Chambers Guide to Leading Lawyers Lists A&G Practice Groups, Attorneys

June 23, 2008

Archer, P.C., and three of its attorneys are recognized as leaders in law in the newly released 2008 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers USA 2008 lists Archer among New Jersey’s leading firms in the areas of Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Environmental law. The widely distributed referral guide also names three Archer attorneys among the leaders in their fields: Stephen M. Packman, Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy/Debtor and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group; Marc A. Rollo, Chair of the firm’s Petroleum Industry Practice Group; and environmental litigator Robert T. Lehman, whose cases have helped shape the law under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act. All three are Partners in Archer’s Haddonfield office.

Chambers USA’s ranking of America’s leading lawyers is based on “in-depth, unbiased research conducted by our team of highly qualified and experienced researchers,” according to the London-based publisher.

Excerpts on Archer from the 2008 Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business:

The Firm: This firm has established itself as “a preeminent bankruptcy group” in central and southern New Jersey. Representing both debtors and creditors with “a responsive and technically astute approach,” its proactive lawyers are focused and practical: “They drive matters through the bankruptcy process quickly and efficiently – they’re a great resource to have.” The team draws clients from a range of industries and has recently worked on a number of high-profile real estate matters. Representing Washington Mutual Bank, the group acted in the bankruptcy proceedings of Solomon Dwek, involving claims of over $1 billion.

The Lawyers: Stephen Packman is “incredibly smart and articulate – a solutions-oriented lawyer who’s great at managing complex cases.” He is an experienced courtroom lawyer and “his presence always impresses, ensuring he delivers.” He represented Presidential Financial as a secured creditor in bankruptcy cases in a number of states.

Clients/Work Highlights: The firm represented the unsecured creditors’ committee in a Chapter 11 case for Hitchcock Industries, and acted for Hexicon Electric as the debtor, also in Chapter 11 proceedings.

Click here to view the Chambers entry on Archer’s Bankruptcy Practice Group.

The Firm: This “cost-effective and solid” firm’s environmental group litigates and counsels matters across the environmental spectrum, with a strong record for handling spillages, site contamination and natural resource damages. The firm is especially prominent acting on matters within the petroleum industry, and recently completed a case for an oil company concerning allegations of groundwater contamination. With seven offices throughout the region, four of them in New Jersey, the team has excellent geographical coverage and close relationships with its leading clients. Sources have “an extremely high regard” for the team and note that “it gets a good chunk of the work as it fits our bill.”

The Lawyers: Strong environmental litigator Robert Lehman works on cases throughout the USA and beyond. Clients rate him “a great resource” for Spill Act issues and cases concerning underground storage. Marc Rollo wins support from clients for his “superb skills and understanding of our corporate philosophy.” He is lead counsel in several spillage and contamination cases. Christopher Gibson chairs both the litigation department and the environmental, toxic torts and products liability litigation department.

Click here to view the Chambers entry on Archer’s Environmental Practice Group.

Lehman concentrates his practice on complex environmental litigation, handling cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States and in the Caribbean.. Examples include his successful defense of Laezza v Exxon, one of the first cases under the N.J. Spill Act Contribution Amendment. Chambers has noted that Lehman is “renowned for his trial skills among observers, who remark upon his ‘air of comfort in the courtroom.’” His Chambers profile can be viewed by clicking here.

Rollo concentrates his practice in the area of environmental litigation in both state and federal courts, with a specific emphasis on natural resource damage, toxic tort and MTBE litigation. He has significant experience in class action and complex litigation involving allegations of, among others, personal injury, property damage, cleanup reimbursement and state fund claims. Additionally, he serves as lead counsel on multiple environmental regulatory matters for petrochemical companies, involving penalty disputes, state agency cost-recovery claims and natural resource damage matters. His Chambers profile can be viewed by clicking here.

Packman represents companies in the restructuring of their businesses and in all types of insolvency and commercial litigation proceedings in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, nationally and internationally. He has represented Chapter 11 and 7 commercial debtors, creditor committees, creditors, trustees, equity, utilities, franchisors, litigants, and other parties in interest in wide array of industries including manufacturing, retail, aerospace, hospitality, environmental, agriculture, food service, distribution, transportation, construction, financial, real estate, health services, and franchises. His Chambers profile can be viewed by clicking here.

Archer, P.C., is a full-service law firm with more than 150 lawyers in six offices serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for more than 75 years. The firm’s principal office is in Haddonfield, N.J., with offices in Princeton and Flemington, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., Wilmington, Del., and New York, N.Y. For more information visit


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