CSG RSS Feedhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=39&format=xml&stylesheet=rss2&directive=0&records=20en-us26 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssROI-NJ: Your Supplier/Vendor has declared Bankruptcy: What can you do? What are your rights?http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119254&format=xml&p=7016<p>Join <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/sam-della-fera-jr">Sam Della Fera, Jr.</a> and <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/robert-nies">Robert E. Nies</a>, Co-Chairs of CSG&rsquo;s Bankruptcy &amp; Creditors' Rights Group, as they present a timely virtual discussion, &quot;Your supplier/vendor has declared bankruptcy: What can you do? What are your rights?,&quot; on Tuesday, October 26, from 9:00 &ndash; 10:00 AM EDT. This program, hosted by <em>ROI-NJ</em>, will provide a look at steps that can be taken to protect your organization, including:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Reviewing critical agreements and documents in anticipation of bankruptcy</p> </li> <li> <p>Identifying the telltale signs of a pre-bankruptcy customer or client in distress</p> </li> <li> <p>Taking pre-emptive actions before a distressed customer files for bankruptcy</p> </li> <li> <p>Maximizing recovery from leases and contracts</p> </li> <li> <p>Pursuing guarantors, letters of credit and third party fraudsters</p> </li> <li> <p>And more!</p> </li> </ul> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bankruptcy-concerns-facing-businesses-today-tickets-168352746597">event website</a>.</p>Event26 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119254&format=xmlElectronic Billing Coordinator (2+ Years of Experience)http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119310&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&quot;CSG&quot;) has an immediate opportunity for a full-time Electronic Billing Coordinator to support our growing firm. The Electronic Billing Coordinator will be responsible for review, submission, and assisting with collections of e-billed matters as billed to various e-billing vendors. Vendors include but are not limited to: Tymetrix 360, Bottomline, Serengeti, CounselLink and Collaborati. A small amount of non e-billed &ldquo;paper&rdquo; invoicing will be required as well. This position reports to the Manager of Billing &amp; Collections.</p> <p>Responsibilities:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Review and submission of electronic billing to various vendors</p> </li> <li> <p>Coordinate appeal process with billing member and collections team</p> </li> <li> <p>Ensure set-up of new task based and electronic clients/matters with client, e-billing vendor, and firm</p> </li> <li> <p>Establish effective communication with all clients, attorneys and members of the Time &amp; Billing Department</p> </li> <li> <p>Other duties including a small amount of non e-billed invoicing as called for to satisfy the financial services needs of the firm</p> </li> </ul> <p>Requirements:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Detailed knowledge of multiple e-billing vendors, their procedures, and best practices with regards to matter setup, timekeeper/rate approval, invoice submission, and appealing invoice reductions</p> </li> <li> <p>Experience with Aderant version 8.2.2 (preferred). Other versions of Aderant are acceptable as well as Elite</p> </li> <li> <p>Basic knowledge of matter setup including assigning a matter plan, assigning/editing/creating a rate set</p> </li> <li> <p>Basic knowledge of editing/revising a LEDES file</p> </li> <li> <p>Experience with BillBlast (preferred) or E-Billing Hub</p> </li> <li> <p>Minimum 2-3 years electronic billing experience in a law firm setting</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to demonstrate self-motivation, ownership of assigned work, ability to manage and prioritize workload</p> </li> <li> <p>Communicate in a professional manner via e-mail and phone</p> </li> <li> <p>Proficient with Microsoft Excel and Word</p> </li> <li> <p>Basic familiarity with Zoom or similar video conferencing tools</p> </li> <li> <p>College degree preferred</p> </li> </ul> <p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their resume to <a href="mailto:recruitment@csglaw.com">recruitment@csglaw.com</a>.</p> <p><em>At CSG we are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse attorneys and staff. The firm&rsquo;s two programs &ndash; the Diversity &amp; Inclusion and Women&rsquo;s Initiatives &ndash; provide opportunities for attorneys and employees to enhance their legal careers through career development, mentoring and networking opportunities both within the firm and throughout the business and legal communities as a whole. CSG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. Women, Minorities &amp; Veterans are encouraged to apply.</em></p>Available Position - Staff26 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119310&format=xmlCollections Analyst (3+ Years of Experience)http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119312&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&quot;CSG&quot;) has an immediate opportunity for a full-time Collections Analyst to support our growing firm. Candidates must be able to work independently, be highly organized, detail-oriented, excellent communicators, and maintain a strong work ethic. The Collections Analyst will be responsible for supporting the firm&rsquo;s attorneys and finance staff efforts to manage the firm&rsquo;s inventory consisting of work in progress (WIP) and outstanding accounts receivables (AR). This position reports to the Manager of Billing &amp; Collections.</p> <p>Essential Duties:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Contact clients in a professional manner to collect past due invoices via e-mail, phone</p> </li> <li> <p>Assist in collecting electronic billing (e-billing) invoices via third-party vendors</p> </li> <li> <p>Provide and maintain detailed notes of all collection activity in MS Excel</p> </li> <li> <p>Escalate collections and non-payment issues per firm policy</p> </li> <li> <p>Support multiple attorneys in monthly client billing cycle</p> </li> <li> <p>Attend AR/Inventory Meetings via Zoom or in-person as required</p> </li> </ul> <p>Minimum Requirements:</p> <ul> <li> <p>3 years collections/billing experience</p> </li> <li> <p>Proficiency in Microsoft Excel</p> </li> <li> <p>Aderant or similar experience a plus</p> </li> <li> <p>Collection software experience (ARCS or similar) a plus</p> </li> <li> <p>Possess excellent verbal, written, organizational, interpersonal and technical skills</p> </li> <li> <p>College degree preferred</p> </li> <li> <p>Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, while maintaining efficiency and good attention to detail</p> </li> <li> <p>Law firm or professional services industry collections experience</p> </li> <li> <p>Basic familiarity with Zoom or similar video conferencing tools</p> </li> </ul> <p>Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by email to <a href="mailto:recruitment@csglaw.com">recruitment@csglaw.com</a>.</p> <p><em>At CSG we are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse attorneys and staff. The firm&rsquo;s two programs &ndash; the Diversity &amp; Inclusion and Women&rsquo;s Initiatives &ndash; provide opportunities for attorneys and employees to enhance their legal careers through career development, mentoring and networking opportunities both within the firm and throughout the business and legal communities as a whole. CSG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. Women, Minorities &amp; Veterans are encouraged to apply.</em></p>Available Position - Staff26 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119312&format=xmlFrancis J. Giantomasi Named 2021 Health Care Influencer by ROI-NJhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119261&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18886&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Francis J. Giantomasi</a>, a Member with Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC&rsquo;s (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Group and CSG Executive Committee member, has been named among<em> ROI-NJ&rsquo;s</em> 2021 Health Care Influencers in his capacity as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children&rsquo;s Hospital of New Jersey (&ldquo;NBIMC&rdquo;).</p> <p>NBIMC, as well as the larger RWJ Barnabas Health System, have benefitted from Frank&rsquo;s vision and steady-handed leadership over course of the pandemic and in navigating the road to recovery. Drawing on his statewide real estate development practice, experiences and deep influence within the sector, Frank has been one of the leading minds behind Newark Beth&rsquo;s ambitious &ldquo;Newark Strong&rdquo; renovation project, which is currently underway and positioned to change the face of the city&rsquo;s South Ward.</p> <p>Already a mainstay within <em>ROI-NJ&rsquo;s</em> Real Estate Influencers and Power Lists, this year marks Frank&rsquo;s debut in the Health Care category.</p> <p>As <em>ROI-NJ</em> puts it, &ldquo;What is one of the state&rsquo;s top land-use and real estate attorneys in Newark and Essex County doing on the health care list? That&rsquo;s easy: Giantomasi is chairman of the board of trustees of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children&rsquo;s Hospital of New Jersey &mdash; and is helping it navigate a $150 million expansion that will help it further connect with the community it serves.&rdquo;</p> <p>Outside of his involvement with NBIMC, Frank has been previously recognized by the Arthritis Foundation and Pillar Care Continuum (formerly Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey) with the organizations&rsquo; Health Champion of the Year (2016) and Man of the Year (2014) awards, respectively.</p> <p>To view the full <em>ROI-NJ</em> 2021 Influencers: Health Care list, please <a href="https://www.roi-nj.com/2021/10/20/roi-influencers/health-care/2021-health-care/roi-nj-presents-the-roi-influencers-health-care-2021/">click here</a>.</p>News22 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119261&format=xmlCSG's Della Fera Among NJSBA's 2021 Pro Bono Award Recipientshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119224&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) announced today that <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/sam-della-fera-jr">Sam Della Fera, Jr.</a>, Co-Chair of the firm&rsquo;s Bankruptcy &amp; Creditors&rsquo; Rights Group, was named by the New Jersey State Bar Association&rsquo;s (&ldquo;NJSBA&rdquo;) Pro Bono Committee as its 2021 Individual Attorney Pro Bono Award recipient. Sam received the award during a virtual ceremony held on October 18, 2021.</p> <p>For nearly 20 years, drawing from his corporate bankruptcy practice, Sam has served Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (&ldquo;VLJ&rdquo;) on a pro bono basis helping its staff and other pro bono attorneys in assisting the VLJ&rsquo;s low-income clients as they navigate bankruptcy proceedings and filings. Nari Wang, who manages the VLJ&rsquo;s Debt Relief Program, notes that beyond Sam&rsquo;s legal experience &ldquo;what sets him apart is his humility and the compassion he puts forward when interacting with clients.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sam has also mentored students at the Rutgers Law School Honorable Morris Stern Bankruptcy Assistance Project, which recruits and trains student and attorney volunteers who provide legal representation to low-income clients in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, as well as hosts community education workshops. His efforts with the Project earned Sam Rutgers Law School&rsquo;s Volunteer Attorney of the Year recognition in 2021.</p> <p>To his bankruptcy practice, Sam brings nearly 30 years of experience representing the interests of his clients &ndash; which include individual and corporate debtors, trustees, creditors&rsquo; committees, secured creditors, landlords and other parties &ndash; in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, debtor and creditors&rsquo; rights, and in financial restructurings and workouts both in and outside of court. He is seasoned in all aspects of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 matters and is both a Subchapter V bankruptcy trustee and a New Jersey Bankruptcy Court approved mediator.</p> <p>Sam is a graduate of Rutgers Law School and Pennsylvania State University.</p>News19 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119224&format=xmlCSG Cannabis Clients Awarded Licenses Pursuant to New Jersey's 2019 Alternative Treatment Center RFAhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119186&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) congratulates cannabis clients GSCC Management LLC (&ldquo;GSCC&rdquo;) and ZY Labs LLC (&ldquo;ZY&rdquo;) on their successful bids to cultivate medical cannabis in New Jersey pursuant to the State&rsquo;s 2019 Alternative Treatment Center Request for Applications process (&ldquo;RFA&rdquo;). </p> <p>GSCC was awarded a cultivation license in the State&rsquo;s North region, while ZY earned licensure in the Central region. Notably, while ZY was initially disqualified from the process in December 2019, that decision was promptly appealed and, in February 2021, the State&rsquo;s Appellate Division reversed the disqualification &ndash; remanding back to the Department of Health the client&rsquo;s application for evaluation and consideration as part of the greater slate of RFA applicants.</p> <p>CSG&rsquo;s Cannabis Law Group, led by Lee Vartan, represented both applicant groups throughout the two-year application process &ndash; and, in ZY&rsquo;s case, throughout the appeal as well.</p> <p>&ldquo;While it has undoubtedly been a lengthy process, we are immensely proud of these clients and have absolute confidence that they will hit the ground running on production to help the State meet the needs of its growing medicinal cannabis patient population,&rdquo; notes Vartan.</p>News15 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119186&format=xmlNew Jersey Law Journal: Pacing Yourself in Today's Real Estate Market: "Hurry Up and Close" vs. "Wait and See"http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119155&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18893&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Jeffrey M. Gussoff</a> and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=19049&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Adriana M. Peters</a> were published in the <em>New Jersey Law Journal</em> with an article detailing the economic and business factors influencing the pace of transactional activity in the real estate sector, as well as the real estate attorney's role in keeping these deals on track and on target.</p> <p>In the article, they note, &quot;Real estate acquisitions and sales are on the fast-track, even in this pandemic environment. After a bit of uncertainty at the very beginning of the pandemic last year, deal volume not only resumed, but increased substantially. More than that, the speed at which clients want to sign and close deals has increased, with the time to draft, negotiate and finalize contracts becoming shorter as 2021 progressed. Contrast acquisitions and sales with commercial lease transactions, which have not only taken longer to rebound in terms of volume&mdash;but are also taking longer to negotiate and finalize.&quot;</p> <p>To read the full article, please visit the <em><a href="https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2021/10/13/pacing-yourself-in-todays-real-estate-environment-hurry-up-and-close-vs-wait-and-see/">New Jersey Law Journal's</a></em> website.&nbsp;</p>Publication13 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119155&format=xmlUnited States Cybersecurity Magazine: Patchwork State Privacy Legislation vs Federal Law: Small and Midsize Businesses Would Benefit from One Clear Pathhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119127&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18949&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Michelle A. Schaap</a> was published in the <em>United States Cybersecurity Magazine</em><em> </em>with an article advocating for the adoption of uniform Federal cybersecurity legislation for the benefit of small and medium-sized businesses currently faced with a regulatory environment driven by varying jurisdictional statutes and who are left to wrestle with the compliance risk inherent to such inconsistency.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the article, she notes, &quot;If there are clear, uniform standards, with consistent consumer rights, then businesses will be in a better position to protect and respect individuals&rsquo; rights and would appropriately be held accountable for failure to do so. Leaving small and midsize businesses to track 50 states&rsquo; individual privacy laws, however, is a recipe for failure.&quot;</p> <p>To read the full article, please visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.uscybersecurity.net/csmag/patchwork-state-privacy-legislation-vs-federal-law-small-and-midsize-businesses-would-benefit-from-one-clear-path/"><em>United States Cybersecurity Magazine's</em> website</a>.</p>Publication06 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119127&format=xmlLand Use/Redevelopment Attorney (2-4+ Years of Experience)http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119042&format=xml&p=7016<p>Immediate opening in CSG&rsquo;s dynamic Real Estate Group in its West Orange, NJ office for a land use/real estate development attorney with 2-4+ years of experience. The ideal candidate to join our growing, collaborative team is a self-starter with experience preparing land use applications (including but not limited to preparing application forms and checklists, corporate disclosure forms, affidavits of ownership, project descriptions and related submission information); compiling and filing electronic and hard copy land use submissions with planning and zoning boards, drafting public notices, working directly with municipalities to obtain application forms, address completeness issues, and schedule meetings and hearings, preparing testimony outlines, 2nd chair experience in presenting and appearing (either live or virtual) before planning and zoning boards (1st chair experience a plus), drafting easements, drafting ordinances and resolutions, and addressing resolution compliance and post-approval issues. Municipal zoning experience is welcome but not required.</p> <p>New Jersey experience and bar is required. Experience and bar in other jurisdictions is a plus. Superior written and verbal skills, and the ability to handle multiple assignments contemporaneously, are all requirements.</p> <p>Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by email to <a href="mailto:recruitment@csglaw.com">recruitment@csglaw.com</a>.</p> <p><em>At CSG, we are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse attorneys and staff. The firm&rsquo;s two programs &ndash; the Diversity &amp; Inclusion and Women&rsquo;s Initiatives &ndash; provide opportunities for attorneys and employees to enhance their legal careers through career development, mentoring and networking opportunities both within the firm and throughout the business and legal communities as a whole. CSG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. Women, Minorities &amp; Veterans are encouraged to apply.</em></p>Available Position - Attorneys05 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119042&format=xmlTrademark/Copyright Litigation Associate (5+ Years of Experience)http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119027&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG&rsquo;s Intellectual Property Group has an immediate opportunity for an associate with five+ years of experience in trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and false advertising litigation. Experience with cybersquatting, domain name, rights of publicity, licensing and global brand disputes is a plus. Candidates should have extensive experience practicing in Federal Courts and experience practicing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. State court experience is a plus.</p> <p>Candidates must have excellent academic credentials, legal research, drafting and writing ability, as well as superior analytical and verbal communication skills. Candidates must be self-starters and able to work independently.</p> <p>New Jersey bar admission required, New Jersey and New York admission preferred. This position is located in our W. Orange, NJ office and will be a hybrid position until further notice.</p> <p>Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by email to <a href="mailto:recruitment@csglaw.com">recruitment@csglaw.com</a>.</p> <p><em>At CSG, we are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse attorneys and staff. The firm&rsquo;s two programs &ndash; the Diversity &amp; Inclusion and Women&rsquo;s Initiatives &ndash; provide opportunities for attorneys and employees to enhance their legal careers through career development, mentoring and networking opportunities both within the firm and throughout the business and legal communities as a whole. CSG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. Women, Minorities &amp; Veterans are encouraged to apply.</em></p>Available Position - Attorneys04 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119027&format=xmlProposed New Tax Legislation Would Dramatically Affect Estate Planninghttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118982&format=xml&p=7016<p>Congress is considering certain tax law changes which may adversely impact your ability to pass assets to your family in a tax-efficient manner in the future. While in general the tax proposals are wide-ranging and cover many areas of taxation, a few proposals relate to the Federal estate and gift tax &ndash; and potentially prompt a meaningful reconsideration of tax minimization strategies. These proposals are:</p> <ol> <li> <p>The decrease in the current $11,700,000 per person estate and gift tax exemption ($23,400,000 for a married couple), which was scheduled to occur on January 1, 2026, would be accelerated to January 1, 2022. The exemption would decrease to approximately $6,000,000 per person or $12,000,000 for a married couple. The tax rate for assets in excess of the exemption would remain at 40%.</p> </li> <li> <p>Gifting assets to grantor trusts during lifetime has historically been an effective way to reduce one&rsquo;s estate tax obligation on death. Generally, a grantor trust is one in which a spouse is a beneficiary, trust income can be used to pay life insurance premiums, or the grantor has a power which makes the grantor responsible for paying the trust&rsquo;s income taxes. As proposed, assets contributed to a grantor trust after the date of enactment of the new tax law, whether such trust is a new grantor trust or one that was created prior to enactment, will be includible in the grantor&rsquo;s estate and subject to estate tax on death if the value of the estate exceeds the exemption.</p> </li> <li> <p>Valuation discounts would be disallowed for non-business assets both for gift tax purposes if such assets are gifted and for estate tax purposes if they are not gifted but are retained and included in the estate.</p> </li> </ol> <p>While it is uncertain whether any of these proposals will actually become law, if you wish to take advantage of the current $11,700,000 exemption by making large gifts, you should do so before the end of this year. Furthermore, since the proposed grantor trust changes would have an effective date as of the date of enactment and that date could potentially be before the end of the year, if you wish to make gifts to grantor trusts you should proceed immediately.</p> <p>If you would like to discuss your personal situation and options, please contact your CSG attorney or one of the attorneys listed below.</p>Client Alert29 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118982&format=xmlFinancial Analyst (2+ Years of Experience)http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118967&format=xml&p=7016<p>Job Responsibilities:</p> <ul> <li>Assist Director of Finance in monitoring and analyzing financial accounts on a daily, monthly, quarterly and annual basis.</li> <li>Create financial models to analyze trends, make financial projections and assess financial risks.&nbsp;</li> <li>Review and monitor annual budget; prepare monthly and quarterly budget review reports. &nbsp;</li> <li>Develop standardized financial management and reporting tools; create internal control systems to ensure good financial management and enable early detection of fraud or errors.</li> <li>Produce financial reports for management, as needed or requested, including income statements, cash flow statements and balance sheets.</li> <li>Present financial models and reports to management on major financial issues/risks.</li> </ul> <p>Required Skills:</p> <ul> <li>Accounting skills, including knowledge of accounting principles, standards and techniques and cost analysis.</li> <li>Knowledge of accounting programs; Aderant or Elite experience a plus.</li> <li>Strong financial planning, organizational and analytical skills.</li> <li>Fluent with financial planning software programs, such as Excel, SQL, ability to prepare financial statements and create financial models for budgeting and risk analysis.&nbsp;</li> <li>Good problem-solving skills.</li> <li>Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to make clear, persuasive presentations to management, clients or other stakeholders.</li> <li>Ability to recognize potential financial problems, engage in strategic planning and analysis of financial resources, markets, and products, assist management in making sound, profitable financial decisions.</li> </ul> <p>Qualifications &amp; Experience:</p> <ul> <li>Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Mathematics, Business Administration, or equivalent.</li> <li>Minimum of two years of related work experience in a public accounting or professional services (law firm preferred) setting. &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Financial analysis and financial modeling experience using business intelligence tools (Iridium BI preferred).</li> <li>Professional certification, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) designation a plus; will consider applicants currently working toward achieving professional certification.</li> </ul> <p><em>At CSG we are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse attorneys and staff. The firm&rsquo;s two programs &ndash; the Diversity &amp; Inclusion and Women&rsquo;s Initiatives &ndash; provide opportunities for attorneys and employees to enhance their legal careers through career development, mentoring and networking opportunities both within the firm and throughout the business and legal communities as a whole. CSG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. Women, Minorities &amp; Veterans are encouraged to apply.<br /> </em><br /> Candidates are encouraged to apply by email to <a href="mailto:recruitment@csglaw.com">recruitment@csglaw.com</a>.<em><br type="_moz" /> </em></p>Available Position - Staff28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118967&format=xmlLisa John-Basta Honored Among New Jersey's "Best 50 Women in Business" by NJBIZhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118936&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/lisa-a-john-basta">Lisa A. John-Basta</a>, a Member with Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC&rsquo;s (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Group, has been named a 2021 honoree of <a href="https://njbiz.com/runs-world-2021-best-50-women-business-honorees/"><em>NJBIZ&rsquo;s</em> Best 50 Women in Business Awards</a> program, which recognizes women who are &ldquo;shattering stereotypes, and the glass ceiling, with the significant impacts they&rsquo;re making on New Jersey business and the community at-large.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lisa joins a number of CSG attorneys recognized by <em>NJBIZ</em> in previous &ldquo;Best 50 Women in Business&rdquo; classes &ndash; including Susan Reach Winters (2007), Catherine Wells (2009), Michelle Schaap (2011), Rhonda Carniol (2012), Dorit Kressel (2013), Roxanna Hammett (2015), Gemma Giantomasi (2019) and Danielle Corcione (2020).</p> <p>Lisa adds a critical element to CSG&rsquo;s real estate team with her more than fifteen years of experience representing both municipalities and private developers throughout the land use and redevelopment entitlement processes. The insights Lisa has gleaned over the course of her career have positioned her among New Jersey&rsquo;s top land use and redevelopment attorneys and helped clear the way for transformative projects across the State for a myriad of high-profile clients. Her efforts in this dynamic area of legal practice have earned Lisa a nod from <em>New Jersey Super Lawyers</em> as a &ldquo;Rising Star&rdquo; in Land Use and Zoning Law, as well as a place among <em>NJBIZ&rsquo;s</em> Forty Under 40 alumni roster.</p> <p>Beyond recognition in legal and business circles, Lisa&rsquo;s thought leadership in the field of real estate development, and the economic growth it helps spur, was tapped in Spring 2020 when she was appointed to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy&rsquo;s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council to advise State leadership on economic factors impacted by the pandemic. As a member of the Council&rsquo;s Facilities &amp; Construction Subcommittee, she has collaborated with numerous industry leaders across its nine subcommittees to help drive the State&rsquo;s restoration.</p> <p>Further, Lisa has made her range of insights available to the greater benefit of land use and zoning practice in New Jersey as the first woman co-author of Gann Law Book&rsquo;s <em>New Jersey Zoning and Land Use Administration</em>, acclaimed as the foremost reference on the intricacies of New Jersey&rsquo;s Municipal Land Use Law by land use attorneys, land use boards and judges. She is also the co-author of the Municipal Land Use Law Chapter of the <em>Complete Guide to Planning in New Jersey</em>.</p> <p>Within the greater community, Lisa is a longtime member of the Boards of Directors of the Newark Regional Business Partnership and the New Jersey State Bar Association&rsquo;s Land Use Section. She has also previously served in leadership positions with the Essex County Bar Association&rsquo;s Redevelopment and Land Use Law Committee and the Essex County Environmental Commission. Additionally, Lisa is an active member of the CSG Women&rsquo;s Initiative &ndash; which provides the firm&rsquo;s women attorneys with opportunities for personal and professional development &ndash; and volunteers her time as a mentor to Seton Hall Law students as they prepare for entry into the practice of law.</p>News24 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118936&format=xmlCSG's Emehelu and Holt Recognized Among ROI-NJ 2021 Influencers: People of Colorhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118912&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) congratulates <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=19337&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Shirley U. Emehelu</a> and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=19697&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Jason Holt</a> for being named among <em>ROI-NJ&rsquo;s</em> 2021 Influencers: People of Color List &ndash; a recognition of New Jersey&rsquo;s most impactful and influential people of color.</p> <p><em>ROI-NJ</em> credits Shirley in her capacity as Chair of CSG&rsquo;s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee with &ldquo;advancing efforts to expand the firm&rsquo;s pro bono, training and development programs.&rdquo; Helping to implement a myriad of internal initiatives and external partnerships, she has been a central figure in keeping CSG&rsquo;s nearly 300 employees unified around the key values of diversity, equity and inclusion over the course of the firm&rsquo;s remote work experience.</p> <p>Shirley, who joined CSG after an almost decade-long career as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney&rsquo;s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she served as Chief of Asset Recovery and Anti-Money Laundering, is a Member of the firm&rsquo;s Litigation Group and co-leader of the Banking &amp; Finance Group, with her practice focusing on complex commercial litigation, financial regulatory compliance, white collar defense, corporate and government investigations, and asset recovery.</p> <p>The publication notes Jason&rsquo;s relaying of &ldquo;more than two decades&rsquo; worth of experience in private practice and in municipal leadership roles in New Jersey into his intimate involvement with organizations leading the charge on DEI changemaking across the state.&rdquo; He currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and chairs the Diversity Committee, of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys; chairs the Legal Redress Committee of the NAACP Oranges and Maplewood Chapter; and is an active member of the Newark YMCA&rsquo;s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Task Force.</p> <p>Jason&rsquo;s career path &ndash; which has included stops in Atlantic City as Business Administrator charged with overseeing the City&rsquo;s economic recovery; East Orange as Corporation Counsel, where he played a pivotal role as advisor to the City&rsquo;s Police Department in the enhancement of policing techniques; and Essex County as Director of Affirmative Action &ndash; undoubtedly informs his real estate and environmental practice at CSG, where he is also a leading voice on the firm&rsquo;s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee.</p> <p>To view the full <em>ROI-NJ </em>2021 Influencers: People of Color list, please <a href="https://www.roi-nj.com/2021/09/22/roi-influencers/people-of-color/2021-people-of-color/roi-nj-reveals-the-2021-roi-influencers-people-of-color/">click here</a>.</p>News23 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118912&format=xmlCSG's Arrabito Tapped for NJSBA Cannabis Law Committeehttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118875&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/james-s-arrabito">James S. Arrabito</a>, an Associate with Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC&rsquo;s (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) Environmental Group, has been appointed as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association&rsquo;s (&ldquo;NJSBA&rdquo;) Cannabis Law Committee, which brings together attorneys representing legal disciplines across the State&rsquo;s bar to examine the many legal issues &ndash; from civil to business to criminal &ndash; stemming from medical and consumer access to cannabis.</p> <p>In his practice, James focuses on a range of matters relating to environmental regulation and litigation under federal and state law. As the environmental representative on CSG's Cannabis Law team, James' practice also involves providing regulatory counsel on environmental issues of emerging concern for New Jersey and New York-based cannabis producers and cultivators &ndash; including waste disposal practices, compliance with local air quality standards, soil and water contamination, and the environmental aspects of production and retail facility siting. James is additionally the author of the ongoing &ldquo;Think Green&rdquo; series on CSG&rsquo;s Environmental Law Blog, which explores the intersection of environmental and cannabis regulation in New Jersey and <a href="https://www.csgenvirolaw.com/category/cannabis/">can be read here</a>.</p> <p>In his role with the NJSBA&rsquo;s newly formed Cannabis Law Committee, James will draw from his burgeoning practice to support the Committee&rsquo;s range of activities and objectives, which include reviewing legislation and making recommendations to the NJSBA&rsquo;s Board of Trustees; suggesting <em>amicus</em> advocacy positions; informing discussions on Court Rules and other matters that pertain to the regulation of attorneys; and creating continuing legal education for attorneys to learn more about this burgeoning field, among other activities.</p> <p>To learn more about the NJSBA&rsquo;s Cannabis Law Committee, please <a href="https://community.njsba.com/cannabislaw/home?ssopc=1">click here</a>.</p>News21 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118875&format=xmlNew Jersey Law Journal: Success Requires 'Keen Ability to Stop and Listen to Clients' Needs and Objectives,' Chiesa Firm's Real Estate Group Sayshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119124&format=xml&p=7016<p>In September 2021, CSG's Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Group&nbsp;&ndash; led by <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18844&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Mitchell S. Berkey</a>, <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18887&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Gemma M. Giantomasi</a> and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18893&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Jeffrey M. Gussoff</a> &ndash; was recognized with the <em>New Jersey Law Journal's</em> 2021 Dealmakers of the Year award for its extraordinary track record in transactional practice as it has continued on its remarkable trajectory, adding key talent in anticipation of client needs and growing increasingly national in scope.</p> <p>Pursuant to the award, the <em>New Jersey Law Journal</em> sat with the Group's leaders for a broad-ranging Q&amp;A diving into&nbsp;their most gratifying wins of the past year, trends in transactional activity, the critical importance of listening to client needs and the longstanding culture of teamwork that has allowed the Group&rsquo;s attorneys to remain deeply engaged with their families and communities despite the demands of transactional practice.</p> <p>To read the Q&amp;A, please <a href="http://csglaw.com/RA534S261/assets/files/documents/Reprint_Real%20Estate%20Group_Dealmakers%20Article.pdf">click here</a>.</p>Publication20 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119124&format=xmlNew Jersey Law Journal: 'A Range of Voices' Is What Spurs Innovation, Shirley Emehelu Sayshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119125&format=xml&p=7016<p>Shirley U. Emehelu, a Member with CSG's Litigation Group and Chair of the firm's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/about-us/diversity-initiative">Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee</a>, was recently&nbsp;honored with the <em>New Jersey Law Journal&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;2021 Innovators award for her outstanding external and internal leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion. She has undoubtedly brought an innovative approach to the role &ndash; not only by reinvigorating the firm&rsquo;s commitment to the recruitment, development and retention of minority attorneys and professional staff, but as a central figure in preserving CSG&rsquo;s longstanding culture of collegiality, unity and excellence in service to our clients, to each other and to our surrounding community over the course of the remote work experience.</p> <p>Following the award, she spoke with the <em>New Jersey Law Journal</em>&nbsp;in a Q&amp;A sharing&nbsp;a look at her proudest moments of 2020, the critical nature of diversity when driving innovative results and the approach she and the Committee have taken towards organizational changemaking.</p> <p>To read the Q&amp;A, please <a href="http://csglaw.com/RA534S261/assets/files/documents/Reprint_Shirley%20Emehelu_Innovator%20Article.pdf">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p>Publication20 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=119125&format=xmlCSG Earns High Rank Among New Jersey Employers in NJBIZ's 2021 Best Places to Work Programhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118806&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) ranked 18th among New Jersey&rsquo;s largest employers in <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-named-among-the-njbiz-best-places-to-work-in-new-jersey-for-second-consecutive-year">its second consecutive showing</a> among <em>NJBIZ&rsquo;s</em> 2021 Best Places to Work in New Jersey honorees. The awards were presented, and the rankings were revealed, during ceremony at The Event Center @ iPA in Freehold, New Jersey on September 9, 2021.</p> <p>In evaluating the firm, <em>The Best Places to Work</em> program accounted for factors beyond its robust benefits program, work-life balance initiatives, health and wellness offerings and other employee perks. CSG was also recognized for its outstanding handling of employee relations over the course of the pandemic, which placed health and well-being above all else. <em>NJBIZ</em> touts the firm&rsquo;s &ldquo;innovation, adaptability and compassion when it comes to keeping its team safe, fulfilled and united.&rdquo; CSG leadership worked to ensure that, while more than 80 percent of its workforce shifted into a remote work environment in March 2020, all remained connected and informed through regular firmwide town halls among a myriad of additional practice and department-specific touchpoints.</p> <p>Notably, the firm has remained financially stable over the course of the past year. In fact, it has welcomed more than 50 new employees &ndash; including nearly 40 attorneys and legal professionals &ndash; to its ranks since January 2020.</p> <p><em>Best Places to Work</em> companies are evaluated and ranked based upon employee feedback in the &ldquo;Best Places to Work&rdquo; survey administered by Best Companies Group. The program collects data confidentially, allowing employees to comfortably share feedback about the companies they work for.</p> <p>To view the full 2021 <em>NJBIZ </em>Best Places to Work in New Jersey roster, please <a href="https://njbiz.com/njs-best-places-to-work-2021-ranked/">click here</a>.</p>News14 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118806&format=xmlNJBIZ: A perfect storm for hackers; Remote work conditions mean more opportunity for cybercrime, say expertshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118820&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18949&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Michelle A. Schaap</a> was featured in an <em>NJBIZ</em> article weighing in on the cybersecurity risks plaguing small- and medium-sized businesses since the onset of the new remote work paradigm and suggesting actionable tips to help minimize these factors' impact.</p> <p>She explains in the article, &quot;Small businesses often don&rsquo;t think they&rsquo;re targets, or that cybersecurity measures &lsquo;aren&rsquo;t in this year&rsquo;s budget.' Even if a business owner can&rsquo;t put all the necessary cybersecurity measures in at once, there&rsquo;s no excuse not to at least start.&rdquo;</p> <p>To read the full article, please <a href="https://njbiz.com/a-perfect-storm-for-hackers-remote-work-cybercrime/">click here</a>.</p>Publication13 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=118820&format=xml