34C — March 16 - 29, 2012 — The Best of 2011 — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


The Best Attorney of 2011

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP Nicholas Racioppi, Jr.

Gibbons P.C. Russell B. Bershad

Number of attorney’s in office: 152 Type of field attorney specializes in: Real Estate 2011 major accomplishment: Riker Danzig, led by partner Nicholas Racioppi, Jr., head of the Firm’s Real Estate Group, represented the Rockefeller Group Development Corp., owners of the land, in several real estate related matters including complex lease agreements, in a major real estate transaction named “Creative Office Deal of the Year” in New Jersey by NAIOP on May 12, 2011. The 325,000 s/f building, scheduled for completion in 2012, will anchor The Green at Florham

Serving as a lead real estate attorney for several of the largest, most significant and complex transactions currently ongoing in New Jersey, including (1) the state’s sale of the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park racetracks; and (2) Bayer HealthCare’s purchase of the former Alcatel-Lucent campus in Hanover, left vacant in 2009. The significance of these two matters to our region is vast. The racetrack sales are headline news as part of NJ’s focus on reducing

Park, a world-class 268 acre master-planned sustainable mixed-use development, home to the New York Jets Atlantic Health Training Facility. When completed, the development will also include hotel, residential and retail space. Nicholas Racioppi, Jr. has considerable commercial real estate experience, particularly in the acquisition, development, zoning and planning, leasing and sale of commercial and industrial properties. He represents lenders in all types of real estate financings and has extensive experience in complex real estate workouts and foreclosures.

budget gaps; they involve complex corporate, finance, tax, real estate, environmental, labor, and permitting issues and, if consummated, would result in the continuation of the state’s horse racing industry. The Bayer relocation involves 2,500 New Jersey employees and significant office, warehouse, and R&D facilities, and it also assists the state in retaining its considerable pharmaceutical capability. Bayer, the German-based global pharmaceutical maker, is buying 95 acres of the 194-acre site and renovating and reconstructing several buildings.

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. Joseph A. Fitzpatrick

Fameco Real Estate, LP Jonathan Rome

Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP Jack Fersko

2011 major accomplishment: Jack Fersko represented Avidan Energy Solutions in association with the company’s devel- opment, financing and construction of a massive 4.26 megawatt solar energy system in Edison, NJ. To date, the project is the largest roof-mounted solar energy installation to be completed in the United States.

Number of Attorneys in your office: 28 Type of field Attorney specializes in: Real Estate/Land Use/zoning Joseph A. Fitzpatrick is one of the founders of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C., and is well known for his work in real estate development in Pennsylvania. Notable clients include Stabler Cor- porate Center IDS Real Estate Group,

Number of Attorney’s in your office: 1 Type of field Attorney specializes in: Retail Real Estate Jonathan Rome serves as Fameco’s in- house counsel and is responsible for a broad range of legal matters related to the organization as a whole as well as its brokerage activities. Aside from his first class legal mind which we would

In addition to this high profile project, Fersko has played a key advising role in numerous solar projects on behalf of a diverse range of clients, including developers, property own- ers and landlords, transportation and warehousing entities, and construction firms.

Trader Joe’s, Liberty Property Trust, Promenade Shoppes at Saucon Valley, Wegman’s Markets, Wawa Food Markets and the Allentown Phantoms hockey team. In addition to his law practice, Fitzpatrick serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown.

argue is second to none, what makes Jonathan such a valu- able asset to Fameco is his welcoming demeanor, willing- ness to assist, his undying patience with his constituents and his ability to keep us all within the letter of the law. Jonathan is one of those people that you don’t see sweat.

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