Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Names 3 New Shareholders
January 26, 2022
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla has named three new shareholders in its real estate, land use and redevelopment practice, bolstering one of the largest rosters in the state.
The promotions of Adam Garcia, Brian Shemesh and Evan Zimmerman, previously associates with the firm, became effective on January 1st.
Adam Garcia, a shareholder in the Real Estate Practice Area, focuses on land-use litigation on behalf of developers involving property use, the development process and post-approval property use issues. He also handles commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters and represents owners and contractors in construction litigation in a range of disputes over defects and delays.
He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Boston College.
Brian Shemesh is a shareholder in the Redevelopment, Real Estate and Planned Real Estate Development Practice Group. He handles acquisitions, dispositions, redevelopment, financings, project incentives and leasing in urban and suburban markets. As part of his redevelopment practice, he helps negotiate and secure long-term tax exemptions (PILOTS), short-term abatements, Garden State Growth Zone Exemptions and other incentives.
Brian's background as a corporate and private equity attorney has allowed him to develop extensive experience negotiating and preparing agreements between joint venture partners.
Among other professional activities, Brian is a member of the Legislative Committee of NAIOP’s New Jersey Chapter. He graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers Law School-Newark and cum laude from Rutgers University.
Evan Zimmerman, a member of the Land Use and Development Law, and Real Estate practices, represents clients in complex land development projects. In the area of real estate and land use law, he counsels commercial and residential developers, property owners and real estate investors in acquisition and development, including due diligence, investigations, purchase and sale contracts, business formations, financing and preparation of easements and agreements.
Evan also appears before municipal land-use agencies and governing bodies, and he prepares general business contracts, including operating, joint venture and business ownership agreements.
Evan is a member of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He earned a J.D. and M.B.A. from Villanova University, and a B.A. from Colgate.
“Adam, Brian and Evan have contributed greatly to the firm and are part of the reason for its growth. They each have broad knowledge in real estate matters and understand how to resolve complex legal issues to position our clients to achieve the best possible solutions for their legal challenges. Their dedication to the practice is admirable and we are excited for their continued contributions as they enter the next phase of their legal careers.“ said Michael Bruno, Chair of the firm's Redevelopment Practice Area and Co-chair of its Real Estate Practice Area.
Of the firm’s 65 attorneys, 25 handle real estate, land use, redevelopment and related practice areas.