Michael R. Griffinger

Michael R. Griffinger


Gibbons P.C.

Recognized since 1993

Newark, New Jersey

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Antitrust

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Litigation - Securities

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2009 - Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Michael R. Griffinger - a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Bar Foundation - has been an active litigator for over 45 years. His practice is focused primarily on sophisticated corporate and commercial disputes, securities litigation, and antitrust matters. He represents major United States and foreign corporations from numerous industries, including manufacturing, railroad, automobile, food, financial, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical. He is experienced in both jury and non-jury trials as well as class action and derivative litigation. Regularly included in the Best Lawyers® annual guide, Mr. Griffinger has been selected for inclusion by his peers in the 2014 edition in seven different categories. He has also been listed in the most recent editions of New Jersey Super Lawyers and Chambers USA and received the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor Award in 2013.

Mr. Griffinger has conducted trials and hearings in federal and state courts in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, California and Nevada.

Highlights of his career include:

  • Listed in Best Lawyers for over 20 years.
  • For 2014, listed in seven categories:
    • Appellate Practice (Complex Assets, Defendants, Federal, Fiduciary Duties, Litigation)
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation (Defendants)
    • Commercial Litigation (Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Business Disputes, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defendants, Fraud, Large Case Litigation, Securities)
    • Litigation - Antitrust o Litigation - Bankruptcy
    • Litigation - Securities o Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and American Bar Foundation.
    • Top tier for Commercial Litigation in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
      • From publication:

        "Interviewees confirm the 'outstanding talents' of first-rate commercial litigation partner Michael Griffinger, who is well versed in helping companies from myriad sectors in seeing off litigious threats. 'We have nothing to say except only the most glowing of words,' sources report."

        “Michael Griffinger is a fixture of the New Jersey Bar and offers expertise in securities, bankruptcy and antitrust litigation. Sources say he is ‘very thoughtful and substantively strong. He has earned his reputation and doesn't take it for granted.’

        • Listed by Super Lawyers as #1 Lawyer (Top Point-Getter) in New Jersey (2011).
        • Listed by Super Lawyers as #2 Lawyer (2014).
        • Chairman, New Jersey State Bar Association Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee (2009-10).
        • Chairman of Board of Trustees, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (2007-10).
        • Recipient, William J. Brennan Jr. Award, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey (2010).
        • Recipient, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey Trial Bar Award (2010).

Location

  • One Gateway Center
    Newark, NJ 07102-5310

Education

  • Columbia University, graduated 1964
  • Cornell University, graduated 1958

Affiliations

  • American Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Columbia University Law School - Board of Visitors
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Lifland Inn of Court - Master
  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow

State Clerkships

  • New Jersey - Trial Courts

Gibbons P.C.
Headquarters: Newark, New Jersey

56 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

9 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2009 - Bet-the-Company Litigation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Appellate Practice, Newark (2014)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Newark (2009)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Appellate Practice
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Antitrust
  • Antitrust/IP Intersection
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Disputes
  • Chapter 12
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial
  • Complex Assets
  • Complex Litigation
  • Defendants
  • Federal
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Fraud
  • Large Case Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Securities
  • Trustee Representation

Awards:

  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Top Tier for Litigation: General Commercial
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, New Jersey Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
  • Listed as a "State Litigation Star," Business & Commercial Litigation, by Benchmark Litigation, 2015
  • Recipient, New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor Award, 2013
  • Recipient, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Trial Bar Award, 2010
  • Recognized as a “Champion of Change” by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, 2010
  • Named to the NJBIZ "Power 50" List for Nonprofit Board Members, 2010
  • Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" for Commercial Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, 2010
  • Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation Top 10 attorney in New Jersey, 2008-2016 Top 100 attorney in New Jersey, 2004-2016 Top Point Getter (#1) in New Jersey, 2012
  • Learned Hand Award

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