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Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C. Ranked in New Jersey in Chambers USA Guide 2019


Pashman Stein Walder Hayden is proud to announce that Chambers USA 2019 has once again recognized in New Jersey in the fields of General Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

The Chambers guides list the top lawyers in 185 jurisdictions around the world, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. Chambers researchers speak with clients, find out which law firms they use and how they rate them for their legal ability and client service.

Below is what Chambers USA 2019 had to say about Pashman Stein Walder Hayden.

"What the team is known for

Top-tier litigation practice particularly noted for its strength in white-collar criminal defense proceedings as well as government and internal investigations. Also impresses in securities cases and other complex commercial disputes. Demonstrates extensive trial experience in both civil and criminal cases. Also offers a respected appellate litigation practice.

Work highlights

Defended The Cardiology Group against a business tort in which the plaintiff claimed the client conspired with Virtua Health to force it out of business, securing the dismissal of all remaining claims with prejudice follow a two-year dispute.

Represented a Grammy Award-winning entertainer in a federal criminal tax investigation, leading to the negotiation of a misdemeanor plea agreement and probationary term at sentencing.

Notable practitioners

Aidan O'Connor comes highly recommended as a "terrific" white-collar attorney whose practice includes federal tax investigations, healthcare fraud and securities litigation. 

James Plaisted is held in high regard by interviewees, one of whom labels him "a fantastic lawyer." He is recognized for his expert handling of both trial proceedings and internal investigations on behalf of major corporate clients.

Joseph Hayden is "the dean of the white-collar Bar," according to one source. He is widely acknowledged to be a leading trial attorney whose expert practice extends to sensitive investigations. 

Justin Walder is celebrated as being among "the gold standard criminal lawyers in the region." His longstanding white-collar practice has seen him represent clients across the full gamut of criminal proceedings. 

Market sources view managing partner Michael Stein as "a very well-respected New Jersey litigator." His practice concentrates primarily on civil litigation, including business torts and breaches of contract. 

About Chambers USA

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