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Planned Leadership Transition and New Firm Name Announced For New Jersey's Eighth Largest Law Firm

April 7, 2015

Contact: Mark Weiss, Harbor Group Communications, Inc.


West Orange, New Jersey (Tuesday April 7, 2015) - One of New Jersey's leading business and policy law firms - - the 43-year-old Wolff & Samson of West Orange and New York City - - announced today a series of planned leadership transitions and the re-naming of the firm. These actions provide a strong foundation for sustaining the firm-wide growth experienced over the last two years, in 2015 and beyond.

Specifically, the firm announced:

  • Reorganization of the Executive Committee, with eight senior members, to guide strategy and continued firm-wide growth. Two co-chairmen of the Executive Committee were named: Armen Shahinian, a member in the firm for more than 38 years and one of the most respected surety, commercial crime insurance and construction litigation attorneys in the nation, who heads the firm’s national Fidelity and Surety Practice; and Jeff Chiesa, a member since 2013 and formerly U.S. Senator and Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.
  • Appointment of new firm-wide Co-Managing Directors: Ross Pearlson, a member since 2011 who co-chairs the firm’s Litigation Department and previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; and Jeff Weinick, a member since 2009 who co-chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and previously was the founder of IP boutique firm Weinick &Associates.
  • Reflecting growth, the firm also said that six new members have joined in the last two years as part of a total of 29 new attorney hires (members, counsel and associates) during this period. The firm also has entered into a new 10 year lease for its primary office in West Orange, including an additional 11,000 square feet to accommodate anticipated future growth.

Perspective on Firm Growth 2015 and Beyond
Weiss said that this transition positions the firm strongly to capitalize on and even accelerate the growth it has been experiencing across all its practices – including the highly regarded practices in corporate, litigation, government, real estate, intellectual property, environmental and renewable energy.

Weiss noted that in 2015 the firm anticipates growth in profits and an increase of attorneys over 2014. "In fact this past March was one of the best business months in the history of the firm. Jobs are being added in the face of this growth."

New Firm Name
The new name of the firm going forward will be Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC. The name reflects the deep bench of firm experience and its new firm-wide leadership: the addition in 2013 of former U.S. Senator and N.J. Attorney General, Jeff Chiesa; the 38 year contribution of member Armen Shahinian, one of the most respected surety, commercial crime insurance and construction litigation attorneys in the nation; and former Essex County, NJ counsel, Frank Giantomasi, who joined in 2014 after 4.5 years as a named member at Genova Burns Giantomasi and Webster.

Weiss commented that “Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi today is a closely knit, collegial and highly committed group of 130 attorneys.”

Other key additions to the firm in the last two years include John Scally, formerly member at Drinker Biddle, as a member of the firm’s Public Finance Department; Scott Zuber, formerly a member at Wilson Elser, who co-chairs the firm’s Bankruptcy Practice; Dr. Beverly Lubit, formerly a member at Greenberg Traurig, who joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Group; and Matthew Beck, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey in the firm’s Litigation, White-Collar and Corporate Investigations Practices.

Noting that the vast majority of the firm’s revenue is generated by over 25 members, Weiss said the firm credits the broad-based revenue contributions of the members for the prosperity of the firm.

"In sum, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi is in a very strong, competitively advantaged position, both economically and from a professional resource point of view. The firm is well positioned to meet the most complex legal, business and policy challenges facing clients,” said Weiss.