Lowenstein Sandler is proud to announce that the 2020 edition of Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) has once again ranked the firm in Band 1 for the Private Wealth Law–New Jersey category. Lowenstein is the only firm in the state to receive the publication’s highest ranking in this area for three years in a row.

Four members of the Trusts & Estates team have been individually recognized.

  • John L. Berger: Recognized as "a fine lawyer" with "a very good reputation” for providing in-depth knowledge on tax and estate planning matters." One interviewee says: "He is very knowledgeable, has a very good bedside manner, and is very good at creative tax planning," adding, "He's been top notch and I have been very happy with everything he has done for me."
  • Michael N. Gooen: Co-Chair of the firm’s Family Office practice, receives top ranking for his work on estate and succession planning matters, on which he frequently represents high net worth individuals, closely-held businesses, and family offices. "He is an exceptionally smart person. … He's a very, very strong income tax lawyer and his tax background is very helpful."
  • Warren K. Racusin: Chair of the firm’s Trusts & Estates group, is praised for his "friendly demeanor" and for being "very good with clients.” Another source says he is “very practical, very knowledgeable and [he] really takes care his of clients."
  • Ashley Steinhart: Called “the dean of the trusts and estates Bar here in New Jersey … his experience and background mean that he is unrivalled in terms of his knowledge and understanding of the market.” Another commentator remarks on Steinhart’s longstanding experience in both contentious and non-contentious trusts and estates matters, noting: “He is very understanding of the sensitive issues which arise in this area of law. … [H]e really understands family issues and how to ensure those issues are dealt with in the estate plan.”

The Chambers HNW editors describe Lowenstein Sandler as "a top-notch group" that is "a class above the others in the market." The publication quotes one attorney as saying: "I have tremendous respect for the lawyers in their group and they have lots of fine lawyers," adding, "They are solid, and their clients benefit from them having great business and commercial acumen." Another states, "I wouldn't hesitate recommending them to my clients. I know they will be in very good hands."

Lowenstein’s Trusts & Estates group advises high net worth individuals, family businesses, and private companies. The team has experience handling succession planning, tax and estate planning, and administration matters, as well as matrimonial and philanthropic issues.

More than 55 countries around the world, including every major private wealth market across six continents, are researched in-depth by Chambers HNW’s team of specialist research analysts. Lawyers and firms are assessed by various factors, including legal knowledge and experience, professional ability, effectiveness, and client service. An explanation of Chambers’ ranking system is available at this link.

All of the current Chambers HNW rankings may be found here.

About Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Lowenstein Sandler is a national law firm with over 350 lawyers based in New York, Palo Alto, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington, D.C. The firm represents leaders in virtually every sector of the global economy, with particular emphasis on investment funds, life sciences, and technology. Recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit and high standard of client service, the firm is committed to the interests of its clients, colleagues, and communities.

Stephen J. Kimmerling
Director, Marketing Communications
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
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