Bergen County’s Top Lawyers 2019

We are proud that 21 Winne Banta attorneys were listed in Bergen Magazine’s “Bergen County’s To Lawyers 2019” in 13 areas of the law, including:
– Appellate Law – Gary Redish
– Aviation – Carolyn Geraci Frome
– Banking & Financial – Joseph Basralian, Thomas Cangialosi, Richard Kahn
– Business Law – Robert Kleeblatt, Gary Redish
– Commercial Litigation – Michael Cohen
– Education – Robert Jacobs
– Family Law – Ronald Abramson, Dennis Harraka
– Government/Administrative – Stanley Turitz
– Labor & Employment – Kenneth Lehn
– Land Use/Environmental – Bruce Rosenberg, Michael Stingone
– Real Estate – Joseph Basralian, Richard Kahn, Ian Kleeblatt, Robert Kleeblatt, Michael Stingone, Richard Wolloch
– Tax Law – Arthur Goldberg
– Wills, Trusts & Estates – Peter Bakarich, Martin Dever

430 Main Street Site Plan Application

Joseph Basralian represented 18 Hackensack LLC in connection with its site plan application for 430 Main Street, which was approved by the City of Hackensack Planning Board.  The existing building was demolished, and will be replaced by a six-story, mixed-use building that will include ground floor retail space and 40 residential units, with workshare space for tenants and on-site parking.  He also represented Brickyard Urban Renewal, LLC in its site plan for 18 East Camden Street, approved by the City of Hackensack Planning Board.  The project is a five-story, 254-unit apartment building with a multi-story parking garage and on-site amenities including a swimming pool and exercise room.

Eighth Building Bergen Program Examined How Adaptive Re-Use is Changing the Face of Bergen County

The latest Building Bergen program, “How Adaptive Re-Use is Creating Substantial Value for the County,” held on October 16, addressed how the face of commercial real estate is changing throughout Bergen County by finding new uses for old buildings. Builders, developers, planners, architects and municipal and county officials are taking existing structures and adapting them in creative and exciting ways to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities.  Local leaders, real estate professionals and urban designers discussed how adaptive re-use is a proven way to re-build and evolve stranded assets

If you missed the program, click here to view it.

Winne Banta Welcomes Frank Scangarella

Winne Banta Basralian & Kahn, P.C. is pleased to announce that Frank E. Scangarella has joined the firm as Of Counsel, and will be a member of the Public Finance practice.

Scangarella comes to Winne Banta with over 25 years of experience with complex financing mechanisms for real estate transactions and large infrastructure projects, and environmental law. Regarded as a leading expert in infrastructure finance in New Jersey, Scangarella has structured financing programs for the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (New Jersey’s SRF, formerly known as the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust) as its Assistant Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the past 13 years – such financing programs include the New Jersey Water Bank Construction Loan Program, the Statewide Assistance Loan Program (Superstorm Sandy Infrastructure Loans), and the New Jersey Transportation Bank. Since its inception in 1986, the I-Bank has issued more than $7B in loans funding approximately 1,400 projects benefiting more than 70% of counties, municipalities, utility and sewerage authorities throughout New Jersey.

Scangarella’s prior public sector experience also includes service as Assistant Counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman; Director of Legal Affairs at the New Jersey Water Supply Authority; and Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law providing legal counsel and representation to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Vermella Hackensack

Joseph L. Basralian represents the developer of the 19.7-acre tract in Hackensack formerly occupied by The Record, bordered by the Hackensack River and River Street.  The first phase of the development, called Vermella Hackensack, has been approved for 272 residential units with a pool and other amenities.  The second phase has been approved for approximately 13,000 square feet of first-floor retail space and 39 residential units above the retail.  The development will ultimately have a river walk along the Hackensack River and public access to the walkway.  Construction has begun.  It is anticipated that future phases of development will follow in due course.

Best Lawyers

Four Winne Banta partners have been included on the list of 2020 Best Lawyers. Joseph Basralian and Richard Kahn are included on the list of Best Lawyers in Real Estate Law. Gary Redish is included on the list of Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation.  Kenneth Lehn has been included on the list of Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor & Employment and Litigation – Real Estate.

Once again, Winne Banta Basralian & Kahn was included in the top ranks of New Jersey law firms in four areas of practice:  Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law and Litigation – Labor & Employment.

Winne Banta Files Lawsuit Which May Overturn New Jersey Wine Retail Statutes

A lawsuit was filed on July 3, 2019 by Winne Banta in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey which may end New Jersey law that prohibits the shipment of wine to consumers by out-of-state retailers.  The suit seeks to overturn New Jersey law that prohibits direct shipments of wine to consumers by out-of-state wine stores, while allowing shipments by in-state retail wine stores.  The plaintiffs are three New Jersey residents who are wine collectors, as well as a wine store in New York.

The suit was brought by Gary S. Redish, Esq. and Michael J. Cohen, Esq. of Winne Banta, Robert Epstein, Esq. of Epstein Cohen Seif & Porter in Indianapolis, and Professor J. Alexander Tanford of Indiana University Law School.  This follows an earlier case which the same team filed and was successful in a lawsuit in Federal Court in New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit which forced New Jersey to adopt new statutes and regulations permitting out-of-state wineries that register with the State of New Jersey to ship wine to New Jersey residents.

If the Plaintiffs prevail in the new case, consumers may be able to bypass their local New Jersey wine stores and buy wine by telephone or via the internet from out of state retailers and have the wine shipped to them via Federal Express, UPS or similar services.

Bergenfield Planning Board

Bruce Rosenberg secured approval from the Bergenfield Planning Board for a new synagogue, Congregation Ohr Ha Torah. The synagogue will provide 267 seats, a social hall and youth study rooms.


Bergen County’s “Top Lawyers”

We are proud that 22 Winne Banta attorneys were listed in (201) Magazine’s “Bergen County’s Top Lawyers 2019” in 15 areas of the law, including:

  • Banking & Financial – Thomas Cangialosi, Richard Kahn, Gary Redish
  • Business, Commercial & Corporate Law – Robert Kleeblatt
  • Commercial Litigation – Kenneth Lehn
  • Education – Robert Jacobs
  • Environmental – Michael Stingone
  • Labor & Employment – Kenneth Lehn
  • Litigation – Michael Cohen, Robert Jacobs
  • Matrimonial & Family Law – Ronald Abramson, Dennis Harraka
  • Municipal – Stanley Turitz
  • Real Estate – Joseph Basralian, Richard Kahn, Ian Kleeblatt, Robert Kleeblatt, Michael Stingone, Richard Wolloch
  • Taxation – Arthur Goldberg
  • Trusts & Estates, Wills & Probate – Peter Bakarich, Martin Dever
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use – Joseph Basralian, Bruce Rosenberg, Marla Wolfe Taus

Winne Banta Welcomes New Attorney

Winne Banta is pleased to welcome Faith Miros, who concentrates her practice in real estate law. She has represented major commercial landlords, real estate developers and high net worth investors in the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, including office, retail, industrial, multi-family and mixed-use projects.