Angelo J. Genova, Partner and firm co-founder, is a leading member of the New Jersey Bar in the practice areas of Labor and Employment Law, Election Law and Complex Litigation and Appeals. He is based in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey, office.
As a labor lawyer, Mr. Genova has represented management for several decades in traditional labor and employment law matters in the private and public sectors before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission. Mr. Genova has served four New Jersey Governors (Florio, McGreevey, Codey, Corzine) 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 The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He served a two-year term 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, including construction, financial services, telecom, utilities, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, casino and hospitality sectors, among others, in collective bargaining, traditional labor law and employment litigation.
Mr. Genova’s experience in election law and in the representation of political figures is extensive and has spanned almost three decades. Over the years, his representation in election law matters has included appearances on behalf of candidates for public office for the offices of State Assembly, City Council, Mayor, County Executive, State Senate, United States Congress, U.S. Senate, Governor, and President of the United States. Mr. Genova has served as either Chief Counsel or Special Counsel on behalf of the Democratic candidate in four general elections for Governor of the State of New Jersey (1981-1997); and on behalf of six successful gubernatorial candidates in consecutive Democratic primary elections (1977-1997).
His representation in election law matters has embraced issues related to ballot questions, ballot access, absentee ballot disputes, voter eligibility, election recounts and rechecks, federal Voting Rights Act issues, election law, campaign finance and questions pertaining to the powers and duties of election officials. In addition, such matters have required Mr. Genova to appear regularly in both federal and state courts on matters pertaining to federal and state election law during the course of each campaign as well as before the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission and the Federal Election Commission.
Mr. Genova is the co-author of The Attorney’s Guide to Recount Procedures, published in New Jersey Lawyer, April 2001. He is also the co-author of In the Election of 2002, The Voters of New Jersey Were the Winners, 27 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 77 (2002). He frequently lectures on election law and election law financing matters. He is a regular commentator on such matters on television and in the print media.
As an appellate advocate, Mr. Genova has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Courts numerous matters in a variety of practice disciplines, including employment law, labor law, municipal corporations, election law and business law resulting in several reported decisions. Among the more significant cases are New Jersey Turnpike Authority v. Local 196, 190 N.J. 283 (2007); New Jersey Transit Bus Operations, Inc. v. Amalgamated Transit Union, 187 N.J. 546 (2006); Municipal Council of the City of Newark v. James, 183 N.J. 361 (2005); Troise v. Extel Communications, Inc., 174 N.J. 375 (2002); New Jersey Democratic Party, Inc. v. Samson, 175 N.J. 178 (2002); Bergen Commercial Bank v. Sisler,157 N.J. 188 (1999) and Sammarone v. Bovino, 395 N.J. Super. 132, (App.Div.2007), cert. denied, 193 N.J. 275 (2007).
Mr. Genova is actively involved in numerous philanthropic and community activities, participating as a member of several boards in public and non-profit venues. He is a Trustee of the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, NJ Seeds, and a member of the Montclair State University Foundation. He was elected in July, 2013 to a two year term as President of the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County. He also is a Trustee of the American Conference on Diversity, the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, Volunteers of America: Delaware Valley and John Cabot University. He has served on the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark and as Chair and co-Chair of the 2007, 2008 and 2012 Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund, and he is a former Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark.
Since 1987, Mr. Genova has been listed in Best Lawyers in the areas of Commercial Litigation (includes Business Litigation) and Labor and Employment Law. Additionally, he has been recognized among the New Jersey Super Lawyers every year since 2005, and in 2008 was ranked “Top Vote Getter” as voted by his peers. He has also been named to the 2007 Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation and Labor & Employment Law) and the 2007 New Jersey Super Lawyer Top 100. He is rated AV® by Martindale Hubbell.
- New Jersey Labor and Employment Law, a publication of the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (co-editor)
- Previously served as a member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Lawyer
- How Arbitration Works (1988 Suppl., BNA, Elkouri & Elkouri) (contributor)
- Subcontractors Trade Association of New York Newsletter (contributor)
- New Jersey Association of Counties Newsletter (contributor)
- Supervisory Management, a publication of the American Management Association (contributor)
- “The Hazards of Discharging an Employee,” The Brief (ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section, July 1987).
- “Recounts, Rechecks and Election Contests: Title 19 and the Post-Election Environment” (New Jersey Lawyer the Magazine, Aug. 2008) (co-author)
- “The Right to Vote and Be Counted: A Liberty at Risk” (New Jersey Lawyer the Magazine, April 2005, Vol. No. 233) (co-author)
- “In the Election of 2002, the Voters Were the Winners” 27 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 77 (2002) (co-author)
- “The Attorney’s Guide to Recount Procedures” (New Jersey Lawyer the Magazine, April 2001) (co-author)
- New York, 1979
- New Jersey, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1981
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York, 2001
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2003
- United States Supreme Court, 2004
- Pennsylvania, 2007
Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 1978
Rutgers, The State University, M.A. (Industrial & Labor Relations), 1978
Montclair State University, B.A., 1975, cum laude