Business Law Section



Log in to see this information

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.


Log in to see this information

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.


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.


Steven J. Eisenstein
Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC
103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068

John P. Murdoch II
Zager Fuchs
268 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Legislative Chairperson
Robert D. Frawley
Law Offices of Robert D. Frawley
64 Maple Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960

Immediate Past Chair
Stephen R. Urbinato
Starr Gern Davison & Rubin, PC
105 Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 401
Roseland, NJ 07068

Board of Directors
Martin W. Aron
Bruce E. Baldinger
Barry J. Bendes
Douglas J. Ehrenworth
W. Raymond Felton
Philip D. Forlenza
Barry F. Gartenberg
Brett R. Harris
Robert A. Kaye
Marsha M. Moore
Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa
Betsy G. Ramos
Jeffrey M. Shapiro
Melissa Skrocki
Rachel Stark
Beth R. Stearns
H. Glenn Tucker
Charles Wilkes

Emeritus Directors
John A. Aiello
Philip L. Chapman
Richard J. Conway Jr.
Stuart A. Hoberman
Stephen Knee
Ira B. Marcus
Barry M.  Marell
Sheilah O’Halloran
Stuart L. Pachman
Richard J. Pinto
Ann M. Waeger


Click here for the NJSBA Business Law Section Index of Newsletters

Newsletter Co-Editors:

Lori I. Mayer (Managing Editor)
Nagel Rice, LLP
103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068
973-618-0400 Ext. 127

Angelo J. Bolcato
Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP 
60 Blue Heron Rd, Suite 300
Sparta, NJ 07871 

Jeremy B. Stein
Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman
& Bulbulia, LLC
Continental Plaza
433 Hackensack Avenue, Suite 1002
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-441-9056 Ext. 117

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.

Barry Gartenberg
Barry F Gartenberg, LLC

Business Taxation Committee
The purpose of the committee will be to provide support to practitioners with respect to federal, state, and local tax issues frequently arising in the context of business transactions, work with the legislative chairperson to consider and recommend legislation, regulations, and other administrative guidance to aid practitioners with respect to these issues, and function as a liaison between the Business Law Section and the Taxation Law Section.


Jason Navarino
Riker Danzig LLP

Ethics and Professionalism Committee
The mission of the committee is to foster and improve ethical conduct, professionalism and civility of transactional attorneys in attorney-attorney, attorney-client and attorney-public relationships. The committee gathers and monitors developments in the ethics and 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.
Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa
Archer & Greiner, P.C.
[email protected]

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
973-618-0400 ext. 127

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

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.

Steven J. Eisenstein (Morris-Essex)
Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC

Robert A. Kaye (Hudson-Bergen) 
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC

Intellectual Property and Privacy Law Committee 
The committee addresses intellectual property and privacy law issues of concern to business lawyers, with a particular emphasis on the role of IP in business transactions (e.g., stock and asset purchase agreements) and legal issues that apply to gathering, securing, maintaining and selling personally-identifiable information (e.g., privacy policy requirements) .  The committee also focuses on the measures that a business may take to procure, protect and enforce its IP (e.g. patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets) and assess and mitigate the risk of infringing the IP of others.

Melissa V. Skrocki 
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C.

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. 

Susan C. Karp
Karp Environmental Law, LLC

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 

Christina Silva
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

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 

Retail and Restaurant Industries Committee
The Committee focuses on legal issues that impact retail and restaurant clients, including commercial leasing, franchising laws, liquor licenses and IT issues.  Examples of recent issues are the chip reader credit card machines and recent state, federal and city menu labeling laws/requirements.  The Committee also addresses leasing issues pertaining to landlords and developers.

Beth R. Stearns
McNelly Law Offices, LLC

Securities and Corporate Practice/Governance Committee
The committee provides resources, as well as 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 resources 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 such entities and other constituencies. The committee makes legislative and regulatory proposals that have corporate governance implications.

Scott Linsky
Lucosky Brookman LLP

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

Venture Capital, Emerging Growth Technology Companies and Angel Investors 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, Angel investors 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. 

Philip Crowley
Law Office of Philip P. Crowley LLC