Debra Shannon, Esq. Has Joined Genova Burns LLC as Of Counsel

Genova Burns is proud to announce that Debra Shannon, Esq. has joined as Of Counsel in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office and is a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment Law & Litigation, and Government Contracting & Procurement Law Practice Groups.

Ms. Shannon is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the field of labor and employment in both private practice and as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Community Education Centers. Ms. Shannon concentrates her practice in the areas of Labor, Employment, Government Contracting, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution. She has counseled and advised her clients as to legal compliance with respect to all aspects of the employer-employee relationship including union-free/union avoidance strategies, disciplinary issues, best practices for training in the areas of discrimination and harassment and has guided her clients with regard to employee impact during the course of mergers, acquisitions, facility closings, business expansion, force reductions, and merger integrations.

Rajiv D. Parikh Named Senior Transition Counsel to Governor-Elect Phil Murphy

Governor-Elect Phil Murphy appoints Genova Burns Partner Rajiv D. Parikh to serve as Senior Counsel to his transition team. In appointing Parikh, the Governor-Elect called him one of the foremost attorneys in the state, and said, “Over the past few years, my staff and I could always rely on Raj for straightforward and accurate advice. … Raj will be vital to ensuring that our incoming administration doesn’t just live up to the letter of the law, but to its spirit as well.”

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Mr. Parikh is Co-Chair of the firm’s Hotel, Restaurant & Hospitality Industries Practice Group and Partner in the Complex Commercial LitigationIntellectual Property LawConstruction Law & LitigationCorporate Political Activity Law, and White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Internal Investigations & Corporate Ethics Practice Groups.

Angelo J. Genova & Rajiv D. Parikh Named to 2017 PolitickerNJ Power List

Genova Burns is pleased to announce that firm Chairman Angelo J. Genova and Partner Rajiv D. Parikh have been named to Observer Media’s PolitickerNJ 2017 Power List – “the definitive ranking of the top 100 movers and shakers in New Jersey politics”.

The firm congratulates Angelo, Rajiv and all the accomplished individuals who received this honor.

For the full 2017 Power List, please click here.

Brett Pugach Interviewed at New Jersey League of Municipalities Annual Conference

Brett M. Pugach discussed legal risks that are associated with social media in the workplace and advised best practices employers can use to protect themselves in an interview at The New Jersey League of Municipalities Annual Conference.

Mr. Pugach is an Associate in the firm’s Labor Law, Corporate Political Activity Law and Alcohol & Regulated Products Law Practice Groups.

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Patrick McGovern and Justine Abrams to Give Presentations at National Business Institute Seminar

Firm Partner Patrick W. McGovern and Firm Associate Justine L. Abrams will be two of the presenters at a National Business Institute seminar, “Guide to Human Resource Laws in the Workplace,” on November 14th and 15th, respectively at the Hilton Home2 Suites hotel in Hasbrouck Heights. The extensive seminar is designed to inform human resource professionals about all of the hot-button issues that they need to know to comply with the law and avoid claims and lawsuits.

Mr. McGovern’s presentation will focus on recent and anticipated developments in the areas of wage and hour and employee benefits legal issues. He will review the highlights of the Trump Administration legislative and regulatory agendas, as well as recent notable court and agency decisions in the wage and hour and employee benefits areas, developments under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and common wage and hour traps.

Ms. Abrams’ presentation will focus on workplace privacy issues.  This will include a discussion about workplace searches, monitoring and surveillance of employees’ electronic communication, social media and computer use, and workplace investigations.

The seminar has been approved by the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 14.4 hours of total CLE credit. For further information and to register, please click here.

Mr. McGovern is a Partner in the Labor Law, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Immigration Law, and Wage and Hour Compliance Practice Groups, and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Hotel, Restaurant & Hospitality Industries Practice Group.

Ms. Abrams is an Associate in the Employment Law and Litigation Practice Group and Human Resource Training and Audit programs.

Rajiv Parikh Denounces Racist Political Mailer As Voter Suppression

Firm Partner Rajiv D. Parikh was quoted in an article entitled “Edison chamber officials strongly denounce hate-filled political mailer” on the ROI-NJ website. Mr. Parikh and Edison officials firmly denounced a flyer advocating deportation of two Chinese-American and Indian-American citizens running for election for the Edison school board.

Mr. Parikh, who is also general counsel to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, said that the committee views the mailer as an attempt to suppress the vote, which he said it takes very seriously.

“Sending something like that is sending a message to the voters that they are somehow different,” Mr. Parikh said. “The bottom line is, anyone who has the right to vote in this election on Tuesday (November 7th) should.”

The entire article can be found here.

Mr. Parikh is Co-Chair of the firm’s Hotel, Restaurant & Hospitality Industries Practice Group and Partner in the Complex Commercial LitigationIntellectual Property LawConstruction Law & LitigationCorporate Political Activity Law, and White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Internal Investigations & Corporate Ethics Practice Groups.

Rebecca Moll Freed to Present CLE Program at New Jersey Hospital Association on November 3rd

Firm Partner Rebecca Moll Freed will give a Continuing Legal Education presentation entitled “Implementing and Managing an Ethical and Effective Political Activity Compliance Program” at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton on Friday, November 3rd. Ms. Freed will provide the CLE to in-house counsel at New Jersey hospitals and health systems.

With New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial election right around the corner and Congressional mid-term elections not too far beyond, Ms. Freed’s program is very timely. During her interactive program, not only will in-house health and hospital counsel obtain ethics credits, but they will also learn how to balance the “Do’s and Don’ts” of Political Activity Compliance with their ethical obligations as attorneys.

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

Dina M. Mastellone Honored by Rodino Society of Seton Hall Law School

Genova Burns is pleased to congratulate Partner Dina M. Mastellone, who has been named the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Achievement Award by the Rodino Society of Seton Hall Law School, in recognition of her outstanding leadership, compassion, integrity, and service to the cause of attorney professionalism and equality. Ms. Mastellone was honored at a banquet November 1st at the Robert Treat Hotel.

The Rodino Society’s mission is to uphold the legacy of Congressman Rodino by promoting and supporting the endeavors of attorneys and judges while celebrating Italian-American heritage.

Ms. Mastellone is Chair of the Human Resource Training & Audit Programs Group and a Partner in the Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group.