Gibbons Congratulates New Directors; Lawrence Lustberg Named 2013 New Jersey “Lawyer Of The Year”

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 15:37

Gibbons P.C. has announced that two outstanding attorneys have been named firm directors in 2014: Kevin S. Evans, a member of the firm’s Corporate Department in its New York office, and Jason R. Tuvel, who practices in the firm’s Real Property & Environmental Department out of the Newark office.

Mr. Evans has extensive international experience leading corporate transactions in the United States, Europe and Australia. He focuses on advising domestic and overseas companies with business operations in the United States. He has represented private equity and real estate opportunity funds, venture capitalists and investment banks in connection with complex joint ventures, their mergers and acquisitions activity, fund formation and capital raising. In addition, Mr. Evans has represented buyers, sellers and joint venture parties in such diverse fields as automotive, engineering, insurance, product manufacturing and financial services. He has also represented corporate borrowers in financing transactions, including working capital facilities, acquisition facilities, and asset-based facilities, and he has gained significant experience in the real estate finance arena, with particular exposure to the hotel and leisure industry.

Mr. Evans is admitted to practice as an attorney in the state of New York; as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales; and as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Tuvel’s practice is concentrated in development, zoning, land use planning (and related governmental permitting issues), redevelopment and real estate litigation. He has represented clients on land development, site plan, and variance applications throughout New Jersey and New York. Mr. Tuvel works with clients and design professionals in developing application strategies and coordinating the presentation of expert testimony. He has served as a board attorney and has researched and briefed a wide range of zoning, planning and municipal law issues. In addition, Mr. Tuvel has conducted extensive land use/permitting due diligence investigations for multiple-site property acquisitions to assist clients in determining the risks associated with acquiring real property.

Mr. Tuvel is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

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Lawrence S. Lustberg, director of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law at Gibbons P.C., has been named the 2013 New Jersey “Lawyer of the Year.”

Mr. Lustberg was recognized for his guidance of the Gibbons Fellowship in its cutting-edge work on behalf of LGBT rights and marriage equality, highlighted by his lead role in the successful constitutional challenge to the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in New Jersey. Due in large part to his efforts, New Jersey became the 14th state in the nation to achieve marriage equality in October 2013.

Mr. Lustberg is the third Gibbons attorney over the past nine years to earn this honor from the New Jersey Law Journal, the leading publication covering the legal industry in the state. John Gibbons was named in 2004 for his work defending the rights of prisoners by successfully challenging the indefinite detention of foreign nationals at Guantanamo Bay, and Kevin McNulty, a former firm director and current judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, was named in 2008 for his work reversing the 2006 ban on New Jersey attorneys’ participation in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers surveys.

In addition to directing the Gibbons Fellowship, Mr. Lustberg chairs the firm’s Criminal Defense Department. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, as well as a recipient of the International Graduate School Fellowship at the University of Stockholm. He clerked for the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, United States District Judge, following which he served as an assistant federal public defender for the District of New Jersey for five years.

Mr. Lustberg is the former president of both the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, the latter of which recently awarded him with its highest honor, the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award. He has served on and chaired numerous court and government committees and nonprofit and philanthropic boards, and has been a member of the law school faculties of Seton Hall, Rutgers and New York Universities. Currently, he is the co-chair of the board of trustees of the Fund for New Jersey and a member of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, for which he recently chaired a Subcommittee on Immigration. He is a recognized authority in constitutional and criminal law and procedure, responsible for many seminal federal and state court decisions in a broad range of cases, and is a fellow of both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a lifetime fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Among the many organizations that have honored Mr. Lustberg over the course of his esteemed career are the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, ACLU of New Jersey, Legal Services of New Jersey, Garden State Equality, Partners for Women and Justice, and Essex County Bar Association.