Thomas R. Valen - Gibbons  P.C.

Thomas R. Valen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Mr. Valen represents an exceptional range of domestic and international clients in major complex dispute resolution and business counseling matters in the United States and abroad. His experience, business judgment, and training help him serve the needs of corporations and individuals in both civil and criminal litigation, enabling him to efficiently handle his clients’ most significant matters involving either governmental or private claims, including commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, securities, and shareholder disputes. Mr. Valen’s flexible, practical approach to dispute resolution enables him to represent his client’s needs in whatever forum a dispute may arise.

A recent matter that illustrates Mr. Valen’s breadth of experience and his focus on finding practical, business-oriented solutions to his client’s problems is his ongoing representation of a multibillion-dollar hedge fund in defense of insider trading charges. The New York-based fund was the subject of Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations in multiple jurisdictions in the United States, as well as in several countries in Asia. The matters in the United States have been resolved without any individuals facing criminal charges, and with civil resolutions that will enable the fund to resume operations in the future, with enhanced compliance programs to prevent future violations. Mr. Valen continues to work with the client’s non-U.S. counsel to ensure a resolution of those matters that similarly enhances the client’s ability to continue to operate its business effectively and in compliance with all applicable laws.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Experience — Such matters include:
    • Representing a major utility company in trial and appellate courts in New Jersey in defense of a putative class action based on the utility’s installation of solar panels on utility and lighting poles
    • Representing the government of Saudi Arabia to coordinate the defenses of Saudi nationals charged with federal crimes in the District of New Jersey
    • Counseling a large real estate development company regarding publicly beneficial development projects in economically depressed urban areas in New Jersey
    • Representing multiple auto manufacturers in defense of litigation in federal court in New York regarding the manufacturers' alleged participation in the corruption of the United Nation’s Oil for Food Program in Iraq
    • Representing European banks in defense of multiple claims in federal courts from New York to California seeking to hold the banks liable for violations of international law by governments with which the banks did business
    • Representing European companies and countries in obtaining the dismissals of numerous lawsuits seeking damages for injuries arising out of World War II, and in establishing a charitable foundation to voluntarily assist Holocaust survivors
    • Representing a major East Coast busing company in favorably resolving criminal and civil allegations of antitrust violations
    Cornell UniversityBA 1990Rutgers The State University of New Jersey NewarkJ.D. 1994
    Boys & Girls Club of Newark

    Office Location

    One Gateway Center
    Newark, NJ 07102-5310
    United States


    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation