Angelo J. Genova

Angelo J. Genova, Senior Partner, Co-Founder and Chairman of the firm, has extensive experience in complex civil and business litigation, employment litigation, labor law, government contracts and procurement law, political law and appellate advocacy.

Reflecting his career commitment to the foremost in ethical standards, Mr. Genova was recently honored by the Essex County Bar Association  with its 2014 Achievement Award for Civil Trial Attorney, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting integrity, professionalism, zealous advocacy and the fair administration of justice in the Essex County legal community and the legal profession generally. In 2014 he was also the recipient of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey’s “Good Guy” award, which recognizes New Jersey men who support, encourage, mentor and assist women in their advancement in professional and political life. Politicker NJ has consistently named Mr. Genova to its annual Power List, most recently in 2014 and 2013, calling him one of the “most deadly courtroom lawyers in the State.”

Over the years, Mr. Genova has been selected as a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” by his peers, having been named the “Top Vote Getter” in 2008 and 2010, “Number 3 Vote Getter” in 2011, and consistently named in the “Top 100” or “Top Ten” categories since 2005. Since 1987, he has been named by “Best Lawyers” in the categories of Business Litigation and Labor and Employment Law.  Chambers USA has placed him among its Leading Lawyers for Business Litigation and Labor and Employment Law.  He is rated AV® by Martindale Hubbell.  He was named by Human Resources Executive Magazine as among the nation’s “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys for 2013.”  Mr. Genova was also named to Law Dragon® Top 20 in Traditional Labor and Employment Law in 2013.

Experience:

Recent Litigations:

• From trial through appeals, Mr. Genova successfully prosecuted as co-counsel a significant defamation and extortion case on behalf of a client who was the target of a defamatory internet campaign, securing a rare post adjudication injunction against such conduct in the future.
• In 2013, Mr. Genova successfully defended a candidate for New Jersey Assembly from an effort to remove him from the ballot for alleged violations of the Hatch Act.
• Mr. Genova successfully represented a professional hockey team and arena management organization in a commercial arbitration resulting in an $81 million dollar award against the Newark Housing Authority in rent set-offs for the duration of his client’s 30 year lease.
• Since 2012, Mr. Genova represented a major international engineering firm in connection with procurement and related vendor eligibility issues before numerous state and bi-state agencies emanating from his client’s entry into a deferred prosecution agreement with the federal government.
• In 2012, Mr. Genova represented the campaign of President Barack Obama, successfully defending against an effort to remove the President from the New Jersey primary election ballot because of alleged “birther” claims.
• Mr. Genova successfully represented the Democratic National Committee, preserving a 28 year standing order of the United States District Court, enjoining discriminatory ballot security measures whose purpose or effect is to suppress minority voter participation (Mr. Genova originally negotiated this standing order for this longtime client, and has repeatedly advocated for its enforcement over the last three decades).
• In 2012, Mr. Genova represented the operator of New Jersey’s largest horse racing venue, the Meadowlands, who determined to ban the participation of a horse trainer at the facility.
• In 2012, Mr. Genova successfully defended the majority members of the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission in a challenge to the legislative district map adopted at the decennial census by the Commission.
• Mr. Genova successfully defended the President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities from a “whistleblower” action initiated by the agency’s chief fiscal officer, securing a post-trial, directed verdict in his client’s favor.
• In 2010, Mr. Genova served as co-counsel on behalf of United States Senator Robert Menendez, rebuffing an effort to recall the Senator from office.
• In 2010, Mr. Genova served as lead counsel on behalf of a major developer, successfully withstanding efforts to deprive the developer from exercising its development rights at a strategically located development site at the foot of the George Washington Bridge.

Other publicly reported and significant representations include:

• The successful appeal and vacating of a multimillion dollar judgment of divorce on behalf of former NFL standout Michael Strahan.
• The successful representation of former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg resulting in a judgment allowing for him to replace former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli, who resigned as a candidate, on the ballot after the statutory deadline for doing so had expired.
• The successful representation of Leona Helmsley’s personal chef, who was permitted to pursue claims against a developer for a real estate commission despite the chef not being licensed as a real estate broker.
• Served as special labor counsel on behalf of the State of New Jersey and representative on behalf of former New Jersey Governors James J. Florio, James E. McGreevey and Jon S. Corzine in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions representing the State’s 50,000 plus employees, negotiating, in 2007, the first ever requirement that state employees contribute a percentage of salary towards the cost of health care, resulting in millions of dollars of savings to the public.
• Served as counsel or special counsel to the 1980 N.J. Congressional Redistricting Commission; the 1990 N.J. Legislative Apportionment Commission; the 2000 N.J. Legislative Apportionment Commission and the 2010 N.J. Legislative Apportionment Commission.

Labor and Employment

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. His Labor and Employment practice includes clients in a diverse array of industries, including construction, financial services, telecom, utilities, manufacturing, government, transportation, healthcare, casino and hospitality sectors, among others, in collective bargaining, traditional labor law, employment litigation and the negotiation of project labor agreements.

Political and Campaign Finance Law

Mr. Genova’s experience in election law and in the representation of political figures is extensive and has spanned almost  three  decades.  He has represented candidates for public office for the offices of State Legislature, City Council, Mayor, County Executive, United States Congress, U.S. Senate, Governor, and President of the United States, and/or their respective campaigns.

His representation in election law matters includes ballot questions, ballot  access,  absentee  ballot  disputes,  voter  eligibility,  election  recounts  and  rechecks, Voting Rights Act issues, election law, campaign finance and questions pertaining to the powers and duties of election officials. Such matters have required Mr. Genova to appear in both federal and state courts as well as before the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission and the Federal Election Commission.

Appeals

As an appellate advocate, Mr. Genova appears regularly before the New Jersey Supreme Court and  Appellate  Courts  in  a  variety of  practice  disciplines,  including employment law, labor law, municipal corporations, election law and business law.  Among the more significant cases in which he has appeared 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, N.J. 188 (1999); Sammarone v. Bovino, 395 N.J. Super. 132, (App. Div.2007), cert. denied, 193 N.J. 275 (2007); Democratic National Committee v. Republican National Committee, 673 F3D 192 (3rd Cir. N.J. 2012); Unpublished Opinions: Perna v. New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 4257 (N.J. 2012); Potena v. State Bd. of Pub. Utils., 2011 N.J. Super. Unpub. Lexis 1887 (App.Div. July 14, 2011).

Community and Public Service

Mr. Genova has been active in numerous philanthropic and community activities, participating as a  member  of  several  boards.  In 1991, he served as Chairman of the New Jersey Urban Development Corporation. From 2003-2007 he served as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 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, Rome, Italy.  He has served 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.

Publications:

• “What is an Abstention under the Municipal Vacancy Law?” (New Jersey League of Municipalities, October 2013) (co-author)

• “Policies, Procedures and Protections: Why Every Dealership Should Have an  Employee Handbook” (New Jersey Auto Retailer Magazine, Summer 2013) (co-author)

• “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” (The New Jersey Lawyer, April 2005) (co-author).

• “Pay-to-Play: Political Contributors Doing Business with the Government Must Beware” (New Jersey League of Municipalities Magazine and the New Jersey Business and Industry Magazine, 2004) (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)

• How Arbitration Works (1988 Suppl., BNA, Elkouri & Elkouri) (contributor)

• “The Hazards of Discharging an Employee,” The Brief (ABA Tort & Insurance Practice Section, July 1987).

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1979
  • New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 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

Education

  • 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