Gibbons Director Presented With Stivale D’Italia Award Of Excellence; Two Attorneys Presented With Pro Bono Award

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 14:44

Peter J. Torcicollo, a Director in the Business & Commercial Litigation Department at Gibbons P.C., was recently honored by The Italian Voice newspaper with its Stivale D’Italia Award of Excellence. The Italian Voice newspaper was founded in 1932 and is circulated in both the United States and Italy, with readers in New York, New Jersey, Rome, Naples, and Palermo. The Stivale D’Italia Award of Excellence is given in recognition of honoree’s professional achievements and their commitment to Italian heritage and culture.

At Gibbons, Mr. Torcicollo is the Team Leader for the firm’s Construction Law & Litigation practice and newly formed Data Privacy and Security Task Force. His construction practice typically involves representing owners, developers, contractors, and sub-contractors in construction matters, including contract counseling and all facets of construction disputes. He also represents clients in a wide variety of business litigation matters, including minority shareholder and contract disputes. As director of Professional Development, Recruiting, Associate Retention, and Lateral Hiring, he has directed the firm’s recruiting and professional development initiatives since 2003. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Torcicollo earned his JD from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark and his BA from Bucknell University.

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Susanne Peticolas, a director in the Real Property & Environmental Department at Gibbons P.C., and Jonathan D. Klein, an associate in the Business & Commercial Litigation Department, were honored by Human Rights First with its Pro Bono Star award for excellence in legal advocacy.

Human Rights First is a nonprofit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Houston, and Washington, DC. The organization presents its Pro Bono Star award annually to lawyers who show extraordinary commitment in their pro bono representation of clients in asylum and other immigration cases. Ms. Peticolas and Mr. Klein are being recognized for their representation of an asylum client from Sierra Leone who was being held in an immigration detention center while suffering from medical issues and related communications problems. Since taking on the client in 2010, Ms. Peticolas and Mr. Klein scheduled her case for a merits hearing on the asylum claim while working through issues relating to mental health and competency, as well as various procedural hurdles. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, she was granted asylum in 2013.