Governmental Representation

As the complexity of legal issues facing public entities today continue to increase, so does the need for public entities to secure competent legal representation that is sensitive to the budgetary constraints of government and the expenditure of taxpayer dollars.

Recognizing these equally important but contrasting needs, MARC law has continued to expand its governmental law practice. MARC law boasts a highly impressive roster of attorneys with the expertise and specialization necessary to serve our public sector clients in a cost-conscious and effective manner.

MARC’s Governmental Law Practice Group provides New Jersey municipal and county governmental entities with general legal counsel on all aspects of the increasing number of legal issues facing local public entities. The municipal attorneys in the firm provide comprehensive, skilled advice in the many areas of the law affecting government.

In municipal law, more than in virtually any other legal specialty, experience makes an enormous difference. MARC’s experienced attorneys have handled virtually every issue currently facing municipalities, including assistance with:

  1. Public meetings
  2. Preparing resolutions, ordinances and contracts
  3. Procurements
  4. Negotiations, including labor negotiations and arbitrations

Our municipal attorneys are among the most knowledgeable experts in the numerous statutory schemes applicable to local governments, including the Local Public Contracts Law, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Open Public Records Act, New Jersey Tort Claims Act, Local Lands and Building Law, Municipal Land Use Law, Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, Local Budget Law and Local Fiscal Affairs Law.

Municipal legal matters frequently involve at least one, and sometimes several, of these laws. Our in-depth, hands-on expertise of the legal nuances and implications is an invaluable asset for municipal clients.

The firm has also successfully provided extensive legal services to municipalities defending against tax appeals challenging the assessment of real property. Our municipal attorneys are also experienced in providing representation to governing bodies, planning boards, redevelopment agencies and zoning boards of adjustment.

In the increasingly costly area of public education, our prior experience as counsel to boards of education has provided us with the ability to extend representation in all aspects of the field, including public contracts law, labor negotiations and disciplinary hearings.

If a municipal matter requires specialized counsel, our firm’s complementary practice groups can efficiently render the necessary expertise as part of a multidisciplinary team. These practice groups include:

The legal landscape for public entities has never been so intricate and presented so many nuanced issues. As we have for well over two decades, MARC stands ready to provide exceptional service to our clients. Request an appointment with our Governmental Representation team today.

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Andrew Anselmi, a co-founder and director of the firm, is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex civil and corporate litigation, international arbitration, environmental litigation and class actions. As many of his cases are high-stakes or “bet-the-company” matters, Andrew works intensively and collaboratively with clients on developing winning strategies, be it at trial or through business resolutions.

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Bruce Goldstein, a director and co-founder, leverages more than 25 years of expertise in civil litigation and criminal defense, coupled with a career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, in bringing about the best result for his clients. He has long been associated with high-profile First Amendment litigations related to free speech, media law (such as defamation and open public records) and religious freedom.

John Shahdanian, a partner, is a veteran practitioner of employment law. He is well-versed in and frequently consulted about matters related to discrimination claims, disability claims, sexual harassment claims, whistleblowing, noncompete clauses, wage and hour, family leave and private sector labor law.

Laura Siclari, a partner, concentrates on environmental/remediation, employment discrimination, special education/disability law and general litigation matters in state and federal court. Her clients are corporations, including a Fortune 500 company in the petroleum industry, as well as public entities and individuals.

Asaad Siddiqi, a partner, concentrates on commercial litigation, federal/state investigations and compliance, insurance/indemnification, white-collar criminal law, employment and labor, corporate/shareholder disputes, professional misconduct and attorney ethics. He appears in state and federal court and before arbitration panels in cases ranging from Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters to whistleblower litigation.

Of Counsel

William Rupp, of counsel, has more than four decades of experience as a litigator. During this time, William has concentrated on governmental law.

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John, an associate, primarily concentrates on environmental, civil and commercial litigation, as well as criminal defense. In his environmental practice, he advises clients, including a global energy production company, on investigatory and remediation efforts in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Allison Zsamba, an associate, primarily represents clients in commercial and employment litigation. She is experienced in defending a wide range of complex commercial matters, including breach of contract claims, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violations, insurance disputes and fiduciary matters. She also assists clients in addressing breaches of employment contracts, retaliation and wrongful discharge lawsuits, and non-compete, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements.

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