Genova Burns LLC Celebrates Its 30th Year with Unique "Pre" Pre-Law Program for Newark High School Seniors

Law Firm Also Counts Down the 30 Most Consequential Legal Developments in New Jersey

February 12, 2019  |  By: Angelo J. Genova, Esq., James M. Burns, Esq.

As part of the Firm's 30th anniversary celebration, Genova Burns is offering a unique “pre” pre-law glimpse at the industry for 30 Newark-based high school seniors considering a career in law. In addition, our Firm is counting down the 30 most consequential legal developments in New Jersey history, with a different one published each week online as part of the debut of our new website.

Founded in 1989, Genova Burns represents local and global companies across many industries throughout New Jersey and the Northeast. Ten years ago, when several Newark law firms were leaving the City to head for the suburbs, our Firm was one of the first in New Jersey to move to Newark, leaving its Livingston headquarters, in order to be an active part of the City’s urban renaissance.

“Ten years ago, we made a bet that Newark would once again be a great business center for the region given its infrastructure and location, and we now know that our bet was right” said Angelo J. Genova, Co-Founder of Genova Burns LLC. “Newark has given so much to us and we take this landmark anniversary as another opportunity to give back to the community that has embraced us over the last decade. It is so important to us to be able to teach Newark’s youth about the legal profession at a point in their lives where they are beginning to think about potential career paths.”

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, and as an extension of its ongoing commitment to the community, Genova Burns will:

  • Recruit 30 Newark-based high school seniors, interested in pursuing the legal profession, for a bi-monthly, educational seminar series. The Firm will provide these students with a comprehensive look at the legal industry, through the eyes of the Firm’s attorneys and industry colleagues. The seminars will cover some of Genova Burns’ primary service areas, including employment, labor, commercial and business litigation, real estate, corporate political activity and election law, crisis management, government affairs and others. Outside speakers will round out the program, which is expected to launch this fall.
  • Commemorate the launch of its new website with a countdown of 30 of the most significant legal developments in New Jersey history, starting with number 30 and moving to number one. Website visitors will need to go to the Firm’s site,, each week to find out which legal event, decision or figure is next on the list.

“Since its founding, the Firm has become inextricably intertwined within the fabric of the New Jersey’s business, political and legal communities,” added Mr. Genova, “a further credit to the institutional nature of our practice and our commitment to serving the legal needs of New Jersey and the region”.

Spearheading the Firm’s 2008 relocation to Newark, co-founders Angelo Genova and Jim Burns recognized that the City represented a local element of a nationwide shift in technology and demographics. The City was ripe for urban development and had the connectivity and vibrancy that young, talented lawyers were seeking. “We saw Newark was the place for us to grow, and as a place that was connected to all of the places that talented young attorneys want to live and work. The vision and promise of that risk has been realized many times over,” says Mr. Burns.

Genova Burns has a reputation for its ability to offer a range of unsurpassed legal services in many practices areas and industries. It is truly a full-service firm on the cutting edge of market trends and opportunities with burgeoning practices like cannabis – including federal and state regulation and compliance matters – as well as extensive experience in the regulatory compliance issues of transportation and logistics law, among others. The key differentiator is the Firm’s ability to operate as a large firm; however, remain nimble enough to serve clients with an unrivaled personal approach and we can get it done culture that it has become known for over the past three decades.

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