June 27, 2022

William H. Dungey III, Esquire Joins Hyland Levin Shapiro

William H. Dungey III, Esquire has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP as an associate and will continue his concentration in the areas of succession planning, trusts and estates litigation and real property taxation.

Prior to joining Hyland Levin Shapiro, William practiced at another South Jersey law firm. After law school, Will served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Mark Cimino, J.T.C. Judge, New Jersey Tax Court and Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Probate Part.

“Will is a welcome addition to our firm’s robust succession planning, trusts and estates department,” said partner Steven Fabietti. “Our ability to assist clients in these critical practice areas is enhanced by the experience that Will brings to the firm.”

William is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. 2019), and West Virginia University (B.A. 2015). In law school, he was an associate editor of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and was Vice President and Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Law Society. He was a member of the Black Law Students Association and served as a student advocate for the Bet Tzedek Civil Litigation Clinic. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey.

Will is a member of the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division and the Camden County Bar Association.

He resides in Oaklyn, New Jersey. In his free time, Will enjoys cooking and distance running. He is a proud self-taught guitarist.

Will may be reached at dungey@hylandlevin.com or 856.355.2927.

May 9, 2022

Attorney, Natalia Teekah’s Article on Environmental Due Diligence in New Jersey published by WCRE InfoFriday

The article titled “Environmental Due Diligence in New Jersey” was published in the WCRE’s InfoFriday|May 6, 2022 newsletter.  Natalia focuses her practice on environmental and land use matters.  She has experience in handling a wide range of environmental issues.

Please contact Natalia directly at 856.355.2935 or by email at teekah@hylandlevin.com if you have any questions.

 

November 24, 2021

Partner, David R. Dahan Appointed President Elect for Keystone Chapter of CAI

pic_david_dahan_newWe are pleased to share some very exciting news about our partner, David R. Dahan.  David has been a Member of the Board of Directors for the Keystone Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (“CAI”) for about 5 years.  CAI is an international trade organization for community associations.  CAI promotes certain legislation which favors associations, opposes legislation which is contrary to the interests of associations and provides various education and networking events for the industry.  David was recently notified that he has been appointed as President Elect for 2022 and will serve as President of the Chapter for 2023.  This is in addition to his continued role as a Member of the Chapter’s Finance Committee and Executive Committee.  David will also serve as a Member of the Board Development Committee and the 2022 liaison for the Member Engagement and Golf committees.

Hyland Levin Shapiro Attorneys Participate in CAI’s New Jersey Mini Trade Show and Education Forum

On November 10, 2021, David Dahan and Will Hanna attended the Community Associations Institute’s New Jersey Mini Trade Show and Education Forum.  The firm had a display booth and was also a sponsor for this annual event.  The event was well attended and included a fascinating education forum on car charging stations for community associations.

July 14, 2021

Peter A. Chacanias’ Article on Riparian Claims published by Wolf Commercial Real Estate’s InfoFriday

The article titled “Beware of the Riparian Claim on NJ Waterfront Properties” was published in WCRE’s InfoFriday|July 2nd 2021.  Peter is a vital part of our Real Estate group with focus on zoning and land use and environmental matters, especially waterfront development issues.  Contact Peter directly at 856.355.2992 or by email at chacanias@hylandlevin.com.

June 21, 2021

Partner, David R. Dahan Attended and Presented at the 2021 Conference and Expo for the CAI’s Keystone Chapter

On June 17, Partner, David R. Dahan, attended the 2021 Conference and Expo for the Community Associations Institute’s Keystone Chapter.  David was also the presenter at an education seminar at the event on the topic:  Recently Adopted Rules of FHA Certification May Help Your Condo Association.  This was the first Conference and Expo since COIVD-19 restrictions were relaxed and it was a well-attended event!

May 10, 2021

Transactional Lawyer, A. Steven Fabietti, Esquire Joins Hyland Levin Shapiro

Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP is excited to announce that A. Steven Fabietti has joined the firm as a partner, continuing his concentration in corporate counseling and business transactions, transactional real estate and finance, and estate planning and administration. Steve represents clients located throughout South Jersey, and brings a broad range of experience to multiple practice areas that are essential to his closely-held business clients and their individual owners.  Steve represents clients in business sales and acquisitions, commercial real estate transactions, and the design and implementation of business succession plans.  He counsels many individual clients in connection with their personal estate planning needs, as well as fiduciaries charged with the administration of trusts and estates.

As a result of personal and professional endeavors, Steve has a great deal of experience in the organization and operation of non-profit entities engaged in a variety of charitable missions.  He presently serves on the Egg Harbor Township Advisory Board of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and has been a Trustee of the Tom Fabietti Scholarship Foundation since its inception in 1994.

“Steve was an associate in my former firm, Levin & Hluchan in the late 90’s, and worked closely with Mark Shapiro and me. I am thrilled that he is joining our firm as a partner. Steve has all the qualities we value in a partner, not only a great lawyer, but a terrific person and a consummate team player,” said Ben Levin, Managing Partner.

“We are delighted to be practicing with Steve again 20 years later. He is a welcome addition to our transactional practice, which is as busy as ever. The depth and breadth of his experience, especially in South Jersey, will benefit many firm clients,” added Mark Shapiro.

Steve previously served two terms on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s District I Ethics Committee, and presently serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s District I Fee Arbitration Committee.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1996), and Villanova University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1993).  After law school, Steve completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Sydney Hoffman in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.  He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

He resides in Linwood, New Jersey with his wife and twin boys.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and beach days in Longport.

Steve may be reached at fabietti@hylandlevin.com or 856.355.2938.

April 5, 2021

Florida Real Estate Deal Lawyer, Krista D. DeCastro Esquire Joins Hyland Levin Shapiro

Krista DeCastro has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP, where she will continue to represent real estate developers and investors in the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of commercial real estate.

Krista will practice in Key Biscayne, Florida, just outside of Miami, as Counsel with the firm. Krista has spent the last sixteen years practicing at some of the top South Florida firms for commercial real estate.

“We are thrilled to be moving into Florida with Krista’s deep experience and excellent training.  Our clients have been doing deals in Florida for about 10 years now and with each year, the need for more Florida support has grown.  That trend appears to be continuing. It was simply time to add a Florida-based attorney to help with the Florida transactions.  After an extensive search, Krista was far and away the most qualified candidate. Her breadth and depth of experience match-up well with our existing and anticipated needs in retail, multi-family and office.  As our clients continue to migrate down to Florida, both physically and through investments, we’ll be ready to assist.” said Mark Shapiro, partner who heads the firm’s real estate group and is also a licensed Florida attorney.

We continue to grow our firm based on the needs of our clients.  Florida is a natural fit for us as so many of our clients have migrated to Florida to focus their real estate and business interests in the state”, added Managing Partner, Ben Levin.

Krista is a member of the Key Biscayne Bar Association.  She is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, and a 2001 graduate of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia where she obtained a BBA with Distinction in Consulting and Business Management.  She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2005.

Krista may be reached at decastro@hylandlevin.com or 786.562.7233.

April 1, 2021

The Brownfields Loan Program Application deadline is Near!

What’s Happened?

Earlier this year, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”) launched a Brownfields Loan Program (“Loan Program”) which offers loans in amounts ranging from $100,000 to a maximum of $5 million to be used towards the remediation and development of brownfield sites across the state.

The Loan Program is open to potential brownfield site purchasers and current brownfield site owners intending to develop commercial, retail, mixed use developments, expansions or reuses. The parties must: (1) not have contributed to the contamination at the site; (2) be able to demonstrate a path to site control; (3) provide a letter of support from the mayor of the municipality in which the site is located; (4) provide owner equity equal to a minimum of 10% of the appraised value of the property in a remediated state. The project must be economically feasible and demonstrate a funding gap, or that other financing is unavailable. The applicant must have a plan for reuse of the remediated site, and the remediated property must have an appraised value equal to or greater than 100% of all debt financing, including financing through the Loan Program.

Loans have a base interest rate of 3% and a ten-year term. Principal and interest payments are to be deferred for the first two years, during which time interest will accrue. Interest-only payments are to be made in years three and four, with full amortization of the principal balance for the remaining term.

Loan funds can be used for environmental investigation, remediation, hazardous material and waste disposal, long-term groundwater monitoring, and engineering and institutional controls, among other uses. Prevailing Wage and Affirmative Action requirements apply both to the remediation project and the redevelopment project, including subcontractors.

Why Do You Need To Know About This?

If you are a brownfield site owner or a prospective brownfield site purchaser, the Loan program could help finance some of your redevelopment costs. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”) is still accepting loan applications until April 13, 2021.

Loan amounts will be determined based on a competitive point system detailed in a checklist available on the EDA’s website. The checklist appears to prioritize projects which will create new small businesses, new residential uses, or foster innovation, such as life science, clean energy, and advanced manufacturing. Additional points are also awarded to developers with experience in conducting revitalization projects, and applicants that have strategic partners with a demonstrated history of successful completion of projects of a similar size and scope.

What Should You Do Now?

If you are looking to take advantage of EDA’s Brownfields Loan Program, start gathering the required submission materials detailed in the EDA checklist in preparation to submit by April 13, 2021. Information used in support of Parts 1 and 2 of the checklist must be submitted by April 13, 2021. The application fee is $2,500, the commitment fee is 0.875% of the loan amount, and the closing fee is 0.875% of the loan amount.

The Loan program presents complex legal issues relating to land use, financial transactions, and environmental law. If you have questions about the Loan program, please contact Robert S. Baranowski at baranowski@hylandlevin.com or Natalia P. Teekah at teekah@hylandlevin.com.

March 23, 2021

Peter A. Chacanias, Esquire Joins Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP

Peter A. Chacanias has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP as an associate continuing his concentration on land use and environmental matters.  Peter has experience representing commercial real estate developers and property owners on all aspects of the land development process and has appeared before planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment and other municipal governing bodies in connection with site plan approvals, subdivisions, variances, rezoning applications, environmental permits, and access permits. Peter has specific experience with waterfront development and tidelands matters.  He has served as Board Solicitor for municipal bodies throughout New Jersey, including the Point Pleasant Beach Planning Board and the Zoning Boards of Adjustment for the municipalities of Little Egg Harbor, Toms River, and Summit.

Prior to joining Hyland Levin Shapiro, Peter practiced in the land use, environmental, redevelopment, tidelands, and related litigation group at two prestigious law firms in Monmouth and Middlesex counties, respectively.

“Peter’s prior experience has been on both sides of the development table, enabling him to cogently understand and respect the government’s perspective in processing each application” said partner William F. Hyland, Jr.  Land use partner Bob Baranowski added that “welcoming Peter to our active and growing land use and zoning practice with his expertise in handling tidelands and waterfront development applications will further expand our proficiency in these areas and will be particularly valuable to our clients with development projects in coastal and riparian zones.”

Peter is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D. 2014) (Presidential Scholarship and Riccio Scholarship recipient), and Seton Hall University (B.A. magna cum laude, 2011).  During his time at Seton Hall University, Peter received the Presidential Scholarship Award and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Peter is a member of the Monmouth Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Peter resides in Matawan Township with his fiancé. In his spare time, Peter enjoys reading and is an avid outdoorsman and athlete. When he’s not working, you can usually find him hiking along some wooded trail or training for his next long distance run, and he hopes to rekindle his love of acting – a hobby he picked up in college and managed to continue throughout law school.

Peter may be reached at chacanias@hylandlevin.com or 856.355.2992.