Law 360 described the New Jersey legal community’s reactions to the bipartisan agreement between the governor and the Senate leader which enabled state Supreme Court Justice Stuart Rabner’s renomination; the article included a statement by the firm’s founding Partner Angelo J. Genova.
“Justice Rabner’s renomination and the nomination of Judge Solomon, a former assemblyman and prosecutor who also headed the state Board of Public Utilities under Christie, is an example of checks and balances at work, according to Angelo Genova, a co-founder of Genova Burns LLC.
‘Governor Christie and Senator Sweeney should be applauded for finding common ground in the interest of all of New Jersey,’ Genova said. ‘Now let’s hope this starts a trend and we see a break in the logjam of judicial and other appointments necessary to an effective government and judiciary. ‘”
Genova Burns has once again received a prestigious rating from Chambers USA, an exclusive annual listing of top law firms and lawyers worldwide. The firm was recognized in the area of Labor and Employment Law. The guide notes that Angelo Genova is “a fixture of the New Jersey employment space, and is described by sources as an ‘excellent lawyer’ and ‘a talented and valued member of the bar.’”
The rigorous peer-review process followed by Chambers and Partners is one of the most respected rankings in the legal profession, basing its findings upon in-depth research including interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients.
Firm Partner Jim Bucci has been selected to the 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list as one of the state’s top attorneys in the area of Employment and Labor Law. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Mr. Bucci has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for several years, including most recently in 2012 and 2013. A member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Employment Law & Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Bucci manages the firm’s Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA offices.
Mr. Bucci’s practice specifically involves the representation of management in all types of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination litigation, the Fair Labor Standards Act and overtime litigation and advice, ERISA, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, breach of contract, and public and private sector collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges and grievance arbitrations. Mr. Bucci also advises employers on a wide range of human resource issues, including the drafting of employment contracts, restrictive covenants, severance agreements and handbooks.
Mr. Bucci also handles complex commercial litigation for firm clients, including matters involving contract and business disputes, fraud and misrepresentation, real estate, construction disputes, First Amendment & Constitutional rights claims, defamation and related business torts, internet law, and public contract and bid protests. Mr. Bucci has represented business throughout the eastern United States in a variety of business-related disputes, including the prosecution and defense of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, claims for tortious interference with actual and prospective contractual relations, employee raiding and unfair competition.
Several Genova Burns Partners and Counsel were elected to Board of Directors of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) for its 2014-2015 term. All Board positions will become effective July 1, 2014.
Partner Kathleen Barnett Einhorn was elected Gala Committee Co-Chair. Counsel Dina Mastellone will serve on the Association’s Judicial Outreach Committee. Counsel Jennifer Borek will serve on its Marketing Committee. Partner Jennifer Mazawey is now a member of NJWLA’s Women’s Leadership Committee.
The NJWLA is an independent association whose mission is to advance and retain women in the legal profession through education and activism, to promote qualified women to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions and to endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary.
Partner William F. Harrison, Director of Genova Burns’s Land Use & Approvals and Environmental Law Practice Groups, commented on New Jersey’s affordable housing rules for Law 360.
The New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing on April 30 approved proposed “third-round” rules, which are scheduled to be published in the state Register on June 2 and undergo public comment. The state Supreme Court gave COAH until May 1 to approve the regulations for publication after the agency couldn’t make a previous five-month deadline.
Law 360’s Martin Bricketto notes that “(i)t will be no surprise if the rules become the latest in a long series of affordable housing court battles, even if COAH makes changes before adopting them. However, the regulations could be close enough to what the Supreme Court wanted to survive, according to William F. Harrison, a partner with Genova Burns LLC and a former policy director and chief counsel with the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth.” Mr. Harrison continues, “I think they are basically consistent with the first- and second-round rules, and I think this was a good-faith effort on the part of COAH to do that….There are probably some things that arguably could be an issue for the court, but I think it’s likely that the court is going to look at this and say, ‘There haven’t been rules in effect since 1999, let’s see what happens.’”
An article on JD Supra entitled “What’s The One Thing Every Company’s Telecommuting Policy Must Include?” features comments from experts around the country, including the Director of the firm’s Human Resource Practices Group, Partner Dena C. Calo. Ms. Calo notes, “When drafting a telecommuting policy, companies should not forget to require employees to sign a separate telecommuting agreement. This agreement sets forth the specific parameters of the telecommuting arrangement with this particular employee and the expectations between the employer and employee in order for this arrangement to be successful. Such an agreement, to be signed by the employee, will outline employer’s exact requirements for the employee during the telecommuting period.”
Ms. Calo provides employment law counseling, including preparing and reviewing employee handbooks, establishing and auditing human resources policies and procedures and conducting on-site investigations. Ms. Calo also trains organizations on best human resource practices.She is an adjunct professor at Holy Family University, teaching employment law and labor relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Law 360 featured firm Partner Kathleen Barnett Einhorn this month in their Female Powerbrokers Q & A. Ms. Einhorn discusses some of the challenges she has faced as a women in what has traditionally been viewed as an “old boy’s network,” and provides guidance to both aspiring female attorneys and to law firms seeking to increase diversity. Referring to the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative, she states that “Retention of women is critical because diversity is simply good business. Women increasingly occupy “seats at the table” at the highest-level positions. If a firm wants to represent a wide demographic of potential business prospects, it is in its best interests to promote women, and minorities, not only from an ethical stance, but from a bottom-line perspective.”
Ms. Einhorn is a director of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation practice groups. She concentrates her practice in general commercial litigation and counseling with an emphasis on complex contract and business disputes, fraud or misrepresentation, insurance and employment defense, First Amendment and constitutional rights claims, civil extortion, intellectual property, insurance coverage, defamation, real estate, internet law, construction disputes and public contract and bid protests.
Ms. Einhorn is a member of the board of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and also serves as a trustee of the Women in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. This year she was listed as one of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Women; in 2013 she was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America and as a New Jersey Super Lawyer; in 2012 she was named one of NJBiz’s Best 50 Women in Business.
The comments of firm Counsel Matthew Kaplan of the firm’s Business Law & Commercial Transactions and Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law Groups are included in the May issue of Commerce Magazine, the publication of the Commerce & industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ). Mr. Kaplan was featured in a roundup of opinions on exit strategies for family owned businesses, advising careful planning for issues surrounding assessment, corporate governance and succession. For the full article, click here.
Mr. Kaplan represents businesses and individuals in all aspects of commercial transactions, including acquisitions and sales of companies and operating divisions, secured and unsecured credit facilities, recapitalizations and restructurings, leveraged buyouts, private placements of debt and equity securities, joint ventures, strategic alliances and shareholder agreements, private equity and venture capital investments, executive employment arrangements and miscellaneous contract drafting and outside general counsel services.
Harvey Weissbard, of Counsel, is quoted in Law 360’s article on the appellate decision in Barlyn v. Dow which was issued on May 7. In that case a former Hunterdon County assistant prosecutor sued former Attorney General Dow and the state for wrongful termination, claiming he was fired for protesting the allegedly political dismissal of indictments against former Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout and two subordinates. The appellate court reversed an order in the civil case requiring the release of grand jury materials from the Trout matter, finding that Barlyn had failed to show a particularized need.
Mr. Weissbard noted that the court’s analysis of Barlyn’s alleged need for grand jury transcripts, exhibits and other documents versus their inherent secrecy was largely a straightforward application of the Doliner case. He also commented that “Judge Messano probably got it right, that it was … premature and that there hadn’t been enough discovery.”
Mr. Weissbard served as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division for eight years and, prior to that, served as a trial judge in the Criminal Division.
Partner Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, Director of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group, will be recognized on May 8th by Executive Women of New Jersey at their biennial Salute to the Policymakers Dinner, the purpose of which is to honor the contributions of outstanding New Jersey women leaders from private as well as public sectors.
Proceeds from the Salute to the Policy Makers awards dinner are used to fund scholarships for women enrolled in graduate programs in New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning as well as other programs to advance women. Since the scholarship program’s inception in 1986, Salute Dinner funds have provided over $1,200,000 in scholarships to more than 400 outstanding New Jersey women.
Ms. Einhorn was listed as one of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers in 2014 with the special distinction as one of the Top 50 Women; in 2013 she was listed as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and as one of The Best Lawyers in America; she was also named one of NJBiz’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2012.