Symposium on legal cannabis business opportunities slated

Posted on November 29th, 2017

Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC, along with BSC Group, Viridis Security Group, and the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association are sponsoring the New Jersey Cannabis Symposium, an in-depth professional workshop to prepare New Jersey’s future adult-use cannabis industry participants. The symposium will be held January 25, 2018 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark.

This unique event has been designed by experienced cannabis industry professionals who have been through successful licensing processes in other states. It is for professionals who are strongly considering their future prospects in  New Jersey’s potentially legal cannabis industry (With Phil Murphy’s win, it’s ‘full steam ahead for legal marijuana).  Our goal is to equip attendees with tangible action steps, and answer crucial questions as they pertain to timelines, application requirements, finances, talent acquisition, and more.

To register, please visit, or for additional information visit our Cannabis Law Practice Group, follow us on Twitter at @THCCounselors, or contact Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq. at  or (973) 247-9000.

AG&A Representing Self-Help Author In Wrongful Termination Suit

Posted on November 28th, 2017

On November 14, “The Uninvited: How I Crashed My Way Into Finding Myself,” was released to great acclaim as a story of redemption by AG&A client Craig Schmell.

Just prior to its release, Mr. Schmell’s employer, Morgan Stanley, terminated him upon learning that he is a recovering alcoholic; a critical part of the book’s storyline. Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC partner, Joshua S. Bauchner, and the firm immediately filed suit alleging unlawful termination arising from the discrimination against Mr. Schmell, a member of a protected class under state law.

The action is captioned: Craig Schmell v. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., Docket No. MON-L-4077017, pending in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, Law Division, Monmouth County.

Mr. Schmell worked as a Senior Vice President with the company from 2006 until his dismissal earlier this year.

Mr. Schmell gained notoriety for his ability to place himself at the center of major events such as the Rangers’ Stanley Cup victory and the Grammys. In his memoir, he recounts those times and the unfortunate role his substance abuse played in his being “uninvited” onto the world’s stage.

Prior to publication, Mr. Schmell allowed his employer to review the book and, upon its request, made significant changes to accommodate Morgan Stanley. Despite his efforts, which included removing any mention of the company and a reference to an arrest at age 16, Schmell was told the book created “reputational risk” for the company and that risk was the reason for his termination, although he has been sober for nearly three decades.

In his suit, Mr. Schmell contends that the real reason for his dismissal was his prior drug and alcohol abuse and his status as a recovering alcoholic. Indeed, Mr. Schmell and the book already have been featured in multiple news outlets, including:  Good Day New York, Cheddar, People Magazine, and Advisor Hub.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC’s employment group regularly represents individuals and employers in discrimination disputes. For additional information, please contact Joshua S. Bauchner or Michael H. Ansell at (973) 247-9000.

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For more than 85 years, ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC has been dedicated to providing excellent legal representation.  In providing zealous advocacy and skilled legal advice to our diverse clientele, our attorneys all practice with a common philosophy… commitment to excellence and commitment to people.


AGA Offers Free Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Posted on November 14th, 2017

A flood of recent events has brought sexual harassment front and center in the national conscience.  With awareness at an all-time high, it is even more important for employers to take proactive steps to both prevent and respond to sexual harassment claims.  Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., is pleased to offer a free training session to companies with at least 25 employees to instruct on what constitutes sexual harassment, what can be done to prevent it, and how to adequately respond to complaints.  More than just being the right thing to do, an employer who takes these proactive measures may be eligible for discounts on insurance premiums and help insulate themselves from potential liability.

If you are interested in scheduling a free training session, please contact Michael H. Ansell, Esq. of Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., via email at, by telephone at 973-247-9000, or visit our Labor & Employment Web page.


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For more than 85 years, ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC has been dedicated to providing excellent legal representation. In providing zealous advocacy and skilled legal advice to our diverse clientele, our attorneys all practice with a common philosophy… commitment to excellence and commitment to people. For more information, visit us at

New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Is Undergoing Some Big Changes

Posted on October 26th, 2017

In a recent analysis of those changes completed for the MJBA’s MJ News Network, Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC attorneys Joshua S. Bauchner and Anthony J. D’Artiglio reviewed the New York State Department of Health’s proposed amendments to Section 1004.11(g). These new regulations are part of the State’s continued efforts to expand and modernize its medical marijuana program following the addition of chronic pain as a covered illness earlier this year. For the full analysis visit MJBA’s website here.

NYC developer and affiliates facing suits on two properties

Posted on October 13th, 2017

A pair of lawsuits against L&M Development Partners and its affiliates are proceeding as residents in two of the builder’s Harlem projects seek compensation for costs associated with remediating defective work done during construction of their homes. The litigations recently were featured in Crain’s New York Business and Habitat Magazine.

The boards at La Celia, a 123-unit condo at 64 E. 111th St., and a 75 unit complex created from the conversion of PS90, a school located at 220 W. 148th St., initiated the suits as the costs of the repairs spiraled into the millions of dollars.

Both complexes are represented by Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq. and Anthony J. D’Artiglio, Esq., attorneys with Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC.

Attorneys from Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC successfully have represented clients in numerous construction defect cases, including Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. v. Adria Towers, LLC in New Jersey in which the state’s Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that construction defects and faulty workmanship that cause damage to other property is a covered event under the General Contractor’s general liability insurance policies.

For additional information, please contact Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq. at or (973) 247-9000.

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For more than 85 years, ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC has been dedicated to providing excellent legal representation. In providing zealous advocacy and skilled legal advice to our diverse clientele, our attorneys all practice with a common philosophy… commitment to excellence and commitment to people. For more information, visit us at


Appeals court revives suit over breach of fiduciary duty

Posted on July 26th, 2017

Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq., a partner of Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., and co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, and Michael H. Ansell, an associate with the firm, recently secured the reversal on appeal of Dennis T. Palmeri, Jr’s suit against his former attorneys at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Palmeri alleged that Willkie unilaterally terminated its representation of him in favor of his employer, Ramius Securities, and then shifted responsibility for purported violations of FINRA’s rules onto him to protect its corporate client.  Palmeri claimed the law firm breached its fiduciary duty in violating his right to conflict free representation.

The trial court ruled that Palmeri failed to file his suit within the statute of limitations period, but the Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously disagreed and reinstated the case.  For the full story, please visit Law360, or the New York Law Journal.

Shapiro delivers back-to-back victories for AGA clients

Posted on July 14th, 2017

In two different trials, held in two consecutive weeks, in two different counties, Lawrence Shapiro, Esq., co-chair of Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC’s litigation department, attained victories for clients of the Firm.  The first involved a battle between neighbors over the use of a private beach and access to the bay on Long Beach Island in Ocean County.  The Court ruled that the Diaz family, represented by Shapiro and AGA, had superior rights to the beach and could exclude the intruding neighbors from using the beach and accessing the waters of the bay through their property.

In the second matter in Monmouth County, Shapiro obtained a judgment in favor of Vingo, a popular New Jersey liquor store chain, against BPS, Inc. trading as Bankcard Payment Services who had installed credit card processing equipment at two of Vingo’s stores.  Shapiro was able to overcome vigorous and repeated attempts by BPS to have the case dismissed pursuant to Merchant Service Agreements and various legal doctrines including laches and Vingo’s own negligence which BPS asserted barred Vingo’s claims and the court from granting relief to Vingo.  At the conclusion of the trial, the Court entered judgment in favor of Vingo against BPS for over $60,000 in charges made by customers on Discover Cards over a two year period that were not properly processed by BPS and for which no payments were received by Vingo.

See: Diaz v. Esposito Family Trust, John Lombardi, Aster Lombardi, Irene Lombardi, Arthur Medeiros, Christine Medeiros, Docket No. OCN-C-11-16 and Vinvigo, LLC t/a Vingo Wine & Spirits v. Bankcard Payment Services, et al., Docket No. MON-L-3859-14.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron attorneys regularly represent clients in real property and business related litigation matters. For additional information, please contact Lawrence H. Shapiro, Esq. (; 732-643-5257

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For more than 85 years, ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC has been dedicated to providing excellent legal representation. In providing zealous advocacy and skilled legal advice to our diverse clientele, our attorneys all practice with a common philosophy… commitment to excellence and commitment to people. For more information, visit us at


C6 Real Estate Partners Close on $27M Garfield property

Posted on July 12th, 2017

ANSELL, GRIMM & AARON, PC partner, Melanie J. Scroble, Esq., recently closed a $27 million real estate transaction on behalf of C6 Real Estate Partners, in connection with its acquisition of River Edge at Garfield, a newly constructed 100-unit Class-A multifamily apartment building complex located in Garfield, New Jersey. The acquisition was made through a joint venture with Citymark Capital.

C6 Real Estate Partners specializes in acquiring and operating residential, mixed-use and commercial property in New Jersey and the surrounding area. Brian DiSalvo, a partner with C6, commented, “The transaction involved numerous counterparties with differing agendas and methodologies. The documents were complex and required several layers of negotiation. Ms. Scroble proved critical to the success of the transaction with proficient and reliable counsel and management of the process from contract signing to closing.”

Further details about the transaction are available here:

Ms. Scroble focuses her practice on the acquisition, financing, leasing and development of commercial real estate both in the Tri-State area and through-out the Country. She has handled a wide range of sales, acquisitions, leases and financings involving different types of real estate, including retail shopping centers, triple net properties, office buildings and multi-family apartment projects. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and prior speaker at their annual law conference.

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For more than 85 years, ANSELL GRIMM & AARON, PC has been dedicated to providing excellent legal services in nearly all areas of the law, focusing primarily on New Jersey, New York and Federal matters. In providing zealous advocacy and skilled legal advice to our diverse clientele, our attorneys all practice with a common philosophy… commitment to excellence and commitment to people.

For additional information, please contact Melanie J. Scroble at (973) 247-9000 or


Bauchner Representing La Celia Owners in Construction Defect Suit

Posted on July 10th, 2017

ANSELL, GRIMM & AARON, PC commenced two actions in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against L&M Development Partners, and its affiliates, for design and construction defects in two of its projects in Harlem, on behalf of plaintiffs La Celia Owners Corporation, located at 64 East 111th Street, and PS90 Board of Managers, located at 220 West 148th Street.

The actions assert, among other things, that L&M breached its contractual obligations and made negligent misrepresentations by failing to construct the buildings in accord with the terms of each Offering Plan. Indeed, the buildings were forced to retain engineering and construction firms to identify and remediate design and construction defects endemic to each building.

By example, at La Celia, the engineer’s work revealed significant leaks and penetrations throughout the building, fire hazards, items not constructed to Code, and that at least 70% of residents have insufficient cooling, likely due to “marginally sized and under-sized” PTAC units. At PS90, the engineer’s work revealed that the parapets and significant portions of the façade were defective, widespread water intrusion, and that the roof disclosed in the Offering Plan was not actually installed and is now in need of repair and replacement. Indeed, at PS90, large chunks of the façade have fallen off the building creating a serious safety hazard and compelling the installation of shedding and the closure of the courtyard.

Both buildings undertook efforts to amicably resolve these issues with L&M, but were unfortunately without success, necessitating the lawsuits. Joshua S. Bauchner, a partner with the law firm of Ansell, Grimm & Aaron P.C., and counsel to both buildings commented that “L&M prides itself on promoting development in low income communities. However, when it cuts corners to save a dime, it saddles residents with the significant costs of repair which they simply cannot afford, as L&M well knows. We are simply asking that L&M correct defects of their own making in accord with their express obligations under the Offering Plans.”

Christopher Therkorn, the Board president of PS90, echoed this sentiment, stating “Our entire building is under scaffolding right now as we were forced to repair the parapets, roof, and façade. At this time, our residents are confronted with these unbearable costs as L&M has sought to wash its hands of the matter.” And, Jon Winstone, the Board president of La Celia, noted that “When you are finally able to buy into what is promoted as a beautiful, new building your hopes are high. Then, those hopes are dashed when the ugly underbelly reveals itself — water leaks everywhere, insufficient air conditioning, and rampant Building Code violations.”

The actions are captioned La Celia Owners Corp. v. East 111 Associates, LLC, East 111 Mezzanine, LLC, East 111 Managers, LLC, L&M Development Partners, Inc., and L&M Builders Group, Index No. 654485/2017, and PS90 Board of Managers v. L&M Development Partners, West 147th Associates, LLC, West 147th Managers, LLC, L&M Builders Group, LLC, L&M West 147th Developers, LLC, Index No. 654603/2017.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron attorneys regularly represent clients in construction litigation and litigation against sponsor developers. For additional information, please contact Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq. ( or Anthony J. D’Artiglio ( at (973) 247-9000.