Sylvia-Rebecca "Becky" Gutiérrez, a litigator, regularly represents corporations in product liability, torts, creditors' rights and real estate litigation. Her experience includes defending manufacturers in mass tort personal injury suits alleging asbestos or other toxic exposure. Becky also represents high net worth individuals in matrimonial matters.
Becky also represents companies in traditional labor law and employment litigation. She assists employers during union election campaigns, arbitrations, in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, and in strike injunction proceedings. Becky also represents employers in defense of litigation filed by current and former employees.
Before joining Day Pitney, Becky served as law clerk to the Honorable Carmen Messano, then Deputy Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Her previous experience also includes international tax consulting at a Big Four accounting firm on the in-bound and out-bound taxation issues of multinational corporations and a clerkship at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Boston Region of the General Counsel's Office.
Becky contributed research to and assisted with the editing of the New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure, New Jersey Law Journal Press, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions; the New Jersey Federal Practice Rules, Gann Law Books, 2009 edition; Law as Justice: The Moral Imperative of Owen Fiss's Scholarship, by Irwin Stotzky, Twelve Tables Press, 2009; and Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration: Five Case Studies from the United States, edited by Mary Doyle and Cynthia Drew, Island Press, 2008.
Becky's community involvement includes pro bono advice and representation to a variety of members of the Morris and Hudson County communities as part of SCARC, an organization serving people with developmental disabilities, and the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project. She is fluent in Spanish.
Products Liability/Mass Tort
Defense of international bank, a premises owner, in toxic tort personal injury suits filed in the Southern District of New York arising from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
Defense of a cable and wire manufacturer in asbestos cases filed in New York and New Jersey
Defense of manufacturers and suppliers of valves and construction materials asbestos personal injury and wrongful death cases filed in New Jersey
Defense of real estate owners in asbestos personal injury suits filed in New York and New Jersey relating to manufacturing sites and office buildings located in New Jersey
Defense of chemical manufacturer in personal injury suits filed in New Jersey relating to third-party employee exposure to diacetyl in New Jersey fragrance and flavoring plants
Creditors' Rights and Real Estate Litigation
Represented banking institution in $4,000,000 commercial collection and foreclosure matter
Represented senior executives and high net worth individuals in the preparation of prenuptial agreements and the dissolution of marriages
Employment and Labor
Defended a Fortune 500 company in a disability discrimination and retaliation case
Defended a telecommunications company in disciplinary labor arbitration matters
Defended employer against National Labor Relations Board charges
Represented a telecommunications company during union strike