CSG Law’s Giantomasi, Toft and Costello Named to 2022 NJBIZ Law Power 50

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC is pleased to announce that Francis J. Giantomasi, a Member with the firm’s Redevelopment, Land Use & Zoning Group and CSG Law Executive Committee member; Patricia K. Costello, Managing Member; and Dennis Toft, Chair of the Environmental Law Group, have been recognized among NJBIZ’s 2022 Law Power 50 – a list of New Jersey’s most influential attorneys in private practice, public service, corporate law departments and nonprofit organizations.

Giantomasi, who placed third among the 50 attorneys listed, has been a mainstay among the NJBIZ Law Power 50, and he was also recognized earlier this year in the publication’s Power 100, which features the State’s most influential people in business. This is the first appearance in Power 50 for Toft and Costello.

NJBIZ praised Giantomasi’s remarkable history as “a prominent real estate player in the Newark-Elizabeth region, and a highly regarded political insider.”

“He serves as counsel to many of the area’s most notable mixed-use projects, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s plan to transform 6.1 acres surrounding the cultural institution into a vibrant new arts neighborhood, along with several marquee projects in the industrial marketplace including the 140,000-square-foot FreezPak freezer warehouse facility,” the publication said.

It continued: “Elsewhere, he’s been involved in projects including a 360,000-square-foot last-mile Amazon distribution center in Rutherford, an 880,000-square-foot UPS logistics center on the MOTBY redevelopment site in Bayonne, and much of the transit-oriented development in Morristown and Harrison.”

NJBIZ touted his role as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, where he has been a driving force, as well as his chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Moreover, NJBIZ similarly lauded Costello, who became CSG Law’s first female managing member in October, and Toft, who also serves on the board of trustees at New Jersey Institute of Technology and as a director at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

“(Costello) joined the firm in 2015 after serving for 10 years as Essex County’s assignment judge supervising the county’s trial and municipal courts,” NJBIZ said. “Now, she oversees the operations of 175 attorneys and offices in two states, which together bring in $90 million in revenue. Other firms can look at CSG’s roster and take notes if they want to enhance their own gender diversity: 31% of CSG’s members are women, above the 25% national average. What’s more, 58% of the firm’s practice group leaders are women, as are 50% of the firm’s C-Suite management team.”

For Toft, the publication noted his extensive experience “providing counsel on all aspects of environmental law including regulatory proceedings, environmental due diligence, permitting, enforcement and environmental litigation, development/redevelopment and environmental insurance.”

“In 2002, he was appointed by former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman to serve on the New Jersey Brownfields and Contaminated Site Remediation Task Force, a group created by state law to identify and market brownfields sites,” NJBIZ said. “Toft regularly appears before the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, municipal land use boards, and the Office of Administrative Law, and in state and federal courts.

For the full 2022 Law Power 50, please visit NJBIZ’s website.

Visit csglaw.com/award-methodology for additional details on the selection process for the above-mentioned recognitions.