Representative Matters

Commercial and Business Transactions

Our Commercial and Business Transactions and Real Estate attorneys recently closed a multi-million dollar transaction in Margate, New Jersey, in which the sellers’ multiple commercial and residential parcels were purchased by a local business group.

Art Brown and Scott Mitnick recently closed a $130 million transaction involving the acquisition, rehabilitation, development and financing of a 555 unit apartment complex.

Levine Staller’s Art Brown represented the seller of a hotel in Ocean City, NJ.

Art Brown and Scott Mitnick recently closed a $34 million transaction in Wilmington, Delaware involving the acquisition, construction, development and financing of an 87 unit apartment complex, which included the construction of a new firehouse station.  This transaction involved complex multi-level financing, including the issuance of tax exempt bonds.

Levine Staller’s Paul Chan and Ben Zeltner represented  a developer in the sale of multi-family residential housing developments in Elizabeth, Carteret and Newark, New Jersey.

Levine Staller’s Paul Chan, Art Brown and Ben Zeltner represented the developer of $90 million of housing for military personnel at Fort Huachuca and Yuma Proving Ground Army Installations in Arizona.  Financing was provided through Wells Fargo using taxable military housing revenue bonds.

Levine Staller’s Art Brown and Ben Zeltner represented a local physical rehabilitation company in its purchase and financing of a commercial office building in Northfield.

Ben Zeltner and Brian Cullen of Levine Staller represented the developer of a 161,000 square foot, 102 unit, state-of-the art graduate student housing project for Rutgers University located directly adjacent to the Camden Campus of Rutgers University in the University Village area of Camden, New Jersey.   

Commercial Litigation

Anthony Morgano recently obtained a judgment in excess of $300,000 against several corporate entities for breach of contract.

Arthur M. Brown and Anthony Morgano obtained dismissal of a receivership action brought against a corporate client based upon alleged breaches of fiduciary duty.

John Hoffman recently a obtained a settlement of $80,000 in favor of Atlantic County homeowners based upon alleged violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

Arthur M. Brown and Anthony Morgano obtained a settlement of approximately $75,000 in a landlord-tenant dispute.

Construction Litigation

Brian Cullen successfully obtained a settlement of over $750,000 from a general contractor who overcharged the firm’s client on the construction of a luxury home.

John Hoffman successfully obtained a $301,000 settlement of construction defect claims against an Atlantic County Home Builder.

The firm prevailed against an insurance carrier for its refusal to compensate its insured for damages to the roof and merchandise of an insured commercial building.  A favorable award was obtained at arbitration and the carrier settled the matter and paid attorneys’ fees.

Levine Staller’s Construction Litigation Department, successfully obtained a settlement including treble damages and attorneys fees on behalf of a family who had significant construction renovations performed on their home by a contractor that was not licensed, did not comply with the requirements of the Home Improvement Practices Act and whose work was grossly negligent.

Employment Law

In September of 2017, Lee Levine of Levine Staller, and John Donnelly, Esq. settled a whistleblower action on behalf of former Atlantic City Police Chief John Mooney for $2.3 million dollars.

Anthony Morgano and John Hoffman are currently litigating a sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation action on behalf of two New Jersey State Troopers which has been the subject of media attention.

Anthony Morgano successfully obtained an $80,000 settlement on behalf of an individual who prior to taking a medical leave of absence complained of serious safety violations occurring in the workplace

Estates, Wills, and Trusts

Estates and Trust Litigation attorneys Scott Mitnick and David Azotea were successful in obtaining a beneficiary’s full intestate share of an estate prior to instituting litigation despite contested allegations from other beneficiaries that the decedent executed a valid holographic Last Will and Testament.

Ben Zeltner obtained a Summary Judgment on behalf of an estate dismissing the complaint of a relative seeking damages in connection with a $100,000 loan made by the decedent.

Federal and State Tax Matters

Art Brown was successful in obtaining a waiver by the Internal Revenue Service of approximately $35,000 in failure to file and failure to pay penalties for a client.

Our tax attorneys were successful in obtaining a large New Jersey Sales and Use Tax refund from the New Jersey Division of Taxation after filing litigation in New Jersey Tax Court to refute the Division of Taxation’s claim that the taxpayer failed to file and properly report New Jersey Sales Tax.

Our tax attorneys were victorious in obtaining a six figure tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service after a multi-year dispute with the IRS over the taxpayer’s filing of a bad debt deduction refund claim.

Art Brown was successful in obtaining “innocent spouse relief” for a client after litigation with the Internal Revenue Service, saving her over $100,000.

Gaming Law

In September and October, 2011, Michael Sklar represented Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in connection with the renewal of their casino licenses.

Michael Sklar has represented numerous vendors in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania in obtaining licensure as gaming service providers.

Michael Sklar currently represents three Pennsylvania casinos as gaming regulatory counsel and regularly appear before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in connection with such representation.

In November of 2010, Levine Staller’s Gaming Law Department was asked to serve as outside counsel to Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., and in such a position assisted in the sale of the Trump Marina Hotel Casino to Landry’s, Inc. in May of 2011.

In April 2011, Michael Sklar obtained approvals from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in connection with a $235 million debt refinancing of the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Land Use Litigation

Levine Staller’s Ben Zeltner represented a billboard sign company in its successful protest of a violation notice issued by the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation.

Real Estate

Ben Zeltner and Brian Cullen represented the developer of $50 million graduate student housing facility for Rutgers University in Camden.

Ben Zeltner and Brian Cullen assisted a non-profit housing developer in its property acquisition, attainment of development approvals and construction of numerous homes in the City of Atlantic City.

Levine Staller’s Ben Zeltner represented a homeowner in the sale of a $1 million+ luxury bayfront home in Margate.

Tax Appeals

In 2011, Michael Sklar successfully represented condominium owners and commercial property owners in real estate tax appeal litigation in the Atlantic County Board of Taxation resulting in multi-million dollar tax assessment reductions.

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