Rebecca Moll Freed Presents Seminar for the NJ Professional Insurance Agents on Campaign Finance Laws

On Wednesday, June 24, firm Partner Rebecca Moll Freed presented a seminar entitled “Strategies for Compliance with New Jersey Campaign-Finance Law & Pay-to-Play Restrictions,” hosted by the NJ Professional Insurance Agents.

During this interactive seminar, Ms. Freed discussed New Jersey’s campaign-finance law, statewide pay-to-play restrictions and local pay-to-play ordinances. The room was packed with insurance agents and agencies who do business or hope to do business with New Jersey government entities. Throughout the seminar, Ms. Freed offered “compliance tips” and made sure the program provided attendees with a working knowledge of how to create and implement an effective political activity compliance program.

Rebecca Moll Freed is the Director of the firm’s Corporate Political Activity Law and Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Groups. She frequently lectures on pay-to-play and political activity compliance. Interviews Eugene Paolino on Jersey City’s Baldwin Place

Partner Eugene T. Paolino was featured in a article today regarding Baldwin Place, a nearly six-acre mixed-use redevelopment project in the Journal Square neighborhood in Jersey City, NJ that recently received site plan approval.

Mr. Paolino, a long-time participant in the redevelopment of Jersey City, described Baldwin Place during a presentation at the Jersey City Planning Board meeting this week.

“My take is that the design and development of Baldwin Place is an exciting and imaginative approach, not only in addressing the remains of our industrial heritage, but in doing so in a way that is appreciative and sensitive of the neighborhood,” says Paolino. “The redevelopment is thoughtfully designed to grow alongside the surrounding community, infusing quality housing options in a redevelopment site that has long needed attention in Jersey City.”

More than 4,000 new residences are currently planned for the Journal Square neighborhood in addition to Baldwin Place, including One Journal Square, a recently announced redevelopment that includes approximately 1,500 apartments and 100,000 square feet of new retail space and parking. Genova Burns also serves as counsel on the project. To read the entire article, please click here.

Eugene Paolino was born in Jersey City and has been practicing law in New Jersey for more than three decades. He brings a wealth of experience in commercial law and real estate development, redevelopment law and tax abatement, zoning and land use law, business law and commercial transactions, education law, and complex commercial litigation.

Angelo Genova Named as One of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers by HR Executive Magazine

Angelo J. Genova, Senior Partner, Co-Founder and Chairman of the firm, has been named to the annual list of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers,” published by the magazine and website Human Resource Executive. Mr. Genova was also listed as one of the Top 20 Practitioners in the Area of Traditional Labor & Employment Law in’s “2015 Guide to the Most Powerful Employment Lawyers.” This is the eighth annual guide to leading employment lawyers that Lawdragon has produced in partnership with Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine. Selections were based on Lawdragon’s editorial research as well as submissions from firms and visitors to and

Mr. Genova has represented management for several decades in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation. He appears regularly before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), under the Railway Labor Act and before the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, EEOC and various state employment law agencies. Mr. Genova has served four New Jersey Governors as the State’s labor negotiator with the unions representing over 50,000 public workers. Mr. Genova possesses special competence and experience in all aspects of employment law and litigation, having participated as defense counsel in a myriad of employment litigation, discrimination, whistleblower and wrongful termination trials and appeals.

Mr. Genova is a Fellow of both The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation, and served as Chairman of the Section on Labor and Employment Law of the New Jersey State Bar Association from 2007-2009. He represents clients in a diverse array of industries in collective bargaining, traditional labor law and employment litigation.

For the entire list of the Top 20 Practitioners in the Area of Traditional Labor & Employment Law, please click here.

Dina Mastellone to Conduct “Nuts & Bolts” of Employment Law Seminars for New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR)

Counsel Dina M. Mastellone will be presenting The “Nuts & Bolts” of Employment Law to members of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR). The workshop, primarily for Dealer Principals, GMs, GSMs, Controllers and Office Managers, will discuss the “dos and don’ts” of hiring (including pre-employment testing, new requirements for employment applications and the job interview process) as well as employee reprimands, performance appraisals and proper ways of terminating an employee; practical tips on how to avoid risky behavior to prevent claims of harassment or discrimination in the workplace; and managing leave of absence issues under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the New Jersey Family Leave Law. The workshops will be presented on June 17, 2015 at NJ CAR Headquarters in Trenton and June 18, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Eatontown. All seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For registration and information these seminars, please click here.

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

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn and Dina Mastellone Elected for Leadership Roles in the New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association

Partner Kathleen Barnett Einhorn and Counsel Dina M. Mastellone were elected to leadership positions within the New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association (NJWLA) for the 2015-2016 term. Ms. Einhorn was elected as co-Secretary and previously served as co-Chair of the Gala Committee and the Programming Committee. Ms. Mastellone was elected co-Chair of the Gala Committee and previously served as the co-Chair of the Judicial Outreach Committee. Partner Jennifer Borek also serves as co-Director of the Marketing Committee. Ms. Einhorn and Ms. Mastellone will officially take office at the NJWLA’s Installation Dinner on July 13, 2015.

The NJWLA is committed to supporting and promoting women in the legal profession to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community, corporate positions and the judiciary; fostering leadership among its membership through professional activities, mentoring, educational programs and networking functions; engaging in statewide efforts designed to retain women in the legal profession; and creating task forces to study developments affecting the legal status of women. To learn more about the NJWLA, please click here.

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn is the Director of the Complex Commercial LitigationIntellectual Property Law and Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Groups and a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Internal Investigations & Corporate Ethics Practice Group.

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

Jennifer Borek is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Construction Law & Litigation, Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation, and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups.

Harris S. Freier and Charles J. Messina Named New Leaders of the Bar for 2015 by New Jersey Law Journal

Genova Burns is proud to announce that Counsel Harris S. Freier and Associate Charles J. Messina have been named New Leaders of the Bar for 2015 by New Jersey Law Journal. A seven-member panel of evaluators representing all aspects of the legal profession and every corner of the state selected 50 young New Jersey attorneys as New Leaders of the Bar.

Please click here for the full listing.

Harris Frier is a member of the Employment Law & Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups and Charles Messina is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Employment Law & Litigation, and Construction Law & Litigation Practice Groups.

Avi Kelin Pens Op-Ed on Safety and Regulation of Autonomous cars in New Jersey

Firm associate Avi D. Kelin provided his insight in an op-ed piece focusing on why the New Jersey Assembly should consider legislation that would allow self-driving cars onto New Jersey roadways. The article, entitled “With a Safer Future in Mind, N.J. Assembly Should Pass Regulations Paving Way for Self-Driving Cars,” discusses the myriad of legal obstacles which are currently stalling the improvements to safety that autonomous cars would provide to motorists. Nearly 32,000 Americans are killed in auto accidents yearly, and an additional 2.2 million people suffer auto-related injuries. Mr. Kelin points to accident statistics caused by drivers under the influence and those distracted by their cell phones stating that autonomous cars eliminate this factor of human error, thus increasing safety for travelers: “These potentially dramatic safety improvements make it crucial that consumers adopt self-driving cars as soon as the technology is ready. One obstacle to this vision is the fact that the law currently lags behind the technology.”

Google has been experimenting with this technology for years, and Tesla aims to begin marketing their autonomous cars as early as this summer. In light of these developments, the New Jersey Senate recently passed a bill directing the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission to create a self-driving car licensing endorsement and to enact regulations on insurance, safety testing and registration. Although the bill is a worthy first step toward the regulation of autonomous cars, additional issues require consideration by legislators.

The full article can be accessed here.

Avi D. Kelin is a member of the firm’s Business Law & Commercial Transactions, Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment and Corporate Political Activity Law Practice Groups.

Maria Fruci to Represent Firm on ECBA Foundation’s Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee

Associate Maria R. Fruci has been appointed as the Genova Burns representative for the Essex County Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee. This position was formerly occupied by firm Counsel, Harris S. Freier.

This Special Section of the Essex County Bar Foundation consists of attorneys who have been admitted to the practice of law for less than eight years, yet is designed to serve the needs of both junior and senior members alike. The Young Lawyers Section hosts various seminars throughout the year aimed to introduce young lawyers to specific areas such as federal and municipal court practice. They also host regular networking events which provide a forum for new attorneys to meet and network with Essex County Bar Association officers, trustees, and other officials.

Ms. Fruci is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

John Petrella to Provide Insight on Current Trends in Labor and Employment Law as Panelist at NJICLE Seminar

Firm Partner John C. Petrella, Director of the firm’s Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group, will join a panel of some of the State’s leading legal practitioners at a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Seminar to discuss the 2015 Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law. This program, presented in conjunction with the New Jersey State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, will provide pointers that have garnered success for New Jersey’s most authoritative employment and labor lawyers. Mr. Petrella will lead on the topic of restrictive covenants and join his fellow panelists to provide attendees new insights they can apply to their practices and cases.
The event is scheduled to take place June 5th at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick and has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 9.7 hours of total CLE credit.

The seminar is scheduled to take place June 5th at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick and has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 9.7 hours of total CLE credit.

For registration information, please click here.

Jeffrey Rich Named to the Founding Advisory Board of the Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate

Partner Jeffrey R. Rich, Director of firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Redevelopment practice group, was recently named to the founding Advisory Board of the Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate. The Advisory Board consists of a cross-section of New Jersey’s foremost real estate leaders, who will mentor the Center’s students and offer practical insights gained from decades of industry experience.

To learn more about The Center please visit them on Twitter @RutgersCRE, Facebook at and LinkedIn

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