Gibbons: New Leadership for Commercial and Criminal Litigation and Real Estate Practice Groups

Gibbons PC officials announced on Monday that Frederick Alworth had been named chairman of the commercial and criminal litigation group, the firm’s largest and broadest practice area.

Alworth’s appointment was one of many senior leadership appointments.

Jennifer Hradil and Thomas Valen have been named group vice-presidents.

Jennifer Phillips Smith has been named co-chair of the firm’s real estate group. She will join Douglas Janacek, who has been part of the group’s management for more than a dozen years, as co-president.

All appointments are effective February 1.

Patrick Dunican, the company’s president and chief executive, said the four bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles.

“These long-serving principals have the deep institutional knowledge necessary to be effective leaders in their respective practice groups, and they are uniquely equipped to position the firm for even greater things,” he said. “But, more importantly, they are dedicated to the great law firm Gibbons, its clients and employees, its communities and its future.”

Peter Torcicollo, the company’s new chief executive, agreed.

“I am delighted to begin my tenure in February with this talented group of leaders, who are as committed to the success of this company as I am,” he said.

In their new positions, these attorneys will oversee the work of attorneys in their respective practice groups and manage group activities and workload. Their oversight responsibilities include fees and billing, business management, staffing, associate training and broader professional development, client relations and business development. All have held, or hold, various other management positions within the firm.

A look at the new practice group leaders:

  • Alworth: He has been with Gibbons for over 30 years, leads the firm’s general equity practice and has extensive trial experience in all aspects of civil litigation, appearing regularly as counsel in the courts of State and Federal and the American Arbitration Association. Alworth has served as lead attorney in commercial and real estate litigation in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Arizona, Wisconsin, Nevada, Virginia and Florida.
  • Hradil: She leads the firm’s appeals team, leading a practice put on the national map by the firm’s standard bearer, the late John J. Gibbons. Most notably, Hradil led the Gibbons appellate attorneys responsible for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for legal sports betting nationwide, a decision with major economic ramifications for the state and society. region and the entire US sports and gaming industries. She has also argued appeals before the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third and Ninth Circuits.
  • Valen: He spent all of his 25 years in private practice with Gibbons. He has extraordinary experience, serving the needs of businesses and individuals in civil and criminal litigation, enabling him to effectively manage his clients’ most important matters involving governmental or private claims, including commercial litigation, criminal defense white-collar, internal investigations. and shareholder disputes.
  • Phillips Smith: The lead land use attorney on many of New Jersey’s largest and most high-profile development and redevelopment projects, including a $2.5 billion redevelopment that is being called the largest mixed-use development site in New Jersey’s history, the transformation of the Asbury Park waterfront and the repositioning of a former manufacturing and office site, named “Mixed-use Deal of the Year” by the leading statewide commercial real estate development association.
  • Janacek: A member of the firm’s executive committee, he has been with Gibbons for 35 years. He practices in the areas of property development, planning, permitting and redevelopment, with a focus on commercial, office and industrial developments. He has appeared before planning and zoning boards and governing bodies of numerous municipalities across the state, as well as several state and county departments and agencies.