Jason Holt and Neha Bhalani Named Co-Chairs of CSG Law’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Chiesa Shahinian Giantomasi PC (CSG Law) is pleased to announce Members Jason Holt and Neha Bhalani have been named the co-chairs of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee.
“I am confident they will take this wonderful group to even higher levels,” Managing Member Patricia Costello said. “Thanks to both of them for agreeing to serve.”
CSG Law’s DEI Committee spearheads the firm’s commitment to moving CSG Law in a continuously progressive direction through firmwide diversity training programs as well as recruiting and fundraising efforts. Last year, Bloomberg Law named CSG Law to its inaugural DEI Framework, which recognizes firms for the disclosure of diversity-related metrics and distinguished performance against six core pillars of an effective DEI program: demographics, leadership and talent pipeline, recruitment and retention, business innovation and strategy, marketing, and diversity and inclusion in the community. CSG was one of only 28 U.S.-based law firms listed in the framework.
Jason is a seasoned attorney with more than two decades of experience in state and local government, municipal corporations, turnaround strategy, litigation and fiscal management. Jason, who joined the firm from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs where he reviewed and investigated potential ethics violations associated with local jurisdictions, draws 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 (“PILOT”) agreements, tax appeals and tax exemptions.
Outside of the firm, Jason was appointed to the leadership team of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council earlier this year – which is comprised of executives from across the state who meet regularly to share best practices, collaborate on business opportunities, and help NJBIA members become more successful. In addition, he was elected in 2021 to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, an organization dedicated to promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys and assisting members of the legal profession to better serve local governments in New Jersey.
Neha practices with the firm’s Intellectual Property Group where she handles all aspects of trademark prosecution, including clearance searches, applications and renewals, and provides domestic and international intellectual property strategy planning. Neha also researches and drafts responses to Examiners’ Office Actions in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In addition, she has experience drafting, structuring and negotiating numerous licensing, co-existence, non-disclosure and asset purchase agreements.