extensive experience in matrimonial matters involving complex financial and business issues. Grossman has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013. 
Gordon Duus, who was chosen in the field of Environmental Law, is the Chair of the Environmental practice group. His practice concentrates on handling the environmental aspects of the firm’s numerous real estate and commercial transactions with an emphasis on managing the issues arising from properties contaminated by, or potentially contaminated by, hazardous substances. Duus was awarded an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating available, for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work. This was the seventh year he was selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. He resides in Glen Ridge, NJ.
Jeffrey M. Rosenthal, who was chosen in the fields of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law, is a Member and Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights and Banking and Financial Services Practices. Rosenthal has the unique background of also having an MBA and CPA. He has advised money center, regional and community banks, hedge funds, private equity funds, commercial finance companies, as well as borrowers, entrepreneurs and other interested parties in such transactions and bankruptcies. Rosenthal has represented healthcare lenders in various loan transactions and workouts.  Rosenthal has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. He is a resident of Sea Bright, NJ.

Owen T. Hughes, who was chosen in the field of Real Estate Law, concentrates his practice on the areas of commercial real estate, transactional and business law. He also has an extensive background and experience in environmental law and environmental insurance. Hughes was awarded an “AV Preeminent Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest ranking for both legal ability and ethical standards. This is the sixth year Hughes was named by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.
Robin F. Lewis, who was named in the field of Real Estate Law, focuses her practice on the areas of commercial real estate law, secured lending and workouts. She has often acted as New Jersey counsel for parties in large multi-state transactions. Lewis served as Chair of the North American Primerus Business Law Institute, a network of over 3,000 lawyers in nearly 200 member law firms in 40 countries worldwide. Lewis has been recognized every year since 2011 for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers for real estate and was recognized as one of the top real estate lawyers in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area in 2010 and 2011 by New York Magazine. She is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, a national organization. This is the ninth year that Lewis was selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. Lewis is a resident of Livingston, NJ.

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