Presentations

attorney at law

Gianfranco A. Pietrafesa gives presentations, seminars and lectures to accounting firms, banks, professional and business organizations, attorneys and others on topics concerning business law and legal ethics.  He is available as a speaker on a variety of topics as noted in his seminar list. Below is a list of some of the presentations, seminars and lectures that he has given over the years.

BUSINESS LAW

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Conference Organizer, NJ M&A Conference at Seton Hall Law School (Newark, September 28, 2018)
  • Speaker, “NJ Bulk Sales Law,” Hunter Group CPAs (Fair Lawn, January 30, 2016)
  • Moderator, “M&A / Representations and Warranties Insurance,” NJSBA (Webinar, October 15, 2015)
  • Speaker, “For Sale: A New Jersey Business Owners Symposium—A Seller’s Guide to Preparing Your Business for Sale,” Archer & Greiner / Hunter Group CPAs (Hasbrouck Heights, September 30, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Indemnification in M&A Transactions,” Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel (Hackensack, October 9, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Due Diligence of Corporate Records,” Essex-Morris Inn of Transactional Counsel (November 2003)
  • Moderator and Speaker, “Confidentiality Agreements and Letters of Intent,” Fourth Annual Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (October 2003)


Buy-Sell Agreements and Governance

  • Speaker, “Buy-Sell Agreements,” WithumSmith+Brown Tax Services Group (New Brunswick, January 6, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Business Succession Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements,” Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council (Washington Township, September 10, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Protecting Owners of Minority Business Interests," 2012 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (New Brunswick, April 20, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Valuation Methods for Determining Purchase Price under Buy-Sell Agreements," Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel (Hackensack, February 12, 2009)


Business Formation and Growth

  • Speaker, "Essentials of NJ LLC Formation” (Fairfield, April 26, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Essentials of NJ LLC Formation,” NJICLE (Fairfield, April 27, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Choice of Entity: Corporation vs. LLC,” Entrepreneurs Forum of Southern NJ at Rowan University (Glassboro, January 15, 2013)
  • Speaker, “Some Basic Characteristics of Preferred Stock,” Advising the Start-Up Company, Essex-Morris Inn of Transactional Counsel, Essex-Morris (April 11, 2006)


New Jersey Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA)

   (Organizer and Speaker at all of the following.)

  • "Essentials of NJ LLC Formation” (Fairfield, April 26, 2018)
  • 2018 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention--"Avoiding and Dealing with LLC Disputes" (Atlantic City, May 20, 2018)
  • 2017 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention--"NJ LLC Potpourri" (Atlantic City, May 18, 2017)
  • 2017 NJICLE Transactional Forum--"Essentials of NJ LLC Formation” (Fairfield, April 27, 2017)
  • NJ Judiciary General Equity and Civil Division Education Conference--"NJ LLC Disputes" (Galloway Township, April 5, 2017)
  • National Business Institute (National Webinar, October xx, 2016)
  • National Business Institute (National Webinar, July 28, 2015)
  • Lakeland Bank Lenders Meeting (Oak Ridge, July 25, 2014)
  • NJ Bankers Association Commercial Lending Committee (Cranford, July 2, 2014)
  • New Jersey Judiciary—Bergen County Vicinage (Hackensack, June 25, 2014)
  • NJICLE (New Brunswick, June 24, 2014)
  • NJSCPA Cooperation with Bankers (Edison, May 22, 2014)
  • Bergen County Bar Association (Hackensack, March 27, 2014)
  • CohnReznick, CPAs (Roseland, February 18, 2014)
  • CohnReznick, CPAs (Eatontown, January 7, 2014)
  • NJSCPA Multistate Tax Conference (Edison, November 19, 2013)
  • CPA Connect (Fair Lawn, July 23, 2013)
  • Hunter Group CPAs (Fair Lawn, June 27, 2013)
  • Hudson County Bar Association (Jersey City, June 12, 2013)
  • Rotenberg Meril, CPAs (Saddle Brook, May 5, 2013)
  • Bergen Tax Study Group (Hackensack, May 15, 2013)
  • Columbia Bank (Fair Lawn, May 5, 2013)
  • NJSCPA State Taxation Interest Group (Roseland, April 23, 2013)
  • "Fiduciary Duties under RULLCA,” NJSBA (New Brunswick, March 20, 2013)
  • NJICLE (Mount Laurel, March 13, 2013)
  • NJICLE (New Brunswick, February 11, 2013)
  • EisnerAmper, CPAs (Hackensack, January 16, 2013)
  • WithumSmith+Brown, CPAs (Morristown, January 14, 2013)
  • NJICLE (Fairfield, January 17, 2013)
  • Archer & Greiner In-House Seminar (Hackensack, September 29, 2011)


Contract Drafting

  • Speaker, “Choice of Law and Forum Selection," Drafting Documents: Avoiding Hot Water When Using Boilerplate Provisions," NJICLE (Fairfield, April 27, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Choice of Law and Forum Selection,” Drafting Documents: Avoiding Hot Water When Using Boilerplate Provisions," NJICLE (New Brunswick, March 5, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Contract Boilerplate," Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel (Hackensack, February 11, 2010)
  • Speaker, “Boilerplate Provisions at the End of the Contract: Fine Print, Big Deal,” Fifth Annual Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (Iselin, October 2004)


Employment Law

  • Speaker, “Restrictive Covenants in New Jersey," Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel (Hackensack, May 10, 2018)
  • Speaker, “What Every CFO Needs to Know about Restrictive Covenants in New Jersey," Sax CFO Focus (Clifton, October 18, 2017)
  • Speaker, “What CPAs Need to Know about Restrictive Covenants in New Jersey," Hunter Group CPAs (Fair Lawn, October 20, 2017)


Other

  • Coordinator and Moderator, 2018 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 20, 2018)
  • Moderator, "Commercial Lending--A Lenders Perspective," 2017 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 7, 2017)
  • Coordinator and Moderator, 2017 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 7, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Business Law Developments," Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel (Hackensack, December 8, 2016)
  • Coordinator, 2016 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 8, 2016)
  • Coordinator, 2015 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 17, 2015)
  • Coordinator, 2014 Business Law Symposium , NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April xx, 2014)
  • Coordinator and Moderator, 2010 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 9, 2010)
  • Coordinator and Moderator, 2009 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 24, 2009)
  • Coordinator and Moderator, 2008 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 29, 2008)
  • Coordinator, 2007 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (April 2007)
  • Coordinator and Moderator, 2006 Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (March 2006) 


LEGAL ETHICS

Legal Ethics for Transactional Attorneys

  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 15, 2018)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 16, 2017)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 30, 2016)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November xx, 2015)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 20, 2014)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 21, 2013)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 15, 2012)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 15, 2011)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 16, 2010)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 17, 2009)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 18, 2008)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (November 15, 2007)
  • Moderator, NJICLE (October 12, 2006)


Legal Ethics in Negotiations

  • Speaker and Moderator, "Avoiding Pitfalls in Negotiating Corporate Transactions," 2018 NJ Corporate Counsel Institute (New Brunswick, January 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Ethics in Settlement Negotiations, 2013 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention (Atlantic City, May 16, 2013)
  • Speaker, “Ethics in Settlement Negotiations,” 2012 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention (Atlantic City, May 17, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Ethics for Negotiators," First American Inn of Transactional Counsel (Florham Park, December 14, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Ethics for Negotiators," Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel (Hackensack, May 13, 2010)
  • Speaker, "Ethics for Negotiators," NJICLE (November 17, 2009)


Professionalism

  • Speaker, "Developing Principles of Professionalism for Business Lawyers," 2012 Business Bar Leaders Conference, American Bar Association (Chicago, May 11, 2012)


Conflicts of Interest

  • Speaker, "Identifying Conflicts of Interest and Preparing Conflict Waivers" and "Ethics in Negotiations," Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel (Hackensack, February 13, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Ethics in Tax Practice—Identifying Conflicts of Interest and Preparing Conflict Waivers," 2012 Federal Tax Law Symposium (New Brunswick, May 9, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Client Intake: Formation of Attorney-Client Relationship, Identifying Conflicts of Interest, Preparing Conflict Waivers, and Written Fee Arrangements," Bergen County Bar Association (Hackensack, May 17, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Client Intake: Formation of Attorney-Client Relationship, Identifying Conflicts of Interest, Preparing Conflict Waivers, and Written Fee Arrangements," Herten Burstein In-House Seminar (Hackensack, January 11, 2011)


Contracting Drafting and Negotiating

  • Speaker, "Legal Ethics in Contract Drafting and Negotiating," Legal Ethics for Transactional Attorneys, NJICLE (November 16, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Duty to Explain Agreements to Clients," 8th Annual Federal Tax Law Symposium, NJICLE (New Brunswick, April 28, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Duty to Explain Agreements to Clients," 2016 Corporate and Business Law Symposium, NJSBA Business Law Section and NJICLE (Somerset, April 8, 2016)


Other

  • Speaker, "Ethics of Lawyer Marketing," Profitability, Communication, Clients and Ethics: A Potent Mix, Lawline.com (New York City, December 14, 2009)
  • Speaker, “Legal Ethics for Transactional Lawyers,” Essex-Morris Inn of Transactional Counsel (December 11, 2007)


LITIGATION

  • Speaker, 2018 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention--"Avoiding and Dealing with LLC Disputes" (Atlantic City, May 20, 2018)
  • Speaker, "NJ LLC Disputes," NJ Judiciary General Equity and Civil Division Education Conference (Galloway Township, April 5, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Arbitrating Business Disputes," 2016 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention (Atlantic City, May 19, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Oppression under NJ-RULLCA," Seminar on Valuation Issues in General Equity Matters," 2016 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention (Atlantic City, May 19, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Oppression under NJ-RULLCA," Seminar on Overcoming Legal and Valuation Issues in Chancery, Business and Family Proceedings," NJICLE (New Brunswick, December 1, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Dealing with Problems at Depositions,” Advanced Depositions in New Jersey, Lorman Education Services (June 20, 2006). Read it: Seminar Materials - Dealing with Problems at Depositions.


 
Key:
NJSBA – New Jersey State Bar Association
NJICLE – New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
NJSCPA – New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants