E. Evans Wohlforth , Jr. - Gibbons  P.C.

E. Evans Wohlforth , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Evans Wohlforth concentrates his practice on business litigation, primarily in the federal courts but also in state courts throughout the United States. He particularly focuses on code-based areas of federal law, such as ERISA, intellectual property and bankruptcy, but has also litigated a wide range of commercial issues. Mr. Wohlforth has litigated matters in the federal district and bankruptcy courts of New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the state courts of New Jersey, Florida, New York, North Carolina, California and Nevada. Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Wohlforth served a five-year appointment as permanent law clerk to the Hon. Alfred M. Wolin, United States District Judge. Mr. Wohlforth was primarily responsible for the management of several, nationally-known, complex litigation matters, including the Prudential Sales Practices Litigation, the Mercedes-Benz Antitrust Litigation and five, very large, asbestos-related chapter 11 proceedings involving Fortune 500 debtors. Mr. Wohlforth’s recent representative cases include two ERISA class actions and numerous individual ERISA benefits litigations in the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York. Other important recent matters include the representation of a bond trading house against an issuing authority in the Florida courts, prosecution of an appeal to the Third Circuit in a trade secret matter, the Opinion 39 attorney advertising matter recently decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and representation of litigated matters for a bankruptcy trustee. During the Firm's representation of John Gibbons as chapter 11 trustee of Marvel Entertainment Group, Mr. Wohlforth combined his intellectual property and bankruptcy expertise, counseling the debtor on licensing issues and litigating its rights in the bankruptcy court.Mr. Wohlforth has been recognized by the Super Lawyers Magazine since the 2007 listing. The Federal District of New Jersey has called upon him to act as pro bono counsel in prisoners’ rights, class action litigation. Mr. Wohlforth serves on the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Firm assisting the General Counsel of the Firm. He has served as adjunct professor of law at Rutgers Law School in Newark, where he taught trademark and copyright law. He has spoken at continuing legal education seminars and trade group meetings on insolvency and intellectual property topics.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions — of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Experience

    Recent Matters:

    • Appeal to the New Jersey Appellate Division and Supreme Court in a business contract matter
    • Dismissal of putative class actions, one concerning an unproven medical procedure, and one concerning national billing practices in the ERISA benefits field
    • Appearance as litigation counsel in complex, nationally-known asbestos-related bankruptcies
    • Representation of a bond trading house against an issuing authority in the Florida courts both at the trial level and on appeal
    • Appeal to the Third Circuit in a trade secret matter
    • The Opinion 39 attorney advertising matter decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court
    • Representation of litigated matters for a bankruptcy trustee
    • During the firm's representation of John Gibbons as chapter 11 trustee of Marvel Entertainment Group, Mr. Wohlforth combined his intellectual property and bankruptcy experience, counseling the debtor on licensing issues and litigating its rights in the bankruptcy court

    Prior to joining Gibbons, Mr. Wohlforth served a five-year appointment as permanent law clerk to the Hon. Alfred M. Wolin, United States District Judge. Mr.Wohlforth was primarily responsible for the management of several nationally known, complex litigation matters, including the Prudential Sales Practices Litigation, the Mercedes-Benz Antitrust Litigation, and five very large, asbestos-related chapter 11 proceedings involving Fortune 500 debtors.

    Rutgers The State University of New Jersey NewarkJ.D. 1994
    Essex County Bar Association New Jersey State Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

    Office Location

    One Gateway Center
    Newark, NJ 07102-5310
    United States


    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation

    Other Information

    Gender: Male