Jim Bucci Selected to the 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List

Firm Partner Jim Bucci has been selected to the 2015 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, 2013 and 2014. Mr. Bucci is a  member of the Employment Law & Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups and 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.

Rebecca Moll Freed Welcomes Alix James as Co-Counsel to the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey’s Board of Trustees

The Women’s Political Caucus (WPC) of New Jersey held its Annual Meeting on May 11, 2015 and featured an inspiring keynote address by Julie Hermann, Rutgers University Athletic Director. Hermann discussed her admiration for women engaged in politics and government and the similarities between politics and the male-dominated world of sports. The Annual Meeting marks the end of a successful year of events, fundraising and education initiatives by the WPC, and the kick-off for a new season of activities with newly sworn in officers.

As the WPC gears up for another successful year, Partner Rebecca Moll Freed will continue to serve as Board Counsel to the WPC (a position she has held since 2010) and is looking forward to having Associate Alix James join her as Co-Counsel to the WPC Board of Trustees. Ms. Freed noted, “I have enjoyed serving as Board Counsel to the WPC over the past 5 years and being part of such an incredible network of women. I look forward to serving as Co-Counsel with my colleague, Alix, so that we may best serve the WPC’s needs together as a team.”

Ms. Freed is Director of the firm’s Corporate Political Activity Law Group, the Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organization Practice Group and the Vendor Political Activity & Ethics Compliance Training & Audit Programs. She is also a member of the Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group.

Ms. Freed is co-Chair of the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative, which encompasses the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Diversity Initiative. The Inclusionary Initiative focuses on the common goal of fostering better lawyers and serving our clients’ needs. Ms. Freed also serves as the firm’s point Marketing Partner and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Marketing Department.

Alix James is a member of the Corporate Political Activity, Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment and Craft Beer, Spirits & Alcohol Law Practice Groups at Genova Burns. Ms. James is also a member of the firm’s Professional Development Committee.

The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey is dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process, increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office and creating a women’s political power base to achieve equality for ALL women.

Charles Messina Offers Insight on Recent New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling in Law360 Article

Firm Associate Charles Messina’s insight was featured in a Law360 article about a recent ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The suit revolved around the installation of a faulty hot water system in South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The defendants claimed that the statutory window for claims of this nature had expired by the time the State filed suit. On Thursday, May 30, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court backed the Appellate Division’s 2008 ruling, holding, among other things, that the claims against certain companies involved in building the prison fell within the 10-year statute of repose.

The crux of the matter was the multiple “completion” stages for the different facilities that the hot water system connected to. While the central plant and certain inmate housing units were connected to the fully operative water system in 1997, some of the buildings were only completed and connected to the system in 1998, a significant one-year difference that proved crucial considering the ticking clock on the statutory window. Ultimately, the Supreme Court concluded that the installation was not substantially complete until it was connected to every building it would serve.

Mr. Messina was quoted in the Law360 article about how the court ruling could impact future construction projects. He opined that the decision could influence the way contracts for large, multiphase projects are negotiated in the future, particularly with respect to contractors taking greater pains to ensure that certificates of completion are incorporated and granted for certain components of such projects.

To read the full article, please click here.

Charles Messina is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Employment Law & Litigation, and Construction Law & Litigation Practice Groups.

Brian Kronick Addresses New York Condo Association Inquiry in The Cooperator – The Co-op and Condo Monthly

Managing Partner Brian W. Kronick is featured in the April issue of The Cooperator — The Co-op and Condo Monthly, addressing questions about a condominium associations’ options when an owner flaunts association bylaws and sublets to unauthorized tenants.

“We have already have complaints from other owners,” wrote the president of the 25-unit Suffolk County, NY condominium association, including traffic and parking problems related to the three unrelated men subletting the unit. The president wanted to know whether the association had any recourse other than to take the owner to court — and whether it should change bylaws requiring homeowners to submit a copy of a proposed lease before renting.

Kronick recommended developing or amending association rules to address the traffic concerns. The condominium association should also provide notice of the changes to all owners and tenants, especially to the owner and tenants in question. A formal amendment to the condominium’s formation documents is not typically required by association bylaws when amending or enforcing these rules, Kronick wrote. However, a policy requiring leases to be reviewed and approved by the condo board or management office would also be valuable formal amendment to association governance documents.

“Also, it is a good idea to review your bylaws and declaration thoroughly for other remedies,” Kronick wrote. “Your bylaws likely have an enforcement provision that allows the association to fine a unit owner or place a lien on a unit (usually after some form of disciplinary hearing) for failure to observe association rules.”

Find the full discussion here.

Rajiv Parikh Re-Elected Vice President of Affiliate Relations for the South Asian Bar Association of North America

Counsel Rajiv D. Parikh was recently re-elected as Vice President of Affiliate Relations for the Executive Committee of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA-North America). Mr. Parikh previously served as President of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey from 2013 – 2014, the local affiliate of the national organization.

SABA-North America provides a vital link between South Asian lawyers and the South Asian community across North America. As a bar association, SABA North America affords South Asian lawyers across the continent a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement. By promoting the South Asian bar and focusing on the legal needs of the South Asian community, SABA North America is the fastest growing organization of South Asian lawyers in the world and upholds the belief that a strong South Asian bar in North America is essential to protecting the rights and liberties of South Asians across this continent. As the South Asian business community in North America continues to prosper, SABA North America provides them with a directory of qualified legal professionals that not only have the sophistication to provide creative business solutions, but also understand their motivations and goals.

Mr. Parikh is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Construction Law & Litigation, and White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Internal Investigations & Corporate Ethics Practice Groups.

Jennifer Mazawey to Speak on Land Use at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, firm Partner Jennifer Mazawey will be a panelist at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting being held in Atlantic City at the Borgata Hotel and Spa from May 13 – May 15, 2015. The panel discussion, entitled, “Navigating Different Kinds of ‘Adverseness’ in Land Use — the Workshop, the Board, and the Court” is a special interest track for the NJSBA’s Land Use Section. Ms. Mazawey has extensive experience acting as development counsel for both public and private developers in all aspects of their projects. She regularly appears before planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment and handles land use and development permit acquisition from state agencies and in Construction Board of Appeals matters.

For more information on the NJSBA’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Convention, please click here.

Ms. Mazawey is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Construction Law & Litigation, Education Law, Environmental Law and Land Use & Approvals Practice Groups.

Dina Mastellone to Discuss Women in the Workplace at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting

On Thursday, Mary 14, 2015, Counsel Dina M. Mastellone will be a panelist at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting being held in Atlantic City at the Borgata Hotel and Spa from May 13 – May 15, 2015. Ms. Mastellone’s panel entitled, “Recent Developments Affecting Women in the Workplace,” co-sponsored by the NJSBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section and Women in the Profession Section, where Ms. Mastellone currently sits as Vice-Chair. The panel discussion will examine new legislation and case law (state and federal) affecting women in employment and will provide an overview of laws impacting topics such as equal pay, pregnancy discrimination and domestic violence leave. For information on the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting, please click here.

Ms. Mastellone is Director of the Human Resource Training & Audit Programs Group and a member of the Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group.

Eugene Paolino Serves on Power Packed Panel at Inaugural New Urbanism Conference – Quoted in NJBIZ Article

Partner Eugene T. Paolino recently served as a panel member at the inaugural New Urbanism Conference, which was hosted by Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate.

During an hour-long session, Mr. Paolino, along with a power-packed panel including Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, spoke about the development of urban waterfront areas. He discussed how the development successes that have been established on the “The Gold Coast” waterfront – including in Jersey City and Weehawken – have prompted urban development efforts further inland.

Referring to Jersey City, Mr. Paolino was quoted in an NJBIZ article about the conference saying, “(Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s) policies have encouraged development going further west, and developers have seen the value of that… They are moving further west as well and the market is there.” To read the full article please click here.

The panel took place at the Hilton Short Hills on May 1 and featured panelists from both the public and private sectors.

Eugene T. Paolino has been involved in significant Gold Coast projects such as the McGinley Square Redevelopment and the Liberty Harbor Redevelopment Area. He specializes in Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Education Law, Business Law & Commercial Transactions as well as Complex Commercial Litigation.

Rebecca Moll Freed to Present for NJICLE Election Law Seminar

On May 5, 2015, firm Partner Rebecca Moll Freed, is scheduled to present at an NJICLE Election Law Seminar, “Pay-to-Play 2015: The Latest in Campaign Finance.” As Director of the firm’s Corporate Political Activity Law Practice Group, Ms. Freed will draw from her significant expertise to afford attendees an understanding on the latest developments in the increasingly complex world of campaign finance restrictions and how to avoid potential violations through compliance. This event aims to demonstrate the latest developments in campaign finance law, and has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.3 hours of total CLE credit. To register, please click here.

Ms. Freed is also Director of the firm’s Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Groups and is a member of the firm’s Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group.