Genova Burns, LLC, is proud to announce that Mario V. Mirabelli, Of Counsel, has received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy. The highest ranking honor of the Italian Republic, the Order of Merit is awarded for "merit acquired by the nation" in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities.
The Order of Merit with decoration of “Cavaliere” (OMRI) has been bestowed on Mr. Mirabelli by decree of Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic, as head of the orders of knighthood; it is traditionally awarded on June 2, the anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Italy.
“To receive this great honor from the country of my ancestors is truly humbling,” said Mr. Mirabelli. “Like many Italian Americans, I have reaped the rewards of previous generations who came to this country, worked hard and made great sacrifices to improve their own lives and those of their children. It is my privilege to give back to the country from whence my forefathers, and those of many of my friends and colleagues originally came.”
Mr. Mirabelli was presented this honor by the Italian Ambassador to the United States , Claudio Bisogniero, at the Italian Embassy in the District of Columbia.
Since 2002, Mr. Mirabelli has been the President of The John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to awarding scholarships for higher education to students who are natives of Calabria, Italy. To date, over 1300 scholarships have been given to Calabrian students by this Foundation. Mr. Mirabelli is also a former Treasurer and Board member of The National Italian American Foundation, Inc.
Based in Genova Burns’s Washington, D.C. office, Mr. Mirabelli is a member of the Business Law & Commercial Transactions and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. He has advised clients on transactional, administrative, litigation and enforcement matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as public and private corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, trade regulation and banking matters.