Gibbons promotes Collart, Howells, Levy to director

Anne Collart, Charlotte Howells and Joshua Levy have been named directors at Gibbons P.C., Chairman Patrick Dunican announced this week.

The three attorneys all serve in the firm’s Commercial and Criminal Litigation Group and are based in Newark. The promotions went into effect Jan. 1. (Director is the term Gibbons uses for what is more commonly known as “partner.”)

“We are incredibly proud of this year’s class of new directors,” Dunican said. “These outstanding, up-and-coming attorneys have proven to be exceptional assets to the firm and its clients, and we are confident that their contributions will be even greater as they take on the increased responsibilities of their new roles.”

Peter Torcicollo, co-chair of the firm’s Commercial and Criminal Litigation Group and incoming managing director, applauded the promotions.

“Having been their practice group chair for the past several years, I am well aware that Annie, Charlotte and Josh possess all of the qualities that define a Gibbons director,” Torcicollo said. “With their well-deserved promotions and new, higher profiles, they will be excellent representatives of the firm as they continue to develop in their careers.”

Here’s a look at the three:

  • Anne Collart (Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2014): Collart is an experienced and trusted counselor who has represented individual and corporate clients in a variety of criminal and civil matters. Her white-collar criminal defense practice includes trial and appellate matters, and she has argued cases in both federal and state appellate courts. Outside the courtroom, she has conducted multiple internal investigations throughout the U.S. and in Germany into violations of company policies, including those that implicate criminal wrongdoing. She also represents clients in government investigations. Collart is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Criminal Defense and Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for Commercial Litigation.
  • Charlotte Howells (Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2013): Howells focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, representing clients in the health care, pharmaceutical, insurance, construction, real estate and financial industries. She also has experience in the area of media law and has handled litigation involving a variety of First Amendment issues, including defamation, privacy and intermediary liability, as well as access issues involving state sunshine laws and FOIA. Howells has dealt with multiple aspects of state and federal practice, including drafting of discovery requests and responses, pleadings, dispositive and non-dispositive motion practice, and appeals. She also has extensive experience counseling clients regarding e-discovery issues. Howells is involved in all phases of litigation and dispute resolution, ranging from pre-litigation counseling to settlement negotiation, mediation, pre-trial preparation and arbitration. She also assists clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Howells is listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Civil Litigation: Defense.
  • Joshua Levy (Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2014): Levy has a wide array of experience in commercial litigation, particularly in high-stakes construction matters and consumer class action defense. On the construction side, Levy has represented owners, general contractors and subcontractors on defect and delay claims in a variety of contexts, including chemical synthesis and manufacturing plants, urban hospitality and high-rise residential, and various energy and other infrastructure projects. In consumer class action matters, Levy has litigated federal and state class actions grounded in claims of consumer fraud, false advertising and violations of various federal and state statutory regimes (including telemarketing, environmental and price-setting). Levy is listed in Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort Class Actions.