Our attorneys are consistently ranked among the best in the region for a reason: they possess a uniquely broad and comprehensive understanding of their respective practice areas. The depth and sophistication of our transactional and litigation practices, combined with our attorneys’ decades of real-world experience, enable the firm to efficiently and aggressively solve the toughest legal problems.
Our firm advises clients in a diverse range of industries and practice areas which are highlighted to the left. Examples of the full range of our work and capabilities can be found on each page. We update our website regularly with new information and notable achievements in all practice areas. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our attorneys at your convenience.
The firm’s appellate practice group has extensive experience in business, banking, municipal, personal injury, family, real estate, labor and general litigation matters. In particular, our lawyers have significant experience before appellate courts and agencies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas.
The attorneys in the appellate practice group work diligently to develop a strategy for success on appeal and make certain that the right issues are raised on the record while the case is at the trial level. Our attorneys also regularly prepare and submit petitions for appellate review, research and write persuasive appellate briefs, prepare and present compelling appellate arguments, handle public and quasi-governmental agency appeals before regulatory bodies, and prepare amicus curiae briefs.
The firm’s attorneys are experienced in handling appeals in the following areas:
The firm’s appellate practice is rooted in our attorney’s extensive experience in appellate matters. The firm’s appellate practice group includes, among others, the Honorable Robert A. Freedberg, a former Judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and numerous attorneys who served as law clerks to New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division.
The banking and commercial lending group regularly represents a broad array of clients in matters involving corporate financings, mortgage loans, construction and permanent financings, asset workouts, foreclosures, receiverships, and government-guaranteed loans.
The firm’s experience working with state agencies and authorities provides our attorneys with first-hand knowledge of how to manage and anticipate various state compliance actions including revenue, tax and reporting issues, as they pertain to banks and other financial institutions.
In addition, the firm represents several regional and community banks in regards to commercial loans, document drafting and loan document review as well as commercial collection activities and real estate transactions. Our attorneys work seamlessly with banking and commercial lenders as corporate counsel or on a matter-by matter basis advocating for the bank and/or its clients. Where litigation is inevitable, our banking and commercial lending practice group can leverage the firm’s strong litigation group to support matters including collections, foreclosures, and creditor’s rights.
The Firm provides comprehensive legal counsel in all aspects of the cannabis industry from business formation, governmental affairs, licensing and permitting to local land use applications. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy supports the expansion or access to medical marijuana and supports adult recreational use of marijuana
If the recreational use of marijuana is approved in New Jersey, our experienced attorneys are well prepared to represent cannabis businesses. We have already handled cannabis business matters including:
FPSC attorneys also handle business and industry matters of importance to the emerging cannabis industry in New Jersey including:
The Firm’s Government, Regulatory Affairs and Lobbying practice group is well equipped to represent clients with New Jersey licensing and permitting.
Drawing on our attorneys’ wealth of government experience, the firm’s construction and public contracting group provides clients with a distinctive advantage in navigating the governing legal principles, statutes, regulations and public agencies involved in procurement. We understand the roles, perspectives, interests and concerns of all participants in construction projects including the project owner, project designer, construction manager, lender, general contractor, sureties, subcontractors and suppliers.
The firm provides services in bidder qualification analysis, contract preparation and negotiation, proposal preparation, bonding issues, bid disputes, surety “takeovers” under default scenarios, indemnity claims by sureties against principals and indemnitors, claim preparation, preparation of defenses to claims, change-order negotiations, claim negotiations, and claim litigation, arbitration, mediation and appeals.
Our attorneys are well-versed in the complicated laws and regulations in this practice area including the following: New Jersey’s Construction Lien Law (successor to New Jersey’s Mechanics’ Lien Law), Municipal Mechanics’ Lien Law, Public Works Bond Act, Trust Fund Act, Contractual Liability Act, Pay-to-Play restrictions, Prevailing Wage Act, Project Labor Agreement Legislation, and New Jersey statutes and regulations pertaining to procurement by state and local agencies and applicable case law.
The firm’s corporate and business law group provides counseling to a wide variety of entities, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in matters that confront early stage start-ups to established multinational conglomerates. The firm possesses substantial knowledge and valuable experience gained from having served as in-house general counsel to both private and public companies conducting business around the world. Moreover, our named partners collectively possess more than 100 years of experience as advocates before government agencies, authorities and municipalities at all levels of government to help our clients strategically and efficiently navigate the regulatory morass that businesses confront.
The corporate and business law group regularly represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, asset sales and stock purchases. In addition, the firm handles complex debt and equity financing matters and serves as in-house counsel to various entities. The group provides effective day-to-day counsel designed to help clients achieve their business goals including assisting with business development efforts, commercial agreements, software and technology licensing agreements, employment and human resources, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.
The immediate retention of competent, experienced, and effective defense counsel is critical to protecting your interests in a criminal defense matter. The partners and criminal defense practice group at the firm have decades of experience in defending the rights of individuals facing serious, life-changing penalties including incarceration, probation, fines, a criminal record, and forfeiture of property, office or professional licenses. Because of what is at stake, we provide the utmost attention to all criminal matters, large or small.
The firm provides expert representation in criminal matters heard in municipal, state or federal courts. Our attorneys have experience handling and negotiating matters involving everything from petty disorderly offenses, to firearms possession, to securities violations, ponzi schemes, credit card fraud, racketeering, money laundering, bribery, mail and wire fraud, narcotics, and immigration related offenses. Our expertise includes pre-indictment negotiations, motion practice, trial practice, and appellate litigation. Our attorneys try to negotiate with prosecutors pro-actively to avoid indictment or find a more optimal resolution. Where such a resolution is not possible, we work tirelessly to provide our clients vigorous representation at every stage, including trial.
The education practice group provides a broad range of sophisticated legal counseling and services to school districts and institutions of higher learning. Through the firm’s representation of some of the largest school districts in New Jersey, our attorneys have gained invaluable experience providing guidance to our clients on the ever-changing climate of education law.
The firm’s education group routinely provide counsel and advice on a myriad of issues facing our clients, from special education and related services, discipline and harassment intimidation and bullying, to labor and employment matters, including, tenure hearings and increment withholdings, collective negotiations, arbitrations, unfair practice charges and harassment and disability claims. The diversity of our practice group, coupled with the firm’s wide-ranging experience in other practice areas, enables us to address and to advise on the broad variety of issues that confront our education clients including, insurance coverage, the Open Public Records Act, public contracting, Section 504, municipal zoning, environmental issues, construction projects and personal injury.
In addition, several of our attorneys serve as mayors in New Jersey and others are volunteer public servants and are therefore sensitive to public sentiment within the education system. The education practice group uses this vast range of experience to provide comprehensive and efficient counseling to all of our clients.
The firm’s energy group provides governmental affairs services, counsel to major utility companies, and planning and legal services for those seeking to develop, acquire or expand electric generation, transmission and distribution system capability. The firm’s elite team of attorneys brings a valuable combination of extensive government and regulatory affairs experience and energy law proficiency to create a distinct advantage in helping clients who are seeking to influence energy policy or engage in energy related development.
Our attorneys work with clients through every step of the process, from obtaining financing and regulatory approvals to the development and construction of solar farms, geothermal projects, and large-scale electric generating stations. The firm’s energy group has significant experience negotiating power purchase agreements, implementing energy savings improvement programs, and assisting with the sale and acquisition of major generation facilities. The firm is a leader in the burgeoning field of renewable energy. Whether it is wind, solar, geothermal, or distributed energy resources, we can assist both mature and start-up companies.
The energy practice group also provides comprehensive legal counsel through every step of traditional electrical, natural gas, and pipeline projects. Throughout the firm’s history, we have assisted clients with negotiating joint-venture, purchase and other agreements, providing guidance on construction, operational as well as management issues.
The firm consistently outperforms our competition by predicting energy-related developments that, if properly planned for, can create a competitive advantage that will help a business to succeed and grow.
The firm’s environmental law group focuses on an array of federal, state, and local environmental issues in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and throughout the region. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, in-house environmental compliance officers, small businesses and others seeking advice on various environmental issues. Many of the attorneys in the firm’s environmental law group have prior professional activities and affiliations with both federal and state environmental regulatory agencies. Below are a few examples of the firm’s environmental matters:
Hazardous and Solid Wastes
Air, Noise, and Water Pollution and Regulatory Compliance
Our family law practice represents clients in all areas of family law, including simple and complex issues such as divorce and property distribution, child custody and visitation, child support, paternity, alimony, domestic violence, protection from abuse orders, termination of parental rights, adoption and guardianship, psychiatric and commitment hearings, and prenuptial agreements. Our attorneys understand that family matters bring with them a host of dynamic factual scenarios, and are particularly attentive to the personal challenges that clients frequently confront when advising on these personal matters.
Where reaching a settlement is the most efficient resolution for our clients, our family law attorneys can draw on a wealth of experience in reaching out-of-court settlements to the satisfaction of the families. However, our family law attorneys are also skilled litigators who are prepared to aggressively pursue the case to reach a timely and equitable resolution to the benefit of our clients.
The firm’s government, regulatory affairs, and lobbying group is one of the most experienced assembly of professionals in the tri-state region. Our named partners collectively possess more than 100 years of experience as advocates before government agencies, authorities, and municipalities.
The firm is well versed in the policies and procedures of federal, state and local governments and can help our clients understand the issues and opportunities to influence outcomes. In addition to the firm’s legal acumen, our attorneys thoroughly understand the inner workings of government and regulatory agencies, and are able to offer effective solutions for gaining access at the most appropriate times. Our services include legislative lobbying, regulatory services, contract lobbying, and government procurement.
Several of our attorneys have served at the highest levels of government and others still serve as mayors or members of appointed boards and authorities dealing with land use, development, municipal, political, regulatory and government affairs.
The firm’s healthcare law group advises an array of healthcare providers and businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in navigating the complex regulatory environment affecting all healthcare transactions and day to day operations. Our attorneys have broad experience dealing with state and federal regulators, government and private payors, suppliers, healthcare labor organizations and institutions. Our clients range from physician practices and ambulatory surgery centers to hospitals and hospital systems in matters including:
Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions
Licensing and Compliance
Negotiation and Contracting
The labor and employment group has extensive experience representing management in all facets of employment and labor law. These areas include employment litigation, counseling with management and traditional labor relations.
The firm represents clients before state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as administrative agencies in lawsuits pertaining to various employment matters. We also advise clients on cost-effective alternatives to litigation such as arbitration and mediation. The firm regularly represents clients in the following types of employment litigation matters:
Our attorneys also routinely provide counsel and assistance to clients on general employment-related issues including employee training, employment agreement drafting, workforce reductions, corporate reorganizations, employee discipline, enforcement of employment contracts (including non-competition agreements), preparing and auditing employee handbooks, wage-hour obligations and occupational safety and health issues.
The firm’s attorneys have substantial experience with labor unions on behalf of management including union avoidance campaigns, union election representation and litigation, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration of disputes arising under collective bargaining agreements and responding to unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act and related statutes.
The firm regularly represents plaintiffs and defendants before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and in alternate dispute resolution forums, including arbitration and mediation. Our litigation practice group recognizes that a lengthy litigation is sometimes necessary and cannot be avoided but we also employ tactics and techniques aimed at obtaining a favorable disposition without a trial. Where a settlement cannot be reached, our attorneys have the expertise, experience, resources and commitment to prepare and try a case successfully before a judge, jury or arbitration panel.
In addition, our firm has substantial experience in handling matters where a client’s business relationships and public image are at stake. We work closely with our clients to select experts, control costs, and develop effective and efficient litigation and settlement strategies. Some areas of law in which our firm litigates matters include general corporate, commercial and business, construction, employment, land use and real estate, environmental, wills, trusts, and estate disputes, and insurance defense claims. The firm has successfully represented a diverse groups of clients including construction, pharmaceutical, trucking and transport, product testing, telecommunications, insurance, and land development companies.
“My wife and I had the worst day of our lives on January 29, 2012 when we lost our son, Brian, in a tragic accident in Atlantic City, NJ. On that day, our son died as a result of a dangerous condition in one of Atlantic City’s largest casinos. From the start, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli provided excellent legal services and aggressively pursued our case. The Firm provided assistance at every step of the way from setting up the Estate, thoroughly investigating the accident, obtaining witness statements and preparing the case for trial.
My family and I are highly pleased with the legal services of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli and would highly recommend their legal team in any other tragic accident and the pursuit of justice for the loss of loved ones.”
– Irwin Harrison
The Municipal Law Group brings practical, first-hand experience to its clients to help communities better serve their citizens. We have one of the most seasoned team of municipal lawyers in the Mid Atlantic region, many of whom are officials in their own communities.
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli offers a comprehensive range of practice areas that complement municipalities. We engage our Labor and Employment Group to manage personnel-related issues, including labor negotiations and compliance with state and federal employment laws. Our Environmental Group works closely with public entities to ensure that projects meet environmental regulations. Our Construction and Public Contract Group assists in the management of capital projects large and small as well as procedures to analyze bids for municipal work. Our Land Use and Real Estate Group works seamlessly with municipalities on zoning changes and all land use matters. Our Government and Regulatory Affairs Group helps municipalities and school boards correctly interpret and respond to complex rules, regulations, protocols and laws. And our experienced Litigation Group resolves difficult municipal issues through a variety of avenues, including trials and out-of-court settlements.
We are skilled in advising our municipal and school board clients in day-to-day matters as well as complex matters such as competitive bidding procedures, smart growth development, the Highlands and Pinelands Acts, zoning changes and restrictions, and election laws.
In addition to our expertise representing public entities, our attorneys provide expert services to private clients who require assistance in negotiations, land use and zoning, regulatory and contractual issues with government agencies and organizations, including state, county and local.
The Municipal Law Group uses the vast resources of several key members of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli — former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio; Doug Steinhardt who is chairman of the Warren County, N.J., Republican Committee and former five-term Mayor of Lopatcong Township, N.J.; Louis Cappelli, Jr., Freeholder Director of Camden County, Mark Peck who is the former Mayor of Bloomsbury, N.J., and Brian Tipton who is Mayor of Harmony Township.
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli’s personal injury and medical malpractice practice group has over 50 years of experience devoted to protecting the rights of injured parties and their families and has recovered damages for victims seriously injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, deadly gas explosions, dog attacks, and premises liability. As the list of significant cases below demonstrates, our attorneys have a proven track record of obtaining successful verdicts and achieving significant out-of-court settlements which reflects our personal attention and aggressive advocacy for each and every matter.
The firm’s impressive history of success in complex personal injury settlements and litigation is well documented throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Most notably, the firm’s personal injury team recently received one of the highest verdicts in Northampton County in the case Pauline Raffaele v. Benson before the Honorable Leonard Zito. Recently, the firm successfully represented Mr. Steven Vega who lost his child in a natural gas explosion that occurred in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The below descriptions include only a small sampling exemplifying our attorneys successful results for our clients:
The attorneys in our real estate and land use practice group regularly represent clients in a diverse range of matters including land use approvals, negotiation and drafting of contracts, conveyances of title, construction and re-development, easements, licenses, land use and occupancy agreements, brokerage and commission agreements, all forms of partnership and joint venture agreements, lease agreements, commercial land acquisition, residential real estate transactions, financing and development, and zoning and planning issues. The firm’s extensive history of counseling clients is paired with our understanding that every client’s matter is unique, and demands a tailored approach.
In conjunction with the attorneys in the firm’s litigation group, the real estate and land use group has successfully represented clients in foreclosures, title disputes, land use litigation, defense and prosecution of real estate tax appeals, and negotiation of tax assessments. The group also benefits from drawing on the firm’s environmental attorneys. More often than not, environmental matters play an ever-increasing role in real estate transactions.
The firm has also been involved in the conversion of rental housing to condominiums as well as the sale of cooperatives on behalf of sponsors, owners and lenders including end-loan lenders. Our attorneys have represented clients, including federal government entities, in mortgage pool transactions, primarily involving single family loans, multi-family and strip shopping center mortgages, construction mortgages, and commercial mortgages.
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli has extensive experience in the redevelopment field. Our varied experience includes representing public entities overseeing large scale redevelopment of urban areas and parcel-specific suburban redevelopment, as well as representing national and local private developers seeking approvals. A sampling of the types of redevelopment projects the firm has handled include high-profile sports and entertainment complexes, residential developments, mixed-use commercial/retail developments, and large scale Brownfields projects.
Our attorneys’ mix of public and private sector experience provides a keen understanding of both public and private stakeholder interests. This insight enables our professionals to coordinate and effectively execute projects from conception to completion.
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli can manage redevelopment projects from the straightforward to the complex, including:
Through our seasoned environmental and construction attorneys, the firm is able to provide a thorough, comprehensive, and multi-disciplined approach to all phases of redevelopment. We bring a true team approach to managing redevelopment projects and providing overall project management to ensure successful project completion.
Our offices are strategically located throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.