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August 5, 2020

Real Estate NJ: Relaxed deadlines could bring new attention, momentum to Opportunity Zone projects

Francis J. Giantomasi and Bozena M. Diaz were featured in a Real Estate NJ article discussing the state of New Jersey's Opportunity Zone marketplace in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as recent steps taken by the Internal Revenue Service to sustain the program's momentum and investors' appetite for 1031 exchanges as an alternative amid the uncertainty. ...READ MORE

 
August 3, 2020

COMMERCE Magazine: Managing Risk and Avoiding Liability During COVID-19

Christopher R. Paldino was featured in a COMMERCE Magazine editorial roundtable posing the question to legal leaders across the State, "How are you advising clients to avoid legal risks during the pandemic? Strategies? Best practices?" ...READ MORE

 
July 17, 2020

New Jersey Law Journal: Diversity and Inclusion - What Your Law Firm Can Do

Jenny Chung, Associate with CSG's Litigation Group and President of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, was featured in a New Jersey Law Journal article discussing measures law firms can adopt to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace.  ...READ MORE

 
July 13, 2020

ROI-NJ: N.J.'s solar sector worried about future as incentives transition, but hopeful that clean-energy goals will lead to clarity

Stephen A. Kisker and John G. Valeri were featured in a ROI-NJ article discussing the current state of New Jersey's solar market – including the State's transition away from the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) program; its temporary successor incentive, Transition Renewable Energy Certificates (TRECs), and the interest it has generated; and what the Murphy administration's renewable energy priorities signal for the sector's future. ...READ MORE

 
June 25, 2020

Mazars Food for Talk Podcast: A Conversation with Ed Stevenson

Edward B. Stevenson, Co-Chair of CSG's Corporate & Securities Group, was featured on Mazars' Food for Talk Podcast. In a wide ranging interview, he and podcast host Howard Dorman, National Sector Leader for the Mazars USA Food & Beverage Group, discuss CSG's response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the current middle market M&A landscape and contractual protections likely to arise from the pandemic. The conversation also delves into CSG's commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as several charitable initiatives the firm has recently participated in. ...READ MORE

 
June 9, 2020

New Jersey Business Magazine: Law Firms Prove Vital for High-Tech Startups

Rhonda Carniol and Dorit F. Kressel were featured in a New Jersey Business Magazine article discussing the attorney's role as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and the many ways that law firms assist start-up businesses. As part of the discussion, they outline operational considerations and potential funding sources for high-tech companies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ...READ MORE

 
June 8, 2020

ROI-NJ: Land bank law can help relieve stress on economy hurt by COVID-19

In an op-ed for ROI-NJ, Jason Holt urges prudent municipal leaders and real estate developers to consider the July 2019 New Jersey Land Bank Law as a tool to aid in the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...READ MORE

 
June 3, 2020

ROI-NJ: State to offer restaurants temp permits to serve alcohol on expanded outdoor seating areas

With the long-awaited reopening of outdoor dining in New Jersey right around the corner on June 15, the State has announced a temporary permit allowing restaurants to serve alchohol within expanded outdoor seating areas. ...READ MORE

 
May 28, 2020

NJ.com: Is coronavirus straining marriages? N.J. divorce lawyers predict a wave of pandemic splits

Tremain L. Stanley was featured in a NJ.com story titled, "Is coronavirus straining marriages? N.J. divorce lawyers predict a wave of pandemic splits," discussing the myriad factors contributing to high marital stress throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic. "The stress of an unhappy marriage will come to light in a time like this," she notes. "For people who were undecided before, that decision has become clear." ...READ MORE

 
May 15, 2020

NJ ChamberEdge: The Post-Pandemic Workplace Will Look Like This

Daniel A. Schwartz, CSG's Managing Member, was featured in an editorial roundtable in the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's May 2020 issue of ChamberEdge alongside fellow business leaders from across the State sharing his post-COVID-19 workplace predictions and strategies. ...READ MORE

 
May 15, 2020

COMMERCE Magazine: The Recipe for Success Can Be Complicated by Relationships

Steven A. Loeb was featured in a COMMERCE Magazine editorial roundtable alongside accounting, banking and legal executives providing financial, legal and management best practices and strategies for New Jersey-based family businesses. ...READ MORE

 
May 8, 2020

ROI-NJ: Virtual reality: Land use, zoning approvals enter uncharted waters as in-person meetings are forced online by COVID pandemic

Lisa A. John-Basta was featured in a ROI-NJ story discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the land use and zoning approval process as it goes virtual. She shares her concerns – primarily around potential limitations in public involvement and subsequent application appeals – saying, "Ultimately, it’s up to clients whether to proceed or not. But, when applications pending are less generic and more controversial in nature, we’re recommending to defer until we can have in-person meetings again.” ...READ MORE

 
April 28, 2020

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: 4 ways to interpret construction contracts amid coronavirus

Michelle A. Schaap was featured in a ConstructionDIVE story exploring the forms of relief contractors and subcontractors might be able to find in their construction agreements from issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...READ MORE

 
April 22, 2020

ROI-NJ: Environmental lawyer reflects on 50th anniversary of NEPA

Dennis M. Toft, Chair of CSG's Environmental Group, was published in ROI-NJ with an op-ed reflecting on his early career, the tone-setting decade that was the 1970s for the environmental movement and how the past 50 years should inform the next generation of environmental laws. ...READ MORE

 
April 7, 2020

The Business of Environment Podcast: Blending Legal and Environmental Expertise

David J. Mairo was featured on Envision Environmental, Inc.'s The Business of Environment podcast discussing how to strike an appropriate balance between the technical and legal sides of environmental issues such as site remediation, land use, real estate transactions and regulatory compliance to achieve results clients, regulators and other stakeholders can agree on. Throughout the episode, Dave also touches upon best practices when managing ever-changing environmental regulations, when to call an environmental attorney, Brownfield redevelopment and considerations to keep in mind when acquiring a property. ...READ MORE

 
April 6, 2020

Food Dive: Coronavirus casts a spotlight on risks facing food workers, employers

Edward B. Stevenson, Co-Chair of CSG's Corporate & Securities Group, was featured in a Food Dive story discussing the impact of coronavirus on the CPG and food and beverage manufacturing sectors. ...READ MORE

 
March 31, 2020

ROI-NJ: Ask the Experts - Do employees have to use PTO if they can't work?

Employment attorney, Margaret O'Rourke Wood, was featured in an ROI-NJ Q&A posing the question, "Would employees be obliged to use their personal time off or vacation days if they can't work for a period of time?" ...READ MORE

 
March 26, 2020

New Jersey Law Journal: The Estate Planning Attorney's Role in Establishing Testamentary Capacity

Roxanna E. Hammett was published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article, "The Estate Planning Attorney's Role in Establishing Testamentary Capacity," discussing the definition of testamentary capacity, how it compares to other capacities under the law, the factors that a court will look to in determining whether the testator had sufficient capacity to make a Will, the burden of proof in cases alleging diminished capacity, and relevant New Jersey case law. ...READ MORE

 
March 24, 2020

Franchise Secrets: How Franchisees Can Navigate Lease Issues During COVID-19

Eric M. Finkelstein was featured on the Franchise Secrets podcast discussing COVID-19 and its current and future impact on the national retail franchise leasing market. Throughout the conversation, he and podcast host Erik Van Horn cover a variety of challenges facing landlords and tenants alike, including rent relief, contractual obligations and commercial eviction moratoriums. ...READ MORE

 
March 13, 2020

New Jersey Law Journal: NJ's Toys 'R' Us Bill: A Bellwether of Change Across the Nation?

Catherine P. Wells and Stephen T. Scirocco were published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article, "NJ's Toys 'R' Us Bill: A Bellwether of Change Across the Nation?", discussing the recent amendment to New Jersey’s Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Act, otherwise known as the "mini-WARN Act," signed into law by Governor Murphy on January 21, 2020.  ...READ MORE

 
March 5, 2020

ROI-NJ: Not as easy as ABC: Ex-state attorney, now with CSG, explains N.J. liquor license issues - and how lawyers can help

Following her arrival to CSG, Lisa R. Barata sat with ROI-NJ for a wide-ranging interview discussing her move to the firm, the state of liquor licensing in New Jersey and how she plans on assisting the business community in navigating the regulatory environment surrounding the manufacture, wholesale distribution and retail sale of alcoholic beverages.  ...READ MORE

 
February 24, 2020

NJBIZ: Sharper focus

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February 19, 2020

The Grief Coach Podcast: Talking About Wills Won't Kill You

Roxanna E. Hammett was featured on The Grief Coach Podcast discussing end-of-life paperwork for millenials. Over the course of the 38-minute interview, she and podcast host Brooke James cover what millennials need to know about wills; why wills are important to have, even without assets; how millenials can convince their parents to make a will; and what happens when a parent dies without a will in place.  ...READ MORE

 
February 10, 2020

Leasing News: Legislation Requiring Truth-in Lending-Type Disclosures by Small Business Lenders and Brokers Re-Introduced in New Jersey

Robert L. Hornby was published in Leasing News with an article, "Legislation Requiring Truth-in Lending-Type Disclosures by Small Business Lenders and Brokers Re-Introduced in New Jersey," discussing New Jersey's Senate Bill S233, which would require certain new disclosures by providers of small business financing.  ...READ MORE

 
February 10, 2020

The Case for Litigation Funding for Commercial Lawsuits

As with most large law firms, our transactional attorneys have counseled clients on an endless variety of commercial finance and M&A transactions, touching every point of the capital structure of the companies involved. Most of these transactions would not have been consummated absent the availability of debt and equity financing, the pricing, structure and security for which have been as varied as the transactions themselves. The most financeable deals, typically involving a modest degree of leverage and assets that were relatively liquid or whose value did not fluctuate substantially, were rewarded with non-recourse financing. In those instances, lenders assumed risks characteristically associated with equity ownership and did so without demanding outsize returns, due in large part to the quality of the assets that served as collateral. Perhaps the most common type of asset that garners non-recourse financing is non-industrial, commercial real estate with a rental stream that results in a high debt service coverage ratio. ...READ MORE

 
January 23, 2020

Real Estate NJ: 2020 Market Forecast

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in Real Estate NJ's 2020 Market Forecast sharing his prediction for the State's real estate sector for the year to come.  ...READ MORE

 
January 16, 2020

ACAMS moneylaundering.com: U.S. Asset Forfeiture Tools of 'Last Resort' Now in Play Against Chinese Banks

Shirley U. Emehelu was featured in an ACAMS moneylaundering.com article titled, “U.S. Asset Forfeiture Tools of ‘Last Resort’ Now in Play Against Chinese Banks,” discussing the use of Section 981(k) of the U.S. Patriot Act, as well as other trends in the U.S. Department of Justice’s use of forfeiture powers in defending against unscrupulous Chinese lenders. ...READ MORE

 
January 15, 2020

ConstructionDIVE: Skanska selects third-party cybersecurity firm

Michelle A. Schaap was featured in a ConstructionDIVE story discussing Skanska's transition to a third-party automated penetration testing platform as it endeavors to streamline and automate its cybersecurity efforts. In the article, Michelle lends her insight into several factors that make construction companies and developers susceptible to cyber attacks as well as best practices to help mitigate risk. ...READ MORE

 
January 1, 2020

Law360: White Collar Cases to Watch in 2020

Shirley U. Emehelu was featured in a Law360 article titled, "White Collar Cases to Watch in 2020," where she predicts that sanctions enforcement will be a hot trend in 2020 marked by the continued scrutiny of Chinese banks with correspondent banking relationships in the United States. ...READ MORE

 
December 12, 2019

NJ ChamberEdge: This Holiday Season, N.J. Chamber Members Pay Tribute to Their Mentors

Melissa A. Salimbene was featured in an editorial roundtable in the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's December 2019 issue of ChamberEdge alongside fellow business leaders from across the state sharing the value that her mentor, Catherine P. Wells, Chair of CSG's Employment Group, added to her career. ...READ MORE

 
December 11, 2019

Apartment Industry Magazine: A Seismic Shift in Energy Policy

Stephen A. Kisker was published in the November/December 2019 issue of the New Jersey Apartment Association's ("NJAA") Apartment Industry Magazine with an article titled, "A Seismic Shift in Energy Policy," discussing the practical implications of New Jersey's 2019 Energy Master Plan on developers, contractors and other stakeholders of the real estate sector if adopted as released on June 10, 2019. ...READ MORE

 
November 13, 2019

NJBIZ: New blood - Private equity firms step up their investments in the healthcare sector

Glenn L. Stein was featured in a NJBIZ article, "New blood: Private equity firms step up their investments in the healthcare sector," discussing recent trends in the interplay between private equity dollars and the healthcare and medical device sectors. ...READ MORE

 
November 11, 2019

CAPRE: CSG's Mitchell S. Berkey Says NJ is Riding a Wave

In the lead up to CAPRE's 9th Annual New Jersey Apartment Summit & Awards Ceremony, Mitchell S. Berkey participated in a Q&A offering his perspective on the State's multifamily investment climate, common challenges faced by multifamily developers and a forward look at the sector's market dynamics in 2020.  ...READ MORE

 
October 31, 2019

Barron's: Nearing Retirement and Raising Kids Again: How Grandparents Can Manage

Steven A. Loeb was featured in a Barron's article, "Nearing Retirement and Raising Kids Again: How Grandparents Can Manage," discussing legal, tax and financial considerations for grandparents and others close to retirement should they find themselves back in a parenting role. ...READ MORE

 
October 29, 2019

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: The growing perils of using undocumented workers

Samuel Newbold was featured in a ConstructionDIVE article titled, "The Dotted Line: The growing perils of using undocumented workers," sharing his insight on the risks posed to contractors allowing undocumented individuals to work on a jobsite. ...READ MORE

 
October 28, 2019

Five Questions with Shirley U. Emehelu and Rosh H. Jaffe, Co-Leaders of CSG's Banking & Finance Practice

Shirley U. Emehelu and Rosh H. Jaffe, co-leaders of CSG's Banking & Finance practice, discuss the various factors that prompted the firm to strategically refresh the practice with the duo at its helm, as well as areas they expect to be of critical importance to those operating in the sector over the coming years, in the Q&A below. ...READ MORE

 
October 7, 2019

COMMERCE Magazine: Annual Hospital CEO Roundtable: Innovations in Healthcare Delivery

Nicole DiMaria was featured in a COMMERCE Magazine editorial roundtable posing the question, "With the uncertainty of competing healthcare visions—the Affordable Care Act vs. Medicare for All and proposed new taxes or price controls on pharmaceuticals—how are you advising life sciences and healthcare clients in New Jersey?" ...READ MORE

 
October 4, 2019

NJ ChamberEdge: The Key Qualities Business Executives Need to Lead

Daniel A. Schwartz, Managing Member, was featured in an editorial roundtable in the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's October 2019 issue of ChamberEdge alongside fellow business leaders from across the state sharing what he believes to be qualities that successful executives possess. ...READ MORE

 
September 23, 2019

NJBIZ: Above and beyond: Businesses succeed by helping experts work even better

Shirley U. Emehelu and Rosh H. Jaffe were featured in an NJBIZ story titled, "Above and beyond: Businesses succeed by helping experts work even better," discussing the various factors that prompted CSG to strategically refresh its banking and finance practice with the duo at its helm. ...READ MORE

 
September 17, 2019

NJ Spotlight: Will Trump's Clean-Water Rollback Imperil NJ's Small Streams, Wetlands?

Dennis M. Toft was featured in a NJ Spotlight article discussing the effect of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which aimed to clarify which waterbodies are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act, on New Jersey. ...READ MORE

 
September 16, 2019

COMMERCE Magazine: New Businesses are Key to Economic Growth

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a COMMERCE Magazine editorial roundtable posing the question, "How can New Jersey and its municipalities create a better business environment for entrepreneurs?" ...READ MORE

 
September 11, 2019

New Jersey Law Journal: A Word of Caution When Evaluating Forum Selection Clauses: 'Dodocase v. MerchSource'

Jeffrey M. Weinick and Joseph G. Fenske were published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article titled, "A Word of Caution When Evaluating Forum Selection Clauses: 'Dodocase v. MerchSource'. ...READ MORE

 
September 5, 2019

NJ Cannabis Insider: Three Financing Considerations for Aspiring New Jersey ATC Operators

For businesses operating in the cannabis industry, securing capital may seem like a daunting task. Federally-charted money center banks are discouraged from engaging the industry due to current Federal regulations and, of course, because cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance. In April 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a Policy Notice clarifying that marijuana businesses, and even some companies that do not actually touch the plant but only service those in the cannabis industry, cannot receive federally backed loans. ...READ MORE

 
September 4, 2019

Sobel & Co. Points of Fact: Protecting Your Trademarks & Copyrights: Quick Tips

Abigail J. Remore was published in Points of Fact – a forensics, valuation and litigation-related newsletter developed by accounting and consulting firm, Sobel & Co. – with an article providing a primer on trademark and copyright law and offering tips for business owners in protecting their key assets.  ...READ MORE

 
August 14, 2019

New Jersey Business Magazine: NJ's New Employment Law Regulations

Catherine P. Wells was featured in a New Jersey Business Magazine story discussing a range of new and emerging labor and employment laws in New Jersey, as well as their respective impact on the state's employers. In the article, Catherine offers an analysis of Senate Bill 121 – an amendment to New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination intended to prohibit the inclusion of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements related to harassment, discrimination, and retaliation cases.  ...READ MORE

 
August 13, 2019

New Jersey Law Journal: Public Finance Lawyers 'Keeping the Lights On' Amid Changed Government Bond Market

Following CSG's Public Finance Group ranking second in the New Jersey Law Journal's Top H1 2019 New Jersey Bond Counsel list, Group Leaders Tricia M. Gasparine and Dorit F. Kressel were featured in the publication in an article titled, "Public Finance Lawyers 'Keeping the Lights On' Amid Changed Government Bond Market." ...READ MORE

 
August 12, 2019

ABA Litigation Journal: Five Tips for Helping Your Client Navigate the Federal Grand Jury Process

Matthew E. Beck, Danielle M. Corcione and Jenny Chung co-authored an article for the American Bar Association's Litigation Journal exploring ways in which an attorney can help a client effectively respond to a grand jury subpoena. Among their tips, they recommend contacting the prosecutor, preparing the client for a grand jury hearing, determining the subpoena's scope and more. ...READ MORE

 
August 2, 2019

NJ ChamberEdge: The Wisdom New Jersey Executives Would Impart Upon Their Younger Selves

Susan Reach Winters, Chair of CSG's Family Law Group, was featured in the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's August issue of ChamberEdge alongside executives from across the State in an article titled, "The Wisdom New Jersey Executives Would Impart Upon Their Younger Selves." ...READ MORE

 
July 17, 2019

ConstructionDIVE: ICC v. UpCodes: Can a private organization copyright the law?

Neha Bhalani was featured in a ConstructionDIVE story discussing International Code Council, Inc. v. Upcodes, Inc., which raises interesting questions around the applicability of copyright protections and a private entity's ability to copyright the law. ...READ MORE

 
July 15, 2019

COMMERCE Magazine: Cyberspace: Protecting Data is Serious Business

Michelle A. Schaap was featured in a COMMERCE Magazine editorial roundtable alongside cybersecurity thought leaders from across New Jersey sharing cybersecurity best practices and successful client case studies. ...READ MORE

 
July 8, 2019

ROI-NJ: Town time: Experts tell local officials at ROI-NJ's Opportunity Zone event, 'Ball's in your court'

Clem G. Turner and Bozena M. Diaz were featured in an ROI-NJ article recapping key takeaways from the publication's May 2019 Thought Leadership Series event, "Targeting Opportunity Zones." In the story, they outline steps municipalities should consider in order to attract more investment in their local designated Opportunity Zone tracts. ...READ MORE

 
July 8, 2019

ROI-NJ: Experts say Opportunity Zones' real estate benefits have overshadowed potential impact on businesses

Clem G. Turner and Bozena M. Diaz were featured in an ROI-NJ article recapping key takeaways from the publication's May 2019 Thought Leadership Series event, "Targeting Opportunity Zones." In the story, they discuss an often-overlooked potential beneficiary of the Federal Qualified Opportunity Zone program: operating businesses.  ...READ MORE

 
July 3, 2019

Real Estate Weekly: When it comes to Opportunity Zones, there are lessons to be learned from EB-5

Clem G. Turner was published in Real Estate Weekly with an article titled, "When it comes to Opportunity Zones, there are lessons to be learned from EB-5," in which he explores several capital redeployment lessons that Qualified Opportunity Zone fund managers can glean from EB-5 fund managers.  ...READ MORE

 
July 3, 2019

ConstructionDIVE: How can and should data from construction wearables be collected?

Michelle Schaap was featured in a ConstructionDIVE article, "How can and should data from construction wearables be collected," discussing the use of wearables in the construction industry, cybersecurity and data privacy-related questions it raises for contractors and employees, and International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) standards on the horizon governing the use of the technology. ...READ MORE

 
June 28, 2019

Real Estate NJ: Making a Market - Developers, city officials look ahead as renters arrive in downtown Newark

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a Real Estate NJ story exploring the influx of new market-rate apartments in downtown Newark and steps the city should take to support its growing renter population as it continues on its path toward becoming a live-work-play community. ...READ MORE

 
June 27, 2019

Next City: Newark Developers Adjusting to New Inclusionary Zoning Mandate

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a Next City article titled, "Newark Developers Adjusting to New Inclusionary Zoning Mandate." The story takes a closer look at Newark's Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing ordinance – an amendment to Title 41 of the Newark Zoning and Land Use Regulations requiring that 20% of units in new residential developments of 30 units of more be affortable – and steps local developers are taking as they adapt to the new mandate.  ...READ MORE

 
June 19, 2019

New Jersey Law Journal: Chiesa Firm Launches Family Practice With 6 Budd Larner Laterals

CSG's Daniel A. Schwartz and Francis J. Giantomasi were featured in a New Jersey Law Journal story announcing the imminent arrival of Susan Reach Winters and her Family Law Group – among the region's most prestigious such practices – on July 1, 2019. ...READ MORE

 
June 18, 2019

NJ.com: Medical marijuana expansion plans could pave the way for a bigger NJ legal weed launch

Lee Vartan was featured in a NJ.com article discussing the New Jersey Department of Health's June 2019 Request for Applications for applicants to operate up to 108 Alternative Treatment Centers, and what this expansion of the state's medical marijuana program signals about a more robust cannabis sector within New Jersey. ...READ MORE

 
June 12, 2019

Law360: Chiesa Shahinian Adds 2 Estate Attys In New Jersey

Steven A. Loeb, among the latest additions to CSG's Trusts & Estates Group, sat with Law360 to discuss his transition to the firm, the current wills and estates law landscape in New York and New Jersey, and the challenges and opportunities he helps clients mitigate and tap into under the Trump administration’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. ...READ MORE

 
June 10, 2019

NJBIZ: Still surprising

Nicole DiMaria was featured in a NJBIZ article titled, "Still surprising," in which she reflects on her and her clients' experience with the rollout of New Jersey's "Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act" now that it has been signed into law for nearly a year.  ...READ MORE

 
June 3, 2019

New Jersey Business Magazine: Considering a High-Tech Startup? Call an IP Lawyer

Rhonda Carniol was featured in a New Jersey Business Magazine article titled, "Considering a High-Tech Startup? Call an IP Lawyer," in which she shares tips for emerging growth companies seeking to make their intellectual property and other intangible assets more attractive to investors.  ...READ MORE

 
May 30, 2019

GlobeSt.com: Similarities with EB-5 Visas and Opportunity Zone Programs

Clem G. Turner was featured in a GlobeSt.com story titled, "Similarities with EB-5 Visas and Opportunity Zone Programs." In the article, he provides insight on the synergies between the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program and the Federal Opportunity Zone Program, which would greatly benefit investors and developers alike. ...READ MORE

 
May 30, 2019

New Jersey Law Journal: Asking a Federal Court to Retain Jurisdiction to Enforce a Settlement Agreement

David M. Dugan was published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article titled, "Asking a Federal Court to Retain Jurisdiction to Enforce a Settlement Agreement," in which he outlines five steps attorneys can take to retain federal court jurisdiction when enforcing settlement agreements.  ...READ MORE

 
May 22, 2019

Franchise Secrets: Navigating a Commercial Lease Agreement with Guest Eric Finkelstein

Eric M. Finkelstein was featured on the Franchise Secrets podcast discussing a range of topics related to the effective negotiation of commercial lease agreements – including the requisite content of a letter of intent, non-competes and what tenants should be aware of in the event of a landlord change. ...READ MORE

 
May 20, 2019

NJSBA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section Newsletter: Cybersecurity Considerations in Real Estate Transactions

Michelle A. Schaap authored an article in the May 2019 issue of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section Newsletter detailing cybersecurity and technology-related concerns real estate developers should keep top of mind from a project's initial financing through the property's management.  ...READ MORE

 
May 9, 2019

Karma Network: Rhonda Carniol on the use of open source software by startups

In a Q&A with Karma Network, Rhonda Carniol noted several factors that startups should keep in mind when considering the use of open source software, as well as the impact of said use on business value. ...READ MORE

 
May 6, 2019

NJBIZ: An evolving threat - even small businesses have to worry about cybersecurity

Michelle A. Schaap was featured in a NJBIZ story, "An evolving threat - even small businesses have to worry about cybersecurity," which explores factors that contribute to small businesses' susceptibility to cybercrime attacks.  ...READ MORE

 
April 30, 2019

Karma Network: Digital Pharmacies with CSG's Nicole DiMaria

Nicole DiMaria was featured in a Karma Network Q&A discussing the regulatory and consumer trust issues facing digital pharmacies, as well as factors that may influence whether impact investors decide to jump into the sector. ...READ MORE

 
April 24, 2019

Utility and Transportation Contractor Magazine: Cannabis in the Heavy Construction Workplace

Ronald L. Tobia and Lindsay A. Dischley were published in Utility and Transportation Contractor Magazine with an article titled, "Cannabis in the Heavy Construction Workplace." ...READ MORE

 
April 14, 2019

Popular Science: How to keep your 'vintage' tech alive

Michelle Schaap was featured in a Popular Science artile titled, "How to keep your 'vintage" tech alive." In the story, she outlines several cybersecurity risks posed by outdated hardware and software – noting that if the technology is no longer supported by its manufacturer, it should be avoided.  ...READ MORE

 
April 10, 2019

Surety Bond Quarterly: Bonding Set-Aside Contractors - What Bond Producers And Sureties Should Know About Potential False Claims Act Liability

Armen Shahinian and Brian Kantar were published in the Spring 2019 issue of Surety Bond Quarterly with an article titled, "Bonding Set-Aside Contractors: What Bond Producers and Sureties Should Know About Potential False Claims Act Liability." ...READ MORE

 
April 10, 201

New Jersey Law Journal: 'An Ongoing Dialogue About How You Get It Done': Work-Life Choices Still in Forefront

Michelle A. Schaap was featured in a New Jersey Law Journal article, "'An Ongoing Dialogue About How You Get It Done': Work-Life Choices Still in Forefront," discussing the effects of parenthood on career development, especially for women with demanding legal practices. ...READ MORE

 
April 5, 2019

ROI-NJ: CSG's Toft on why Murphy environmental order doesn't change as much as some think

Dennis M. Toft was featured in a ROI-NJ article discussing New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 63 – which changes the way New Jersey evaluates rulemaking and allows the state to adopt more stringent standards where regulators believe federal standards are inadequate. ...READ MORE

 
April 2, 2019

New Jersey Lawyer: Things to 'Like' and 'Unlike' About Social Media - What Every Employer Needs to Know

Melissa A. Salimbene and Lindsay A. Dischley were published in the April 2019 issue of the New Jersey State Bar Association's New Jersey Lawyer with an article titled, "Things to 'Like' and 'Unlike' About Social Media: What Every Employer Needs to Know." ...READ MORE

 
April 2, 2019

Corporate Counsel Business Journal: Follow the Money? In Forensic Investigations, Follow the Data First

Danielle M. Corcione was quoted in a Corporate Counsel Business Journal article, "Follow the Money? In Forensic Investigations, Follow the Data First," discussing why data is key in forensic investigations today. ...READ MORE

 
April 1, 2019

NJ ChamberEdge: N.J. Execs Discuss How They Foster A Positive and Effective Work Culture

Daniel A. Schwartz, Managing Member, was featured in an editorial roundtable in the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's April 2019 issue of ChamberEdge alongside fellow executives from across the state discussing strategies that help foster high-morale and high-efficiency among employees. ...READ MORE

 
March 27, 2019

New Jersey Business Magazine: Preparing For Legal Cannabis in New Jersey

Lee Vartan was featured in a New Jersey Business Magazine article titled, “Preparing For Legal Cannabis in New Jersey.” In the article, which discusses steps prospective cannabis entrepreneurs can take now to prepare for future licensure opportunities, Lee highlights the importance of community support and buy-in – an element that the New Jersey Department of Health emphasized when expanding the state’s medical marijuana program in 2018 – when seeking to operate a dispensary. ...READ MORE

 
March 26, 2019

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about construction integrity monitoring

Michelle Schaap was featured in a ConstructionDIVE article, “The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about construction integrity monitoring,” discussing how contractors may benefit from proactively retaining an integrity monitor for projects they’re involved in. She also suggests that contractors who have been previously terminated from a project due to a fraud-related incident should consider hiring a monitor for subsequent projects – even if not mandated – to demonstrate that it has taken steps towards remediating the problem. ...READ MORE

 
March 25, 2019

Karma Network: Navigating Complexities of Renewable Energy Investments

Stephen A. Kisker was featured in a Karma Network Q&A exploring macro factors that make investments in renewable energy complex – including local politics, energy intermittency and battery storage – as well as the elements that make investment in the sector an attractive proposition – such as job creation, tax incentives, energy independence and a reduced carbon footprint. ...READ MORE

 
March 21, 2019

NEFA Newsline: California and New Jersey - Harbingers of the Impending State-Specific Laws Requiring Truth-in-Lending Disclosures

Robert L. Hornby, who serves on the National Equipment Finance Association's ("NEFA") Board of Directors, authored an article in the March/April 2019 issue of the NEFA Newsline article titled, "California and New Jersey: Harbingers of the Impending State-Specific Laws Requiring Truth-in-Lending Disclosures." ...READ MORE

 
March 15, 2019

ROI-NJ: Cannabis conundrums - Employment lawyers break down issues firms will face if recreational pot is legalized

Lindsay A. Dischley was featured in a ROI-NJ article, "Cannabis conundrums: Employment lawyers break down issues firms will face if recreational pot is legalized," weighing in on the latest version of the bill proposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey – and its potential impact on the State's employers.  ...READ MORE

 
March 4, 2019

Law360: How Firms Can Be a One-Stop Shop for Construction Clients

Jonathan Bondy was featured in a Law360 article, "How Firms Can Be a One-Stop Shop for Construction Clients," which examines steps construction law practices are taking to help clients respond to the broadening challenges they face – including those involving labor and employment, cybersecurity and immigration matters. ...READ MORE

 
February 14, 2019

Real Estate NJ: A changing, evolving EB-5 visa program could benefit New Jersey developers

Samuel Newbold was featured in a Real Estate NJ article titled, "A changing, evolving EB-5 visa program could benefit New Jersey developers." ...READ MORE

 
February 7, 2018

COMMERCE Magazine: When the Smoke Clears, Cannabis Will Be the Garden State's New Cash Crop

Lee Vartan was featured in a COMMERCE Magazine editorial roundtable exploring how law firms are preparing clients for the legalization of cannabis in New Jersey.  ...READ MORE

 
February 1, 2019

Law360: What Construction Attys Must Know About Virtual Reality

Michelle Schaap was featured in a Law360 article, "What Construction Attys Must Know About Virtual Reality," exploring best practices for attorneys and contractors new to the use of augmented and virtual reality ("AR/VR") technology on worksites. ...READ MORE

 
January 29, 2019

Corporate Counsel: Protecting Your Business in an Age of Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

Samuel Newbold was published in Corporate Counsel with an article titled, "Protecting Your Business in an Age of Aggressive Immigration Enforcement." The piece explores a set of factors that make the role of outside immigration counsel even more critical to companies that hire foreign nationals – especially today. ...READ MORE

 
January 28, 2019

Law360: Chiesa Shahinian Adds Ex-Pharma Counsel, Prosecutor In NJ

Erik Sandstedt, Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Daniel A. Schwartz were featured in a Law360 article titled, "Chiesa Shahinian Adds Ex-Pharma Counsel, Prosecutor in NJ."  ...READ MORE

 
January 24, 2019

NJ Cannabis Insider: Predictions for New Jersey's Cannabis Industry in 2019

Following the award of six new, provisional Alternative Treatment Center (“ATC”) licenses by the Department of Health in December, and the coming and going of the New Year without passage of recreational legislation, there continues to be much uncertainty in New Jersey’s nascent marijuana industry. When will recreational legislation pass? What form will it take? And will the Department of Health open a new round of ATC licenses in the New Year or wait for the (presumed) passage of recreational legislation? ...READ MORE

 
January 23, 2019

New Jersey Law Journal: McKesson Compliance Chief Sandstedt Leaves In-House World for Chiesa Shahinian

Erik Sandstedt, the latest addition to CSG's Litigation Group, and Daniel A. Schwartz, Managing Member, sat with the New Jersey Law Journal to discuss Erik's move and how they envision it benefitting the firm and its valued clients. ...READ MORE

 
January 7, 2019

NJBIZ: Cannabis legalization expected to create robust ancillary market

Lee Vartan was featured in a NJBIZ article titled, "Cannabis legalization expected to create robust ancillary market," which provides a 2019 outlook for New Jersey's burgeoning cannabis sector.  ...READ MORE

 
January 2, 2019

ROI-NJ: Real estate predictions - Experts tell ROI-NJ their thoughts on 2019

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a ROI-NJ editorial roundtable sharing his 2019 predictions for New Jersey's real estate sector.  ...READ MORE

 
December 27, 2018

Leasing News: NJ State Senate Unanimously Votes to Advance Legislation Requiring Small Business Lenders and Brokers Truth in Lending-Type Disclosures

Robert L. Hornby authored a Leasing News article titled, “NJ State Senate Unanimously Votes to Advance Legislation Requiring Small Business Lenders and Brokers Truth in Lending-Type Disclosures.” The article reviews the Senate Bill 2262 as it continues to progress through the legislative process. As discussed in the article, some of the more significant changes, which include changes from an earlier substituted bill, are that: (i) qualifying financing transactions have increased to $500,000; (ii) the disclosures for each type of transaction are (allegedly) better defined; and (iii) brokers now have a written disclosure requirement wholly independent from the financing company. ...READ MORE

 
December 18, 2018

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: Mitigating the risks of technology

Michelle Schaap was featured in a ConstructionDIVE article, "The Dotted Line: Mitigating the risks of technology," outlining several concerns contractors and others in the construction industry should keep top of mind when considering the implementation of emerging technologies on worksites.  ...READ MORE

 
December 17, 2018

Real Estate NJ: Building on a Success

Dennis Toft and Robert Crespi were featured in a Real Estate NJ article titled, "Building on a Success: Developers, consultants weigh the future of New Jersey's landmark site remediation program." ...READ MORE

 
December 17, 2018

NJBIZ: Wither the 1,000-foot rule: Exclusion from current legislation could be boon to urban areas

Lee Vartan was featured in NJBIZ discussing the challenges New Jersey's 1,000-foot rule – which precludes medical marijuana facilities from operating within 1,000 feet of drug-free school zones – presented to alternative treatment center applicants as they sought to secure suitable property for their prospective locales. ...READ MORE

 
December 10, 2018

Wise Women@ Work Podcast: Michelle Schaap from CSG Talks About Her Career in Law and Cyber Security

Michelle A. Schaap was featured on the Wise Women@ Work Podcast in a discussion covering a range of topics – including measures toward achieving improved work-life balance, the importance of an active lifestyle, CSG's forward-thinking stance on flexible work arrangements, the critical nature of her work in the field of cybersecurity law, and her vision for the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. ...READ MORE

 
November 16, 2018

Law360: What Construction Attys Must Know On Information Modeling

Michelle Schaap was featured in a Law360 article titled, "What Construction Attys Must Know on Information Modeling." In the article, she outlines cybersecurity risks associated with the use of building information modeling — a collaborative, multi-dimensional “blueprint” well-known across the construction industry. ...READ MORE

 
November 14, 2018

Trade & Invest in America: Seeking Additional Capital For Your EB-5 Project? Consider The New Opportunity Zone Program

Clem G. Turner was featured in a Trade & Invest in America article titled, “Seeking Additional Capital For Your EB-5 Project? Consider the New Opportunity Zone Program." In the article, he examines the Qualified Opportunity Zone Program and its feasibility as an additional capital source for existing or contemplated EB-5 projects. ...READ MORE

 
November 14, 2018

Real Estate Weekly: New EB-5 regulations could kill program, say experts

Samuel Newbold was featured in a Real Estate Weekly story titled, "New EB-5 regulations could kill program, say experts." In the article, Sam explains why looming changes to the popular EB-5 immigrant investor program should be of concern to the real estate community. ...READ MORE

 
November 12, 2018

NJBIZ: Harvesting new business: Evolution of NJ cannabis market presents big opportunities for local firms

Lee Vartan was featured in an NJBIZ article titled, "Harvesting new business: Evolution of NJ cannabis market presents big opportunities for local firms." In the story, Lee highlights the importance of Senate Bill 2703's introduction for those hoping to get involved in New Jersey's cannabis industry. He also touches upon the internal thought process when the firm began strategically assembling its Cannabis Law Group in late 2017. ...READ MORE

 
November 9, 2018

NJ Cannabis Media: Garden State Canna Collective motivated to help patients, economy

Every one of the 146 applicants tried to demonstrate to the New Jersey Department of Health that they are uniquely qualified for the six Alternative Treatment Center licenses that will soon be issued. ...READ MORE

 
November 7, 2018

Real Estate Weekly: New Opportunity Zone rules - what was and wasn't addressed

Sean M. Aylward and Bozena M. Diaz were published in Real Estate Weekly with an article titled, "New Opportunity Zone rules - what was and wasn't addressed." ...READ MORE

 
November 2, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: Top Women in Law - Michelle Schaap

Following her selection as one of New Jersey's "Top Women in Law" by the New Jersey Law Journal, Michelle Schaap was featured in a Q&A with the publication. The profile covers a range of topics – including crisis management best practices, mentorship and advice, and steps the legal profession can take toward improving opportunities for women lawyers.  ...READ MORE

 
November 1, 2018

New Jersey Business Magazine: The Cannabis Question: Reality vs. the Haze

Lee Vartan and Lindsay A. Dischley were featured in a New Jersey Business Magazine article titled, “The Cannabis Question: Reality vs. the Haze.” The article discusses the range of challenges that businesses will have to address once recreational cannabis is legalized in New Jersey. ...READ MORE

 
October 31, 2018

New Jersey Business Magazine: NJ's LSRP Program the Focus of 'New World of Site Remediation' Discussion

Dennis Toft and Robert Crespi were featured in a New Jersey Business Magazine article titled, "NJ's LSRP Program the Focus of 'New World of Site Remediation' Discussion." The article recaps the themes covered at CSG and Atlantic Environmental Solutions's October 2, 2018 panel discussion – which included regulatory and legislative changes affecting developers of commercial real estate and the status of efforts to update New Jersey's Site Remediation Reform Act. ...READ MORE

 
October 26, 2018

Law360: A Construction Atty's Road Map For Automated Vehicles

Michelle Schaap was featured in a Law360 article titled, "A Construction Atty's Road Map For Automated Vehicles." In the article, Michelle outlines cybersecurity-related concerns that should be top of mind for construction companies using automated vehicles on the worksite.  ...READ MORE

 
October 23, 2018

Real Estate Weekly: Regulators release first guidelines for Opportunity Zones

Francis J. Giantomasi and Sean M. Aylward were featured in a Real Estate Weekly article titled, "Regulators release first guidelines for Opportunity Zones." In the article, they react to the U.S. Department of Treasury's highly anticipated guidance clarifying the rules governing the Qualified Opportunity Zone Program. ...READ MORE

 
October 12, 2018

Law360: What Construction Attys Must Know To Avoid Software Pitfalls

Michelle Schaap was featured in a Law360 article titled, "What Construction Attys Must Know To Avoid Software Pitfalls." In the article, she highlights several considerations contractors should keep in mind when evaluating software providers – including security patch frequency, where data is being stored and backed up, and open-source vs. closed-source.  ...READ MORE

 
October 9, 2018

Solar Industry: What To Know About New Jersey's New Community Solar Program

Stephen Kisker co-authored an article for Solar Industry outlining the specifics of a three-year Community Solar Energy Pilot Program proposed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.  ...READ MORE

 
September 27, 2018

NJ Cannabis Insider: Life after Aug. 31: Gearing up for future cannabis licensing opportunities in N.J.

With the Aug. 31 deadline behind us, applications submitted, and the Department of Health (and likely other state departments) working diligently to review and determine which applicants will be granted a provisional alternative treatment center (ATC) license and which ruined their summers without reward, now is the time to begin preparing for future licensing rounds. ...READ MORE

 
September 26, 2018

Real Estate Weekly: Investors, developers at the ready as Opportunity Zone guidance nears

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a Real Estate Weekly article titled, "Investors, developers at the ready as Opportunity Zone guidance nears." The article examines measures being taken by eager investors and developers in anticipation of imminent federal guidance pertaining to the Qualified Opportunity Zones program. ...READ MORE

 
September 12, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: An Outlook on the Blockchain Patent Arms Race

Jeffrey M. Weinick and Richard A. Cheng were published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article titled, "An Outlook on the Blockchain Patent Arms Race." ...READ MORE

 
September 10, 2018

NJBIZ: Where is NJ with legal marijuana, and will NY steal our thunder?

Lee Vartan was featured in a NJBIZ article titled, "Where is NJ with legal marijuana, and will NY steal our thunder?" In the article, Lee explains why he believes that – even if New York were to pull ahead in the race toward legalized recreational marijuana – it wouldn't undercut New Jersey's burgeoning market.  ...READ MORE

 
September 3, 2018

NJBIZ: Recording in workplace: How to protect yourself

Melissa Salimbene was featured in a NJBIZ article titled, "Recording in workplace: How to protect yourself." In the article, she explores considerations employers should make when developing, implementing and enforcing no-recording workplace policies.  ...READ MORE

 
August 30, 2018

COMMERCE Magazine: Growing Business Opportunities in NJ's Cannabis Industry: A Legal Perspective

Lee Vartan was featured in a COMMERCE Magazine editorial roundtable discussing the opportunities and challenges facing New Jersey's emerging cannabis sector.  ...READ MORE

 
August 24, 2018

Law360: Unknowns Temper Buzz For NJ's Public-Private Partnership Law

Jonathan Bondy was featured in a Law360 article titled, "Unknowns Temper Buzz For NJ's Public-Private Partnership Law." In the article, Jon outlines several challenges New Jersey Senate Bill 865 may face in its implementation – including the private sector's continued hesitance to become involved in projects with unknown profitability and pushback on the bill's prevailing wage provisions. ...READ MORE

 
August 16, 2018

Real Estate NJ: What infrastructure improvements does New Jersey need to support development for the next 20 years?

Jennifer M. Porter was featured in a Real Estate NJ editorial roundtable posing the question, "What infrastructure improvements does New Jersey need to support development for the next 20 years?" ...READ MORE

 
August 9, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act - A Substantially Dissimilar Law

Catherine P. Wells, Kathleen A. Faehner and Ilana Levin were published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article titled, "Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act: A Substantially Dissimilar Law." ...READ MORE

 
August 3, 2018

Law360: Arbitration is Fast, Affordable with the Right Blueprint

Jonathan Bondy was featured in a Law360 article titled, "Arbitration is Fast, Affordable with the Right Blueprint." In the article, Jon outlines considerations that should be made when deciding between litigation and arbitration as a means of handling a construction dispute.  ...READ MORE

 
July 30, 2018

NJBIZ: So much to do, so little time: What it takes to vie for an ATC license

Lee Vartan was featured in a NJBIZ article titled, "So much to do, so little time: What it takes to vie for an ATC license." In the article, Lee shares insight on the likely members of New Jersey's alternative treatment center ("ATC") selection committee and explains some of the criteria that the committee will consider in connection with the Department of Health's Request for Applications from aspiring operators of the state's up to six new medical marijuana dispensaries. ...READ MORE

 
July 30, 2018

NJ Cannabis Media: Who does tight application time frame benefit?

Lee Vartan was featured in a NJ Cannabis Media article titled, "Who does tight application time frame benefit?" In the article, Lee outlines a few challenges that respondents to the New Jersey Department of Health's Request for Applications may face, given the condensed window for applications.  ...READ MORE

 
July 24, 2018

Solar Industry: Solar Owners Must Have the Correct Tax Appetite to Match Their Solar Energy Credits

Stephen Kisker and Sara Jane West were published in Solar Industry with an article titled, "Solar Owners Must Have the Correct Tax Appetite to Match Their Solar Energy Credits." In the article, they discuss how solar energy property owners can best structure their investment to get the most out of its accompanying tax credits and deductions. ...READ MORE

 
July 24, 2018

Sobel & Co. Points of Fact: Equal Pay for All in New Jersey

Catherine Wells was published in Points of Fact – a forensics, valuation and litigation-related newsletter developed by accounting and consulting firm, Sobel & Co. – with an article titled, "Equal Pay for All in New Jersey." In the article, Catherine provides a primer on New Jersey's Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act.  ...READ MORE

 
July 23, 2018

NJ Cannabis Media: Location, location, location: Part 2

Lee Vartan was featured in a NJ Cannabis Media article titled, "Location, location, location: Part 2." In the article, he outlines several site-related considerations that respondents should make when vying for a license to operate one of the up to six new alternative treatment centers set forth in the New Jersey Department of Health's recent Request for Applications. ...READ MORE

 
July 23, 2018

NJ Cannabis Media: Steps to take to secure 1 of 6 new ATC licenses

Lee Vartan was featured in a NJ Cannabis Media article titled, "Steps to take to secure 1 of 6 new ATC licenses." In the article, he provides a few steps that prospective licensees looking to operate one of the up to six new alternative treatment centers set forth in the New Jersey Department of Health's recent Request for Applications should be taking right now — including assembling a team of advisors to help develop applications and identifying the regions within the state to which you'll be applying. ...READ MORE

 
July 19, 2018

NJ Cannabis Insider: It's high time for N.J. employers to address marijuana in the workplace

With the legalization of medical marijuana through New Jersey’s Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana on the horizon, employers must prepare now to address marijuana in the workplace. ...READ MORE

 
June 20, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: Chiesa Shahinian Tackles Mid-Market M&A as Big Law Moves 'Downstream'

Following its selection as one of New Jersey’s "Dealmakers of the Year" by the New Jersey Law Journal, CSG’s M&A practice – led by Edward Stevenson, Laurence Smith and Sean M. Aylward – was featured in a Q&A with the publication. The profile covers a range of topics including the group's most satisfying successes of 2017, market factors that have proven challenging in the M&A space, technology and community service initiatives.  ...READ MORE

 
June 4, 2018

NJ ChamberEdge: Nine N.J. Executives Share Their Ingredients for Good Leadership

Daniel Schwartz, Managing Member, and Dennis Toft, Chair of the firm's Environmental Group, were featured in the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's June issue of ChamberEdge. In the article, "Nine N.J. Executives Share Their Ingredients for Good Leadership," they share what they consider key leadership factors. ...READ MORE

 
June 4, 2018

ROI-NJ: Youth movement – Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi is turning stereotype of stodgy law firm on its head

The next generation of CSG's Litigation Group was recently featured alongside its current leaders and Managing Member Daniel Schwartz in ROI-NJ. The article – which highlights Matthew Beck, Ronald Israel, Marie Mathews, Melissa Salimbene and Lee Vartan – discusses succession planning, talent pipeline management and recruitment. ...READ MORE

 
May 31, 2018

Solar Industry: Unpacking New Jersey's Much-Needed New Clean Energy Legislation

Stephen A. Kisker was published in Solar Industry with an article titled, "Unpacking New Jersey's Much-Needed New Clean Energy Legislation." In the article, he explores New Jersey's recently enacted renewable energy bill, S-2314, and outlines its key provisions and impact. Additionally, he makes the case for the new legislation as evidence of the state's continued support of energy efficiency and renewable energy. ...READ MORE

 
May 24, 2018

NJ Cannabis Insider: What's next for medical marijuana in N.J.

Since my law firm launched its Cannabis Practice several months ago, I am met with two recurring questions. First, what legal changes are on the horizon in New Jersey? And second, how can I prepare now to become part of what many experts expect will be a multi-billion industry in the state? ...READ MORE

 
May 24, 2018

ROI-NJ: Energy bill signings are about more than just nuclear subsidy

Stephen Kisker was featured in a ROI-NJ article titled, "Energy bill signings are about more than just nuclear subsidy." In the article, Steve highlights the benefits of two significant provisions of the energy bills signed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in May 2018 — the Zero Emission Certificate (ZEC) program and the changes to solar incentives.  ...READ MORE

 
May 15, 2018

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about arbitration

Michelle Schaap was featured in a ConstructionDIVE article titled, "The Dotted Line: What contractors need to know about arbitration." In the article, Michelle outlines several best practices that contractors should keep top of mind when entering the arbitration process.  ...READ MORE

 
May 14, 2018

NJBIZ: Solar energy bills draw mixed responses

Stephen Kisker was featured in an NJBIZ article titled, "Solar energy bills draw mixed responses." In the article, Steve outlines three significant benefits coming in the form of New Jersey's renewable energy bill, S-2314: job creation, the generation of tax revenue and a 30 percent credit against taxes for a party who builds a solar array. ...READ MORE

 
May 10, 2018

COMMERCE Magazine: Protecting Your Business From a BSA Audit and Software Piracy Claims

Rhonda Carniol was published in COMMERCE Magazine's Free Thinking Blog with an article titled, "Protecting Your Business From a BSA Audit and Software Piracy Claims." In the article, Rhonda provides best practices to help middle market businesses mitigate the risk of software piracy claims. ...READ MORE

 
May 9, 2018

Law360: Construction Legislation And Regulation To Watch

Jonathan Bondy was featured in a Law360 article titled, "Construction Legislation And Regulation." In the article, Jon offers his insight on several federal and local pieces of legislation and regulation that stakeholders within the construction industry should keep an eye on.  ...READ MORE

 
May 7, 2018

NJBIZ: Pay them now or pay up later

Catherine Wells was featured in an NJBIZ article titled, "Pay them now or pay up later." In the article, Catherine highlights the potential impact noncompliant New Jersey employers will face now that the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act – widely deemed the most sweeping pay equity legislation in the US – has been signed into law.  ...READ MORE

 
May 3, 2018

NJ Cannabis Insider: Five Questions With Lee Vartan

In an exclusive Q&A with NJ Cannabis Insider (NJCI), Lee Vartan answered five questions on the latest developments around New Jersey's medical and recreational cannabis programs. ...READ MORE

 
April 30, 2018

ROI-NJ: Don't Delay on Equal Pay

Catherine Wells was featured in an ROI-NJ article titled, "Don't Delay on Equal Pay." In the article, she outlines steps that employers in New Jersey should take immediately to ensure compliance with the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act.  ...READ MORE

 
April 27, 2018

Morris County Business Edge Magazine: Warning: Social Media Ahead

Melissa Salimbene and Lindsay Dischley were featured in a Morris County Business Edge Magazine article titled, "Warning: Social Media Ahead." The article recaps the social media risk avoidance best practices that were shared by Melissa and Lindsay at a February 2018 seminar hosted by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce – Social Media Risk Management for Businesses. ...READ MORE

 
April 18, 2018

Real Estate Weekly: Opportunity Zone Program turns blight sites into tax havens for asset-rich investors

Francis J. Giantomasi and Sean Aylward were featured in a Real Estate Weekly article titled, "Opportunity Zone Program turns blight sites into tax havens for asset-rich investors." In the article, they outline the benefits of the Opportunity Zone program for real estate investors and provide an optimistic outlook on the program's impact on the U.S. economy. ...READ MORE

 
April 17, 2018

SHRM: When Should Employers Tell Employees That Layoffs Are Looming?

Catherine Wells was featured in a SHRM article titled, "When Should Employers Tell Employees That Layoffs Are Looming?" In the article, which covers WARN Act compliance strategies, Catherine highlights an important factor businesses should consider when layoffs are imminent – timing. ...READ MORE

 
April 16, 2018

Real Estate NJ: Depth and Diversity

Mitchell Berkey, Francis J. Giantomasi, Gemma Giantomasi, Lisa John-Basta, Jennifer Porter, Jill Daitch Rosenberg and Daniel Schwartz were featured in a Real Estate NJ article titled, "Depth and Diversity." The article explores the many ways that CSG’s women leaders have driven the growth of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Land Use Group. ...READ MORE

 
April 12, 2018

GlobeSt.com: West Orange Law Firm Sees Opportunities For Investors In Opportunity Zones

Francis J. Giantomasi and Sean Aylward were featured in a GlobeSt.com article and video interview titled, "West Orange Law Firm Sees Opportunities For Investors in Opportunity Zones." The interview explores the benefits of opportunity zones - one of the lesser-known byproducts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - for real estate investors. ...READ MORE

 
April 11, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: Ethical Considerations in E-Discovery: Avoiding Malpractice Claims

Marie L. Mathews and Brigitte M. Gladis were published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article titled, "Ethical Considerations in E-Discovery: Avoiding Malpractice Claims." In the article, they outline ethics and malpractice pitfalls that commonly arise in e-discovery matters. They also share preemptive measures attorneys can take to help safeguard against claims of malpractice in e-discovery cases.  ...READ MORE

 
April 4, 2018

ROI-NJ: Why EPA's proposed changes to fuel economy standards will hurt New Jersey

Dennis Toft was published in ROI-NJ with an op-ed titled, "Why EPA's proposed changes to fuel economy standards will hurt New Jersey." In the article, he describes the impact that the EPA's proposed changes to emissions and fuel economy standards will have on New Jersey if enacted. ...READ MORE

 
April 3, 2018

NJ Spotlight: EPA Relaxes Tough Fuel-Economy Standards for Cars, Light Trucks

Dennis Toft was quoted in an NJ Spotlight article titled, "EPA Relaxes Tough Fuel-Economy Standards for Cars, Light Trucks." In the article, he shares his thoughts on why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's April 2018 announced rollback of the Obama administration's emissions and fuel efficiency standards doesn't bode well for the State of New Jersey. ...READ MORE

 
April 2, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: The Intersection of Law 2.0 and the Lawyer as Trusted Adviser

Laurence Smith was published in the New Jersey Law Journal with an article titled, "The Intersection of Law 2.0 and the Lawyer as Trusted Adviser." In the article, Larry outlines the importance of finding an appropriate balance between the tenets of Law 2.0 – the movement pushing toward the "technologizing" of the practice of law – and the traditional role of a lawyer as a dynamic member of an entity's advisory team. ...READ MORE

 
April 2018

Utility & Transportation Contractor: The NLRB Continues to Flip-Flop on Joint Employment

Catherine P. Wells, Ronald L. Tobia and Chelsea P. Jasnoff co-authored an article titled, “The NLRB Continues to Flip-Flop on Joint Employment,” which was featured in the Utility & Transportation Contractor April 2018 issue. In the article, they discuss how businesses could be exposed to obligations imposed by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). ...READ MORE

 
March 28, 2018

ROI-NJ: Move to expand medicinal marijuana use welcomed by legal practice groups

Lee Vartan was quoted in a ROI-NJ article titled, "Move to expand medicinal marijuana use welcomed by legal practice groups." In the article, Lee shares his thoughts on what the March 2018 expansion of New Jersey's medical marijuana program could indicate as far as recreational legalization across the state. ...READ MORE

 
March 26, 2018

ROI-NJ: CSG, citing years of insight and experience, introduces cannabis law group

Lee Vartan and Francis J. Giantomasi were featured in a ROI-NJ article titled, "CSG, Citing Years of Insight and Experience, Introduces Cannabis Law Group." The article outlines several of the considerations made leading up to the launch of CSG's Cannabis Law Group and provides an inside look of the factors that uniquely position the firm to serve the burdgeoning sector.  ...READ MORE

 
March 21, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: For Midsize Law Firm Leaders, 'It Takes Dollars' to Tackle Tech Initiatives

Daniel Schwartz was featured in a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "For Midsize Law Firm Leaders, 'It Takes Dollars' to Tackle Tech Initiatives." In the article, he shares his thoughts on the information technology (IT) challenges facing law firms today, as well as the preventative measures CSG has taken to mitigate IT risk. ...READ MORE

 
March 15, 2018

ROI-NJ: Energy Storage CEO Says Industry is Finally Getting Noticed

Dennis Toft was quoted in a ROI-NJ article titled, "Energy Storage CEO Says Industry is Finally Getting Noticed." In the article, Dennis describes the current competitive landscape in the energy storage industry. ...READ MORE

 
March 12, 2018

ROI-NJ: Preparing for legalized marijuana in N.J.: A primer

Frank Giantomasi and Lee Vartan were published in ROI-NJ with an article titled, "Preparing for legalized marijuana in N.J.: A primer." In the article, they offer insight as to what the future may bring for legalized marijuana in New Jersey.  ...READ MORE

 
March 1, 2018

ConstructionDIVE: Former MTA Construction Manager Fined, Sentenced to Prison on Bribery Charges

Michelle Schaap was featured in a ConstructionDIVE article titled, "Former MTA Construction Manager Fined, Sentenced to Prison on Bribery Charges." In the article, Michelle discusses one of many "red flags" that can alert public agencies to unscrupulous behavior under a construction contract. ...READ MORE

 
March 1, 2018

New Jersey Business Magazine: Compliance Averaging - A Technical and Legal Perspective

Robert Crespi was published in New Jersey Business Magazine with an article titled, "Compliance Averaging - A Technical and Legal Perspective." In the article, Robert and co-author, Kassidy Klink with Peak Environmental LLC, outline the benefits of compliance averaging as a useful and cost-effective method to facilitate transactions and the remediation of New Jersey brownfield sites. ...READ MORE

 
February 28, 2018

ConstructionDIVE: Survey: Small Construction Companies Lukewarm on Tech Investment

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled, “Survey: Small Construction Companies Lukewarm on Tech Investment." In the article, Michelle shares several best practices construction contractors should implement to better protect their company's data. ...READ MORE

 
February 20, 2018

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: Why is design-bid-build still the No. 1 process?

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled, “The Dotted Line: Why is design-bid-build still the No. 1 process?” In the article, Michelle discusses the potential downside of design-bid-build construction contracts and provides valuable insight on a key factor in any project regardless of delivery method – collaboration. ...READ MORE

 
February 16, 2018

Equipment Finance Advisor: Lessors Beware of the Enforceability of Stipulated Loss Value Tables

Frank Peretore, Robert Hornby and Ryan O’Connor were published in Equipment Finance Advisor with a blog post titled, “Lessors Beware of the Enforceability of Stipulated Loss Value Tables.” In the post, they explain how a recent ruling in Bankruptcy Court may indicate that Stipulated Loss Value tables are more at risk than is commonly believed in the equipment finance industry. ...READ MORE

 
February 14, 2018

Crain's New York Business: Singular Achievement

Glenn Stein was quoted in a Crain’s New York Business article titled, “Singular Achievement.” In the article, he highlights a key factor that nonemployer businesses, entrepreneurs and startups should consider to help achieve sustainable growth. ...READ MORE

 
February 13, 2018

ROI-NJ: Device Startups Must Stay Alert for Legal Issues

Glenn Stein was featured in a ROI-NJ article titled, “Device Startups Must Stay Alert for Legal Issues.” In the article, he outlines several legal challenges that startups in the medical device industry often encounter and offers valuable insight into steps these companies can take to overcome them. ...READ MORE

 
February 1, 2018

ROI-NJ: Murphy's Green Message Has Firms Dreaming Big

Dennis Toft was quoted in a ROI-NJ article titled, “Murphy’s Green Message Has Firms Dreaming Big.” In the article, Dennis shares his thoughts on the positive outlook for renewable energy and climate change initiatives in New Jersey under Governor Phil Murphy’s administration. ...READ MORE

 
January 25, 2018

ConstructionDIVE: How to Prepare for a Construction Project Audit

Michelle A. Schaap was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled, “How to Prepare for a Construction Project Audit.” In the article, Michelle outlines a key provision that should be considered by construction firms and owners alike when entering a contract. ...READ MORE

 
January 24, 2018

New Jersey Law Journal: Client Intake - Potential Pitfalls to Avoid at the Outset of Retention

Ronald Israel, Marie Mathews and Brigitte Gladis co-authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Client Intake: Potential Pitfalls to Avoid at the Outset of Retention." The article provides issues to address prior to representing a client and how these considerations may minimize the potential for a subsequent malpractice claim. ...READ MORE

 
January 22, 2018

NJBIZ: Center of the Action

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Center of the Action." The article discusses how New Jersey is attracting distribution centers for e-commerce companies. ...READ MORE

 
January 22, 2018

NJBIZ: Retailers Take 'Omnichannel' Approach

Michelle Schaap and Sean Aylward were quoted in a NJBIZ article, "Retailers Take 'Omnichannel' Approach," discussing the various challenges facing e-commerce companies. ...READ MORE

 
January 15, 2018

NJGCA On the Road Magazine: Are You Paying Too Much in Property Taxes?

John Lloyd and Mauro Tucci were published in the New Jersey Gasoline and C-Store Association’s (NJGCA) On the Road Magazine with an article titled, “Are You Paying Too Much in Property Taxes?” In the article, John and Mauro discuss the potential benefits commercial and industry property owners may find after undergoing a tax appeal. ...READ MORE

 
January 15, 2018

ROI-NJ: Firm Focus - Attorneys Grapple with Best Way to Handle Management

Daniel Schwartz was featured in a ROI-NJ article titled “Firm Focus – Attorneys Grapple with Best Way to Handle Management.” The article, which discusses his role as CSG’s first full time managing member, was published January 15, 2018. ...READ MORE

 
January 11, 2018

ConstructionDIVE: Recognizing and Combating Construction Fraud

Jonathan Bondy was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled “Recognizing and Combating Construction Fraud.” In the article, Jon discusses how theft and wrongdoing can be perpetrated by trusted employees. ...READ MORE

 
January 2, 2018

ROI-NJ: ROI Asks the Experts - Real Estate Predictions for 2018

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in a ROI-NJ article titled "ROI Asks the Experts: Real Estate Predictions in 2018." ...READ MORE

 
December 22, 2017

Daily Record: Governor Pardons Ex-Mount Olive Officer Who Released Confidential Data

Lee Vartan was quoted in a Daily Record article titled "Governor Pardons Ex-Mount Olive Officer Who Released Confidential Data." Lee served as the attorney for ex-Mount Olive police officer, Ryan Eastridge, who was forced to resign in 2014 after pleading guilty to releasing confidential law enforcement data to a neighbor.  ...READ MORE

 
December 12, 2017

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: 4 Reasons Why Construction Companies Should Have an Attorney Review Contracts

Michelle Schaap was quoted in ConstructionDIVE article titled "The Dotted Line: 4 Reasons Why Construction Companies Should Have an Attorney Review Contracts."  ...READ MORE

 
December 11, 2017

Behavioral Healthcare Executive: HIPAA Requirements Extend to Outsourced Work

Nicole DiMaria was quoted in a Behavioral Healthcare Executive article titled "HIPAA Requirements Extend to Outsourced Work."  ...READ MORE

 
December 10, 2017

NJ.com: N.J. Town Blasted in Lawsuit Over Landscaper Leaf Blower Ban

David Mairo was quoted in a NJ.com article titled "N.J. Town Blasted in Lawsuit Over Landscaper Leaf Blower Ban."  David is representing the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association and nine individual landscape companies, which filed a civil suit against the town of Maplewood,  its mayor and the township committee. The suit claims the leaf blower ban discriminates against landscapers, resulting in an adverse impact on their business.  ...READ MORE

 
December 4, 2014

Law360: Newark Energy Center Appellate Decision

John Valeri was recently quoted in a Law360 article, “NJ Power Plant Can Use More Sulfuric Acid, Panel Says,” discussing the New Jersey Appellate Division’s decision to uphold current air pollution controls for his client, Newark Energy Center, on December 1, 2017. ...READ MORE

 
November 29, 2017

Tapinto.net: Nine Local Landscapers Sign On to New Leaf Blower Ban Lawsuit in Maplewood

David Mairo was quoted in a TAPinto.net article titled "Nine Local Landscapers Sign On to New Leaf Blower Ban Lawsuit in Maplewood." The article discusses Maplewood's leaf blower ban and a newly filed lawsuit opposing the ban. ...READ MORE

 
November 21, 2017

New Jersey Law Journal: More NJ Lawyers Added to Murphy Transition Team

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "More NJ Lawyers Added to Murphy Transition Team." Frank was recently appointed to New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy's Transition Counsel Committee.  ...READ MORE

 
November 9, 2017

NJBIZ: Newark Embraces a Common Goal...Amazon

Frank Giantomasi authored a NJBIZ article titled “Newark embraces a common goal: Amazon,” which was published on November 9, 2017. The article explores the unification of Newark’s business and political leaders for the purpose of securing Amazon’s coveted HQ2 facility. ...READ MORE

 
November 1, 2017

Equipment Leasing Newsletter: Cybersecurity in Commercial Equipment Leases

Michelle Schaap, Frank Peretore, and Robert Hornby co-authored an Equipment Leasing Newsletter article titled “Cybersecurity in Commercial Equipment Leases” in which equipment lessors’ obligations and potential liability for information stored on equipment were discussed. The article recommends that lessors include in their leases the mandate that the lessee remove all protected health information (“PHI”) and/or confidential data from the leased equipment prior to its return in addition to maintaining cyber insurance or crime coverage. ...READ MORE

 
October 20, 2017

New York Times: Should You Really Buy That Home?

Gemma Giantomasi was quoted in a New York Times article titled "Should You Really Buy That Home?" According to Gemma, a title report is where issues with a home are found.  ...READ MORE

 
October 16, 2017

Journal of Equipment Lease Financing: Cybersecurity - The Increasing Obligations and Exposure in the Age of State Regulation

Frank Peretore, Robert Hornby, Michelle Schaap and Brigitte Gladis co-authored a Journal of Equipment Lease Financing article titled, “Cybersecurity: The Increasing Obligations and Exposure in the Age of State Regulation.” The article specified that in response to the increasing number of high-profile data breaches, the federal government and the states are turning to regulations and legislation through which businesses must implement cybersecurity safeguards to protect customer information. Many of these measures also make private businesses responsible for monitoring affiliates and third-party vendors and failure to comply could lead to a state enforcement action or private lawsuits. ...READ MORE

 
October 10, 2017

Real Estate Weekly: NJ Warehouse Portfolio Sells for $515M Amid E-Commerce Craze

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in Real Estate Weekly's article titled "NJ Warehouse Portfolio Sells for $515M Amid E-Commerce Craze." The article discusses how e-commerce is increasing demand in New Jersey's industrial real estate market. ...READ MORE

 
October 6, 2017

GlobeSt.com: Beyond E-Commerce - What's Driving Strong Demand Around Ports

Francis J. Giantomasi was interviewed for a GlobeSt.com article titled "Beyond E-Commerce: What's Driving Strong Demand Around Ports." In the interview article, Frank explains that international trade partners are also driving the demand around ports.  ...READ MORE

 
October 5, 2017

GlobeSt.com: ‘They Know It's Time To Put Their Money Up'

Francis J. Giantomasi was interviewed in a GlobeSt.com article titled "They Know It’s Time To Put Their Money Up." In the article, Frank provides insights on the industrial real estate market around ports.  ...READ MORE

 
September 28, 2017

Silver Century Foundation: Dealing with your Digital Afterlife

Carl Levy was quoted in a Silver Century Foundation feature tiitled "Dealing with your Digital Afterlife" on September 28, 2017. The article explains how to create a digital estate plan and complications that may arise. According to Carl, “States are beginning to adopt statutes which govern who is allowed to access online information and under what circumstances.”  ...READ MORE

 
September 27, 2017

GlobeSt.com: RealShare New Jersey - Unlocking Value in Multifamily Properties

Mitchell Berkey was quoted in a GlobeSt.com article titled "RealShare New Jersey: Unlocking Value In Multifamily Properties." The article highlights the recent panel discussion at the RealShare New Jersey conference held on September 19, 2017. ...READ MORE

 
August 30, 2017

Real Estate Forum: Power of the Ports

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in Real Estate Forum’s article titled "Power of the Ports." The article, featured in the July/August 2017 publication, discusses potential restrictions on international trade and how this may regionally impact the rate of commerce and occupancy gains. ...READ MORE

 
August 30, 2017

GlobeSt.com: Can a Debt-Burdened Flood Program Take on Hurricane Harvey?

Dennis Toft was quoted in a GlobeSt.com article titled "Can a Debt-Burdened Flood Program Take on Hurricane Harvey?" ...READ MORE

 
August 16, 2017

SHRM: When the Boss Asks HR to Do Something Immoral or Illegal

Melissa Salimbene was quoted in a SHRM article titled "When the Boss Asks HR to Do Something Immoral or Illegal."  ...READ MORE

 
August 6, 2017

NJBIZ: Triple Play - 3 Ways to Prepare for Patenting, Defending your Inventions

Jeffrey Weinick was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Triple Play: 3 Ways to Prepare for Patenting, Defending your Inventions," discussing three ways for technology companies to prepare their inventions for the United State patenting process and defend themselves against competitors.   ...READ MORE

 
August 2, 2017

Is Newark Entering the Ninth Inning? More Like Intermission, Says Insiders

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in CapRate Media's article titled "Is Newark Entering the Ninth Inning? More Like Intermission, Says Insiders." The article discusses insights from the Newark CRE Summit, which was held on July 27, 2017.  ...READ MORE

 
July 2017

COMMERCE: Annual Law Firm Managing Partners Roundtable - Growing Practice Areas

Daniel Schwartz was quoted in COMMERCE's July 2017 issue in an article titled "Annual Law Firm Managing Partners Roundtable: Growing Practice Areas."  ...READ MORE

 
July 17, 2017

Leasing News: New Jersey Appeals Court Vacates $1.5 Million Attorneys' Fees Award in Equipment Leasing Dispute

Frank Peretore, Robert Hornby and Mindy Fox co-authored a Leasing News article titled "New Jersey Appeals Court Vacates $1.5 Million Attorneys’ Fees Award in Equipment Leasing Dispute." The article specifies that on June 23, 2017, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Tangible Secured Funding, Inc. v. Imaging Ctr. of Oradell, LLC, No. A-2284-14T1, 2017 WL 2705437 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. June 23, 2017) vacated $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees on the grounds that (1) part of the fees were incurred by out-of-state attorneys not admitted pro hac vice in New Jersey and (2) they improperly included post-judgment attorneys’ fees, which was not expressly provided for in the underlying agreement. ...READ MORE

 
July 11, 2017

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line - How Force Majeure Contract Clauses Can Plan for the Unexpected

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled "The Dotted Line: How Force Majeure Contract Clauses Can Plan for the Unexpected."  ...READ MORE

 
July 2017

NJ Chamber Edge: When Getting Away is the Best Way to Get Business Done

Dennis Toft was featured in NJ Chamber Edge's July 2017 issue in an article titled "When Getting Away is the Best Way to Get Business Done." New Jersey executives were interviewed in the feature, which explored their favorite vacation spots and how time away from work makes them better business leaders.   ...READ MORE

 
June 2017

Real Estate NJ: Eye on Trenton - Developers Wary of Proposed Changes to Tax Abatement Law

John Lloyd was quoted in a Real Estate NJ article titled "Eye on Trenton: Developers Wary of Proposed Changes to Tax Abatement Law." The article discusses proposed changes to tax abatement law and how those changes include mandating that municipalities share payments in lieu of taxes ('PILOTs") revenue with school districts. ...READ MORE

 
June 15, 2017

Real Estate NJ: Developers Share Success Stories, Challenges at SIOR Market Update

Mitchell Berkey was featured in a Real Estate NJ article titled "Developers Share Success Stories, Challenges at SIOR Market Update." The article highlights the recent panel discussion at SIOR's Market Update event. ...READ MORE

 
June/July 2017

Global Trade Magazine: Trade Smarter

Matthew Beck was quoted in the June/July issue of Global Trade Magazine in an article titled "Trade Smarter." The article provides strategies for managing overseas risk.  ...READ MORE

 
June 6, 2017

U.S. News & World Report: Why Equity Crowdfunding Hasn't Taken Off

Glenn Stein was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article titled "Why Equity Crowdfunding Hasn't Taken Off." The article explains limitations for equity crowdfunding. ...READ MORE

 
June 5, 2017

The Real Deal: Eastern Promises - Investors from China, Korea and Kuwait, among others, are Eying Garden State Properties

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in The Real Deal's article titled "Eastern Promises: Investors from China, Korea and Kuwait, among others, are eying Garden State Properties." The article discusses the increased interest among foreign investors in New Jersey real estate properties.  ...READ MORE

 
May 26, 2017

New Jersey Law Journal: Sometimes a Lawsuit Isn't the Answer

Marie Mathews authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Sometimes a Lawsuit Isn't the Answer," which was published on May 26, 2017. The article explains the benefits and disadvantages of arbitration compared to litigation for resolving business disputes.  ...READ MORE

 
May 16, 2017

Construction DIVE: The Dotted Line - What Contractors Need to Know About the AIA's 2017 Contracts Revamp

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a Construction DIVE article titled "The Dotted Line: What Contractors Need to Know About the AIA's 2017 Contracts Revamp." The article explains changes to the American Institute of Architect's standardized contract documents and what contractors should know about regarding the revisions.  ...READ MORE

 
May 8, 2017

NJBIZ: Badge of Honor - Cybersecurity Company Comodo is Proud to Have Frustrated the CIA into a Rude Remark

Michelle Schaap was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Badge of Honor: Cybersecurity Company Comodo is Proud to Have Frustrated the CIA into a Rude Remark." Michelle touches on often-overlooked potential for data breaches in a company's physical space, "Suppose I did trust and estates work; if I had lots of client information left on my desk or cabinets, a cleaning crew with a bad actor could simply take out a cell phone and take photos...Or what's to prevent someone from popping a USB drive and getting files off of the computer?" ...READ MORE

 
May 8, 2017

NJBIZ: Computer Viruses Can Cost Organizations. But Ransomware Can Cost Them in More Than One Way.

Michelle Schaap was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Computer Viruses Can Cost Organizations. But Ransomware Can Cost Them in More Than One Way." Michelle discusses how companies vary in timing when disclosing cybersecurity breaches to the public, recommending a quick and transparent approach once a breach occurs. ...READ MORE

 
May 8, 2017

NJBIZ: 6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Hurdle Common Legal Pitfalls

Rhonda Carniol authored a NJBIZ article titled "6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Hurdle Common Legal Pitfalls." Rhonda offers six legal pitfalls that entrepreneurs should consider to protect their business.  ...READ MORE

 
May 1, 2017

NJBIZ: So You Want to Open a Restaurant

Catherine Wells and Gemma Giantomasi were featured in NJBIZ's FoodBiz issue in republished article titled "So You Want to Open a Restaurant...Here Are a Few Tips From the Experts." Catherine suggests protecting the business from the start, “If there are multiple people involved in the business, having an operators or shareholders agreement at the formation of the business can help delineate rights and responsibilities of partners and members so you can minimize the risk of disputes down the road. It can set forth the percentage of the business each person owns, who is responsible for what aspects of the business, how decisions are made, how profits are distributed and the manner in which to dissolve the business.” Gemma suggests considering your site selection, "If your location is within 200 feet of a church or a school, you will need an annual waiver from those institutions in order to have a liquor license in that location."  ...READ MORE

 
April 24, 2017

New Jersey Law Journal: Planning to Protect a Difficult Neighbor During Construction

Thomas Trautner authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Planning to Protect a Difficult Neighbor During Construction."  The article explores the Protection of Adjoining Properties section of the Uniform Construction Code, and its potential legal issues.  ...READ MORE

 
April 17, 2017

New Jersey Law Journal: A Legislative Priority in NJ - Amending the Mortgage Priority Statute

Laurence Smith authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "A Legislative Priority in NJ: Amending the Mortgage Priority Statute." The article explains the recent decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court in Rosenthal & Rosenthal v. Vanessa Benun (a/k/a Vanessa Broochian and Elan Broochian) and Riker Danzig, 226 N.J. 41 (2016).  Michelle Cortese, an associate in the firm’s Corporate & Securities Group, also contributed to this article. ...READ MORE

 
April 16, 2017

Real Estate NJ: Roundtable - What Are the Biggest Challenges to Construction and Redevelopment in New Jersey?

Thomas Trautner was quoted in a Real Estate NJ article titled "Roundtable: What Are the Biggest Challenges to Construction and Redevelopment in New Jersey?" The article asks a panel of industry experts to address what are the biggest challenges to construction and redevelopment in New Jersey. According to Tom, "The continued uncertainty faced by municipalities with respect to affordable housing has created substantial challenges for residential developers. This is, in part, a result of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Mount Laurel IV to have the judiciary undertake (through litigation) the role of determining the numerical affordable housing obligations of municipalities." ...READ MORE

 
April 16, 2017

Real Estate NJ: Gauging the Future of Rent Growth, Investor Appetite Along the Booming Hudson Waterfront

Mitchell Berkey was featured in a Real Estate NJ article titled "Gauging the Future of Rent Growth, Investor Appetite Along the Booming Hudson Waterfront." The article highlights the recent panel discussion at CapRate Events' annual New Jersey Gold Coast & Spring Multifamily Summit.  ...READ MORE

 
April 5, 2017

NJTV News: Maplewood Bans Commercial Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

David Mairo was quoted in a NJTV News article titled "Maplewood Bans Commercial Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers." The article explains the recent Maplewood ban on gas-powered leaf blowers due to township claims of environmental and noise issues. David is representing the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association and said, "It goes far beyond what is permissible." ...READ MORE

 
April 2017

New Jersey Business: Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

Michelle A. Schaap was featured in a New Jersey Business article titled “Cybersecurity for Small Businesses.” Michelle advises that the biggest cybersecurity problem for small business may be their employees, stating, “It is not necessarily that businesses have malicious employees; it is that they have employees who don’t know better. It is people who have not been trained to be mindful.” ...READ MORE

 
March 28, 2017

ABL Advisor: New Cybersecurity Regulations Will Impact Your Business in Surprising Ways

Frank Peretore and Robert Hornby co-authored an ABL Advisor article titled "New Cybersecurity Regulations Will Impact Your Business in Surprising Ways." The article explains the cybersecurity regulations released by New York Department of Financial Services and how it may affect businesses.  ...READ MORE

 
March 28, 2017

NJSpotlight: NJ High Court Rules State Not Liable for Raritan Bay Superfund Site

Dennis Toft was quoted in a NJSpotlight article titled "NJ High Court Rules State Not Liable for Raritan Bay Superfund Site." The article explains the recent divided decision that the state has no cleanup liability for pollution discharges occurring prior to the adoption of the 1976 New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act. ...READ MORE

 
March 27, 2017

U.S. News & World Report: Why Your Financial Service Agreement Includes Arbitration

Ross Pearlson was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article titled "Why Your Financial Service Agreement Includes Arbitration." According to Ross, "The customer agreements of most financial services firms still contain pre-dispute arbitration agreements, or PDAAs, which are generally presented to clients on a take-it-or-leave-it basis." ...READ MORE

 
March 13, 2017

NJBIZ: Real Estate Panel - Newark is 'Firing on All Fronts'

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Real Estate Panel: Newark is 'Firing on All Fronts.'" The article discusses insights on Newark development from the recent Newark Regional Business Partnership event.  ...READ MORE

 
March 8, 2017

Real Estate NJ: Newark Rising - Successful Projects Breed Confidence for What's Still to Come

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in a Real Estate NJ article titled "Newark Rising: Successful Projects Breed Confidence for What’s Still to Come." The article highlights real estate projects in Newark, which were discussed by an expert panel of developers and professionals at Newark Regional Business Partnership's annual Real Estate Market Forecast.  ...READ MORE

 
March 7, 2017

Equipment Finance Advisor: New Cybersecurity Regulations Will Impact Your Business in Surprising Ways

Robert L. Hornby and Frank Peretore wrote an article featured in the Equipment Finance Advisor titled, “New Cybersecurity Regulations Will Impact Your Business in Surprising Ways,” on March 7, 2017. The cybersecurity regulations, released by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), went into effect on March 1, 2017 and have been hailed as “first-in-the-nation.” The article stresses the importance for a Covered Entity or any vendor, broker, repossession company, or any other party in the equipment leasing and financing industry dealing with a Covered Entity, to ensure they are prepared to meet the requirements of the NY Regulations. ...READ MORE

 
March 6, 2017

NJBIZ: Malpractice Fight - Time is of the Essence

Marie Mathews was quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Malpractice Fight: Time is of the Essence." The article mentions an uptick in the amount of malpractice claims filed against lawyers who settled cases that their client later feels might not have been in their best interest. According to Marie, "There's going to be less cases of people saying lawyers botched a trial, because trials are fewer in number than settlements. I don’t expect (that to) change in the future. So the uptick is likely to continue.” ...READ MORE

 
February 2017

The Journal of Water Law: A High-Level Review of the Changes, Revisions, and Additions

Robert Crespi and Michael Gordon co-authored an article in February 2017 issue of The Journal of Water Law titled "A High-Level Review of the Changes, Revisions, and Additions of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Proposed 2017 Construction General Permit Regulating Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities." The article explores the changes to the current Construction General Permit, so that those affected have a better sense of the new or revised regulations and be prepared to comply. ...READ MORE

 
February 27, 2017

Forbes: Why Some of the Most Successful Lawyers are Helping Clients Find New Business Opportunities

Jeffrey Chiesa was quoted in a Forbes article titled "Why Some of the Most Successful Lawyers are Helping Clients Find New Business Opportunities." According to Jeff, "...clients want solutions not opinions. They want to achieve more and are looking for professionals who can help them excel. Lawyers, who have a deep understanding of their client, have top notch communication skills, and have a strong understanding of legal and business issues, are the ones that will be in high demand.” ...READ MORE

 
February 27, 2017

NJBIZ: State of the Estate

Roxanna Hammett was featured in the "State of the Estate" section of a NJBIZ's article titled "Not Just Crunching Numbers CPA Firms are Adding to Their Fields of Expertise in Order to Take Advantage of New Opportunities." The article mentions the state's estate tax exclusion being raised from $675,000 to $2 million and whether wealthy individual who left the state are considering returning because of it. According to Roxy, "Between the state's income taxes and property taxes, I don't believe it's likely to be the only factor people consider in moving back." ...READ MORE

 
February 20, 2017

New Jersey Law Journal: Debtor-in-Possession Lending

Robert Nies and Frank Peretore co-authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Debtor-in-Possession Lending."  ...READ MORE

 
February 16, 2017

Forbes: How to Build a Law Firm's Reputation to Garner New Business

Jeffrey Chiesa was quoted in a Forbes article, "How to Build a Law Firm's Reputation to Garner New Business." According to Jeff, "Lawyers must build trust with their clients. This is only possible when they are able to prove their expertise, when everything is transparent to clients, and when they are demonstrably efficient and reliable. It’s essential to not just meet client expectations but to exceed them. By building trust, lawyers at the law firm are building the law firm’s reputation.” ...READ MORE

 
February 15, 2017

Real Estate Weekly: Port of NY-NJ and its Environs Housing Large Deals for Cold Storage Warehouses

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a Real Estate Weekly article titled "Port of NY-NJ and its Environs Housing Large Deals for Cold Storage Warehouses." According to Frank, “We’re seeing an enormous demand for freezer warehouses, We’re seeing clients looking for warehouse space down at Exit 3 and 4 of the Turnpike. We’re almost as far away as Philadelphia. But what’s happened is, there’s an enormous amount of food products and perishables that’s coming in from Asia and South America and then landing here in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The food products: juice concentrate from China, shrimp from the Philippines or squid from Vietnam. We’re seeing all sort of stuff coming in here. It’s got to be frozen. It’s got to be refrigerated.” ...READ MORE

 
February 9, 2017

Real Estate Weekly: Jersey Boy Giantomasi Helping Fine Tune Firm's NYC Push

Francis J. Giantomasi was featured in a Real Estate Weekly article titled "Jersey Boy Giantomasi Helping Fine Tune Firm's NYC Push." The article profiles Frank's legal career. ...READ MORE

 
February 9, 2017

ConstructionDIVE: Digging up Delays: How to Handle Unexpected Archaeological Finds on the Job Site

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled "Digging Up Delays: How to Handle Unexpected Archaeological Finds on the Job Site." According to Michelle, "In New Jersey, contractors and developers can open themselves up to potential imprisonment and millions of dollars in fines if they knowingly disturb human remains." ...READ MORE

 
February 8, 2017

Leasing News: New York Broadens the Net of Its Licensed Lender Law: It May Now Include You!

Frank Peretore, Robert Hornby and Mindy Fox co-authored a Leasing News article titled "New York Broadens the Net of Its Licensed Lender Law: It May Now Include You!"  The article describes the NY Banking Law 340, or the "Licensed Lender Law," and the proposed amendments. ...READ MORE

 
February 2017

Edge: The Daily Habits that Give New Jersey Executives an Edge

Dennis Toft was featured in New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's February issue of Edge. In the article, "The Daily Habits that Give New Jersey Executives an Edge," Dennis suggests the daily habit of reading every day and leveraging it for conversations with clients.  ...READ MORE

 
January 30, 2017

NJBIZ: Attorney's Key to Social Media Policies: Be Specific, but Not Too Strong

Melissa Salimbene was quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Attorney's Key to Social Media Policies: Be Specific, but Not Too Strong." According to Melissa, "You need to define and explain what is appropriate and inappropriate conduct - it's not nearly enough to just say, 'No engaging in inappropriate conduct on social media.'" ...READ MORE

 
January 22, 2017

NJBIZ: Triple Play Cybersecurity Tips

Michelle Schaap was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Triple Play: Cybersecurity Tips." According to Michelle, a business should doing the following three things related to cybersecurity: acknowledge that your company is a target, protect your information from attack and prepare for the inevitable. ...READ MORE

 
January 18, 2017

Construction Dive: Kroll: Construction Industry Fraud Declined in 2016

Michelle Schaap was featured in a Construction Dive article titled "Kroll: Construction Industry Fraud Declined in 2016." The article refers to an August article, which Michelle mentions the threat of increased cyberattacks on the construction industry as they adopt new technologies.  ...READ MORE

 
January 18, 2017

Forbes: Estate Planning for the Ultra-Wealthy When Living to 120 or Beyond

Jeffrey Chiesa was featured in a Forbes article titled "Estate Planning for the Ultra-Wealthy When Living to 120 or Beyond." According to Jeff, "Controlling wealth until death is a common particle among self-made millionaires. However, this thinking can lead to poor estate plans especially when the people involved live a long time. Where the wealth holders are living a very long time, it’s their responsibility to construct estate plans that clearly spell out what is to happen and, many times, it’s wise to transfer assets before death. Transferring assets before death solves lots of possible problems such as family disputes and lawsuits and assets strangely disappearing. Because of the possibility of dementia or older wealth holders being exploited by advisors, staff, or family members, shifting some of the wealth before death can be very beneficial for all involved." ...READ MORE

 
December 8, 2016

SHRM: Food Fights, Brawls and Sprains – Get a Grip on Your Holiday Party

Margaret “Peggy” O’Rourke Wood, a member of the Employment Group, was quoted in a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article titled, “Food Fights, Brawls and Sprains – Get a Grip on Your Holiday Party.” The article, published on December 8, 2016, discusses how holiday parties are becoming more common and how corporate leaders should be aware of potential problems. Peggy discusses steps that corporate leaders can take in order to encourage standards of behavior for their employees. ...READ MORE

 
December 5, 2016

NJBIZ: Going Global? You Better Make Sure You Are Up On Data Privacy Laws

Laurence M. Smith, chair of the firm’s Corporate & Securities Group, was featured in a NJBIZ article, “Going Global? You Better Make Sure You Are Up On Data Privacy Laws.” The article, which was published on December 5, 2016, discusses the importance of understanding EU data privacy laws especially in regards to trans-Atlantic data flow. ...READ MORE

 
November 16, 2016

Equipment Finance Advisor: Dipping your Toe Into DIP Lending?

Frank Peretore and Robert Nies co-authored an Equipment Finance Advisor article titled "Dipping your Toe Into DIP Lending?" The article describes the benefits and risks of DIP (debtor-in-possession) lending for both a pre-petition lender and a lender engaged principally in DIP financing.  ...READ MORE

 
November 14, 2016

NJBIZ: Beyond the Law: Today's Attorney's Find That Knowing Their Field Means Studying More Than Its Legal Element

Michelle Schaap was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Today's Attorney's Find That Knowing Their Field Means Studying More Than Its Legal Element." In the article, Michelle discusses how she learned how to handle construction contracts by talking to the people doing the construction rather than the lawyers. She also suggests earning a business certificate as another way to improve an attorney's skillset.  ...READ MORE

 
November 10, 2016

New Jersey Law Journal: Generation Education

Michelle Schaap, Abigail Remore and Chelsea Jasnoff coauthored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Generation Education." The article provides insight to help different generations better understand their colleagues. ...READ MORE

 
November 1, 2016

midJersey Business: Buh-Bye, Annual Reviews!

Catherine Wells was quoted in a midJersey Business article titled "Buh-Bye, Annual Reviews!" The article provides common performance review mistakes for employers to avoid. According to Catherine, not setting future goals could be one of those pitfalls, advising employers to "Get ahead of that by being prepared with a list of specific objectives you have for [the employee].” ...READ MORE

 
October 24, 2016

NJBIZ: Taxing Event: How Accounting Firms are Preparing Clients for Sudden Change in Laws Around N.J.-Pennsylvania Border

Roxanna Hammett was quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Taxing Event: How Accounting Firms are Preparing Clients for Sudden Change in Laws Around N.J.-Pennsylvania Border." The article mentions the gradual phase-out of the estate tax in New Jersey and the current inheritance value of $675,000 that can be passed tax-free in the state. According to Roxy, "Other states that have estate tax have increased their exemptions over the years, but New Jersey never did. It has the lowest exemption in the whole country."  ...READ MORE

 
October 24, 2016

NJBIZ: Four Changes to the Tax Laws your Business Needs to Know About

Michelle Bergeron Spell was quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Four Changes to the Tax Laws your Business Needs to Know About." In the article, Michelle explains how the valuation discounts for business interests may change. According to Michelle, "The regulations, which apply to IRC Section 2704, feature sweeping changes to the use of valuation tax discounts for any type of family limited partnership or other family business transfer." ...READ MORE

 
October 2016

New Jersey Lawyer: Clean Water and Affordable Housing - Why Two Laudable Goals May be Incompatible

David Mairo and Chelsea Jasnoff authored a New Jersey Lawyer article titled "Clean Water and Affordable Housing: Why Two Laudable Goals May be Incompatible." According to the article, "the availability of adequate sewer service is a prerequisite for development of affordable housing; or, put in a different context, the lack of sewer service is a limiting factor in the ability to construct affordable housing." ...READ MORE

 
October 16, 2016

NJBIZ: Triple Play: What Property Owners Should Know about Contesting Taxes

John Lloyd was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Triple Play: What Property Owners Should Know about Contesting Taxes." In the article, published on October 16, 2016, John offers three insights to owners of multifamily and commercial properties when considering a review of their assessment and a property tax appeal.  ...READ MORE

 
October 3, 2016

SHRM: Overtime Rule May Result in More Off-the-Clock Work

Catherine Wells was quoted in a SHRM article titled "Overtime Rule May Result in More Off-the-Clock Work."  The article explains how formerly exempt employees reclassified as nonexempt might be tempted to underreport hours worked because of performance pressures. "The inability to complete all work within a timeframe is an issue employees should discuss with management," suggests Catherine.  ...READ MORE

 
Fall 2016

Development Magazine: Six Lessons for Developers Considering a Brownfield Remediation Project

Dennis Toft authored a Development Magazine article titled "Six Lessons for Developers Considering a Brownfield Remediation Project."  ...READ MORE

 
July/August 2016

Real Estate Forum: Big Data is a Big Deal for Real Estate

Michelle Schaap was quoted in an article in Real Estate Forum's July/August 2016 titled "Big Data is a Big Deal for Real Estate." The article explains the various uses of big data for determining real estate industry market trends and insights. The article also describes cybersecurity's role in big data because of information that may be collected on clients or consumers.   ...READ MORE

 
August 2016

Commercial Construction and Renovation: Making it Count Understanding the World of Warranties

Michelle Schaap authored an article titled "Making it Count: Understanding the World of Warranties" in the latest issue of Commercial Construction & Renovation magazine. In the article, Michelle describes how the commencement date and duration of a warranty impacts a contractor and an owner.  ...READ MORE

 
August 16, 2016

GlobeSt.com: How Should the Industry Approach Cybersecurity?

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a GlobeSt.com article titled "How Should the Industry Approach Cybersecurity?" In the article, Michelle suggests ways companies can implement both cyber and physical security procedures, protections and action plans to prevent cyber attacks.  ...READ MORE

 
August 15, 2016

GlobeSt.com: Cybersecurity's Role in Commercial Real Estate

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a GlobeSt.com article titled "Cybersecurity’s Role in Commercial Real Estate." In the article, Michelle offers insights on the role that cybersecurity plays in the commercial real estate industry. ...READ MORE

 
August 11, 2016

ConstructionDIVE: A Future 'Hot Target' for Attackers: How Construction Companies Can Improve Cybersecurity

Michelle Schaap was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled "A future 'hot target' for attackers: How construction companies can improve cybersecurity." In the article, Michelle mentions the importance of having a response plan before a cybersecurity threat takes place. According to Michelle, "Treat it like another risk to your business, and plan for it. Plans will go a long way when the day comes that you have to deal with an intruder."   ...READ MORE

 
July 25, 2016

NJBIZ: Close Up: Frank Peretore

Frank Peretore was featured in a NJBIZ article titled "Close Up: Frank Peretore." The article, featured in their July 25, 2016 issue, provided a profile of Frank's professional and personal background.  ...READ MORE

 
July 7, 2016

Bisnow: Experts Say Medical Tenants to Become Even More Prevalent at Shopping Centers

Mitchell S. Berkey, co-chair of CSG’s Real Estate, Development and Land Use group, was quoted in an article by Bisnow titled, “Experts Say Medical Tenants to Become Even More Prevalent at Shopping Centers,” on July 7, 2016. In the article, Mitch provides insight into why medical tenants are becoming more prevalent at shopping centers stating, “The urgent care center sector has grown substantially, and these establishments generally seek accessible and safe locations with parking, and tend to have strong balance sheets.” Mitch goes on to explain the many benefits for landlords to have urgent care centers at their establishments, “From the landlord’s side, urgent care operators are attractive because they are strong financially, invest in their space and generate traffic to the center.” ...READ MORE

 
July 5, 2016

Construction Dive: Land(fill) of opportunity: Why builders are turning dumps into new developments

Dennis M. Toft, co-chair of CSG’s Environmental Group, was quoted in a Construction Dive article, “Land(fill) of opportunity: Why builders are turning dumps into new developments.” According to Dennis, “There have been a number of projects built on landfills all over the country,” and that, “By redeveloping these sites, you have the opportunity to install better environmental controls than may be there now.” The article goes on to summarize the different challenges for development including site preparation, lengthy timetables and highlights alternative options for landfill sites including installing solar panels or designing a golf course. ...READ MORE

 
July 1, 2016

Healthcare Risk Management: HIPAA Can Be Challenging with Dementia Patients

Nicole DiMaria was quoted in a Healthcare Risk Management article titled "HIPAA Can Be Challenging with Dementia Patients." The article, featured in their July 1, 2016 issue, addresses potential problems with privacy rules. ...READ MORE

 
June 28, 2016

Seton Hall Law: Colleagues, Classmates, Best Friends

CSG members and law school classmates Roger Breene, Francis J. GiantomasiRobert Nies and David Schlossberg were featured in a Seton Hall Law spotlight article discussing their 40 year friendship. ...READ MORE

 
May 29, 2016

NJBIZ: Triple Play: How Attorneys Can Avoid Malpractice Suits

Ronald Israel was quoted in a NJBIZ article "Triple Play: How Attorneys Can Avoid Malpractice Suits." In the article, published May 29, 2016, Ron suggests three ways solo practitioner attorneys can prevent professional malpractice suits. ...READ MORE

 
May 23, 2016

NJBIZ: Risk Management Applies to Travel Now

Laurence Smith was quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Risk Management Applies to Travel Now." The article, published on May 23, 2016, discusses the evolution ofcorporate travel risk management policies.  ...READ MORE

 
April 25, 2016

Meadowlands USA: Environmental Due Diligence

Dennis Toft, co-chair of CSG's Environmental group, authored an article titled "Environmental Due Diligence" in Meadowlands USA. The article, published on April 25, 2016, discusses potential pitfalls in the due diligence process. ...READ MORE

 
April 20, 2016

Bisnow: How a $15 Minimum Wage Will Impact Real Estate

Mitchell Berkey, co-chair of CSG's Real Estate, Development and Land Use group, was quoted in a Bisnow article titled "How a $15 Minimum Wage Will Impact Real Estate." In the article published on April 20, 2016, Mitch offers his insights on how New York's minimum wage will impact retailers, landlords and non-credit tenants. ...READ MORE

 
April 4, 2016

NJBIZ: Food and Beverage in New Jersey

Catherine Wells and Gemma Giantomasi were quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Food and Beverage in New Jersey: So You Want to Open a Restaurant." The article, published on April 4, 2016, discusses issues that restauranteurs might overlook when considering opening an establishment. ...READ MORE

 
March 29, 2016

Law360: NJ Firms See Pockets of Growth in Stagnant Market

CSG was featured in a Law360 article titled "NJ Firms See Pockets of Growth in Stagnant Market." In the article, published on March 29, 2016, CSG is highlighted for leading NJ firms in attorney growth at 6.3 percent, which the firm contributed to demand in the real estate and development, tax appeals, municipal and public institutional planning and regulatory affairs areas. ...READ MORE

 
March 11, 2016

Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal: It's All About the Dirt

Dennis Toft authored an article titled "It's All About the Dirt," published in the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal on March 11, 2016. The article provides clarity for developers needing or seeking to dispose of fill. ...READ MORE

 
March 10, 2016

NJLJ: The Suit-Within-a-Suit Paradigm Is Still Necessary

Ronald Israel and Marie Mathews co-authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "The Suit-Within-a-Suit Paradigm Is Still Necessary." The article, published on March 14, 2016, served as a rebuttal to a January 14, 2016 New Jersey Law Journal article, "Time to Say Good-bye to the 'Suit Within a Suit.'" ...READ MORE

 
March 8, 2016

NJBIZ: New Projects Breathing New Life Into Downtown Newark

Francis J. Giantomasi was quoted in a NJBIZ article titled "Panel: New Projects Breathing New Life Into Downtown Newark." The article, published on March 8, 2016, described Newark Regional Business Partnership's recent "Real Estate Market Forecast" event. ...READ MORE

 
March 2016

Healthcare Risk Management: Denying Release of PHI Can Be a HIPAA Violation

Nicole DiMaria was quoted in a Healthcare Risk Management article titled "Denying Release of PHI Can Be a HIPAA Violation" in their March 2016 issue. The article discusses how healthcare professionals may sometimes misuse HIPAA compliance to deny the release of patient information.  ...READ MORE

 
March 2016

Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime: The Contours of Insider Trading Liability: Will Salman Overturn Newman?

A. Ross Pearlson, Matthew Beck and Ilana Levin co-authored an article titled "The Contours of Insider Trading Liability: Will Salman Overturn Newman?" The article, featured in Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime's March 2016 issue, analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to address the contours of insider trading law in United States v. Salman and how it differs from a previous case the high court declined to review. ...READ MORE

 
February 19, 2016

Renewable Energy World: Now is the Wrong Time for States to Reduce Solar Incentives

Stephen Kisker, chair of CSG's Renewable Energy and Sustainability group, authored an article in Renewable Energy World titled "Now is the Wrong Time for States to Reduce Solar Incentives." ...READ MORE

 
January/February 2016

Renewable Energy World: What is Your Greatest Concern For Your Industry in 2016?

Stephen Kisker, chair of CSG's Renewable Energy and Sustainability group, was quoted in a Renewable Energy World article on "What Is Your Greatest Concern for Your Industry in 2016?" In the article, published in their January/February issue, Steve reflects that his concern for the U.S. solar industry is "the ever-increasing number of states that are changing their energy policy in ways that jeopardize the long-term future of the industry." ...READ MORE

 
February 12, 2016

NJLJ: Pre-Litigation Mediation: Why and When it Makes Sense

The Honorable Patricia Costello authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Pre-Litigation Mediation: Why and When it Makes Sense." In the article, published on February 12, 2016, Judge Costello suggests types of cases that are well suited for pre-litigation alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by either mediation or arbitraton.  ...READ MORE

 
February 8, 2016

NJLJ: The Nonprofit's Bankruptcy Conundrum: Filing Is Permitted, but Uniquely Restricted

Robert Nies recently co-authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "The Nonprofit's Bankruptcy Conundrum: Filing Is Permitted, but Uniquely Restricted." The article, published on February 8, 2016, explains the unique rules that nonprofit debtors and their creditors should be aware of during the bankruptcy process.  ...READ MORE

 
February 2016

New Jersey Business: Crackdown on Employee Misclassification

Catherine Wells, chair of CSG's Employment group, was quoted in a New Jersey Business article titled "Crackdown on Employee Misclassification." The article, published in their February 2016 issue, explores the issue of employee classification and the consequences of misclassified workers under specific New Jersey laws.  ...READ MORE

 
January 29, 2016

Law360: NJ Case Could Force Firms To Extend Malpractice Coverage

Ronald Israel was quoted in a Law360 article titled "NJ Case Could Force Firms To Extend Malpractice Coverage." In the article, published on January 29, 2016, Ron offers his insight on the affect the Mortgage Grader Inc. v. Ward & Olivo LLP et al. case might have on public policy issues.  ...READ MORE

 
January 29, 2016

Solar Power World: Ask the Legal Expert: Solar Installer Advice, Part 2

Stephen Kisker, chair of CSG's Renewable Energy and Sustainability group, was quoted in a Solar Power World article, "Ask the Legal Expert: Solar Installer Advice, Part 2." In the article, published on January 29, 2016, Steve answers legal questions about the limitations of a solar installer's liability, the best form of security for an installer's obligations and liability for lost tax benefits or revenue for projects not completed on time.  ...READ MORE

 
January 25, 2016

Whether You Can Threaten Contempt in a Subpoena for Non-Compliance - Ronald Israel

Ronald Israel, member of the firm, authored an article titled "Whether You Can Threaten Contempt in a Subpoena for Non-Compliance." The article was published on January 25, 2016 under the American Bar Association's website in their Section of Litigation: Ethics and Professionalism Committee. ...READ MORE

 
January 21, 2016

Corporate Spinoffs: Tops or Topsy-Turvy? - Laurence Smith

Laurence Smith, chair of the firm's Corporate & Securities group, was quoted in a U.S. News article titled "Corporate Spinoffs: Tops or Topsy-Turvy?" In the article, released on January 21, 2016, industry experts offer insights on what corporate spinoffs mean to investors.  ...READ MORE

 
January 2016

Navigating the Selection Process - Dennis Toft

Co-chair of the firm's Environmental group, Dennis Toft authored a Meadowlands USA article titled "Navigating the Selection Process: How to Engage a Licensed Site Remediation Professional." The article, published in the January 2016 issue, provides considerations for selection of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional ("LSRP") and special attention that should be paid to LSRP contract terms.  ...READ MORE

 
January 14, 2016

Loss Prevention Tips for Law Firms - Ronald Israel

Ronald Israel, member of the firm, authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Loss Prevention Tips for Law Firms." In the article, published on January 14, 2016, Ron suggests several loss prevention techniques to limit a plaintiff's ability to file a professional malpractice claim.   ...READ MORE

 
January 12, 2016

The Dotted Line: How GMP Contracts Keep Projects From Endless 'Costs and Costs and Costs' - Michelle Schaap

Member of the firm's Construction group, Michelle Schaap was quoted in a ConstructionDIVE article titled "The Dotted Line: How GMP contracts keep projects from endless 'costs and costs and costs.'" The article, published on January 12, 2016, is the first installment of ConstructionDIVE's "The Dotted Line" series, which takes an in-depth look at different construction contract types. In this article, a guaranteed maximum price contract ("GMP") is described and Michelle suggests that determining when to use a GMP depends largely on the status of the plans. ...READ MORE

 
January 8, 2016

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi Names First Full-Time Managing Member - Daniel Schwartz

Daniel Schwartz, managing member of CSG, was recently featured in an NJBIZ article highlighting his role as the firm's first full-time managing member. To view the article in its entirety, please visit NJBIZ's website. ...READ MORE

 
January 7, 2016

Law360: NJ Senate Backs Bill Protecting Towns From Spill Suits

Dennis Toft, co-chair of CSG's Environmental group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled "NJ Senate Backs Bill Protecting Towns From Spill Suits." The article, published on January 7, 2016, discusses a New Jersey Senate passed legislation that would protect local public entities from private party lawsuits seeking cleanup cost for contamination.  ...READ MORE

 
January 5, 2016

Bisnow: Here's Why the Link Between Market Recovery and Rent Increases is Broken

Mitchell Berkey, co-chair of the firm's Real Estate, Development & Land Use group, was quoted in a Bisnow article, "Experts: Here's Why the Link Between Market Recovery and Rent Increases is Broken."  In the article, published on January 5, 2016, Mitch offers insights on why leasing and rent growth in the office market hasn't been affected by market recovery despite higher office employment.  ...READ MORE

 
January 4, 2016

NJBIZ: Buy, sell, hold. What should you do in real estate in 2016?

Mitchell Berkey, co-chair of the firm's Real Estate, Development & Land Use group, was featured in a NJBIZ article "Buy, sell, hold. What should you do in real estate in 2016? Here's what our experts have to say." In the article, Mitch offers his real estate market predictions for 2016.  ...READ MORE

 
December 28, 2015

Ask the Legal Expert: Solar Installer Advice - Stephen Kisker

Stephen Kisker, chair of the firm's Renewable Energy & Sustainability group, was quoted in a Solar Power World article, "Ask the Legal Expert: Solar Installer Advice." In the article, published December 28, 2015, Steve answers legal questions about the scope of the solar installer's warranty and whether the installer should be entitled to a mandatory change order for unforeseen site issues discovered during construction.  ...READ MORE

 
December 22, 2015

The Myths About Escrow Closings - Jeffrey Gussoff

Jeffrey Gussoff, member of the firm's Real Estate, Development & Land Use group,  authored a GlobeSt.com article titled "The Myths About Escrow Closings," published on December 22, 2015. The article discusses the inefficiencies of escrow closings compared to an in-person closing. ...READ MORE

 
December 18, 2015

Solar Contractors and Manufacturers Comment on ITC Vote - Stephen Kisker

Stephen Kisker, chair of the firm's Renewable Energy and Sustainability Group, was quoted in Solar Power World's commentary, titled "Solar contractors and manufacturers comment on ITC vote." The commentary was released on December 18, 2015.  ...READ MORE

 
December 16, 2015

Extraordinary 5-Acre Development Planned in Ironbound - Francis J. Giantomasi

Francis J. Giantomasi, member of the firm's Real Estate, Development & Land Use Group, was quoted in a GlobeSt.com article titled "Extraordinary 5-Acre Development Planned in Ironbound." The article, published on December 16, 2015, explores the potential types of development for the 5.2 acre mixed-use, transit-oriented development site in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood. Frank is serving as lead counsel for seller Iberia Ironbound. ...READ MORE

 
December 16, 2015

State Could Order Jersey City, Elizabeth, Others to Revalue Their Properties - John Lloyd

Tax Group counsel John Lloyd was quoted in a NJTVNews article titled "State Could Order Jersey City, Elizabeth, Others to Revalue Their Properties." The article, published on December 16, 2015, discusses how the state is investigating whether to order Jersey City, Elizabeth, Dunnellen and other towns to reassess the value of their properties. The article points out that many Jersey City properties haven't been revalued since 1988.  ...READ MORE

 
December 14, 2015

Sale of Ironbound Lot Could Pave Way for New Era in Iconic Newark Neighborhood - Francis J. Giantomasi

Francis J. Giantomasi, member of the firm's Real Estate, Development & Land Use Group, was quoted in a NJ.com article titled, "Sale of Ironbound Lot Could Pave Way for New Era in Iconic Newark Neighborhood." The article, released on December 14, 2015 announces the opening of bidding for a sale on the 5.2 acre property in the Ironbound District of Newark. CSG represents the property owners of the potential sale.   ...READ MORE

 
December 11, 2015

NJDEP Reminds Parties Doing Cleanups to be Mindful of Compliance Obligations - Dennis Toft

Co-chair of the firm's Environmental group, Dennis Toft, authored an article titled "NJDEP Reminds Parties Doing Cleanups to be Mindful of Compliance Obligations." The article was featured in NAIOP New Jersey Chapter's The WeekEnder Brief email newsletter released on December 11, 2015. Dennis recommends to parties responsible for remediating sites "to make sure that they are complying with all aspects of the site remediation regulations or face the risk of becoming subject to direct oversight by NJDEP and/or penalties." ...READ MORE

 
December 10, 2015

Flooded with Controversy: Developers, Owners Challenge New FEMA Floodplain Maps - Dennis Toft

Dennis Toft, co-chair of the firm's Environmental Group, was recently quoted in ConstructionDIVE article titled "Flooded with controversy: Developers, owners challenge new FEMA floodplain maps." The article was published on December 10, 2015 and focuses on how FEMA's new floodplain maps have affected flood insurance and the construction industry. "Construction sites that may not have been in a flood zone before may now find themselves in a flood zone, so people who thought they could construct without dealing with flooding issues may now have those issues," Dennis said. ...READ MORE

 
November 16, 2015

Three Years After Sandy, FEMA Maps Challenge Development - Dennis Toft

Dennis Toft, co-chair of the firm's Environmental Group, was recently featured in a GlobeSt.com article and audio interview titled "Three Years After Sandy, FEMA Maps Challenge Development." The article and audio interview, published on November 16, 2015, discusses the impact FEMA's flood maps have on flood insurance rates and future development. ...READ MORE

 
November 3, 2015

Why are DBEs MIA? Overcoming the disadvantaged business enterprise shortage - Michelle Schaap

CSG member Michelle Schaap was extensively quoted in the November 3, 2015 ConstructionDIVE article, "Why are DBEs MIA? Overcoming the disadvantaged business enterprise shortage."  In this article, Michelle weighs in on the complexities of applying for certification as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) and gives her thoughts on how a mentorship program could improve the situation.   ...READ MORE

 
October 29, 2015

Sandy: Three years later, almost home - Dennis Toft

Dennis Toft, co-chair of the firm's Environmental Group, was recently quoted in an Asbury Park Press article titled "Sandy: Three years later, almost home." The article was published on October 29, 2015 and discusses how homeowners are still recovering from the damages of Superstorm Sandy. ...READ MORE

 
October 5, 2015

Contractor vs. Owner: Negotiating Warranties in Commercial Construction - Michelle Schaap

Member of the firm's Construction group, Michelle Schaap authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Contractor vs. Owner: Negotiating Warranties in Commercial Construction," published on October 5, 2015. The article discusses how commencement date, duration of a warranty and the types of warranties impact the contractor and owner.  ...READ MORE

 
October 5, 2015

Relief for Frivolous Claims Remains Difficult to Obtain - Daniel Barnes

Counsel in the firm's Litigation group, Daniel Barnes authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Relief for Frivolous Claims Remains Difficult to Obtain," published on October 5, 2015. The article discusses the challenges associated with obtaining relief through the Frivolous Claims Act ("FCA") despite the Appellate Division's recent award of fees and costs in a FCA case. ...READ MORE

 
Fall 2015

New Jersey Legislature Aims to Pass Maintenance Requirement Bills - Robert Nies

Member of the firm Robert Nies and counsel Steven Sheldon co-authored a New Jersey Banker Magazine article titled "New Jersey Legislature Aims to Pass Maintenance Requirement Bills" in the Fall 2015 issue. The article discussed the impact on lenders from the expanded notice and pending maintenance requirements before the New Jersey Legislature. ...READ MORE

 
September 2015

Credit Bargains Modified: The Significant Impact Recent Judicial Decisions Will Have on Secured Lenders' Recoveries in Bankruptcy - Robert Nies and Michael Caruso

Member of the firm Robert Nies, counsel Steven Sheldon and associate Michael Caruso co-authored an article titled "Credit Bargains Modified: The Significant Impact Recent Judicial Decisions Will Have on Secured Lenders' Recoveries in Bankruptcy" in Commercial Damages Reporter, Volume 30, Issue 1. The article, published in September 2015, analyzes four recent federal court cases and how the cases affects secured creditors' rights and their ability to recover damages.  ...READ MORE

 
September 24, 2015

A Legal Guide To Working with Interns - Catherine Wells

Chair of CSG's Employment Group Catherine Wells was quoted in Enterprise Magazine artilcle titled "A Legal Guide To Working with Interns" in the 3Q 2015 issue. The article discusses the legalities of hiring interns.  ...READ MORE

 
September 4, 2015

Exxon Ruling Is Useful For Evaluating NJ Pollution Claims - David Mairo and Dennis Toft

David Mairo and Dennis Toft, co-chair of the firm's Environmental Group, co-authored in a Law360 article titled, "Exxon Ruling Is Useful For Evaluating NJ Pollution Claims." The article, published on September 4, 2015, discusses how the Exxon ruling provides important guidance as to how the state will calculate NRDs. ...READ MORE

 
August 27, 2015

$225M Exxon Deal Offers Blueprint for Pollution Review - Dennis Toft

Dennis Toft, co-chair of the firm's Environmental Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled, "$225M Exxon Deal Offers Blueprint for Pollution Review." The article, published on August 27, 2015, discusses how ExxonMobil Corp.'s $225 million pollution settlement provides guidance for companies facing similar claims for natural resource damages. ...READ MORE

 
July 2015

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June 24, 2015

NJ's Franchise Practices Act: A Broadly Worded Outlier - Daniel Barnes

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi counsel Daniel Barnes authored a Law360 article titiled "NJ's Franchise Practices Act: A Broadly Worded Outlier." The article, published on June 24, 2015, provides an explanation of the New Jersey Franchises Practices Act. ...READ MORE

 
June 10, 2015

A Primer on NJ's Vilified Refinery Pollution Deal With Exxon - Dennis Toft

Dennis Toft, co-chair of the firm's Environmental Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled, "A Primer on NJ's Vilified Refinery Pollution Deal With Exxon." The article, published on June 10, 2015, discusses the feud surrounding New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil Corp. ...READ MORE

 
May 23, 2015

Keeping a Fire Escape Clear - Gemma Giantomasi

Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group counsel Gemma Giantomasi was quoted in an article titled "Keeping a Fire Escape Clear" in the Ask Real Estate weekly column in the New York Times. The article posted on May 23, 2015 addresses questions from readers about real estate related issues. A reader asked for the legal and ethical way to handle a tree that leans and extends above a neighbor's property. The article points out that the tree is the property owner's responsibility and the owner is liable for damages caused by falling branches or a falling tree. Gemma says, "At the end of the day, the letter writer could be liable. Especiallly in light of the fact that the letter writer has been made aware of the dangerous condition." ...READ MORE

 
April 29, 2015

Industry Should Closely Watch Rulemaking as it Affects T-Listed Sureties, Attorney Says - Scott Lichtenstein

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi associate Scott Lichtenstein contributed to an article titled "Industry Should Closely Watch Rulemaking as it Affects T-Listed Sureties, Attorney Says" on National Association of Surety Bond Producers' blog. The article posted on April 29, 2015, discusses how a new provision in 31 C.F.R. Part 223 instructs each agency to promulgate regulations for determining its procedures and reasons why a bond can be declined.    ...READ MORE

 
April 2015

Commercial Damages Reporter: The Relevance of Direct Profit in Assessing Remedies in Insider Trading Cases

Ross Pearlson and Ilana Levin co-authored an article in Commercial Damages Reporter titled "The Relevance of Direct Profit in Assessing Remedies in Insider Trading Cases" in their Volume 30, Issue 4 edition. The article provides an overview of the different remedies that are available for insider trading cases brought by the SEC in district courts.  ...READ MORE

 
March 6, 2015

Control Through Observer Rights and a CRO - Laurence Smith

Member of the Firm Larry Smith authored an article, "Control Through Observer Rights and a CRO" in The Journal of Private Equity's Spring 2015, Volume 18 edition. Two of the weapons in the arsenal of a second lien, mezzanine, or other leveraged lender are observer rights and the ability to mandate that a borrower engage a chief restructuring officer (CRO). This article examines each of those rights and suggests reasonable limitations on them, reflecting a balance between the legitimate interests of borrower and lender. In situations in which a borrower is highly levered and has limited financing options, it may be forced to accept whatever terms a lender demands, but this article assumes the parties have relatively equal bargaining power. ...READ MORE

 
February 2015

Alternative Work Arrangements: Setting an Example - Michelle Schaap

Member of the Firm Michelle Schaap authored the article, "Alternative Work Arrangements: Setting an Example," for the February 2015 issue of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. In it, Michelle recounts her own experiences with maternity leave and flexible work schedules, while offering advice to men and women seeking alternatives from the traditional nine-to-five work schedule. ...READ MORE

 
January 29, 2015

Getting Creative: The Secured Creditor's Plan for Orderly Liquidation in Chapter 11 - Robert Nies, Steven Sheldon and Michael Caruso

Robert Nies and Michael Caruso co-authored a New Jersey Law Journal article titled "Getting Creative: The Secured Creditor's Plan for Orderly Liquidation in Chapter 11." The article, published on January 29, 2015, discusses options a secured creditor has available to them in a Chapter 11 reorganization.  ...READ MORE

 
November 7, 2014

NJ High Court Could Give Towns More Ammo in Zoning Battles - Thomas Trautner

Thomas Trautner, member of the firm's Real Estate, Development and Land Use Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled "NJ High Court Could Give Towns More Ammo in Zoning Battles." The article, which was published on November 7, 2014, explains that New Jersey Supreme Court will consider when towns are justified in designating property as environmentally sensitive in order to prevent higher-density development. Tom said, "I would be surprised if the Supreme Court did anything to change the standard of review of the ordinance, and I think the Supreme Court is going to be cautious to not do anything to undermine the idea that courts should zealously protect property owners' rights from unlawful taking by municipalities and not overempower municipalities to engage in inverse condemnation or outright condemnation." ...READ MORE

 
October 7, 2014

Making a Good-Faith Offer for Contaminated Property - Thomas Trautner Jr.

Member of the Firm Thomas Trautner Jr. authored, “Making a Good-Faith Offer for Contaminated Property,” in the October 7, 2014 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal.  The article focuses on pre-litigation negotiations when selling contaminated property to a condemnor. ...READ MORE

 
August 27, 2014

The Environment and the Oil and Gas Industry - Dennis M. Toft

Dennis M. Toft authored the article "The Environment and the Oil and Gas Industry," which was published in Oil & Gas Monitor on August 27, 2014. The article mentions the increased demand for new natural gas and oil pipelines throughout the country as more oil and gas deposits are located and are able to be extracted. Dennis addresses that “pipeline projects create concerns on several levels – from the impact of the construction, to the safety of the operation to questions about whether pipeline availability will only generate a need for further fracking.” Opponents of pipelines often delay or derail projects before they get started. “Pipeline projects proponents whether oil or natural gas, need to understand and address these issues and the regulatory arena in which they will be raised in order to have the best chance of succeeding.” ...READ MORE

 
May 2014

Assessing New Jersey's Appetite for Solar - Stephen Kisker

Stephen A. Kisker authored the article "Assessing New Jersey's Appetite for Solar," which was published in the May 2014 issue of COMMERCE. ...READ MORE

 
March 2014

Determining Damages in Environmental Cases in the World After Burlington Northern

Dennis M. Toft and Diana L. Buongiorno authored the article "Determining Damages in Environmental Cases in the World After Burlington Northern," which was published in the March 2014 issue of Commercial Damages Reporter: A Guide to Remedies in Business Litigation, a LexisNexis publication.  ...READ MORE

 
January 2014

Disgorgement as a Viable Theory of Restitution Damages

Ronald L. Israel and Brian P. O'Neill authored the article "Disgorgement as a Viable Theory of Restitution Damages," which was published in the January 2014 issue of Commercial Damages Reporter, a LexisNexis publication. The article examines the use of disgorgement as a potential means, in limited circumstances, for a claimant to receive a greater recovery than the value of its compensatory or actual damages. ...READ MORE

 
August 28, 2013

Using Arbitration Agreements to Resolve Business Disputes Efficiently

Mauro G. Tucci Jr.'s co-authored the article "Using Arbitration Agreements to Resolve Business Disputes Efficiently," which was published in the 2013 3rd Quarter edition of The Edge, the quarterly magazine of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association. ...READ MORE

 
June 3, 2013

A Standing Dilemma: Is possession of a negotiable note required to foreclose a securitized mortgage?

Robert E. Nies and Michael R. Caruso co-authored the article "A Standing Dilemma: Is possession of a negotiable note required to foreclose a securitized mortgage?" which was published on June 3, 2013 in the New Jersey Law Journal. ...READ MORE

 
May 2, 2013

Has Recent Legislation Saved New Jersey's Solar Market?

Stephen A. Kisker authored the article "Has Recent Legislation Saved New Jersey's Solar Market?", which was published in the May 2, 2013 issue of COMMERCE. ...READ MORE

 
April 22, 2013

A Cloud of Uncertainty Over NLRB Decisions

Catherine P. Wells, Margaret O'Rourke Wood and Denise J. Pipersburgh's article titled "A Cloud of Uncertainty Over NLRB Decisions" was published in the April 22, 2013 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. ...READ MORE

 
January 7, 2013

Predictive Coding Technology: The New Frontier

A. Ross Pearlson and James Van Splinter co-authored the article "Predictive Coding Technology: The New Frontier," which was published in the January 7, 2013 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal.  The article discusses the use of predictive coding technology ("the use of computer software to assist and expedite discovery document review") as an important e-discovery tool. ...READ MORE

 
September 24, 2012

Pharma Sales Reps Are 'Exempt' Employees

Margaret O'Rourke Wood and Lindsay A. Smith's article titled "Pharma Sales Reps Are 'Exempt' Employees'" was published in the September 24, 2012 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. ...READ MORE

 
April 23, 2012

Contingent Fee Enhancements Are Alive and Well in N.J.: Revisiting Rendine v. Pantzer's treatment of fee-shifting under the LAD

Catherine P. Wells and Denise J. Pipersburgh co-authored "Contingent Fee Enhancements Are Alive and Well in N.J.: Revisiting Rendine v. Pantzer's treatment of fee-shifting under the LAD," which was published in the April 23, 2012 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. ...READ MORE

 
April 4, 2012

Legal Implications of Hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale

Michael J. Naughton co-authored an article titled, "Legal Implications of Hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale" in the Winter 2012 issue of In-House Defense Quarterly. ...READ MORE

 
March 15, 2012

Loan Sales: Should the Borrower be Permitted to Bid?

Laurence M. Smith authored the article titled, "Loan Sales: Should the Borrower be Permitted to Bid?" in the March 2012 edition of the American Bar Association's Banking Law Committee Journal. ...READ MORE

 
February 22, 2012

The Duty To Know Your Client's Computer System

A. Ross Pearlson authored the article "The Duty To Know Your Client’s Computer System: Lessons learned from I-Med Pharma v. Biomatrix," which was published in the February 20, 2012 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. Michael D. Fleischman contributed to the article. ...READ MORE

 
October 2, 2011

Hospital/Physician Integration: Three Key Models

Nicole DiMaria edited the American Health Lawyers Association’s publication titled, "Hospital/Physician Integration: Three Key Models" in October 2011. ...READ MORE

 
Sept/Oct 2011

Update on Implementation of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act

Nicole DiMaria authored the article "Update on Implementation of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act," which was published in the September/October issue of HFMA's Garden State FOCUS. ...READ MORE

 
Spring 2011

Diminution in Value Indemnification: Is it Worth the Fight?

Laurence M. Smith authored the article "Diminution in Value Indemnification: Is it Worth the Fight?," which was published in the Spring 2011 issue of The Journal of Private Equity.  ...READ MORE

 
April 2011

Investing in Solar Energy Makes Sense in New Jersey

Stephen A. Kisker authored the article "Investing in Solar Energy Makes Sense in New Jersey," which was published in the April 2011 issue of COMMERCE Magazine. ...READ MORE

 
Jan/Feb 2011

Update on the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act

Nicole DiMaria authored the article "Update on the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act," which was published in the January/February issue of HFMA's Garden State FOCUS. ...READ MORE

 
January 2011

Knowing Your Options When A Personal Indemnitor Considers Bankruptcy Protection

Robert E. Nies authored the article "Knowing Your Options When A Personal Indemnitor Considers Bankruptcy Protection," which was published in the January 2011 issue of the Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute Newsletter.  ...READ MORE

 
June 2010

Medicare's Recent Elimination of Consultation Codes -- Intended and Unintended Consequences

Nicole DiMaria authored the article "Medicare’s Recent Elimination of Consultation Codes—Intended and Unintended Consequences" in the June 2010 issue of the American Health Lawyers Association newsletter, Physician Organizations. ...READ MORE

 
April 5, 2010

Brand and Trademark Protection

This article was published on gswoman.com, the website of Garden State Woman, which can be accessed by clicking here. ...READ MORE

 
March 22, 2010

Win Win Lease Negotiations

Jeffrey M. Gussoff and Patricia D. Cleary authored the article "Win Win Lease Negotiations," which was published in the "Perspectives" column of New Jersey and Company in March 2010. ...READ MORE

 
March 2010

The Thief, the Cook and the Egg

Michelle A. Schaap and Nancy A. Del Pizzo authored the article "The Thief, the Cook and the Egg," which was published in the 2010 annual gala magazine of the New Jersey Women Lawyer's Association (NJWLA). ...READ MORE

 
February 2010

Negotiating the Lease

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January 2010

Secured Party Sales Under U.C.C. Article 9: A Commonsense Solution to Maximize a Recovery

Laurence M. Smith authored the article "Secured Party Sales Under U.C.C. Article 9: A Commonsense Solution to Maximize a Recovery," which appeared in the January 2010 issue of Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law. ...READ MORE

 
January 2010

NJ Construction and Real Estate Firms Build a Better Future with Wise Financial/Legal Advice

Jeffrey M. Gussoff was featured in a January 2010 COMMERCE Magazine special focus section on "NJ Construction and Real Estate Firms Build a Better Future with Wise Financial/Legal Advice." ...READ MORE

 
December 7, 2009

Employment & Immigration Law: "Cyberspace in the Workplace"

Employee e-mail use in the workplace is a hot topic these days. Certainly, employers are concerned with curtailing employee abuse of company e-mail systems during working hours and guarding against the unauthorized dissemination of confidential business information or trade secrets. As a result, many employers have implemented e-mail and Internet use policies which not only assert that information stored in the employer’s computer systems belong to the employer, but also reserve the employer’s right to access and review e-mail communications and other information stored on its systems. Many employers have taken the stance that such broad policies give them the right to access an employee’s personal, password-protected, Web-based e-mail account where the employee’s username and password have been stored in the employer’s computer. However, as more courts around the nation weigh in on this issue, there is increasing evidence that an employer’s right to access an employee’s personal e-mails has distinct boundaries. ...READ MORE

 
September 2009

Monitoring Workplace Computer Activity Can Protect Your Business

Catherine P. Wells and Denise J. Pipersburgh authored the article "Monitoring Workplace Computer Activity Can Protect Your Business" for the September 2009 issue of COMMERCE Magazine. ...READ MORE

 
June 2009

The Economic Crash of 2008: A Bankruptcy Perspective

Robert E. Nies authored the chapter titled "The Economic Crash of 2008: A Bankruptcy Perspective," which was published as part of Aspatore Books' The Impact of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, an authoritative account of key strategies for representing and advising financially distressed clients affected by the financial crisis. ...READ MORE

 
May 29, 2009

Pay-to-Play Ban Hits Redevelopers

Pay-to-play is the vernacular associated with the practice of making campaign contributions to individuals seeking elected office or the various political committees that support and advance the interests of political candidates; and thereafter, receiving a lucrative, usually no-bid, government contract. Despite the musings of cynics, pay-to-play is probably not unique to New Jersey. ...READ MORE

 
April 20, 2009

Beyond the Election - New Limitations are a Win for Good Government

With a stroke of the pen, the Governor's Executive Order 117 ("EO 117") issued on September 24, 2008, and effective since November 15, 2008, quickly called the question of whether political contributors and their First Amendment right to freedom of association were entitled to obtain and maintain government contracts. EO 117 drastically increased the categories of regulated contributors, but more importantly, imposed limits on the contributions of spouses and civil union partners as well as adult children residing at home, including them within its reach much as the Local Government Ethics Law did in defining conflicts of interest nearly 20 years ago. See N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.5(d). ...READ MORE

 
December 5, 2005

Op-Ed: KPIs: Making The Most Of TMC Metrics

Key performance indicators, the metrics for assessing the performance of a travel management company, are a crucial part of most travel management services agreements. To have their intended effect, KPIs must be developed carefully, with input from both the corporate client and the travel management company, informed by an understanding of client goals and agency resources. ...READ MORE

 
November 26, 2004

Owners should seek a limitation of liability for consequential damages

Whether liability for consequential damages should be waived or otherwise limited by an owner under a construction contract should be carefully considered during the negotiation process. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) documents clearly reflect the construction industry's efforts to minimize or eliminate a contractor's exposure to such damages, which may not ultimately be in the best interests of an owner. For example, Article 4.3.10 of AlA Document A201-1997 provides for the owner and contractor's mutual waiver of claims against one another for consequential damages arising out of the construction contract. This mutual waiver includes (i) "damages incurred by the Owner for rental expenses, for losses of use, income, profit, financing, business andreputation, and for loss of management or employee productivity or of the services of such persons" and (ii) "damages incurred by the Contractor for principal office expenses including the compensation of personnel stationed there, for losses of financing, business and reputation, and for loss of profit except anticipated profit arising directly from the Work" (AIA Document A201-1997, Article 4.3.10). While on its face, a mutual waiver may seem fair, in reality, the contractor will benefit more from such a provision than the owner. ...READ MORE

 
October 2003

Tri-State Employment Services, Inc. v. The Mountbatten Surety Company.: Under New York law, there is a legal presumption that a Professional Employment Organization or a "PEO," as it is commonly known

At a time when bonded contractors are frequently turning to Professional Employment Organizations or "PEOs," as they are commonly known, to fulfill their payroll and human resources responsibilities, New York's highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, has addressed a critical question which has become increasingly important to payment bond sureties - Is a Professional Employment Organization a proper claimant under a labor and materials payment bond? The Court has answered the question in the negative. ...READ MORE

 
2003

Relationships Matter (2003)

A recurrent, but not universal, theme at the ACTE global conference in Las Vegas earlier this year was the importance of relationships. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich identified “relational capital” as one of the four vectors of change needed to transform the airline industry. In a panel discussion hosted by airline industry analyst James Parker, the CEOs of Frontier, AirTran, Southwest and JetBlue proclaimed motivated employees and superior customer service as key competitive advantages that the low-cost airlines enjoy over the network carriers. A senior executive of Delta Air Lines did not touch upon the theme of relationships, choosing instead to focus upon revenues, expenses, geopolitical forces and the structural challenges facing the airlines, which will likely take years to surmount. ...READ MORE

 
January 1, 2001

Law of Developers or Subdivision Bonds

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1999

Metlife Capital -- The Uncertain Fate of Default Rate and Late Fee Provisions

Laurence M. Smith authored the article "Metlife Capital -- The Uncertain Fate of Default Rate and Late Fee Provisions," published in Volume Twenty-Nine, Number Three of theSeton Hall Law Review. ...READ MORE