Corporate Law


Businesses have a life cycle. Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC business and corporate attorneys help business owners and key executives nurture their business every step of the way. By providing a comprehensive team of attorneys, we are able to build long term relationships with our clients that focus on success in every phase of the cycle.

Recognized by their peers as leaders, several Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC Business and Corporate attorneys have assisted a wide range of business entities from start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies with:

  • Entity selection, formation and organization planning
  • Commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions including asset or stock acquisitions or sales
  • Executive compensation issues, disclosure issues and general corporate governance matters
  • Contract preparation, compensation plan preparation and general corporate counseling
  • Succession and exit planning
  • Federal and state tax planning
  • Shareholder dispute resolution
  • Construction and real estate issues
  • Intellectual property and information technology issues
  • Reductions in force, severance and restrictive covenants

We provide services to a wide variety of industry sectors and business types. Our Business and Corporate attorneys collaborate with our other professionals who specialize in other areas to cost effectively meet the all of legal needs of a business.

Labor/Employment Law


Businesses and governmental entities turn to Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC when faced with employment-related disputes. Our attorneys represent public and private sector local, county, state, national, and regional employers in a wide range of labor and employment issues. The group serves the needs of clients throughout New Jersey and the Northeast.

Not only do we represent clients in federal and state courts, before administrative agencies like the EEOC, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Public Employment Realtions Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, but we also counsel clients on day-to-day issues, helping to resolve problems before they develop into litigation.

We provide employees and management with training and educational seminars, and help our clients focus on preventive methods that reduce liability and increase morale. Additionally, we serve as chief negotiators in collective negotiations, represent employers accused of unfair labor practices, and consult on union avoidance, enforcement of non-compete agreements, preparation of affirmative action plans, and the drafting of employment contracts.

Our employment attorneys are dedicated to addressing all levels of client needs, from advice to claims analysis, investigation, agency response, litigation, mediation and trial.

Our attorneys are experienced in defending claims of employment discrimination based on gender, race, national origin, religion, retaliation, and harassment under Title VII and New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC attorneys also litigate claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA, also know as the “Whistleblower Law”), and other federal and state constitutional challenges, as well as claims brought pursuant to state law that can arise out of the employment context, including defamation, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, workers’ compensation, retaliation, tortious interference, and negligent supervision, retention, and supervision. We also handle litigation involving non-compete and other employment agreement disputes.

We have enjoyed numerous successes both in and out of court, successfully concluding cases at the administrative level, settlement, summary judgment and trial, as well as obtaining immediate injunctive relief against violations.

Counseling and Training

We work proactively with our clients to help them minimize the risk of costly litigation and prevent problems before they occur. Our attorneys counsel clients on a day-to-day basis by developing and/or reviewing employer workplace policies and performing audits, and help clients navigate through the complexities of compliance with employment laws on both state and federal levels.

Our attorneys also travel throughout the state to provide on-site education and training on key employment issues for all levels of employees, managers and business owners. While we are featured speakers at public seminars and conferences, we are especially adept at helping clients analyze training needs and then customizing the training to meet the client’s specific needs.

Our attorneys help employers as they struggle with the HR issues in today’s fast changing electronic world. As technology continues to change the way we do business, the potential liability involved with email and electronic documents increases. We review and develop company email policies and provide training to managers and employees to help clients avoid problems before they occur.

Education Law


School boards and school administrators have many complex and difficult legal obligations. Cleary Giacobbe Alifieri Jacobs, LLC attorneys serve boards of education, charter schools and other educational institutions as general counsel and labor counsel providing sound legal advice to help education officials respond appropriately to the legal challenges they face. Our education law attorneys work closely with school superintendents, school boards, and school district leadership throughout New Jersey to address personnel matters and student issues, and to negotiate and enforce business contracts and business transactions and litigate matters in federal and state court and administrative forums.

Our education law attorneys are frequent lecturers on education law topics, such as sexual harassment, anti-discrimination policies, collective negotiations, bullying, family leave and drug testing.

The education law attorneys at Cleary Giacobbe Alifieri Jacobs, LLC provide legal counsel on personnel matters to prevent employment problems and to defend against employment-related litigation, including:

  • Hiring decisions, employment contract negotiations, and contract disputes
  • Staff reorganization
  • Tenure hearings and seniority determinations
  • Employee compensation and personnel policy development
  • Training of administrators and staff
  • Employee and union grievances and grievance proceedings
  • Employee discipline, employee transfers and dismissals
  • Discrimination charges, equal protection, freedom of speech, and civil rights
  • Termination decisions

Student Issues

Student issues constitute a substantial part of our legal practice. We advise schools and school boards on such matters as:

  • Development of academic and disciplinary policies
  • Student discipline, expulsion, and law enforcement proceedings
  • Personal injury claims
  • Discrimination claims under Title VI, Title IX, the ADEA and ADA
  • Special education compliance
  • Section 504 equal access, and due process hearings
  • Search and seizure, drug testing and civil rights litigation
  • Constitutional freedom of speech and freedom of religion concerns

We handle the full spectrum of special education program and placement concerns, guiding educational clients through the complex regulations that govern education for students with special needs. When a dispute arises, our attorneys represent clients in mediation, due process hearings, and in state and federal court.


We work proactively with educational clients to avoid costly litigation, but when lawsuits arise, our education law attorneys are able defenders with many years of experience representing education clients in court on such issues as:

  • Age, race, sex, and other forms of employment discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • EEOC and Office of Civil Rights proceedings
  • Claims under the Equal Pay Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Open Public Meetings Act
  • Open Public Records Act
  • Law Against Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • New Jersey Family Leave Act
  • Civil rights litigation in cases of freedom of speech and freedom of religion



The Litigation Practice Group at Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC has built a strong reputation for providing proactive, zealous and cost effective representation. Publicly and privately held local and national companies, real estate developers, municipalities, board of education, other public entities and entrepreneurs, as well as non-profit groups and individuals all retain Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC to handle their litigation matters.

We pursue needed litigation with tenacity and determination, while remaining committed to being result oriented and avoiding unnecessary legal proceedings and expenses. The firm’s attorneys have substantial experience with alternative dispute resolution, achieving satisfactory results for their clients through arbitration tribunals, case evaluation, mediation and/or negotiation. Always focused on limiting client exposure, our attorneys regularly consults with clients on the possible avoidance of disputes, devising a litigation strategy carefully tailored to fit each client’s needs.

Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC provides a complete range of services, including many types of business litigation. Each of the Firm’s litigators have substantial experience in business litigation including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Business Break-ups, Environmental Law, and Construction.

Insurance Defense


Our Insurance Defense Practice Group provides a wide variety of services to several insurance companies, specializing in a variety of coverage areas. Our clients include property and casualty companies, joint insurance funds, personal lines carriers, commercial carriers, and professional E&O carriers. The experience of our Insurance Defense attorneys runs a very wide gamut and includes issues of employer liability coverage, tort claims, product liability coverage, commercial business coverage, and commercial general liability coverage.

As part of our service in this particular area, we provide ongoing continuing education seminars to reduce our clients’ risk. While our practice in this area primarily consists of defending insureds against whom various sorts of claims have been filed, we also have an active group of attorneys, who provide coverage opinions and representation to insurance companies on coverage matters between the companies and their insureds.

We also have significant experience with excess coverage and reinsurance issues. Our Insurance Defense Group is one of our most experienced and established groups. There is virtually no issue with which we are not familiar. We invite you to contact us if you have a question in this area.

Real Estate/Development


Our Real Estate Practice Group has experience in virtually all aspects of the real estate industry. We represent land developers, office park owners, institutional clients, homebuilding companies, resort developers, affordable housing developers, mixed-use project owners, commercial lenders and retail and commercial landlords and tenants. We are involved in almost every type of real estate transaction, financing and development of residential multi-family and single-family homes. We also have experience in annexation, zoning, subdivisions, acquisition due diligence, registering subdividers, green building issues, preparing and enforcing covenants for property owners’ associations, residential and commercial condominiumization and construction of all types of projects.

Government/Public Entity Law


The attorneys practicing local government law within Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC work diligently to optimize our services for our governmental clients. These attorneys currently provide legal services for state agencies, Counties, Municipalities, Municipal Utility Authorities, and public entity insurance funds. The attorneys working within local government and local government relations have specialized knowledge and experience in the areas unique to local government and local government relations.

Our attorneys perform a full range of services on behalf of our public clients. Having served as general counsel for several municipalities and other governmental entities, we have vast experience in all aspects of local government, including: ordinance drafting, zoning and land use, tax appeals, public employment matters, litigation, pubic contracts, public bidding, construction, utilities, and compliance with the Open Public Records Act and Open Public meeting laws.

Election Law


When it comes to conducting elections in New Jersey, one trend is abundantly clear: state and federal laws continue to become more complex, and the consequences of failing to comply with these laws continue to become more severe. Our election law attorneys recognizes the critical need for election and government officials to receive timely, accurate and practical legal advice to solve election problems arising under state and federal law. Our firm is uniquely positioned to provide these expert services in this highly-charged area.

In addition to providing advice to both candidates and governmental officials conducting elections, Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC has advised candidates through the expedited process of election recounts, protests and challenges.

Moreover, our corporate political law practice guides clients through the rapidly-evolving and myriad of state and local laws governing corporate political activity and restrictions on campaign contributions.

Workers’ Compensation Litigation

In matters of workers’ compensation, Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC has a long history of successfully defending governmental and private entities. The Firm currently represent more than one hundred (100) public entities throughout New Jersey, thus giving us significant experience in handling the most complex legal matters.

We have significant experience representing governmental entities in workers’ compensation matters.  Our attorneys maintain a proactive approach to provide high quality representation in a timely and cost-effective manner, and are fully committed to giving every claim the thorough attention it deserves. We understand how work-related legal issues can impact an employer, and we strive to ensure that our clients achieve the best possible protection of their rights under the Workers’ Compensation program.

We work closely with our clients to design and implement procedures to reduce costs and mitigate future claims and liability. We defend our clients against work injury claims of all kinds in all workplace locations, from repetitive stress injuries to occupational hazardous substances exposure to loss of a limb on a building site.

Our workers’ compensation attorneys assist employers in all workers’ compensation claims arising out of a workplace accident, including a construction accident or industrial accident.

All new files are sent to the supervising partner, Richard Gantner.  The firm will provide your adjuster with a comprehensive legal action plan and budget, setting out the likely exposure, plan of action to get the case to close, analysis of any potential legal defenses, and identify the handling/trial attorney and paralegal assigned to the case.

Cannabis Practice Group

The Cannabis Practice Group believes that those individuals responsible for founding and scaling cannabis establishments are visionaries; and we want to play our part.


To provide dynamic, cutting edge, and practical advocacy to our cannabis clients in an authentic manner.


To have every member of the Cannabis Practice Group exclusively devoted to servicing the cannabis industry’s needs.


We value building lasting meaningful relationships. We treat everyone with respect, equality, and fairness in every interaction. Be good people; Be a good person; Be a good human.

What we do.

We advise alternative treatment centers on how to expand into the adult-use retail market. Our team also provides strategic insight to multi-state operators and microbusinesses on locating adult-use cannabis establishments in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan in area. We advise municipalities as to the potential operational benefits of allowing adult use cannabis establishments and the positive impact these establishments may have on the daily lives of their residents. We also assist ancillary service providers and technology solution companies within the cannabis industry.

Areas of Practice.

  • Government Relations
  • Real Estate, Zoning, Land Use
  • General Counsel
  • Labor and Employment, Human Resources
  • Corporate formation and structure
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • M&A
  • Litigation
  • Trademark, Intellectual Property

 Commitment to Education.

We have chosen to make a commitment to education. Education about the new green industry is the foundation for success here in New Jersey/New York metropolitan area.

As corporate counsel to a myriad of local municipalities, Mr. Weiss advises local government leaders about how cannabis establishments can positively impact their town and their residents. Many local leaders, who support the idea of a local cannabis establishment do not understand what a cannabis establishment will look like. That is why Mr. Weiss believes that sitting back and hoping that other local government leaders will educate your company about their concerns and themselves about what a cannabis establishment will look like in their town will not work.

The folks responsible for determining whether a cannabis establishment will locate in their town want to understand your company’s mission, vision, values. For example, they want to know how the cannabis establishment will operate, what it will look like, how security works, and the safety protocols to be implemented. Together, we will learn from the local leaders their concerns and help provide information to them about how a partnership with your cannabis company can positively benefit the daily lives of their residents.

Effectively communicating with local leaders about a myriad of general cannabis topics is just as important. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of misinformation, disinformation, and false talking points that many folks in power have believed about cannabis their entire lives. Having an advocate familiar with those debunked talking points that can speak authentically about cannabis is essential to success.