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    Originally published in the Business Law Section Newsletter Vol. 38, No. 3/January 2015 Are We Buying a Union?...


Jeffrey M. Shapiro
Lowenstein Sandler
65 Livingston Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Fax: (973) 597-2471


Brett R. Harris
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
Suite 900, Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Fax: 732-726-6574

Legislative Coordinator
Stephen R. Urbinato
Starr Gern DAvison & Rubin, PC
105 Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 401
Roseland, NJ 07068

Immediate Past Chair
Philip D. Forlenza
Giordano Halleran & Ciesla
125 Half Mile Road
Suite 300
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Fax: 732-224-6599

Board of Directors
John A. Aiello
Barry J. Bendes
Colleen R. Donovan
W. Raymond Felton
Robert D. Frawley
Barry Gartenberg
Robert A. Kaye
Ira B. Marcus
Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa
Lydia C. Stefanowicz
Rosaria A. Suriano
H. Glenn Tucker
Ann M. Waeger
Denise Walsh
Seth E. Zuckerman

Emeritus Directors
Philip L. Chapman
Richard J. Conway Jr.
Peter H. Ehrenberg
Stuart A. Hoberman
Stephen H. Katz
Stephen Knee
Barry M.  Marell
Sheilah O’Halloran
Stuart L. Pachman
Richard J. Pinto

Trustee Liaison
Craig J. Hubert


The Business Law Section provides regular informational and educational programs and publications concerning developments in New Jersey and federal laws and regulations affecting New Jersey profit and nonprofit business organizations (other than banking institutions). Maintains ongoing relations with other professional and business organizations, including the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.


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Newsletter Co-Editors:

Denise Walsh (Managing Editor)
Saiber LLC
18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ  07932
(973) 232-0608

Thomas A. Zalewski
Day Pitney LLP
One Jefferson Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054-2891
(973) 966-8115
Lori I. Mayer
Nagel Rice, LLP
103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 618-0400 Ext. 127

Newsletters are available to Section members; single issue copies available to non-members upon request.


Business Entity Committee
The committee examines the statutory basis for business entities in New Jersey as well as trends in other states. Recommends legislative changes and new laws to place New Jersey at the leading edge among all other states. Advises the membership and the rest of the New Jersey bar about important developments in the area through the use of programs and publications.

Ira B. Marcus
Saiber LLC
18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Fax: 973-622-3349

Denise Walsh
Saiber LLC
18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ  07932
Fax: 973-622-3349

Family & Small Business Committee
The committee focuses on developments in the area of closely held and family owned businesses, including succession planning counseling, litigation, acquisitions and sales, corporate governance, and the business lawyer's interaction with other professionals.

Lori I. Mayer
Nagel Rice LLP
103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068
973-618-0400 ext. 127

Stephen R. Urbinato
Starr Gern Davison & Rubin
103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068
Fax: 973-226-0031

Health and Hospital Committee
The committee focuses on existing and developing laws and cases, as well as legislative, regulatory and industry trends that affect the broad range of New Jersey healthcare providers, businesses and ventures, both for-profit and non-profit. The committee provides an avenue for discussion among practitioners who represent clients operating businesses or are otherwise involved in the health care arena. The committee also analyzes federal and state lawmaking efforts that could have a direct affect on the health care community. 

Steven R. Antico
Garfunkel Wild PC
Continental Plaza II
411 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Fax: 201-883-1031

Inn of Transactional Counsel Committee 
The mission of the Inn is to teach, learn, hone, and improve practice skills, share experiences with other members of the bar, foster collegiality, and promote excellence in the practice of law, as related to transactional matters. The Inn meets monthly. Programs are interactive with energetic input from all participants. Members are expected to lead or facilitate at least one program each year. There are occasional presentations by outside experts. There are currently two Inns in operation - one in the Bergen-Hudson region that meets in Hackensack, and the other in the Essex-Morris region that meets in Morristown and Roseland.

H. Glenn Tucker (Essex-Morris)
Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker 
One Gateway Center, Suite 600 
Newark, NJ 07102 
Fax: 973-643-1218

Steven J. Eisenstein (Essex-Morris)
Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC
103 Eisenhower Pkwy.
Roseland, NJ 07068
Fax: 973-403-9021

Robert A. Kaye (Bergen-Hudson) 
Chasan Leyner & Lamparello 
300 Lighting Way 
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Fax: 201-348-6633 

Intellectual Property Committee 
The committee addresses intellectual property issues of concern to business lawyers, with a particular emphasis on the role of IP in business transactions, such as stock and asset purchase agreements, due diligence, employee/consultant agreements, non-disclosure agreements and licenses. The committee also focuses on the measures that a business may take to procure, protect and enforce its IP (e.g. inventions, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets) and assess and mitigate the risk of infringing the IP of others. 

Orville R. Cockings
Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
600 South Avenue West 
Westfield, NJ 07090 
Fax: 908-654-7866 

Jeffrey S. Dickey 
Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
600 South Avenue West 
Westfield, NJ 07090 
Fax: 908-654-7866 

ISRA & Environmental Issues Committee 
The committee provides a forum and resource for practitioners involved with environmental issues affecting businesses and transactions, including analyzing existing and proposed legislation, regulations, and guidance documents and where appropriate providing comments thereto, and proposed new legislation and/or legislative amendments to the Board where appropriate. 

Sean Monaghan
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP
220 Park Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Fax: 973-540-7300

Labor & Employment Committee 
The committee explores the impact of labor and employment laws on the business law practitioner, covering areas that include employment, severance, and non-competition agreements in both the union and non-union context. The committee also examines litigation concerns such as wrongful termination, whistleblower, discrimination, prevailing wage, independent contractors and the WARN Act. 

Martin W. Aron 
Jackson Lewis LLP 
220 Headquarters Plaza East Tower, 7th Floor 
Morristown, NJ 07960 
Fax: 973-540-9015 

Litigation Committee 
The committee focuses on the principal areas of litigation affecting business entities, promotes the establishment of business courts and other effective means of resolving business disputes and monitors litigation developments affecting business.

Betsy G. Ramos 
Capehart & Scatchard 
8000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 300S 
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 
Fax: 856-235-2786

Professionalism Committee 
The mission of the committee is to foster and improve professionalism and civility of transactional attorneys in attorney-attorney, attorney-client and attorney-public relationships. The committee gathers and monitors developments in the professionalism arena within the State of New Jersey, other States and the American Bar Association, and provides a forum and resource for transactional practitioners. The committee also focuses on exploring and developing best practices and working principles for transactional attorneys, and proposes such practices and principles to the Board and to all members of the Business Law Section.

H. Glenn Tucker 
Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker 
One Gateway Center, Suite 600 
Newark, NJ 07102 
Fax: 973-643-1218 

Securities and Corporate Practice/Governance Committee
The Committee provides resources for and a forum for exploring and commenting upon the regulatory scheme and processes involved in the private placement and public offering process, and in the continuing obligations of registered companies and their principal shareholders, officers and directors. The committee also monitors developments in corporate practice and governance and provides a forum and resource for practitioners involved with practice and governance issues affecting public and private business entities, the duties and responsibilities of directors, managers, officers and others to the entities that they serve and to other constituencies. Makes legislative and regulatory proposals with corporate governance implications. 

Stephen Katz
Peckar & Abramson PC 
70 Grand Avenue 
River Edge, NJ 07661 
Fax: 201-343-6306 

Jeffrey M. Shapiro
Lowenstein Sandler PC
65 Livingston Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Fax: 973-597-2471

Third Party Legal Opinions Committee  
The committee addresses issues relating to the negotiation and issuance of opinions to third parties in a multitude of transactions, issue reports and recommendations, provides seminars on such issues and acts as a resource to members of the New Jersey Bar faced with complex issues involving the issuance or acceptance of third party legal opinions.

Barry J. Bendes
Locke Lord LLP
750 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Fax: 888-325-9117 
Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Technology Company Committee
The committee provides a forum and resource to members of the New Jersey State Bar Association engaged in representing technology entrepreneurs, emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms. The committee examines and monitors trends, current issues and other concerns affecting venture-backed companies. The convergence of corporate and intellectual property-related issues as they impact emerging growth companies is a focus of this committee. 

David Papier
SNR Denton 
101 JFK Parkway 
Short Hills, NJ 07078 
Fax: 973-912-7199