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 Quoted in NJ.com and Star Ledger Regarding New Trump Tax Plan

Judson M. Stein, Firm Partner and Chair of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group, was quoted in recent NJ.com and Star Ledger articles discussing the new Trump tax plan.

Mr. Stein advised that, in regard to property taxes, “taxpayers can pay their last installment of their estimated 2017 taxes by Dec. 31 rather than the due date of Jan. 15.” He also noted that, regarding divorce, “someone having to pay alimony might want to reach an agreement sooner rather than later so those payments can be deducted, while the recipient will want to wait since the income will no longer be taxable.”

Click to read the full articles on NJ.com and Star Ledger.

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.

Real Estate NJ Features Jennifer Mazawey Induction as President of CREW NJ

Partner Jennifer Mazawey was quoted in a recent Real Estate NJ article which featured her induction as the Board President of CREW NJ.

“I stand before you humbled by the support of the organization and my firm and all of the support they’ve extended to me,” said Mazawey, “I’m excited for the year ahead and I’m also quite conscious of the work that has to be done.”

Thirteen other officers were also inducted to CREW NJ’s Board of Directors who will join Ms. Mazawey to set and accomplish the Chapter’s strategic goals – helping to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Founded in 1989, CREW Network is the industry’s premier business networking organization with more than 10,000 members in over 74 major markets worldwide. To read the full article, please click here.

Ms. Mazawey is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law, Environmental Law, Construction Law & Litigation, Land Use & Approvals, and Education Law Practice Groups.

Jennifer Mazawey Elected President of CREW NJ

The Firm is proud to announce that Partner Jennifer Mazawey has been elected to serve as President of CREW NJ  and will officially take office on December 18, 2017 at the organization’s annual board induction and year-end celebration in Basking Ridge. Ms. Mazawey previously held board positions with CREW NJ as President-Elect and Co-Director of Sponsorship. Please click link for full event detail.

CREW NJ is part of CREW Network and is managed by a Board of Directors that works together to set and accomplish the Chapter’s strategic goals—helping to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Founded in 1989, CREW Network is the industry’s premier business networking organization with more than 10,000 members in over 74 major markets worldwide.

Ms. Mazawey is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law, Environmental Law, Construction Law & Litigation, Land Use & Approvals, and Education Law Practice Groups.

Genova Burns Named a 2018 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers

Genova Burns LLC has been named a 2018 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

The Firm was recognized among 2018 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 2018 Tier Two New Jersey firms in Litigation: Trusts & Estates and Tier Three New Jersey firms in 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.

 

 

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.”

Click here to read full press release.

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.

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