Laurence D. Laufer to Serve as Panelist at New York Bar Association Election Law Seminar

Laurence D. Laufer will serve as a panelist at the New York Bar Association Election Law program entitled, “Representing a Political Candidate (and Winning!):  A New York Election Law Primer.”   Mr. Laufer will address “Campaign Finance in a Nutshell.”  The program will be held in New York City at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway on Wednesday, May 7th.  Mr. Laufer is the director of the firm’s Corporate Political Activity Practice Group.

Rebecca Moll Freed to Present at New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Seminar

Counsel Rebecca Moll Freed will speak at the ICLE Seminar entitled “Current Issues in Campaign Finance” on the topic of “Federal Political Action Committees.”  Other panel issues will include State and Local Pay-to-Play Rules and Election Year Activities for Non-Profits. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 7th at the Sheraton at Woodbridge Place, Iselin, NJ.  Ms. Freed is a member of the Corporate Political Activity Law Practice Group.

GBV Client Awarded a $21 Million Anti-Smoking Advertising Contract — Legal Battle Erupts Over State’s Decision

GBV client, Winning Strategies Public Relations, was recently awarded a three-year, $21 million anti-smoking advertising contract by the state.  Another bidder, Cedar Knolls advertising firm, Brushfire Inc., is disputing the contract claiming Winning Strategies has ties to a “sister” company which has represented a major tobacco company for two decades.  GBV co-founding partner, Angelo Genova, and partner, Kathleen Einhorn, strive to prove that the campaign was won completely through merit and that claims of a conflict are without foundation.  The issue is now before a state court of appeals.

Gina M. Schneider Joins Firm

Genova, Burns & Vernoia is pleased to announce that Gina M. Schneider, a Seton Hall School of Law graduate, has joined the firm as an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schneider served as a law clerk to the Honorable Melvin L. Gelade, Superior Court of New Jersey.  Ms. Schneider is based in the firm’s Livingston, New Jersey office.

Genova, Burns & Vernoia Receives Successful Result in Long-Standing Bid Protest

A long and complex bid protest lasting over a year, ended in a successful decision for GBV attorneys Frank Vernoia, Keith Krauss and Rebecca Moll Freed.  In October 2006, our client was awarded a contract by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and a protest was filed by the incumbent contract holder.  Determining that the RFP was unclear, the NJEDA reissued the RFP in July 2007 and again expressed its intent to award the contract to our client in September 2007.  After a second protest, our client ultimately prevailed in March 2008 and is expected to begin performing on the contract in the near future.