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OUR LEADERSHIP

Chair
Brett R. Harris
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
Suite 900, Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-855-6122

Vice Chair Legislation
Steven J. Eisenstein
Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC
103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068
973-228-6815

Secretary
Stephen R. Urbinato
Starr Gern Davison & Rubin, PC
105 Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 401
Roseland, NJ 07068
973-403-9200

Immediate Past Chair
Jeffrey M. Shapiro
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
One Lowenstein Drive
Roseland, NJ 07068
973-597-2470

Board of Directors
Barry J. Bendes
Colleen R. Donovan
Steven J. Eisenstein
W. Raymond Felton
Philip D. Forlenza
Robert D. Frawley
Barry F. Gartenberg
Brett R. Harris
Robert A. Kaye
Marsha M. Moore
Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa
Jeffrey M. Shapiro
Lydia C. Stefanowicz
Rosaria A. Suriano
H. Glenn Tucker
Stephen R. Urbinato
Denise Walsh

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

Trustee Liaison
Heather G. Suarez

OUR MISSION

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.

BUSINESS LAW SECTION NEWSLETTER

Click here for the NJSBA Business Law Section Index of Newsletters

Newsletter Co-Editors:

Denise Walsh (Managing Editor)
Edgewood Partners Insurance Center
One Blue Hill Plaza
Pearl River, NY 10965
201-661-2436

Angelo J. Bolcato
Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP 
60 Blue Heron Rd, Suite 300
Sparta, NJ 07871 
973-729-1880
 
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 LAW SUBCOMMITTEES

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.

Chair

Barry Gartenberg
Barry F Gartenberg, LLC
973-921-0600


Cannabis Industry Committee

The committee focuses on the legal and business issues faced by this relatively new and expanding industry.  The Committee considers issues under both the existing medical marijuana program as well as the potentially incoming recreational marijuana program. The objective of the Committee is to inform general business lawyers of the business law issues specific to this industry and covers a broad range of legal issues and various practice disciplines. 
 
Co-Chairs 
Robert E. Schiappacasse
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
609-227-4633

Lydia C. Stefanowicz
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

732-476-3330


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.

Chair
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. 

Chair 
Steven R. Antico
Garfunkel Wild PC
201-883-1030

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.

Co-Chairs 
Steven J. Eisenstein (Morris-Essex)
Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC
973-228-6815

Robert A. Kaye (Hudson-Bergen) 
Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC
201-809-6010  

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.

Co-Chairs 
Jeffrey S. Dickey 
Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
908-518-6399 

Melissa V. Skrocki 
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C.
732-741-3900

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. 

Chair 
Susan C. Karp
Karp Environmental Law, LLC
201-704-0425

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. 

Chair 
Martin W. Aron 
Jackson Lewis LLP 
973-451-6370 

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.

Chair 
Betsy G. Ramos 
Capehart & Scatchard 
856-914-2052 

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.

Chair 
H. Glenn Tucker 
Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker 
973-643-3700  

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.

Chair 

Beth R. Stearns
McNelly Law Offices, LLC
610-727-4191

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. 

Chair 
(vacant)

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.

Chair 
Barry J. Bendes
Locke Lord LLP
212-912-2911
   
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, 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. 

Chair 
Philip Crowley
Law Office of Philip P. Crowley LLC
844-256-5891