Genova Burns Spreads Holiday Cheer Through Jersey Cares Frosty’s Friends Program

For the fifth consecutive year, Genova Burns participated in Jersey Cares Frosty’s Friends program, which gives volunteers the opportunity to directly help children ages 4 -16 in need during the holiday season.

Through the program, volunteers at Genova Burns received letters and holiday wish lists written by children and responded to their requests with gifts and school supplies in an effort to spread holiday cheer this season.

Children receiving gifts from Frosty’s Friends come from shelters, transitional housing facilities and schools in the Newark area.

For more information on the program, please click here.


“Let’s Write a Will” ICLE Program to Feature Judson Stein as Moderator and Joseph Bottitta as Panelist

On December 14th Partner Judson Stein and of Counsel Joseph Bottitta will participate in a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) program entitled “Let’s Write a Will.”

This popular program, moderated by Judson Stein, is designed for general practitioners, new attorneys, and support staff who have little or no experience in Will drafting. The panel will show attendees how to build clauses and write Wills that can make a client’s wishes a reality. Register now to learn what questions to ask, how to ask them, and become aware of the ethical dilemmas you should avoid.

Judson Stein is Director of the Firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group and a member of the Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group.

Joseph Bottitta serves as Ethics Counsel to the Firm. He is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Business Law & Commercial TransactionsAlternate Dispute Resolution and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups.

Watch Herb Klein in Recent Guest Appearance on Building New York

Firm Of Counsel, Herbert C. Klein, recently appeared as a guest on New York’s only weekly television broadcast, Building New York. The program is hosted by Michael Stoler and features lively conversation with local and national leaders responsible for real estate activities in the Metropolitan region.

Click here or the picture below to watch Mr. Klein’s full guest appearance.

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Patrick McGovern and Dina Mastellone to Present “Human Resource Law from A to Z” for National Business Institute

Firm Partners Patrick W. McGovern and Dina M. Mastellone will present at the National Business Institute seminar entitled “Human Resource Law from A to Z” in Saddle Brook, NJ.

The two-day seminar to be  held on December 8 and December 9, 2015 will cover hot-button issues in human resources law of interest to HR professionals, attorneys and paralegals.  Experienced faculty will take participants through the critical legal issues businesses need to know from hiring to firing – including wages and benefits, workplace privacy and safety, discrimination, and more.

On December 8, Mr. McGovern will lead the discussion, “Wage and Benefits Issues” and Ms. Mastellone will lead the discussion, “Imperative Information That Every Employee Handbook Should Contain.”

To learn more about this seminar and for registration and CLE/professional development certification information, please click here.

Dina M. Mastellone to Lead Discussion at the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s Roundtable for Millennials

Dina M. Mastellone, Partner and Director of the Human Resources Training & Audit Programs Group, will lead a roundtable discussion on December 3, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s Roundtable for Millennials sponsored by the NJWLA’s Young Lawyers Committee.

The event will include a candid discussion between multi-generational attorneys to share their perspectives on working with “Millennial” attorneys and how to cultivate a new generation of leaders.

Ms. Mastellone is a member of Board of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and is Co-Chair of NJWLA’s 9th Annual WILL Platinum Gala to be held on March 22, 2016 at The Grove in Cedar Grove. For more information on the NJWLA’s Roundtable for Millennials and the 9th Annual WILL Platinum Gala, please visit

Genova Burns Named a 2016 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

Genova Burns LLC has been named a 2016 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

The Firm was recognized among 2016 Tier One New Jersey law firms in five Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation, Employment Law for Management, Labor Law for Management, Labor & Employment Litigation and Trusts & Estates Law. The Firm was also recognized among 2016 Tier Three New Jersey firms in two Practice Areas: Trusts & Estates Litigation and Real Estate Law.

Rankings are based on surveys of clients and lawyers who were asked to comment on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, civility and other qualities; and on peer review from leading attorneys in the field, who were asked whether they would refer a matter to the firm and whether they consider the firm a worthy competitor.

Joseph M. Hannon to Present at 100th Annual NJ State League of Municipalities Conference

Firm Counsel Joseph M. Hannon will lead two sessions entitled “The Sun is Not Setting on c. 78” and “Interest Arbitration Update” at the 100th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference on November 18 and 19 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

The session entitled “The Sun is Not Setting on c. 78” will focus on the sunset provision on Chapter 78 health benefits that took effect in June 2015 and how it operates for both union and non-union employees.  Mr, Hannon will specifically concentrate on how to handle negotiations in light of the current sunset provision once employees reach Tier 4 of the Chapter 78 benefits.  The session will also discuss strategies for negotiation in the response to the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax”, coming into effect in 2018.

The session entitled “Interest Arbitration Update” will cover current status and trends in interest arbitration, law enforcement and firefighting units.

For more information on the sessions and full program for the Conference, please click here.

Joseph M. Hannon, Counsel at the Firm, is a member of the Labor Law and Education Law Practice Groups.

Keith Krauss on Panel at Annual Tax Seminar

Firm Counsel Keith A. Krauss will participate on a panel entitled “Business Exit Strategies for Closely Held Businesses” at the upcoming New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants Annual Tax Seminar at Bergen Community College. Mr. Krauss will join his co-panelists in an informative discussion on mergers and acquisitions, gifts and trusts and employee stock ownership plans. The panel will also delve into liquidating events such as selling one’s business and how to grow one’s business in anticipation of a liquidating event.

For further information and to register, please click here. This seminar has been approved for 6 CPE credits in taxation.

Keith Krauss is Director of the Firm’s Business Law & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and a member of the Construction Law & Litigation, Alcohol & Regulated Products and Intellectual Property Law Practice Groups.

Dina M. Mastellone Panelist at New Jersey State Bar Association’s Mid-Year Meeting in New Orleans

Dina M. Mastellone, Partner and Director of the Human Resource Training and Audit Programs Practice Group, will present at New Jersey State Bar’s Mid-Year Meeting in New Orleans, LA on November 6, 2015. Ms. Mastellone will take part in the meeting’s Labor and Employment Law panel entitled “An Update on Garden State Law from the Crescent City”, which will provide attendees with an update on recent New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division employment law decisions released at the end of this most recent term. For more information on the NJSBA’s Mid-Year Meeting, please click here.

Joseph Bottitta Appointed to Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Uniform Bar Examination

Joseph A. Bottitta, Ethics Counsel to the Firm, has been appointed to serve on the recently formed Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination. A Law360 article announcing formation of the committee stated that it “has been formed to “to study the possibility of using the National Conference of Bar Examiner test, which will “significantly affect” New Jersey bar exam applicants because about half of them also test in New York, according to a statement from the New Jersey Judiciary on Wednesday.”

“The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering replacing the state’s existing bar examination with a standardized version of the test, a measure that was adopted in New York this year and would allow those who pass to practice in other states that use the test.”

Mr. Bottitta, former President of the New Jersey State Bar Association and Essex County Bar Association, has also been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions to review the recent American Bar Association (ABA) amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and standards for admission to practice law for attorneys from other jurisdictions.

Joseph Bottitta, of Counsel to the Firm, is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Business Law & Commercial Transactions, and Alternate Dispute Resolution and Trusts and Estates Practice Groups.

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