Kertz (to partner), Spinelli (to counsel) promoted at Genova Burns

Matthew Kertz, a specialist in commercial real estate leasing, has been promoted to partner at Genova Burns, the firm announced Friday morning.

The firm also announced that Len Spinelli, an experienced commercial litigator and bankruptcy professional and former New Jersey deputy attorney general, has been promoted to counsel.

Kertz, who represents numerous clients with national real estate portfolios, works with clients drafting and negotiating retail, office and industrial leases and assisting landlords and tenants in resolving all aspects of leasing, acquisition and litigation-related issues. He advises landlords and tenants in commercial real estate disputes and assists in litigation before state and federal courts.

Genova Burns Chairman Angelo Genova praised Kertz’s experience.

“(He) is familiar with all aspects of negotiating and drafting New Jersey commercial ground retail, office and industrial leases,” he said. “Matt’s experience, understanding and quiet confidence will make him a great addition to the ranks of partner at Genova Burns.”

Spinelli has diverse experience representing businesses in a variety of complex commercial litigation, creditor’s rights, reorganization and bankruptcy, government and regulatory affairs, and employment law and litigation.

Spinelli began his career at a national bankruptcy firm representing individuals and small business owners in bankruptcy, then moved on to representing creditor’s rights in litigation and bankruptcy.  As his practice expanded to regulatory affairs and investigations, he aided large financial institutions responding to direct inquiries from regulators and providing consultative services to institutions responding to industry trends.

As a litigator, Spinelli has appeared in courts across New York and New Jersey. As a former New Jersey deputy attorney general, he represented departments and agencies in complex single- and multi-plaintiff employment matters.  Spinelli has extensive experience in complex electronic discovery and data collection, and previously served as a civilian contractor to the U.S. military, where he oversaw the largest electronic discovery collection and review in Army history.

Dan Stolz, leader of the bankruptcy practice at the firm, praised the promotion.

“Len is on an amazing upward trajectory,” he said.