Gibney Attorneys Recognized in 2022 Super Lawyers

Gibney attorneys were recognized in New York Super Lawyers 2022. Super Lawyers recognizes lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Gibney attorneys recognized include:

Intellectual Property
Brian Brokate
Jeffrey Dupler
Beth Frenchman-Gellman

W. Lee Kinnally, Jr.

Stephen J.O Maltby

The following attorneys were also recognized as 2022 New York Metro Rising Stars:

Kristen J. Heckman, Immigration
Zarina H. Syed, Immigration
Maja Szumarska, Intellectual Property

Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini Recognized in JD Supra 2022 Reader’s Choice Awards


Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini was recognized as a top author on the subject of immigration in the 2022 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing the leading contributors from among over 65,000 authors who published on the platform throughout the last year.  This marks the second consecutive year that Ms. Razzolini was selected for her contributions to immigration thought leadership.  Additionally, the firm’s article USCIS Sued Over H-4 and L-2 EAD Policies was recognized as among the most popular in 2021 on the subject of Class Action.

About JD Supra

JD Supra delivers need-to-know legal and business content to professionals in all industries in daily email digests, via more than 100 proprietary social feeds, on mobile platforms, to partner websites, and as news across the web. Through the innovative use of technology and curated audiences, JD Supra connects over 58,000 professionals writing on important topics to C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and media members concerned with matters impacting business today.

Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini Featured in JD Supra’s Q&A with Top Thought Leaders

Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini  was featured in JD Supra’s Q&A with Top Thought Leaders. The article is part of JD Supra’s discussion series  on successful thought leadership with JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice award recipients.

In the article, Claire discusses her approach to writing about immigration to help clients during an unpredictable time and to “use the developments as a launching point to help them better understand and plan for this lack of predictability.”
Read the Q&A here.

Claire was recognized in the 2021 JD Supra Reader’s Choice Awards as the top author on the subject of immigration.

About the JD Supra Reader’s Choice Awards

The awards highlight authors and firms who were read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JD Supra platform during 2020. Last year, more than 60,000 authors published their insights and commentary on JD Supra. The awards recognize 265 thought leaders for achieving the highest visibility and engagement among readers for their particular expertise.




Ellen Poreda, Stephen J.O. Maltby and Renna Nukta Author Chapter on US Immigration

Immigration attorneys Ellen PoredaStephen J.O. Maltby and Renna Nukta authored a chapter on US Immigration for The Corporate Immigration Review.

The chapter provides an overview of US immigration legislation and policy, recent legislative developments, employer sponsorship options, the impact of COVID-19, the impact of the new Administration and an outlook on immigration trends.

Now in its 11th edition, the purpose of The Corporate Immigration Review is to share information across borders, identify global trends and provide practical insights into immigration systems in various jurisdictions.

To view the full chapter on United States immigration, visit The Law Reviews book page.

Gibney Immigration Article On JD Supra’s June 2021 Popular Reads List

Gibney’s recent immigration article was listed on JD Supra’s Popular Reads List. The list ranks the most widely read articles on JD Supra in June 2021. The article titled “USCIS Issues Policies to Improve Immigration Services: What Employers and Foreign Nationals Need to Know” was authored by Immigration Partner Claire Razzolini.

The article covers the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcement of three new policy updates to the USCIS Policy Manual aimed at improving access to immigration benefits.

Angelo Mazza Quoted in Vox Media on Covid-19 Counterfeiters

IP Partner Angelo Mazza was quoted in the Vox Media article, “Coronavirus scammers are flooding social media with fake cures and tests.” The article explores the demand for products fueled by the Covid-19 pandemic such at-home testing kits and the new risk caused by online opportunists selling counterfeit products on social media platforms, e-commerce marketplaces and the dark web.

The article highlights Angelo’s recent brief on Covid-19 counterfeits. In the article, Angelo advises on best practices for recognizing counterfeits, noting that “weird spellings and formatting of words are a strong hint that a seller isn’t authorized. The apparent typos might actually be attempts to evade screening algorithms set up by the…platform.”

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Angelo counsels clients in developing brand protection and enforcement strategies, and works extensively with law enforcement on intellectual property-related crimes. He has trained over 60,000 law enforcement officials including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations and local departments.

Robert Tracy and Maja Szumarska Discuss Dress Code Discrimination in New York Law Journal

Robert Tracy and Maja Szumarska co-authored the article “Are dress codes and grooming policies a source of potential liability for employers?” for the New York Law Journal’s Fashion Law issue published on August 26, 2019. Recently, state and local governments have passed new laws and increased enforcement of existing laws to protect employees from discrimination based on race or gender identity or expression in the workplace. In the article, they review the new guidance and discuss best practices for employers to update their dress and grooming policies and practices.

Read the full article.

Maja Szumarska focuses on brand protection and enforcement. She represents many prominent brands in litigation matters involving trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement claims and enforcement actions in federal court. Maja is an experienced litigator and has represented companies in various industries in commercial disputes in federal and state courts. She frequently litigates labor and employment law matters involving discrimination and harassment, retaliation, restrictive covenants and wage and hour claims.

Robert Tracy is Chair of Gibney’s Labor and Employment Group. He practices management-side labor and employment law and business litigation. Bob keeps clients informed of changing employment laws and develops strategic employment policies to avoid litigation, maintain a healthy work culture and minimize risk. He has conducted seminars on employment issues including ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment and union avoidance.

Bob Tracy Talks with Women’s Wear Daily about Workplace Antidiscrimination and Personal Expression

Labor and Employment Partner Bob Tracy was quoted in the Women’s Wear Daily article “On Staff: Fashion Works Through Braids and Identity.” The article explores steps that the New York City Commission on Human Rights has taken to identify potentially discriminatory practices involving grooming standards and dress codes.

Bob notes the importance of fashion companies reviewing their practices and policies on personal grooming standards and dress codes in light of the rent enforcement guidance from New York City applying the city’s law against racial discrimination to workplace restrictions on some hair styles and textures as well as prior enforcement guidance from New York City applying gender discrimination law to dress codes that may adhere to gender specific stereotyping.

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Bob practices management-side labor and employment law and business litigation and advises fashion companies on employment issues. Focused on proactive communication, he keeps clients informed of changing employment laws and develops strategic employment policies to avoid litigation, maintain a healthy work culture and minimize risk.

Houman Afshar Quoted in Bloomberg BNA on Trump Immigration Order

Immigration Partner Houman Afshar was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article “How Hard Will Trump’s Immigration Order Hit Businesses?” on January 31, 2017. The article addresses how U.S. companies are responding to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 immigration executive order which included a ban on entry for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  Houman noted that the “situation is very volatile, very fluid, and it seems to be changing every couple of hours” and that it’s created a challenge for corporate America. The article addresses how the travel ban is impacting U.S. business and the uncertainty at the moment with how it is being implemented.