Prominent Litigator Joins Lowenstein

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - 01:00

High-profile litigator and white collar criminal defense attorney Michael B. Himmel has joined Lowenstein Sandler PC, where he will chair the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense practice group.

Joining Mr. Himmel at Lowenstein Sandler are litigators Robert J. Kipnees and Christopher S. Porrino. The three litigators were previously partners at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith, Ravin, Davis & Himmel.

At Lowenstein Sandler, Mr. Himmel will continue to represent individuals and corporations in tax fraud, securities fraud, political corruption and antitrust cases. Mr. Himmel is also well-known for his work in complex business litigation. His national practice includes the representation of several clients in connection with the criminal investigation being conducted by the Enron Task Force in Houston.

Mr. Himmel has represented the State of New Jersey in the prosecution of two multi-billion dollar class action securities fraud cases. He also represents Herbert Axelrod, the noted violin collector who is facing tax fraud charges in connection with his $50 million sale of violins to a symphony orchestra.

Mr. Himmel entered private practice in 1982 after stints as a Bronx Assistant District Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Jersey. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2000, in criminal defense and business litigation. He is also included in the Chambers 2004-05 guide to leading business litigation lawyers in America. In 2003, he received the Trial Bar Award of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.

Mr. Kipnees handles complex civil securities fraud cases, class actions, and RICO cases in addition to white collar criminal defense cases.He is a former assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey, where he worked in the general criminal division and in special prosecutions.

Mr. Porrino will continue his national practice representing corporate and individual clients in complex business disputes, significant white collar criminal matters and internal investigations. Mr. Porrino is known for his representation of clients in insurance fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, political corruption and antitrust cases, as well as the defense of lawyers, accountants and physicians in professional disciplinary matters.