Seven Genova Burns Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America, 2016 Edition

Seven attorneys from the Law Firm of Genova Burns have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, 2016 Edition. Angelo J. Genova, the Firm’s co-founding Partner; Brian W. Kronick, Managing Partner; James J. McGovern III, Director of the Firm’s Labor Law Practice Group; and John C. Petrella, Director of the Firm’s Employment Law Practice Group, were selected as Best Lawyers in the areas of Labor Law – Management and Employment Law – Management. Mr. Genova was also selected in the area of Litigation – Labor and Employment and, along with Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, Director of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Commercial Litigation. Judson M. Stein, Director of the Firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group, was selected in the area of Litigation – Trusts & Estates. Jennifer Mazawey, Partner and member of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law Practice Group, was selected as Best Lawyers in the area of Real Estate Law.

Best Lawyers® is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Inclusion in the 2016 edition of  Best Lawyers is based on exhaustive peer-review surveys in which more than 55,000 leading attorneys submit almost 6.7 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, making inclusion in Best Lawyers a singular honor. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Genova Burns is Proud to Support the City of Jersey City and New Jersey City University

Genova Burns is proud to be associated with a free outdoor concert series entitled Sounds of Summer presented by the City of Jersey City, New Jersey City University (NJCU) and the Hudson County Department of Parks and Community Services Sounds of Summer Concerts continues with the extraordinary drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse on Thursday, August 19, in Lincoln Park at 6:00 p.m.

A rain date is scheduled for the Monday, August 25 if necessary. For more information, call the Office of Cultural Affairs at 201-547-6921 or visit the NJCU website at

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Rajiv Parikh Offered Insight to Members of the Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program

Firm Partner Rajiv D. Parikh recently spoke to incoming first-year law students that are part of the Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program about opportunities in the legal profession, practical aspects of securing employment and leveraging contacts. Genova Burns has been a supporter of the Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program and other organizations and client-firm partnerships focused on improving diversity in the legal profession. Mr. Parikh, who is a graduate of Rutgers Law School, also chairs the firm’s diversity initiative.

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

Rebecca Moll Freed Discusses Achieving Success on Flex Time Schedule in American Bar Association Magazine Article

Partner Rebecca Moll Freed was recently featured in an American Bar Association Magazine article entitled, “Women Flex into Success” The article focuses on attorneys from across the country who have achieved success while working on flexible schedules. When asked what guidance she would provide to attorneys who are interested in flex-time, Ms. Freed said, “When you work a flexible schedule, you can achieve a lot, but it can take you longer.” The key is continuing to seek feedback. “It’s always hard to ask, ‘What do I need more of’ and not be afraid of the answer.” But you need to find out the benchmarks and where you need more experience, and that requires a dialogue.” Achieving your goals also requires being flexible-just like your work schedule. “I was brought up to believe you can do and be anything and not to let anybody tell you differently.”

Ms. Freed is Director of the Corporate Political Activity Law and the Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group. She is also a member of the Public Contract Law & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Freed served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Inclusionary Initiative from 2013 to 2015.

Rajiv D. Parikh Named NJBIZ 40 Under 40

Genova Burns is proud to announce that Firm Partner Rajiv D. Parikh has been named as one of NJBIZ’s 40 Under 40 business people in New Jersey for 2015. The publication noted that the chosen individuals are “40 of New Jersey’s most accomplished young businessmen and women who have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community – the next generation of unstoppable leaders!” Nominees were scored by an independent panel of judges based on a specific set of criteria: Professional Accomplishments, Leadership, Vision, and Community Service.

Mr. Parikh is a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Construction Law & Litigation, and Corporate Political Activity Law Practice Groups. He is a litigator and trial attorney with substantial experience in complex commercial disputes, intellectual property litigation, electronic discovery, franchise litigation, large scale construction disputes, and constitutional challenges. In addition, Mr. Parikh has an expertise with strategic counseling and litigation related to online reputation management, harassment and defending against internet/social media defamation campaigns. Mr. Parikh has also been involved with a variety of election and voting rights related litigations throughout New Jersey, including matters concerning the Democratic National Committee, and candidates for local, state and federal offices. He serves as general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and the campaigns of Senator Cory Booker, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and others.

Mr. Parikh is a Barrister for the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court and a member of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey. He serves as Vice-President of Affiliate Relations for the South Asian Bar Association of Noth America, Acting-President of the APALA-NJ Foundation, and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He also serves on the boards of directors of the South Asian Caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and the New Leaders Council of New Jersey.

Mr. Parikh is committed to public service for the community, including through his positions as a member of the Board of Directors of New Jersey Needs You, and pro bono service as General Counsel to the Share & Care Foundation, and Hindu Amerian Seva Charities.

John Vreeland Nominated President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Labor & Employment Relations Association

Partner John Vreeland has been nominated to serve as the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (NJLERA) for the organization’s 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 program years. NJLERA is a organization of professionals from New Jersey and contiguous states who are interested in labor & employment relations and human resource management. The chapter includes members from the management, labor, neutral (including arbitrators and mediators), government, and academic fields. NJLERA holds six dinner meetings a year where members listen to distinguished speakers and share their knowledge and experience. The New Jersey Chapter is affiliated with the Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association), which sponsors national meetings for practitioners and academics and publishes books, conference proceedings, and periodicals that are designed for a wide audience.

Mr. Vreeland is Director of the Wage & Hour Compliance Practice Group and a member of the Education Law and Labor Law Practice Groups.

Genova Burns Newsletter July/August 2015

Click here to see the firm’s Newsletter for July/August. Updates include:

  • Genova Burns Prevails: recent victories focused on the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group
  • Hot Topics in Law: focused on the firm’s Human Resources Training & Audit Programs Group
  • Genova Burns Blogs: Recent Legal Developments
  • Recent Firm Hires and Promotions
  • Genova Burns in the News
  • Genova Burns Events and Speaking Engagements
  • Genova Burns Appointments