Princeton NJ (June 19, 2002) — Attorney Vincent E. Gentile, a partner with Drinker Biddle & Shanley, LLP, was has been designated a Certified Civil Trial Attorney in the State of New Jersey. This achievement is a distinction held by only 2% of the 75,177 attorneys in active practice in the State. To be considered for certification, an attorney must:

  • Have been a member in good standing of the NJ Bar for at lease five years;
  • Have taken a specific number of continuing legal education courses in the three years prior to filing an application;
  • Demonstrate substantial involvement in preparation of litigated matters;
  • Demonstrate an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who will attest to the applicant’s character and abilities; and
  • Pass a written examination covering various aspects of practice in the designated specialty.

Vincent E. Gentile is a partner in the Litigation Department.  He has handled a broad range of civil and commercial litigation matters from trial through appeal, and has represented major corporate clients in complex, multi-party cases and individuals and small businesses in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Gentile has substantial litigation experience on a host of commercial and civil issues. He concentrates on shareholder disputes involving closely-held corporations, including shareholder “oppression” cases and appraisal actions. He litigated one of the early seminal cases under New Jersey’s minority shareholders act and has represented both corporations and shareholders in disputes over valuation and governance.  Mr. Gentile’s recent experience has included:

Representing a group of minority shareholders and option holders in a New Jersey chancery court action to challenge a short form merger and to determine the fair value of their shares;

Representing a cellular telephone company in an action brought by minority shareholders under the New Jersey appraisal statute;

Representing a Mexican citizen and his corporation who were minority shareholders of a New Jersey corporation in a chancery court action against the majority shareholder, a UK corporation, and its principal;

Serving as counsel to a special committee of the board of directors of a public company to evaluate the rights of the corporation and certain shareholders to an earn-out payment; and

Representing an Internet company and its majority shareholders in an oppression suit brought by a minority shareholder to compel the purchase of his shares.

Over the past ten years Mr. Gentile has served as a court-appointed mediator in complex civil litigations in the federal and state courts in New Jersey.

In General.  Mr. Gentile graduated from Cornell University, magna cum laude, in 1975 and received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1978.  While at NYU he was a Notes and Comment editor of the law review.  He was a law clerk to the Honorable Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York Court of Appeals.

Mr. Gentile has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and chief of the Civil Division from 1984-1989.  Vince has authored several articles on shareholder litigation issues, including most recently “New Jersey Supreme Court Rules on Marketability Discounts in Valuation Cases,” New Jersey Lawyer (December 1999) and “Two Unsettled Issues in Minority Shareholder Litigation,” New Jersey Law Journal (February 2001).  He also coordinates Legal Briefs, the firm’s periodic newsletter to accountants and financial professionals.  He is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court District VII Fee Arbitration Committee and a master of the Mercer County Inn of Court.