Jennifer Mazawey served as the New Jersey chapter president of Commercial Real Estate Women Inc. in 2018. — File photo/courtesy: CREW NJ
By Joshua Burd
Prominent land use and real estate attorney Jennifer Mazawey has joined K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the global law firm’s Newark office.
The veteran New Jersey lawyer, who most recently spent more than two decades with Genova Burns LLC, arrives with a practice focused on representing clients in various phases of the development process, often appearing before planning and zoning boards. She also aids owners and builders in acquiring local and state incentives to help fund their projects, while assisting them with permit acquisitions and interfacing with state and federal regulatory agencies.
Mazawey is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a former New Jersey chapter president of Commercial Real Estate Women Inc.
“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to the firm and to our global real estate practice,” said Matt Norton, a leader of K&L Gates’ global real estate practice. “Her real estate and construction experience, particularly in land use law, are a welcomed addition to our practice area and will be a great asset to our clients both in New Jersey and firmwide.”
Mazawey, for her part, said she expects to augment her long-established land use and redevelopment practice with traditional transactional real estate matters, including leasing. K&L Gates on Tuesday also cited her extensive experience in education law, noting that she has served as counsel to boards of education and trustees throughout New Jersey, advising on areas such as board governance, labor relations, special education and school construction.
“Their reputation is fantastic, and they are a global firm, so I think this presented a really wonderful evolution for my practice,” Mazawey said. “The idea that my practice could really blossom and be expanded so much from a firm with a platform like K&L is very appealing.”
The addition to K&L follows the arrivals of real estate partners Larry Woodard in Chicago and Jennifer McCosker in Sydney earlier this year, the firm said in a news release. Its Newark team also welcomed government contracts partner Rebecca Moll Freed in July.
“Jennifer is a sophisticated land use attorney who enjoys a strong reputation as one of New Jersey’s top practitioners in this arena,” said Anthony La Rocco, managing partner of the Newark office. “She will immediately add to our existing formidable bench strength in the practice area, while at the same time significantly complementing our environmental and commercial leasing capabilities in the region. We are pleased and very excited to have Jennifer join our partnership ranks.”