CSG RSS Feedhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=39&format=xml&stylesheet=rss2&directive=0&records=20en-us16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssSeton Hall University School of Law: The Duty of Technological Competence and Other Ethical Issues Relating to Technology and Law Practicehttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115869&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/michelle-schaap">Michelle A. Schaap</a> will present, &quot;The Duty of Technological Competence and Other Ethical Issues Relating to Technology and Law Practice,&quot; on Thursday, April 29, at 4:00 PM EST. This&nbsp;Gibbons Institute of Law, Science &amp; Technology presentation will focus on the ethical obligation of attorneys being technologically competent and will also feature&nbsp;Ken Rashbaum, Esq., Partner, Barton and Dr. David Opderbeck, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science &amp; Tecnology.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://law.shu.edu/events/technology-and-law-practice.cfm">event website</a>.</p>Event29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115869&format=xmlMatrimonial Issues and Trust Planning: Practical Planning Tips for Practitionershttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115918&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/susan-reach-winters">Susan Reach Winters</a>, Chair of CSG&rsquo;s Family Law Group, will be joined by other industry leaders on April 29, from 4:00 &ndash; 5:00 PM, to discuss the various tools, provisions and advice practitioners should consider when handling matrimonial and trust planning matters for clients. The panelists will address the following questions:</p> <ul> <li> <p>What provisions should you include in a revocable trust or DAPT?</p> </li> <li> <p>What schedules should be attached to each type of trust?</p> </li> <li> <p>When might it be appropriate to use each type of trust?</p> </li> <li> <p>What provisions might be included in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement?</p> </li> <li> <p>What is the importance of keeping separate property separate?</p> </li> <li> <p>Why is it advisable to use an independent trustee for divorce protection?</p> </li> <li> <p>Is there potential for decanting and change of jurisdiction on existing trusts and how may that be used to bolster matrimonial planning?</p> </li> </ul> <p>To register for this program, please email <a href="mailto:events@csglaw.com?subject=RSVP%20-%20Matrimonial%20Issues%20and%20Trust%20Planning">CSG Events</a>.</p>Event29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115918&format=xmlIT4cannabis: Insights and Opportunities for Cannabis Entrepreneurshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115790&format=xml&p=7016<p>Join CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/patrick-oreilly">Patrick O'Reilly</a> on Thursday, April 22, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT, as he shares insights and opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs. This IT4cannabis webinar, featuring several esteemed industry leaders, will cover timely topics such as:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Compliance requirements for the cannabis industry</p> </li> <li> <p>Recent NJ legalization impacts on cannabusinesses</p> </li> <li> <p>How to build and communicate distinct cannabis brands</p> </li> <li> <p>Unique cyber risks that cannabusinesses face</p> </li> </ul> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehpuwnhg2ec255af&amp;llr=i5qpmitab">event website</a>.</p>Event22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115790&format=xmlCIANJ: Cyber-Security: Be Prepared! A Non-Technical Guide to What Every Manager/Owner Should Knowhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115830&format=xml&p=7016<p>Join CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/michelle-schaap">Michelle A. Schaap</a> on Tuesday, April 20, from 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST, as she presents, &quot;Cyber-Security: Be Prepared! A Non-Technical Guide to What Every Manager/Owner Should Know.&quot; This Commerce and Industry Association of NJ program will demystify and help you easily understand today&rsquo;s cybersecurity building blocks while providing a guide to what you must do to protect your company. Topics include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>What is a firewall, what are its key tasks and why do I need one?</p> </li> <li> <p>What do our IT folks mean when they talk Endpoint Protection, Managed Detection &amp; Response, and SIEM?</p> </li> <li> <p>What tools do I need to prevent ransomware? Is this different from anti-virus software?</p> </li> <li> <p>What does a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity mean?</p> </li> <li> <p>What do we need to do to reasonably and properly secure our remote workers?</p> </li> <li> <p>What should I do from here?</p> </li> </ul> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://web.cianj.org/events/VirtualEvent%20CyberSecurity%20Be%20Prepared%20A%20NonTechnical%20Guide%20to%20What%20Every%20ManagerOwner%20Should%20Know-889/details">event website</a>.</p>Event20 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115830&format=xmlLitigation Practice Group Assistant (2+ Years of Experience)http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115928&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC has an immediate opening for an experienced Litigation Practice Group Assistant in the West Orange, NJ office.</p> <p>The assistant will provide administrative support, including preparing legal documents and correspondence, answering all incoming telephone calls, as well as standard administrative duties, including filing, document reproduction, opening new client/matters with conflict searches, maintaining client files, time entry using a computer based billing system, expense reimbursements, maintaining email and calendar and word processing.</p> <p>Candidates must have solid organization skills, attention to detail, initiative, resourcefulness, the ability to balance multiple tasks in a fast paced environment, the ability to manage confidential information with discretion, professional demeanor, and the capability to organize, prioritize and meet multiple deadlines. Requirement include: prior experience in a law firm; must be proficient in e-filing in both state (NJ/NY) and federal courts; excellent command of MS Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel; NetDocuments or similar document management application; Aderant or similar billing software experience. Experience with Zoom and/or Microsoft Teams, required. NJ Notary is helpful, but not required. Candidates should expect to support five (5) attorneys.</p> <p>The ideal candidate will possess a 4-year degree and a minimum of 2 years' law firm experience.</p> <p>Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by email to <a href="mailto:recruitment@csglaw.com?subject=Litigation%20Practice%20Assistant">recruitment@csglaw.com</a>. Include &ldquo;Litigation Practice Assistant&rdquo; in the subject line.</p> <p>Note to staffing agencies: CSG is not accepting agency applications for this position.</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 - Staff16 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115928&format=xmlNJSWEP: Environmental Due Diligence & Remediation in the World of COVID-19http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115724&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/robert-crespi">Robert H. Crespi</a>, Member with CSG's Environmental Law Group, will join Allison Kaplan and Carla Nascimento of Peak Environmental LLC on Wednesday, April 14, from 9:00 - 10:00 AM EST, to discuss environmental due diligence and site remediation in the world of COVID-19. This virtual panel discussion is open to all environmental attorneys, brokers and other industry leaders.</p> <p>To learn more about this timely topic, please visit the <a href="https://www.njswep.org/swep-event-calendar">event website</a>.</p>Event14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115724&format=xmlSurety Bond Quarterly: Impact of COVID-19 on Commercial Surety Bondshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115937&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18990&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Amanda Miceli</a> was a featured co-author for the Spring 2021 issue of <i>Surety Bond Quarterly </i>with an article titled, &ldquo;Impact of COVID-19 on Commercial Surety Bonds.&rdquo; The article outlines several forces that may have affected commercial sureties&rsquo; operations throughout the pandemic &ndash; including crude oil prices, changes in the retail landscape and reimbursement difficulties &ndash; and offers proactive measures for their principals to protect themselves and course-correct.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoBodyText" style="text-indent:0in">Amanda notes, &ldquo;While the pandemic has proven that no one can predict the future, preparation on the front end of these unprecedented times is the key to properly arming the surety when we reach the back end of the pandemic and the inevitable commercial claims that follow. Given the renewed lockdown measures implemented in several major economies, discerning the impact of COVID-19 on the commercial surety industry requires vigilance and continuous close monitoring of not only individual principals, but also global markets to minimize further losses.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoBodyText" style="text-indent:0in">To read the full article, please visit <i>Surety Bond Quarterly</i>&rsquo;s website <a href="https://www.suretybondquarterly-digital.com/sbpq/0121_spring_2021/MobilePagedArticle.action?articleId=1669145#articleId1669145">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p>Publication14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115937&format=xmlStrafford: Protecting IP Rights in the Food and Beverage Industryhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115744&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/abigail-remore">Abigail J. Remore</a> and <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/neha-bhalani">Neha Bhalani</a> will present alongside Jenna P. Torres of Eckert Seamans Cherin &amp; Mellot on Tuesday, April 13, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT. This Strafford CLE webinar entitled, &quot;Protecting IP Rights in the Food and Beverage Industry,&quot; will guide IP counsel advising companies in the food and beverage industry on managing key intellectual property challenges. Panelists will cover infringement, enforcement, licensing and leveraging protection to enhance the brand, and much more.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://www.straffordpub.com/products/protecting-ip-rights-in-the-food-and-beverage-industry-2021-04-13">event website</a>.</p>Event13 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115744&format=xmlCSG Lands Significant Presence in Inaugural NJBIZ Leaders in Law Programhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115819&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) is pleased to share that <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18929&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Peter E. Nussbaum</a>, Co-Chair of the firm&rsquo;s Intellectual Property Group; <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18949&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Michelle A. Schaap</a>, founder and leader of its Privacy &amp; Data Security Group; and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18960&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Dennis M. Toft</a>, Chair of the Environmental Group, have been recognized as part of <em>NJBIZ&rsquo;s</em> 2021 Leaders in Law program, which honors legal professionals in various sectors and disciplines who bring an outstanding dedication to their occupation and to their communities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Peter, Michelle and Dennis are not only extraordinary attorneys and business leaders but they also bring a remarkable passion and commitment to service within the communities in which we live and work &ndash; a unique balancing act in our profession that we at CSG wholeheartedly support and admire,&rdquo; noted <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18952&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Daniel A. Schwartz</a>, CSG&rsquo;s Managing Member. &ldquo;We congratulate our esteemed colleagues on this richly deserved recognition and thank each of them for all that they do &ndash; both within the firm and externally.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The range of these recognitions reflects the breadth of excellence across our firm,&rdquo; added <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18886&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Francis J. Giantomasi</a>, Executive Committee Member and a Member with the Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Group. &ldquo;Peter, Michelle and Dennis are each visionaries in their own right &ndash; and we couldn&rsquo;t be more proud to have them as part of, and leaders within, the CSG family.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Peter E. Nussbaum</em></p> <p>Over the course of his career, Peter &ndash; who was recognized in the &ldquo;Retail/Wholesale&rdquo; category &ndash; has helped bring to market and vigorously protected the brands of countless food and beverage companies in his capacity as intellectual property counsel. His clients further include entertainment companies, musical artists, clothing and footwear companies, publishing and educational companies, hospitality companies, non-profit organizations and others across a wide array of industries. He is involved in all aspects of trademark, copyright, domain name, Internet and technology law &ndash; including general counseling, clearance, registration, licensing, enforcement and litigation. Seasoned in both the M&amp;A setting and dispute proceedings, he oversees the IP-related aspects of corporate transactions and regularly litigates in courts throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.</p> <p>Notably, Peter is the co-founder of Tamerlaine Sanctuary &amp; Preserve in Montague, NJ, which has developed into a paradise for nearly 250 previously neglected and abused farm animals. In March 2021, Tamerlaine became the first animal sanctuary in New Jersey to receive The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries accreditation.</p> <p><em>Michelle A. Schaap</em></p> <p>Named in the &ldquo;Privacy&rdquo; category, Michelle founded CSG&rsquo;s Privacy &amp; Data Security practice in 2015, positioning the firm as a pioneer in this emerging area of law. Because of her stellar, long-standing reputation, Michelle is often the first call clients make when faced with a cybersecurity incident &ndash; serving as a &ldquo;quarterback&rdquo; to the response team and working closely with executives, forensics professionals, law enforcement and other critical stakeholders to help her clients respond and recover.</p> <p>Michelle serves as Vice-Chair of <a href="/?p=16407">CSG&rsquo;s Women&rsquo;s Initiative</a> and has also served the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association in a variety of capacities since 2013, including as its President in the 2018-2019 term. Outside of the legal community, she has always immersed herself in noble causes. Most notable has been her ongoing commitment to the Adaptive Sports Foundation, where she has volunteered her time as a snowboard instructor and helped enrich the lives of students with physical and cognitive disabilities since 2012. She has also served as a mentor and friend to underserved high school students through her longstanding involvement with NJ LEEP.</p> <p><em>Dennis M. Toft</em></p> <p>An honoree in the &ldquo;Real Estate/Environmental&rdquo; category, Dennis has developed a robust practice covering all aspects of environmental law to the great benefit of his clients and policymakers alike. He brings a unique perspective to his interactions with regulators and assists clients in securing permits and approvals others would consider nearly impossible to obtain. He is a go-to resource to the State&rsquo;s legislative community when seeking input on legislation with implications for business and real estate stakeholders, such as those relating to site remediation, brownfields redevelopment and natural resource damages enforcement.</p> <p>In further service to the State&rsquo;s business community, he is a member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s Executive Committee and provides its leadership with insight into the environmental concerns affecting New Jersey-based companies. Additionally, as a former NAIOP-NJ board member, his advocacy on behalf of the real estate development community earned Dennis the organization&rsquo;s Industry Service Award and a spot in its Hall of Fame. Within the broader community, he serves on the boards of NJIT and the Nature Conservancy&rsquo;s New Jersey Chapter, as well as a Trustee of the Boy Scouts&rsquo; Patriots Path Council. He also currently serves as Pro Bono Counsel to the Friends of the NJ School of Conservation. Dennis is a former Scout leader and youth soccer coach.</p> <p>To read the full list of <em>NJBIZ&rsquo;s </em>2021 Leaders in Law honorees, <a href="http://njbiz.com/njbiz-announces-2021-leaders-law-honorees/">please click here</a>.</p>News08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115819&format=xmlCSG's Holt Tapped to Lead NJILGA Diversity Committeehttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115795&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (&ldquo;NJILGA&rdquo;) has appointed <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=19697&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Jason Holt</a>, a Member with the firm&rsquo;s Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Group, as Chair of its newly established Diversity Committee. In this role, he will lead the Committee in its mission of educating, promoting and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in legal business development and professional opportunities, as well as increasing diverse attorney visibility in NJILGA, public and private entities, and the practice of law at-large.<br /> <br /> NJILGA President Richard P. Cushing noted, &ldquo;This committee is the latest in a series of efforts to champion and crystallize our organization&rsquo;s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity within the public entity realm and the legal profession. In establishing this Committee, NJILGA is proud to continue its tradition of educating the next generation of attorneys and industry leaders within the State of New Jersey.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Jason adds, &ldquo;I am honored and humbled to be chosen as this Committee&rsquo;s leader. I am excited to work with my fellow committee members, esteemed legal professionals I call my peers, to continue promoting high standards, professionalism, and competence while elevating NJILGA&rsquo;s inclusiveness to new heights. We are excited to get to work.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Since joining CSG, Jason &mdash; a seasoned attorney with more than two decades of experience in state and local government, municipal corporations, turnaround strategy, litigation and fiscal management &mdash; has drawn upon his background navigating the political and economic challenges that arise throughout the redevelopment process to assist municipalities and developers in drafting and negotiating redevelopment plans and agreements, as well as Payment in Lieu of Taxes (&ldquo;PILOT&rdquo;) agreements, tax appeals and tax exemptions.<br /> <br /> Jason was previously with Atlantic City&rsquo;s Department of Administration, where he originally served as City Solicitor charged with overseeing the municipality&rsquo;s legal affairs. In 2016, he was selected by the DCA as the city&rsquo;s Business Administrator to assist in the implementation of the Municipal Stabilization &amp; Recovery Act. In addition, Jason previously served as Corporation Counsel to the City of East Orange, where he oversaw the broad spectrum of the city&rsquo;s legal affairs, and held other high-profile municipal and judicial roles in Essex County. NJILGA, an affiliate of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, was established in 1951 for the purpose of promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys, and to assist members of the legal profession to better serve local governments in the State of New Jersey. It presently has a membership of approximately 300 attorneys engaged in the representation of various local government units in the State of New Jersey, including municipalities, counties, planning and zoning boards, utilities authorities, and other local government entities.</p>News07 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115795&format=xmlNJICLE: 3rd Annual Cannabis Law Symposiumhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115703&format=xml&p=7016<p>To keep up with the latest developments in Cannabis Law, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education will be hosting its 3rd Annual Cannabis Law Symposium on Wednesday, April 7. <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/lee-vartan">Lee Vartan</a>, Co-Chair of CSG's Cannabis Law Practice, will join the discussion from 1:25 - 1:45 PM ET, where he will provide a firsthand look at New Jersey's Alternative Treatment Center Request for Applications process alongside notable applicant clients.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://tcms.njsba.com/PersonifyEbusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=1699&amp;productId=64801392">event website</a>.</p>Event07 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115703&format=xmlCSG COVID-19 Resource Centerhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=105775&format=xml&p=7016<p><img alt="" src="https://www.csglaw.com/RA534S261/assets/images//COVID-19 Alert.jpg" width="600" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="166" border="0" align="absmiddle" /><br /> <br /> <em>Last updated April 1, 2021</em></p> <p><strong>Welcome to the CSG COVID-19 Resource Center.&nbsp;</strong>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) has established a multidisciplinary COVID-19 Crisis Management Task Force and this COVID-19 Resource Center to help clients and the business community address the numerous legal, regulatory and commercial implications they are facing now and may experience in the weeks and months ahead.</p> <p>When a crisis occurs, it is imperative to have sound advice to establish best practices and understand how to navigate the new and varied business and legal issues which may arise.</p> <p>The challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak are far-reaching: affecting workplace safety and health, employee relations, commercial contracts, supply chains, and business travel &ndash; among a myriad additional critical issues.</p> <p>The CSG COVID-19 Crisis Management Task Force is closely monitoring the evolving and serious series of events arising out of the outbreak and the various federal, state and local responses and stands ready to provide guidance to supplement your ongoing business continuity efforts and address your liability posture.<br /> <br /> Please visit this page regularly for helpful, real-time insight.</p> <p><strong>Back to Business: Navigating the Liability Roadmap<br /> </strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/initial-considerations-for-managing-third-party-liability-in-a-postcovid-world">Initial Considerations for Managing Third Party Liability in a Post-COVID World</a><strong><br /> <br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>Banking &amp; Finance</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/closingaparttogether-best-practices-and-procedures-for-remotely-closing-loan-transactions">Closing-Apart-Together: Best practices and procedures for remotely closing loan transactions</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COVID-19 Government Relief Programs<br /> <br /> </strong><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/new-jersey-business-magazine-law-firms-prove-vital-for-hightech-startups"><em>New Jersey Business Magazine:</em> Law Firms Prove Vital for High-Tech Startups</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/the-new-jersey-economic-recovery-act-of-2020-explained"><em><strong><br /> <br /> </strong></em>The New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 Explained</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/sba-releases-procedural-notice-for-ppp-loans-and-changes-of-ownership-"><br /> <br /> SBA Releases Procedural Notice for PPP Loans and Changes of Ownership</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/small-business-administration-releases-new-and-improved-paycheck-protection-program-loan-forgiveness-applications"><br /> <br /> Small Business Administration Releases New and Improved Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Applications</a><strong><br /> <br /> </strong><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/small-business-administration-releases-additional-paycheck-protection-program-guidance">Small Business Administration Releases Additional Paycheck Protection Program Guidance</a><strong><br /> </strong><br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/paycheck-protection-program-flexibility-act-of-2020-heads-to-presidents-desk">Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Heads to President's Desk</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/applications-will-open-on-june-9-for-phase-2-of-the-njedas-emergency-grant-program"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Applications Will Open on June 9 for Phase 2 of the NJEDA's Emergency Grant Program</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/njeda-announces-50-million-expansion-of-emergency-grant-program-for-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-more-funding-larger-grants-expanded-eligibility"><br /> <br /> NJEDA Announces $50 Million Expansion of Emergency Grant Program for Small Businesses and Non-Profits: More Funding, Larger Grants, Expanded Eligibility</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/small-business-administration-releases-critical-guidance-on-paycheck-protection-program-loan-forgiveness-and-application-review-"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Small Business Administration Releases Critical Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness and Application Review</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/sba-finally-releases-loan-forgiveness-applicationfor-paycheck-protection-program"><br /> <br /> SBA Finally Releases Loan Forgiveness Application for Paycheck Protection Program</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/small-business-administration-extends-safe-harbor-deadline-to-return-paycheck-protection-program-funds-to-may-14th"><br /> <br /> Small Business Administration Extends &quot;Safe Harbor&quot; Deadline to Return Paycheck Protection Program Funds to May 14th</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/president-trump-signs-paycheck-protection-program-and-health-care-enhancement-act"><br /> <br /> President Trump Signs Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/the-sba-issues-guidance-on-ppp-loans-for-selfemployed-individuals"><br /> <br /> The SBA Issues Guidance on PPP Loans for Self-Employed Individuals</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/sba-issues-clarification-of-payroll-costs-applicability-of-affiliation-rules-and-answers-other-questions">SBA Issues Clarification of &quot;Payroll Costs,&quot; Applicability of Affiliation Rules and Answers Other Questions<br /> </a><br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/paycheck-protection-program-to-begin-april-3rd">Paycheck Protection Program to Begin April 3rd</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/employerprovided-taxfree-disaster-relief-payments">Employer-Provided Tax-Free Disaster Relief Payments</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-economic-assistance-programs-for-new-jersey-businesses-and-nonprofits-impacted-by-covid19">New Economic Assistance Programs for New Jersey Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-york-city-implements-covid19-relief-measures-for-small-businesses">New York City Implements COVID-19 Relief Measures for Small Businesses</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/expansion-of-access-to-small-business-administration-loans-and-forgiveness-of-loans-is-the-cares-act-too-good-to-be-true"><br /> <br /> Expansion of Access to Small Business Administration Loans and Forgiveness of Loans: Is The CARES Act Too Good to be True?</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/sba-economic-injury-disaster-loans-for-small-businesses">SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Small Businesses<br /> <br /> </a></p> <p><strong>Corporate &amp; Securities</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/is-the-covid19-pandemic-a-natural-disaster-an-analysis-of-the-sdnys-force-majeure-ruling-in-jn-contemporary-art-llc-v-phillips-auctioneers-llc">Is the COVID-19 Pandemic a &quot;Natural Disaster&quot;? An Analysis of the SDNY's Force Majeure Ruling in JN Contemporary Art, LLC v. Phillips Auctioneers LLC</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/new-jersey-business-magazine-helping-small-businesses-survive-and-thrive"><em><br /> <br /> New Jersey Business Magazine:</em> Helping small businesses survive and thrive</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/constructiondive-the-dotted-line-4-ways-to-interpret-construction-contracts-amid-coronavirus"><br /> <br /> <em>ConstructionDIVE:</em> The Dotted Line: 4 ways to interpret construction contracts amid coronavirus<br /> </a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/governor-murphy-announces-plan-to-reopen-new-jersey"><br /> Governor Murphy Announces Plan to Reopen New Jersey</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/securities-fraud-in-the-age-of-covid19-now-is-not-the-time-to-relax-compliance-programs-or-internal-controls"><br /> <br /> Securities Fraud in the Age of COVID-19: Now Is Not the Time to Relax Compliance Programs or Internal Controls</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/new-jersey-businesses-required-to-report-ppe-inventory-under-executive-order-no-109"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>New Jersey Businesses Required to Report PPE Inventory Under Executive Order No. 109</a><strong><br /> <br /> </strong><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/challenges-raised-by-essential-business-designation">Challenges Raised by &quot;Essential Business&quot; Designation</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/sec-staff-provides-guidance-for-upcoming-shareholders-meetings">SEC Staff Provides Guidance for Upcoming Shareholders' Meetings<br /> </a><br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/premerger-notification-office-allows-temporary-efiling-in-response-to-covid19-pandemic">Premerger Notification Office Allows Temporary e-Filing in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic</a>

<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/covid19-and-its-effect-on-contract-performance">COVID-19 and its effect on contract performance<br /> </a><br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/sec-announces-filing-extensions-amid-covid19-concerns-">SEC Announces Filing Extensions Amid COVID-19 Concerns</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Environmental</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/commerce-magazine-covid19-has-changed-protocols-but-the-work-and-projects-continue-across-the-garden-state"><em>COMMERCE Magazine: </em>COVID-19 has changed protocols, but the work and projects continue across the Garden State</a><a href="https://www.csgenvirolaw.com/2020/07/epa-sets-termination-date-for-temporary-policy-suspending-certain-monitoring-and-reporting-requirements-due-to-covid-19/"><br /> <br /> EPA Sets Termination Date for Temporary Policy Suspending Certain Monitoring and Reporting Requirements Due to COVID-19</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/nj-governors-executive-order-136-tolls-timeframes-for-dep-review-extends-filing-deadlines"><br /> <br /> NJ Governor's Executive Order 136 Tolls Timeframes for DEP Review &amp; Extends Filing Deadlines</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/environmental-concerns-related-to-covid19"><br /> <br /> Environmental Concerns Related to COVID-19</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/new-jersey-board-of-public-utilities-issues-an-emergency-order-in-response-to-covid19">New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Issues an Emergency Order in Response to COVID-19<br /> <br /> </a></p> <p><strong>Family Law </strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/njcom-is-coronavirus-straining-marriages-nj-divorce-lawyers-predict-a-wave-of-pandemic-splits"><em>NJ.com: </em>Is coronavirus straining marriages? N.J. divorce lawyers predict a wave of pandemic splits<br /> </a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/new-jersey-law-journal-how-to-best-navigate-the-virtual-family-law-mediation-process"><br /> <em>New Jersey Law Journal:</em> How to Best Navigate the Virtual Family Law Mediation Process</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/coparenting-with-covid19"><br /> <br /> Co-Parenting with COVID-19</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/a-silver-lining-for-family-law-practitioners-and-litigants-in-these-uncertain-times"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>A Silver Lining for Family Law Practitioners and Litigants in These Uncertain Times<br /> <br /> </a></p> <p><strong>Food &amp; Beverage</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/roinj-state-to-offer-restaurants-temp-permits-to-serve-alcohol-on-expanded-outdoor-seating-areas"><em>ROI-NJ:</em> State to offer restaurants temp permits to serve alcohol on expanded outdoor seating areas</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/food-dive-coronavirus-casts-a-spotlight-on-risks-facing-food-workers-employers"><br /> <br /> <em>FoodDive:</em> Coronavirus casts a spotlight on risks facing food workers, employers</a><br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/governor-murphy-expands-indoor-dining-capacity-and-eliminates-curfew-starting-february-5-at-800-am"><em><strong><br /> </strong></em>Governor Murphy Expands Indoor Dining Capacity and Eliminates Curfew Starting February 5 at 8:00 a.m.</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/indoor-dining-resumes-in-new-jersey-what-restaurant-owners-need-to-know"><br /> <br /> Indoor Dining Resumes in New Jersey: What Restaurant Owners Need to Know</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-jersey-announces-outdoor-dining-protocols-and-process-to-allow-liquor-licensees-to-expand-premises"><br /> <br /> New Jersey Announces Outdoor Dining Protocols and Process to Allow Liquor Licensees to Expand Premises</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-jersey-residents-can-now-order-a-cocktail-to-go"><br /> <br /> New Jersey Residents Can Now Order a Cocktail To Go</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/in-good-news-for-licensees-and-consumers-bill-would-allow-the-sale-of-mixed-drinks-in-to-go-cups"><br /> <br /> In Good News for Licensees and Consumers, Bill Would Allow the Sale of Mixed Drinks in To Go Cups</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-jersey-division-of-alcoholic-beverage-control-issues-charges-in-covid19-related-violations-of-state-alcohol-laws">New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Charges in COVID-19 Related Violations of State Alcohol Laws</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-jersey-division-of-alcoholic-beverage-control-requires-special-rulings-pursuant-to-njsa-3311239-and-njsa-3311218-to-be-submitted-electronically"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Requires Special Rulings Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.39 and N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.18 to be Submitted Electronically</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-jersey-division-of-alcoholic-beverage-control-extends-the-20202021-license-renewal-deadline-to-september-30-2020"><br /> <br /> New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Extends the 2020-2021 License Renewal Deadline to September 30, 2020</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/how-can-liquor-licensees-sell-and-deliver-alcohol-during-the-covid19-shutdown"><br /> <br /> How can liquor licensees sell and deliver alcohol during the COVID-19 shutdown?</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Healthcare &amp; Hospital</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/covid19-has-not-slowed-down-hipaa-enforcement">COVID-19 Has Not Slowed Down HIPAA Enforcement</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-jersey-issues-guidance-on-resuming-elective-surgeries-and-invasive-procedures"><br /> <br /> New Jersey Issues Guidance on Resuming Elective Surgeries and Invasive Procedures</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/cms-issues-guidelines-for-resuming-essential-noncovid19-care"><br /> <br /> CMS Issues Guidelines for Resuming Essential Non-COVID-19 Care</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/hhs-to-distribute-30-billion-in-immediate-relief-as-part-of-the-100-billion-public-health-and-social-services-emergency-fund"><br /> <br /> HHS to Distribute $30 Billion in Immediate Relief as Part of the $100 Billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/cms-april-3rd-correction-to-previous-telehealth-billing-guidance-modifier-95-required"><br /> <br /> CMS April 3rd Correction to Previous Telehealth Billing Guidance - Modifier 95 Required</a><a href="http://csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/the-cares-act-earmarks-100-billion-for-eligible-health-care-providers"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>The CARES Act Earmarks $100 Billion for Eligible Health Care Providers</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/new-jersey-agencies-loosen-telemedicinetelehealth-restrictions-during-covid19-emergency"><br /> <br /> New Jersey Agencies Loosen Telemedicine/Telehealth Restrictions During COVID-19 Emergency</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/governor-murphy-issues-executive-order-109-requiring-the-suspension-of-elective-surgeries-and-invasive-procedures"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>Governor Murphy Issues Executive Order 109 Requiring the Suspension of Elective Surgeries and Invasive Procedures</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/cms-covid19-telehealth-waiver-and-associated-announcements-regarding-costsharing-waivers-and-hipaa-enforcement">CMS COVID-19 Telehealth Waiver and Associated Announcements Regarding Cost-Sharing Waivers and HIPAA Enforcement

</a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/the-covid19-pandemic-does-hipaa-apply-to-my-business">The COVID-19 Pandemic - Does HIPAA Apply to My Business?</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Immigration</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/evp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-for-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during-fall-2020-semester">SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Courses During Fall 2020 Semester</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/president-trump-issues-proclamation-to-suspend-entry-for-certain-nonimmigrant-aliens-and-extend-immigrant-visa-restrictions"><strong><br /> <br /> </strong>President Trump Issues Proclamation to Suspend Entry for Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens and Extend Immigrant Visa Restrictions</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/trumps-executive-order-temporarily-suspends-immigration-for-certain-green-card-categories"><br /> <br /> Trump's Executive Order Temporarily Suspends Immigration for Certain Green Card Categories</a><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/modifications-in-department-of-homeland-security-and-department-of-state-immigration-services-due-to-covid19"><br /> <br /> Modifications in Department of Homeland Security and Department of State Immigration Services Due to COVID-19<br /> </a><br /> <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/covid19-and-immigration-considerations-for-us-employers">COVID-19 and Immigration Considerations for U.S. Employers</a></p> <template include="DocumentEmbed" dd="30544"></template>Client Alert01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=105775&format=xmlThe American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Critical Update for Employers Voluntarily Providing Paid COVID Leavehttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115725&format=xml&p=7016<p><strong><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-what-employers-need-to-know-">As discussed in our prior alerts</a></strong>, effective April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (&ldquo;FFCRA&rdquo;) required most employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide qualifying employees with paid emergency sick leave and emergency family and medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons. These paid leave obligations were set forth in two laws created by the FFCRA: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (&ldquo;EPSLA&rdquo;) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (&ldquo;EFMLEA&rdquo;). As originally enacted, employers&rsquo; paid leave obligations under the EPSLA and EFMLEA were set to expire on December 31, 2020. However, in a stimulus package signed into law in late December 2020, the <strong><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/csg-covid19-resource-center/employers-can-voluntarily-extend-ffcra-benefits-through-march-31-2021">FFCRA&rsquo;s expiration date for paid leave benefits was extended</a></strong> on a <em>voluntary basis</em>. Specifically, pursuant to the stimulus package, employers were permitted to provide qualifying employees with FFCRA paid leave benefits on a <em>voluntary</em> basis through March 31, 2021 and obtain refundable tax credits for the cost of providing such leave to employees.</p> <p>Once again, that deadline has been extended for employers who <em>voluntarily </em>wish to provide paid leave benefits to their employees for COVID-19 related reasons. On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the &ldquo;Rescue Plan&rdquo; or the &ldquo;Act&rdquo;). Pursuant to the Act, which is effective April 1, 2021, tax credits for <em>private </em>employers with fewer than 500 employees who <em>voluntarily</em> decide to provide paid leave under the EPSLA and EFMLEA are extended through September 2021. Effective April 1, 2021, employees of participating employers will have their FFCRA leave banks replenished and will qualify for up to 80 hours of paid leave under the EPSLA and up to 12 weeks of paid leave under the EFMLEA. The Act extends the availability of payroll tax credits to participating employers from March 31, 2021 through September 30, 2021, and makes the following key changes to the paid leave provisions of the EPSLA and EFMLEA:</p> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Expansion of Qualifying Reasons for Leave. </strong>Initially, under the EPSLA, qualifying employees could take paid sick leave when the employee was:</p> </li> </ul> <ol> <li> <p>Subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;</p> </li> <li> <p>Advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;</p> </li> <li> <p>Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis;</p> </li> <li> <p>Caring for an individual subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order or who had been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;</p> </li> <li> <p>Caring for the employee&rsquo;s child if the child&rsquo;s school or place of care is closed or the child&rsquo;s care provider is unavailable due to public health emergency; or,</p> </li> <li> <p>Experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor.</p> </li> </ol> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Of those six qualifying reasons, leave under the EFMLEA could previously only be taken for the fifth qualifying reason, i.e. caring for a child due to the closure of the child&rsquo;s school or daycare. Under the Rescue Plan, the above six qualifying reasons for leave remain in place. Beginning April 1, however, employees may qualify for EFMLEA leave for <em>all </em>of the above six qualifying reasons, and not just to care for their child as a result of a COVID-related school or daycare closure.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Additionally, the Rescue Plan provides that leave under the EPSLA and EFMLEA may now be taken for an additional three qualifying reasons:</p> <ol> <li> <p>The employee is seeking or awaiting the results of a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, COVID-19 and such employee has been exposed to COVID-19 or the employee&rsquo;s employer has requested such test or diagnosis;</p> </li> <li> <p>The employee is obtaining immunization related to COVID-19; and,</p> </li> <li> <p>The employee is recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to such immunization.</p> </li> </ol> <ul> <li> <p><strong>Increase in Length and Amount of Paid Leave Benefits.</strong> While under FFCRA, the first two weeks of the 12 weeks of leave under the EFMLEA were unpaid, the Rescue Plan provides that employees who qualify for leave under the EFMLEA are now eligible for 12 full weeks of paid leave instead of 10 weeks. Thus, under the Rescue Plan, employees could potentially obtain a total of 14 weeks of paid leave (i.e. 80 hours under the EPSLA and 12 weeks under the EFMLEA.) The Act also raises the aggregate cap on EFMLEA leave from $10,000 to $12,000.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Establishment of Strict Non-Discrimination Rules.</strong> The Act makes it clear that no tax credit is available if the employer, in determining availability of paid EPSLA and EFMLEA leave to its employees, discriminates in favor of highly compensated employees, full-time employees, or employees with greater tenure. As such, employers who choose to provide paid leave in accordance with the Act must do so uniformly as to all employees.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Importantly, many states, including New Jersey and New York, have mandatory sick leave laws requiring employers to provide leave benefits for COVID-related reasons. Accordingly, employers must consider whether these laws entitle employees to leave and consult counsel as to requirements under any state and/or local laws.</p> <p>In light of the Act, employers must immediately decide whether they want to voluntarily provide COVID leave benefits under the EPSLA and EFMLEA through September 30, 2021. Employers who elect to do so should then review and update their policies and procedures and prepare to respond to and accommodate employee questions or requests related to the leaves of absences precipitated by the continuing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p><strong>If you have any questions about implementing policies relating to leaves for COVID-19 related reasons and/or responding to employee concerns, please feel free to reach out to your CSG attorney or the authors listed here.</strong></p>Client Alert01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115725&format=xmlReal Estate NJ: Pandemic's full impact still unclear, prompting a measured approach to property tax appealshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115711&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18980&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">John R. Lloyd</a> was featured in a <em>Real Estate NJ</em> story exploring the pandemic's impact on New Jersey's property tax appeal environment and commercial real estate valuations. In the article, he outlines sector-specific implications, as well as an outlook for COVID-era cases in the State's tax court.</p> <p>&ldquo;The tax assessment system is supposed to move more like an ocean liner than a speedboat,&rdquo; John notes. &ldquo;It is designed not to be whipsawed by severe market forces, so the court will look for stabilization, and the way they accomplish that is that they&rsquo;ll look for two to three years of economic performance to judge where the market is for purposes of tax assessment.&quot;</p> <p>To read the full article, please visit <a href="https://re-nj.com/pandemics-full-impact-still-unclear-prompting-a-measured-approach-to-property-tax-appeals/"><em>Real Estate NJ's</em> website</a>.</p>Publication01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115711&format=xmlCSG Expands Litigation and Real Estate Capabilitieshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115799&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG is pleased to announce the arrival of <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=22361&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">The Honorable Joseph A. (&ldquo;Drew&rdquo;) Dickson, U.S.M.J.</a>, and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=22360&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Philip A. Markowitz</a> to the firm&rsquo;s Litigation and Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Groups, respectively.</p> <p>During his tenure as a Federal Magistrate Judge, Drew oversaw an expansive scope of Federal court litigation in areas including intellectual property, antitrust, creditors&rsquo; rights, and class action. In his practice with the firm, Judge Dickson will draw upon his wealth of experience to fortify CSG&rsquo;s strengths in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation and arbitration in class action, intellectual property, antitrust, employment, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, trusts and estates, family law and complex commercial matters. Additionally, he will spearhead the expansion of the firm&rsquo;s Federal litigation practice, as well as add a critical dimension in disputes involving complex discovery issues as a Court-appointed discovery master, working closely alongside CSG's team of more than 60 trial-tested former federal prosecutors and seasoned commercial litigators.</p> <p>CSG&rsquo;s Litigation Group will tap Judge Dickson&rsquo;s deep understanding of Federal court process in its continued representation of clients in civil and criminal matters spanning a variety of subject areas &ndash; including, but not limited to, government contracts, bankruptcy, director and officer liability, the False Claims Act, professional liability and malpractice, and securities law. Additionally, Judge Dickson joins two highly esteemed former judges and a significant roster of skilled, multidisciplinary mediators in bolstering the firm&rsquo;s comprehensive ADR capabilities. His experience managing the discovery process in a judicial capacity will further prove valuable to clients served by the Government &amp; Corporate Investigations Group facing criminal, civil and administrative investigations and proceedings.</p> <p>Philip brings more than 20 years of experience representing the transactional commercial real estate needs and interests of his clients &ndash; helping them efficiently navigate an array of complex development, investment and leasing matters. His national client roster spans a broad range of stakeholders within the commercial real estate sector, including developers, landlords, tenants, institutional owners, investors, borrowers, purchasers and sellers, and other corporate users of real estate. Philip is deeply experienced overseeing the legal aspects of acquisitions and developments across all real estate asset types, including within the hospitality sector &ndash; where he manages the corporate components of these transactions, such as joint venture, franchise and management agreements. He is also particularly well-versed negotiating retail leases.</p> <p>The addition of Philip&rsquo;s transactional practice and experience further enhances the Real Estate Group&rsquo;s senior-level bench strength in acquisitions, sales, leasing, development and financings across the country. His clients will additionally benefit from the Group&rsquo;s regionally renowned strengths in land use and zoning, development, litigation and dispute management, tax appeals and liquor licensing, as well as the wealth of insight housed in practices beyond our real estate team such as the Environmental, Bankruptcy, Corporate &amp; Securities and Tax Groups.</p> <p>Over the past twelve months, CSG has remained on its positive trajectory of strategic, measured growth and has added more than a dozen extraordinarily talented attorneys at all levels with the primary goal of enhancing, and adding depth to, existing capabilities, as well as anticipating our clients&rsquo; needs and business objectives. The addition of Drew and Philip in two of the firm&rsquo;s largest practice groups marks the latest in a series of exciting hires demonstrating our deep commitment to doing just that: delivering excellence in service and top-notch insights for the many dynamic businesses and individuals we serve.</p>News29 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115799&format=xmlCSG's Marie L. Mathews Earns Place Among ROI-NJ's 2021 Influencers: Women in Businesshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115632&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18922&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Marie L. Mathews</a>, Co-Practice Group Leader of Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC&rsquo;s (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) Litigation Group and the firm&rsquo;s Deputy General Counsel, has been named to <em>ROI-NJ&rsquo;s</em> inaugural <em>2021 Influencers: Women in Business</em> list, which recognizes women leaders at the forefront of New Jersey&rsquo;s business community.</p> <p>A key figure in CSG&rsquo;s Litigation Group &ndash; the firm&rsquo;s largest practice, Marie spearheads a team of nearly 50 litigators alongside another leading voice at the firm, <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=19032&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Danielle M. Corcione</a>, and is entrusted with developing these attorneys, providing departmental oversight and growing the practice. As Deputy General Counsel, she provides her vision and guidance towards implementing and championing policies that protect the firm&rsquo;s overall operational well-being.</p> <p>In her practice, Marie has represented pharmaceutical, healthcare, technology, construction and financial services companies as well as law firms, among others, in a wide array of matters including antitrust and intellectual property cases, shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant cases and professional malpractice matters. Marie also brings extensive experience in navigating complex e-discovery issues.</p> <p>She has leveraged her unique position and insights gleaned as Deputy General Counsel to CSG in her role as Co-Chair of the firm&rsquo;s Professional Liability practice, which defends regional, U.S. and international professional services providers &ndash; including law and accounting firms &ndash; against claims of malpractice in both state and federal courts, as well as with ethics defense and counseling.</p> <p>Equally committed to serving the community, Marie&rsquo;s excellent judgement and leadership have also been tapped in her role as a board member with the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, which she will serve as President in the upcoming 2021-2022 term.</p> <p>To view the full <em>ROI-NJ 2021 Influencers: Women in Business</em> list, please <a href="https://www.roi-nj.com/2021/03/26/roi-influencers/women-in-business/2021-women-in-business/2021-roi-influencers-women-in-business-is-released/">click here</a>.</p>News26 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115632&format=xmlReal Estate NJ: Spotlight on CSG's Real Estate, Development & Land Use Grouphttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115607&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG&rsquo;s Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Group &ndash; led by <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18844&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Mitchell S. Berkey</a> &ndash; was profiled in the <i>Real Estate NJ: Professional Spotlight </i>issue as one of the <i>Top Commercial Real Estate Law Firms in New Jersey.</i><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoBodyText" style="text-indent:0in">The feature covers multiple facets of CSG&rsquo;s Real Estate, Development &amp; Land Use Group &ndash; including its expansive transactional and administrative capabilities and the wide range of pioneering, ambitious projects that clients have entrusted our attorneys with guiding across the finish line. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoBodyText" style="text-indent:0in">To read the full profile, please visit <a href="https://re-nj.com/flipbook/2021SL_Law/RENJ_SL_03_21_Combo.html"><i>Real Estate NJ&rsquo;s </i>website</a> (<em>Note:&nbsp; it appears on page 14</em>).&nbsp;</p>Publication25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115607&format=xml