By Joshua Burd
Genova Burns LLC has announced the promotion of two attorneys, including a member of its commercial real estate team.
Matthew Kertz, now a partner with the Newark-based firm, is a specialist in commercial real estate leasing and focuses on corporate transactions. He works with clients drafting and negotiating retail, office and industrial leases and assists landlords and tenants in resolving all aspects of leasing-, acquisition- and litigation-related issues.
Kertz also drafts and negotiates franchise leases, non-compete agreements and guarantees, while counseling clients on related matters. Additionally, he advises landlords and tenants in commercial real estate disputes and assists in litigation before state and federal courts, handling commercial contract and settlement negotiations and representing clients with national real estate portfolios.
“Mr. Kertz is familiar with all aspects of negotiating and drafting New Jersey commercial ground retail, office and industrial leases,” said Angelo J. Genova, the firm’s chairman. “Matt’s experience, understanding and quiet confidence will make him a great addition to the ranks of partner at Genova Burns.”
The practice detailed his promotion this week while also announcing the promotion of Len Spinelli, a commercial litigator and bankruptcy professional, to counsel. In a news release, Genova Burns touted his experience representing businesses in complex commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, reorganization and bankruptcy, government and regulatory affairs and employment law and litigation.
Spinelli began his career at a national bankruptcy firm representing individuals and small business owners in bankruptcy, then moved on to representing creditor’s rights in litigation and bankruptcy, the news release said. As his practice expanded to regulatory affairs and investigations, he aided large financial institutions responding to direct inquiries from regulators and consulted institutions responding to industry trends.
He is also a former New Jersey deputy attorney general who has appeared in courts across New York and New Jersey.
“Len is on an amazing upward trajectory,” said Dan Stolz, leader of Genova Burns’ bankruptcy practice.