Angelo Genova, Esq. and His Law Firm Win "Hobby's For Justice" Sandwich Battle, Raising Funds for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

Top Quote Good-Natured Rivalry Between Two Generations of Genovas Waged in the World of Deli Meats; Most Successful Year Yet for Fundraiser. End Quote
  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) June 23, 2012 - For two generations of Genovas, the battle lines are drawn each June - over sandwiches at Hobby's Delicatessen & Restaurant in Newark, N.J. that is. Angelo Genova, Esq., a founding partner of Newark-based Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, and his son, David Genova, a partner at Preservation Partners Construction in Montclair, have a good-natured rivalry when it comes to participating in the annual "Hobby's For Justice" fundraiser to benefit Volunteer Lawyers for Justice. As part of the popular fundraiser, Hobby's invites local businesses to create and sponsor a sandwich that appears on the restaurant's menu for one week in June. The event was VLJ's most successful yet, raising more than $4,000.

    This year, Angelo sponsored the "GBGW Gianto-Messy," a triple-decker sandwich with any three deli meats, while the younger Genova went with the "Preservation Pastrami Sandwich." To the delight of Angelo and his entire law firm, the "GBGW Gianto-Messy" won the most-ordered sandwich award, edging out the "Preservation Pastrami" and avenging Angelo's loss last year to David.

    "A win by Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster in the Hobby's for Justice contest is everyone's gain, because enabling VLJ to provide legal services to those in need elevates our profession and our entire community," said Angelo Genova. "For the GBGW staff and attorneys who enjoyed Hobby's sandwiches that week, our gain, regrettably, was in our respective waistlines."

    Through its "Hobby's for Justice" event, Hobby's donates 10 percent of the proceeds to Newark-based VLJ for any eat-in or take-out order on June 5 as well as all catering orders for the week of June 4-8. In total, this year's "Hobby's for Justice" included 22 sponsored sandwiches. Funds are earmarked for VLJ's comprehensive pro bono legal services to thousands of economically-disadvantaged individuals each year in New Jersey.

    "First, I'd like to go on record to say that the 'GBGW Gianto-Messy' only beat out the 'Preservation Pastrami' by two orders this year," joked David. "Seriously though, we got involved with VLJ through the encouragement of my dad's firm and love to support the good works of VLJ in any way we can."

    Angelo Genova is a leading member of the New Jersey Bar Association in the practice areas of election law, labor and employment law, and complex litigation and appeals. More specifically, he has served four New Jersey Governors (Florio, McGreevey, Codey, Corzine) as the State's labor negotiator with the unions representing more than 50,000 public workers. His firm, Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, represents many of the premier companies and business interests in the region, providing its clients with representation at the highest standard of excellence.

    Four years ago, Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster relocated its headquarters to Newark and is very much a part of the City's business and political communities. The law firm also focuses its philanthropic efforts on Newark, supporting a host of non-profit organizations including VLJ. In addition, Gemma Giantomasi, an associate with the law firm, was recently named a member of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice's board of trustees and is also a member of the steering committee for VLJ's Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe).

    David Genova's firm, Preservation Partners Construction, is an industry leader in restoring properties following flood, fire, hurricane and other insurance losses. David is also a principal at Willow Street Partners, a real estate development firm focused on the adaptive reuse of historic buildings in New Jersey. He has helped direct the acquisition, construction and marketing of numerous successful retail, office and residential projects, sports facilities and entertainment venues in the area.

    "We were thrilled to learn of the good-natured rivalry between Angelo and David, waged in the world of deli meats through 'Hobby's for Justice.' That fun, generous spirit of the Genovas, Hobby's, and all of our sandwich sponsors is what makes this event a success each year," said Karen Sacks, Esq., founding executive director of VLJ.

    VLJ focuses on the areas of greatest need to low-income individuals such as family law, consumer law, bankruptcy and special education. Its programming includes free legal counsel and advice, educational seminars on various legal matters, and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues.

    VLJ's ReLeSe program assists Essex County residents with criminal records with civil legal issues serving as barriers to successful community reintegration. Through direct in-house representation and referrals to volunteer attorneys, ReLeSe aids its clients with driver's license restoration, resolution and expungement of criminal records.

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