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L. Anthony Gibson, J.S.C. (ret.)

Special Counsel
Email: agibson@ylslegal.com
Direct Dial: (609) 601-6609

Education
L.L.B., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1964
B.A., Rutgers University, 1961

Bar & Court Admissions
New Jersey & Federal Bar - February 1965

Memberships/Affiliations
New Jersey Bar Association
Atlantic County Bar Association
Cape May County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Penn Club of New York

Practice Areas
Commercial Law
Real Estate
Estates
Mediation & Arbitration

Biography
L. Anthony Gibson was appointed to become a judge of the Atlantic County Court at the young age of 38 and was elevated to the Superior Court two years later. After having been on the bench for only four years, he was appointed to the prestigious position of Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division (General Equity) for Atlantic and Cape May Counties. At that time, the Atlantic County Chancery Court was the venue for much of the litigation dealing with the economic expansion of Atlantic County and, in particular, disputes relating to the developing casino industry.

During Judge Gibson's twenty-three years on the bench he served not only in the Law and Chancery Divisions but was also temporarily assigned to the Appellate Division in 1988. He was also selected by the Supreme Court to serve as one of only three judges assigned to handle exclusionary zoning cases, that is, the so-called Fair Housing lawsuits. On two of the occasions in which the New Jersey Law Journal conducted periodic reviews of the New Jersey judges, Judge Gibson was ranked as the number one trial court judge in New Jersey.

In addition to his many judicial duties while on the bench, Judge Gibson was also a frequent teacher of law, having lectured to both lawyers (through ICLE) and judges (as part of the New Jersey Judicial College). He has also served as an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law for three years. Upon returning to private practice he continued to serve as a panelist on various ICLE programs and Inns of Court presentations.

Judge Gibson retired from the bench August 1, 2000 and returned to the practice of law. Since then he has concentrated his work in the areas of commercial disputes, estate issues and real estate related matters, while at the same time acting as a litigation consultant to the firm. Judge Gibson is extensively engaged as a mediator, arbitrator and a discovery master, having been engaged in hundreds of matters over the last decade, including a number of high profile cases.

While on the bench, Judge Gibson was selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law - 2nd Edition (1979); Who's Who in United States - 4th Edition (1985) and Who's Who in New Jersey. Since his return to private practice, he has been named as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" (2005 through 2010), was included in New Jersey's "Super Lawyers South Jersey Magazine" (2006), as well as New Jersey's "Awesome Attorneys" (2005) and New York magazine's "Best Lawyers in the New York area" (2007 to 2009). In addition, in 2003 the New Jersey State Bar Association, "Civil Trial Bar Section" selected Judge Gibson for its prestigious James L. McLaughlin Award for Competence and Professionalism. He is currently the President of The New Jersey Retired Judges Association.

His past services include his presidency of the Vincent Hanneman Inns of Court (Atlantic & Cape May Counties) as well as his membership on the Systems Board of Shore Memorial Hospital and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Judge Gibson is the father of six children, including two attorneys one of whom was recently appointed as a Superior Court Judge. He also has twelve grandchildren (and is counting).

 

 
 

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