Angelo Genova to be Honored by Thurgood Marshall College Fund with the “Award of Excellence”

Angelo Genova, Senior Partner, Co-Founder and Chairman of the firm, will be honored with the “Award of Excellence” at this evening’s Thurgood Marshall College Fund 17th Annual New Jersey Awards of Excellence. This event honors distinguished individuals who have achieved excellence in their chosen fields and/or who exemplify Justice Thurgood Marshall’s commitment to justice, civil rights and education.  Throughout his career, Thurgood Marshall worked within the legal system to make his vision of equal access to education a reality.  The Awards of Excellence event is a reminder to all of the need to maintain the legacy of his dedication by celebrating like-minded individuals, such as you, in communities nationwide.  The other recipients for NJ 2017 are:

  • The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo – United States District Court Judge, District of New Jersey
  • Ryan P. Haygood, Esq. – President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  • Catherine Weiss, Esq. – Partner, Lowestein Sandler LLP

Jennifer Mazawey to Present at 2017 Land Use Update

Partner Jennifer Mazawey will present for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education at a full-day seminar entitled “2017 Land Use Update” on March 29th at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

Ms. Mazawey will participate as a panelist at this intensive one-day course that will give in-depth coverage of comparison discussions on recent developments in New Jersey Land Use Law. Long regarded as the definitive source for current information about New Jersey land use practice and taught by leading attorneys in the field, the Land Use Update reviews the most recent regulatory, legislative and case law developments that every seasoned land use practitioner should know.

For CLE information for NY and PA and to register, please click here.

Jennifer Mazawey is Partner in the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law, Construction Law & Litigation, Education Law, Environmental Law, and Land Use & Approvals Practice Groups.

Eugene T. Paolino to Moderate Panel at 2017 New Jersey Gold Coast & Spring Multifamily Summit

Partner Eugene T. Paolino will moderate a panel of distinguished professionals at the 2017 New Jersey Gold Coast & Spring Multifamily Summit at Maritime Parc in Jersey City on March 29th. Mr. Paolino’s panel will discuss strategies for capitalizing in the Gold Coast market, and how to balance institutional and family-run/high-net worth firms. For further event information and to register, please click here.

Mr. Paolino, a Jersey City native, has played a critical role in some of Jersey City’s most iconic and significant real estate projects along New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast” and is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Education Law, Business Law & Commercial Transactions and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups.

Rebecca Moll Freed Panelist at NJSBA 2017 Town Hall Advocacy Program

Partner Rebecca Moll Freed presented for NJSBA’s 2017 Town Hall Advocacy Program today on a panel entitled, “Rules of Professional Conduct and Lobbying”.  Ms. Freed’s panel provided an ethics overview of the obligations of attorneys and lobbyists.

The program was approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.6 credits including 1.2 ethics/ professionalism credits.

Ms. Freed is Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Political Activity Law and Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organization Practice Groups and Partner in the Procurement Law, Government Contract Compliance & Bid Protest Litigation Practice Group.

Jennifer Roselle and Brigette Eagan Present Seminar for New Jersey State League of Municipalities

Firm Counsel Jennifer Roselle and Brigette N. Eagan presented a program entitled “Leaves of Absence in New Jersey – A Look at the FMLA, FLA, and ADA” for a sold out crowd yesterday at a New Jersey State League of Municipalities Professional Development Seminar. The presentation addressed how to manage employee “leaves” in New Jersey in order to help attendees understand and administer the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, New Jersey Family Leave Insurance, New Jersey Temporary Disability Insurance and New Jersey Workers Compensation Act.

Ms. Roselle is Counsel in the Firm’s Labor Law and Education Law Practice Groups and Ms. Eagan is Counsel in the Firm’s  Human Resource Training & Audit Programs and Employment Law & Litigation Practice Groups.

Keith Krauss to Participate on Panel for New Jersey City University School of Business – Institute for Dispute Resolution

Counsel Keith A. Krauss will participate as a panelist for the New Jersey City University School of Business’ Institute for Dispute Resolution this afternoon in a program entitled “Redefining Risk for Family Businesses: Global Growth in the 21st Century”. Mr. Krauss will join esteemed panelists, Professor/Mediator David Weiss, Esq., Founder & Director of The Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University, Anja von Rosenstiel, Elder Law Mediator and Co-Editor of Perspektive Mediation Journal and Jennifer Brandt, Esq., Founder Brandt Law & Mediation for a discussion moderated by Honorable Barbara Byrd Wecker, (Retired Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division) on dispute resolution – mediation vs. litigation, conflict within and between family members (intergenerational, gender, cross cultural), dispute resolution mechanisms, family councils and constitutions, decision-making.

Opening remarks will be made by the Honorable Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City; Dr. Sue Henderson, President of NJCU and Michele Brown of Choose New Jersey, and will conclude with remarks from Senator Sandra Cunningham and a keynote discussion with Senator Thomas Kean.

Mr. Krauss is Chair of the Firm’s Business Law & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and Partner in the Construction Law & Litigation, Alcohol & Regulated Products Law and Intellectual Property Law Practice Groups.

Genova Burns Wins Big at Third Circuit for Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Corporation

On March 1, 2017, Genova Burns LLC secured an important victory for its important and long-standing client Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Corporation (“MONOC”) before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a hard fought four-year relatively rare type of traditional labor litigation against the Professional Emergency Medical Services Association of New Jersey, IAFF Local 4610, PFANJ, AFL-CIO (”PEMSA”).  MONOC is a non-profit company comprised of fifteen acute care hospitals throughout New Jersey. Together this shared services consortium acts as a healthcare co-operative for these acute care hospitals and the over 2.8 million residents that they serve living in more than 1,800 square miles along New Jersey’s northern, central and southern shore.  The Third Circuit’s recent decision affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of PEMSA’s claims and grant of summary judgment to MONOC, which resulted in a complete and total victory for MONOC in this litigation.  The Genova Burns LLC team was led by Partner John R. Vreeland, Esq. of the Labor Law Practice Group and Chair of the Transportation, Trucking & Logistics Law Practice Group, and Partner Harris S. Freier, Esq. of the Employment Law and Appellate Practice Groups.  This marked Mr. Freier’s second Third Circuit victory for the 2017 year.   Mr. Vreeland and Mr. Freier work closely on various matters in the transportation, trucking , security, facility management, and  hospitality industries.  Associate David A. Tango, Esq. who specializes in federal court litigation and is a member of the Labor Law practice group, was the lead associate on the case.  This case concerned claims by PEMSA under Section 301 Labor Management Relations Act (“Section 301”) alleging that MONOC improperly disciplined a number of employees in violation of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.  The collective bargaining agreement, of which Mr. Vreeland was the lead negotiator for MONOC, is unique in that it does not contain a binding grievance arbitration provision, which lead to these claims being litigated in federal court under Section 301.  This is an important victory for MONOC as it affirms MONOC’s clear and unambiguous discretion in imposing discipline under the collective bargaining agreement, including the discretion to make just cause determinations.

Mr. Vreeland is Chair of the Wage & Hour Compliance and Transportation, Trucking & Logistics Law Practice Groups and a Partner in the Labor Law Practice Group.

Mr. Freier is a Partner in the Employment Law and Appellate Practice Groups.

Mr. Tango is an Associate in the Labor Law Practice Group.

Joesph M. Hannon to Present Panel Discussion at the New Jersey Career Fire Chief’s Association 2017 Leadership Seminar

Counsel Joseph M. Hannon will present a panel discussion on building effective Labor/Management Relations from a Legal Perspective at the upcoming New Jersey Career Fire Chief’s Association (NJCFCA) 2017 Leadership Seminar on March 7th. Presenting with Mr. Hannon, who has extensive experience handling arbitrations on behalf of management, both in the public and private sector, will be Craig S. Gumpel, Esq. who represents the New Jersey State FMBA and specializes in Labor & Employment Law.

Click the following links for full agenda detail and to register.

Mr. Hannon is Counsel in the Firm’s Labor Law and Education Law Practice Groups.

Client Alert: Deadline for New Jersey’s Annual Pay-to-Play Disclosure is Approaching: Is Your Company Ready to File?

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (“ELEC”) requires each business entity that received payments of $50,000 or more (in the aggregate) as a result of government contracts during the 2016 calendar year to electronically file a Business Entity Annual Statement (“Form BE”) with ELEC no later than Thursday, March 30, 2017.
The obligation to file arises whenever payments from New Jersey government entities reach the $50,000 threshold. This includes contracts with the State of New Jersey Executive and Legislative branches, counties, municipalities, boards of education, fire districts, and independent authorities, regardless of method of award.
Additionally, detailed contract and contribution information must be disclosed whenever the business entity or a covered individual made a “reportable” contribution during 2016. A contribution is “reportable” when it exceeds $300 per reporting period. In light of these requirements, it is necessary to review personal political contributions made by a business entity’s partners, officers, and directors (and certain members of their families). Additionally, because of varying election cycles, it may be necessary to review contributions made over the course of several years to determine whether any 2016 contributions are reportable.
Companies that fail to file on time may be subject to monetary penalties. To ensure a timely and accurate filing, companies that have yet to begin preparing Form BE should not delay.
Genova Burns LLC can help your company comply with the Form BE filing requirements. Contact Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq., Chair of the Corporate Political Activity Law Group, at or 973-230-2075 or Avi D. Kelin, Esq. at or 973-646-3267.