Patrick McGovern and Jennifer Roselle to Present for New Jersey Land Improvement Contractors

Partner Patrick W. McGovern and Counsel Jennifer Roselle will present a program entitled “Employer & Employee Duties and Rights” for the New Jersey Land Improvement Contractors’ Winter Conference on Thursday, March 15th.

Mr. McGovern and Ms. Roselle will focus their presentation on  the below topics:

o What Construction Industry Employers Need to Know Wage-Hour Laws (covering what are hours worked, exempt vs. non-exempt employees and overtime requirements, minimum wages, rounding, commuting time, off the clock hours, record keeping)

o Labor Law Changes Introduced So Far by the Trump Administration … and What We Can Expect Later in 2018

o Introduction to NJ Prevailing Wage Law (covering what work is covered by PWL, benefits supplements, applicable wage determinations, drive time)

o A Legally Compliant Application, Interview and Hiring Process (covering the EEO laws, Fair Credit and Reporting Act, ban-the-box law, drug-testing, the I-9 process, and E.O. 11246)

Mr. McGovern is Partner in the firm’s Labor LawEmployee Benefits and Executive CompensationImmigration Law, and Wage and Hour Compliance Practice Groups, and Co-Chair of the firm’s Hotel, Restaurant & Hospitality Industries Practice Group.

Ms. Roselle is Counsel in the firm’s Labor Law, Education Law and Cannabis Law Practice Groups.

Eugene T. Paolino and Jennifer Mazawey to Present at 6th Annual New Jersey Gold Coast Investment Summit

Partner Eugene T. Paolino and Jennifer Mazawey are scheduled to present at the 6th Annual New Jersey Gold Coast Investment Summit at Maritime Parc in Jersey City on March 13th. Mr. Paolino will interview Mack-Cali CEO Michael J. DeMarco at the Morning Keynote Interview and Ms. Mazawey will participate on the Women in Commercial Real Estate: Awareness, Leadership, Mentoring panel. This Summit will convene the most active developers, investors, debt sources, brokers, equity sources and consultants for discussion, debate and networking.

For further event information and to register, please click here.

Mr. Paolino is a Partner in the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & RedevelopmentEducation LawBusiness Law & Commercial Transactions and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups and Ms. Mazawey is a Partner in the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & RedevelopmentEnvironmental LawLand Use & ApprovalsConstruction Law & Litigation, and Education Law Practice Groups.

Jennifer Mazawey to Serve as Panelist for Society for Marketing Professional Services Annual Principal’s Breakfast

On March 13th, Partner Jennifer Mazawey will serve as a panelist for the Society for Marketing Professional Services – New York (SMPS) Annual Principal’s Breakfast: What’s Next in the AEC Forecast, held in partnership with Professional Women in Construction (PWC). Ms. Mazawey will join an esteemed panel to share an insightful look at real estate & construction industry trends including current statistics and future trends affecting the AEC market and opportunities predicted within each specific sector. Attendees will learn how to leverage their firm’s expertise toward the trends of the future—from re-positioning existing building stock to accommodate new business types, to planning much-needed technology and communications infrastructure.

For registration and additional program details, please click here.

Ms. Mazawey is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & RedevelopmentEnvironmental LawLand Use & ApprovalsConstruction Law & Litigation, and Education Law Practice Groups.


Rajiv D. Parikh to Participate in Gun Control Discussion

Genova Burns Partner Rajiv D. Parikh will be part of a panel discussion on “Gun Control in America – A Divisive Debate” on TV Asia on Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the TV Asia Auditorium on 76 National Road in Edison. Mr. Parikh will be joined by State Senator Vin Gopal, Congressional candidate Hirsh Singh and others.

For registration, please contact


John Petrella to Speak at NJICLE 2018 Labor & Employment Law Forum

Firm Partner John C. Petrella, Chair of the firm’s Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group, will join a panel of some of the State’s leading legal practitioners at a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled the “2018 Labor and Employment Law Forum”. This program, presented in conjunction with the New Jersey State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, will provide attendees with concrete knowledge and practical insights into the year’s most recent developments, hear case law update, learn insights into trade secrets and non-compete matters, and gain valuable insights about employment litigation and how to best settle cases. Mr. Petrella will join his fellow panelists to provide attendees new insights they can apply to their practices and cases.

The event is scheduled to take place February 28th at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin and has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.7 hours of total CLE credit.

For registration information, please click here.

Dina Mastellone Named Best 50 Women in Business 2018 by NJBIZ

Genova Burns is proud to announce that Firm Partner Dina Mastellone has been named one of New Jersey’s 2018 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s preeminent business news publication.

The Best 50 Women in Business awards program honors New Jersey’s most dynamic women in business that have been making headlines in their field. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision making in a for-profit company. An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women.

For more information about the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business awards program or to reserve seats to the event, please click here.

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

Partner Dina M. Mastellone to Present Seminar on Harassment & Marijuana In The Workplace to the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers

Dina M. Mastellone, Chair of Genova Burns’ Human Resource Training & Audit Programs Group and Partner in the Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group, will present a timely seminar on Harassment & Marijuana In The Workplace to members of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJCAR) on the topic on January 27, 2018 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The presentation will discuss practical tips on how to avoid claims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace and the impact on the use of marijuana in the workplace on Drug Testing Policies. For further information about the seminar, please click here.


Jennifer Borek and Lawrence Bluestone Secure Dismissal of Condemnation Action

Firm attorneys Jennifer Borek and Lawrence Bluestone secured the dismissal of a condemnation action filed by the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) against firm client 297 Communipaw Avenue LLC (Communipaw).   After an evidentiary hearing, the Court concluded that the JCRA acted in “bad faith” and without any rational basis in initiating the condemnation against only one lot of a larger assembled property owned by Communipaw.  The Court found the JCRA’s justification for its actions—the need to relocate tenants on that lot—to be unpersuasive because the JCRA had taken no “significant action to relocate or even contact the residents.”  For the Court’s written decision, please click here.

William F. Harrison to Participate on Panel at The American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter 2018 New Jersey Planning Conference

Partner William F. Harrison will participate on a panel session entitled “Big “R”, little “r”: 2017 Highlights of Redevelopment and redevelopment” at The American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter 2018 New Jersey Planning Conference on Thursday, January 25th. The panel will focus on big “R” and little “r” redevelopment projects from around New Jersey, including their processes, challenges and how they were overcome, creative solutions, partnerships, public perception, planning strategies, and zoning. Discussing a range of projects from their communities, the panel will highlight these topics and more — and answer attendees questions regarding hometown projects. For more information and to register, please click here.

William F. Harrison is Chair of the Firm’s Environmental Law and Land Use & Approvals Practice Groups and a Partner in the Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment and Alcohol & Regulated Products Law Practice Groups.

Judson Stein Featured on The Stoler Report: “Tax Reform Act & Its Effect on the Individual”

Partner Judson M. Stein recently appeared on an episode of The Stoler Report entitled “The Tax Reform Act and Its Effect on the Individual” airing on CUNY TV. Mr. Stein joined his co-panelist Robert H. Charron, of Friedman LLP,  in a discussion regarding who can expect to benefit from the new Tax Reform Act. Both acknowledged that while it’s difficult to generalize, they agree it will be “really good for corporations” citing that the increased Standard Deduction may help. Other changes discussed include the 529 Plan, estate taxes, the $10,000 cap on mortgage and state and local taxes and more.

To watch the full episode, click above or tune in per the below schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 10 – 2:30 pm, 10:30 pm
  • Friday, January 12 – 5:30 am
  • Sunday, January 14 – 12:30 am

Mr. Stein is the Chair of the Firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group and a Partner in the Non-Profit & Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Group.

The Stoler Report, Real Estate Trends in the Tri-State Region, New York’s only television broadcast featuring real estate and business leaders, began its first season on television and CUNY TV in September, 2003. Hosted by Michael R. Stoler, the weekly program features lively round-table discussions of topical issues in the world of real estate.


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