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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

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Chairman: Paul A Rowe
Managing Partners: W Raymond Felton, Mark H Sobel
Number of partners: 49
Number of total lawyers: 82

Firm Overview:
The firm, which marked its 100th anniversary in 2014, serves a broad range of local, regional and national clients with interests in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Client trust and loyalty are earned through sophisticated, creative and cost-effective representation, proactive legal strategies, attention to detail and relationship-oriented service. Seven main departments and numerous interdisciplinary practice groups create an integrated service profile that meets the needs of entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized businesses, larger entities and individuals alike.

Main Areas of Practice: 

-Real Estate
-Redevelopment & Land Use
-Tax, Trusts & Estates

20 partners
Recognized as one of New Jersey’s premier litigation teams, the firm has the resources and efficiency to handle complex and ‘bet the company’ litigation and more routine matters on behalf of both public and private sector clients. The practice encompasses commercial and business litigation, employment litigation and counseling, real estate litigation, estate litigation, environmental litigation, product liability litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, banking and creditors’ rights, public entity liability, personal injury, chancery practice and alternative dispute resolution. The firm recognizes that each case is unique and that implementing an appropriate strategy to meet the client’s goals goes beyond legal analysis – business or personal circumstances, financial considerations and other specific factors are all taken into account.
Contact: John D North
Tel: 732 476 2630
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Darren C Barreiro
Tel: 732 476 2424
Email: [email protected]

4 partners
The firm’s corporate practice provides practical and efficient solution-oriented representation. A key competency is its sophisticated knowledge of both big picture issues and fine point details of business dealings in New Jersey. Clients include individuals, entrepreneurs, middle market companies, family-owned operations and regional and national corporations in various industries: manufacturing, food and beverage, sports, entertainment, retail, automotive, real estate, transportation, alternative energy, healthcare, banking and finance. The group serves as general counsel to companies without in-house legal resources. Other focuses include mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, securities offerings and franchise law.
Contact: W Raymond Felton
Tel: 732 476 2670
Email: [email protected]

3 partners
The environmental team counsels developers, property owners, manufacturers, REITs, landlords, tenants, lenders and trustees on the impact of environmental laws and regulations on real estate, business and lending transactions and operations, with a particular focus on New Jersey.
The group has significant experience related to transactional issues, financing and cost recovery in brownfield and contaminated property cleanups and redevelopment. Other areas of focus include Superfund matters; environmental land use issues; transaction triggered environmental laws; disclosure obligations and enforcement proceedings; environmental due diligence and risk allocation; environmental insurance; EHS compliance and product stewardship.
Contact: David B Farer
Tel: 732 476 2476
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Jay A. Jaffe
Tel: 732 476 2418
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
13 partners
The real estate group provides comprehensive representation related to the acquisition, disposition, leasing and renovation of commercial, industrial and residential real estate in New Jersey. This experience encompasses financing and incentives, energy efficiency and sustainable design, commercial property tax appeals, planned real estate, brokerage law, restructuring and workouts, community associations and condominium law. Clients include buyers, sellers, lenders, owners, landlords, tenants, investors, corporations and REITs.
Contact: Thomas J Denitzio, Jr
Tel: 732 476 2610
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Jack Fersko
Tel: 732 476 3354
Email: [email protected]

Redevelopment & Land Use:
7 partners
The redevelopment and land use department focuses on traditional development, redevelopment, land use and zoning. Experience encompasses projects of all sizes and levels of complexity throughout New Jersey, including residential, industrial, retail, office and mixed use. Legal services include project siting and property acquisition, financing and incentives, redevelopment and PILOT agreements, construction and environmental issues, zoning and land use planning, due diligence, permits, representation before community boards and regulatory agencies, appeals, prerogative writ actions and litigation.
Contact: Gary S Forshner
Tel: 732 476 2690
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Robert S Goldsmith
Tel: 732 476 2620
Email: [email protected]

Tax, Trusts & Estates:
4 partners
The tax and estates practice offers a full spectrum of legal services related to business and personal tax issues, estate planning and estate administration. Representation encompasses wealth preservation and accumulation strategies; asset protection planning; tax minimization; federal and state tax controversies; succession planning; elder law; employee benefits and executive compensation; and estate litigation. Clients include individuals, business owners, corporate executives and nonprofit and tax exempt entities.
Contact: Michael A Backer
Tel: 732 476 2450
Email: [email protected]

8 partners
The family law practice provides responsive and personalized ‘boutique’ service backed by the comprehensive support of a full service business law firm. Attorneys are among the preeminent practitioners in New Jersey. Representation through negotiation, mediation, litigation or appeal encompasses divorce, separation, child custody and guardianship, child support, spousal maintenance, equitable distribution, domestic violence, adoption, preand post-nuptial agreements, post judgment enforcement and modifications and the emerging areas of collaborative divorce and planning issues for special needs children.
Contact: Mark H Sobel
Tel: 973 577 1780
Email: [email protected]