CSG Law Real Estate Group’s Growth Continues with Five New Hires

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (CSG Law) is pleased to announce that its Real Estate Group, one of the region’s largest real estate practices and the 2021 recipient of the New Jersey Law Journal’s “Dealmakers of the Year” award, continues to grow with the addition of four legal professionals and the team’s first practice group administrator.

“The strategic growth of the CSG Law Real Estate team mirrors our dedication to our expanding client base and further enhances the depth and breadth of our group”, said Mitchell Berkey, Chair of the CSG Law Real Estate Group. “The addition of junior attorneys and a practice group administrator, on top of five hires earlier in 2021,” Berkey added, “evidences our deep commitment to addressing our clients’ present and future needs and growing along with them”.

Evelyn Baert graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law this past May, was an intern with CSG Law during her 3L year, and will focus her practice on land use. She earned her B.A. from New York University in 2017 and is fluent in French.

Jennifer Garster was a summer associate with CSG Law in 2021 and returns to the firm to focuses her practice on real estate financing. Before joining the firm, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J. with the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in May and her B.A. from Loyola University of Maryland in 2019.

Amy Howlett returns to the practice of law after having served in various capacities in the business, academic and legal worlds. Amy will focus on commercial leasing and transactions. Amy was co-founder of a retail and incubator space based in Essex County, staff attorney at the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York, an associate at a New York-based firm, and as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. She also clerked for the Hon. John F. Keenan with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Amy earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and her B.A. in Politics & International Relations from Scripps College.

Irene Nyktas joins CSG Law following a clerkship with the Hon. Frank J. DeAngelis with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Morris County. Irene earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University. Irene will focus her practice on real estate transactions. She is fluent in Greek.

Daniela Alves will be the CSG Law Real Estate Group’s first Practice Group Administrator and take on a variety of responsibilities including talent and professional development, performance metrics analysis and other administrative matters. Before joining CSG Law, Daniela served as practice group administrator at a global law firm where she managed the talent and professional development for the Corporate & Securities, Global Tax and Employee Benefits. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

CSG Law’s real estate attorneys take pride in their reputation as skilled problem solvers and connectors linking major stakeholders in all segments of the region’s real estate market to execute transformative projects and deals. In recent years, the Real Estate Group has spearheaded numerous marquee acquisitions, redevelopments, financing and lease transactions illustrating the powerhouse scope of capabilities it brings to bear in representing its diverse client base.

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