Brach Eichler, LLC, one of New Jersey’s leading law firms, and Public Strategies Impact, LLC, one of New Jersey’s leading lobbying firms, have formed a strategic alliance to help businesses participate in New Jersey’s emerging cannabis marketplace. “Strategic Cannabis Solutions” will form exclusive relationships with clients in order to advise, position, and advocate for them to successfully obtain state-required cannabis licenses.
According to John D. Fanburg, Managing Member and Cannabis Law Practice Co-Chair, “The alliance of Brach Eichler and Public Strategies Impact will enable clients to strategically address both the legal complexities of cannabis opportunities and in close collaboration with Public Strategies Impact, enable clients to position their license application for success.”
Public Strategies Impact Managing Partner Roger A. Bodman added, “In light of the complicated and heavily regulated nature of New Jersey’s cannabis marketplace, Strategic Cannabis Solutions brings a forceful multidisciplinary team of experts to the table. When the dust settles on all of the cannabis rules and regulations, we will advocate at every level of government to ensure our clients succeed in a highly competitive environment.”
Brach Eichler was one of the first law firms in New Jersey to form a dedicated cannabis law practice. Co-Chair of the practice Charles X. Gormally notes, “New Jersey’s cannabis marketplace is a new and emerging business opportunity and by forming Strategic Cannabis Solutions we draw upon PSI government affairs expertise and our legal expertise to help our clients capitalize in an evolving and complex market.”
“We are thrilled to partner with PSI as we have witnessed firsthand their effectiveness on behalf of a number of our mutual clients,” added Fanburg. “Brach Eichler’s industry-leading health law practice is uniquely positioned to co-lead this effort, particularly in light of the Department of Health’s role in the medical cannabis space,” notes Bodman.
On or around June 18, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Health is expected to propose new regulations within the Medical Marijuana Program.
Brach Eichler issued a seminal white paper last fall when it launched its cannabis law practice—The Business, Regulatory and Legal Challenges—and Opportunity—of Legalized Cannabis in New Jersey—that discusses the hurdles New Jersey faces as it moves toward a regulated, adult-use marketplace compared to states with existing programs.
About Public Strategies Impact
Public Strategies Impact is a leading government relations, public affairs and association management firm based in Trenton, New Jersey. Since 1986, the firm has developed sound, principled and bipartisan legislative advocacy strategies for clients from a wide-range of industry sectors, many of them specifically unique to New Jersey. Direct involvement in these sectors has led to an unparalleled expertise that is extremely valuable to ensuring client success. As the firm has grown, Public Strategies Impact has cultivated an impressive team of highly qualified professionals, each with specialized knowledge in specific sectors. PSI has an unmatched knowledge of the key lawmakers and legislative process to best serve each client’s interests in the New Jersey Statehouse. For more information, please visit www.njpsi.com.
About Brach Eichler Cannabis Law
Brach Eichler, a full-service law firm based in Roseland, N.J., is uniquely situated to provide advice and guidance across a wide range of business groups that may be interested in diversifying into the emerging cannabusiness market opportunity. Over the past 50 years, the Firm’s practitioners have built trusted, personal relationships with their clients, rendering advice that is business-savvy and creative, yet practical. The firm’s attorneys are thought leaders in their industries, known for “getting the deal done” with their clients’ interests well represented and always top of mind. These qualities will be especially useful as New Jersey moves forward to develop a cannabis marketplace. This type of opportunity, while not for the faint of heart, will be advantaged by the strength of Brach Eichler’s resident health, corporate formation, regulatory, compliance, land use, employment, tax, and real estate capabilities.
Click here to read Brach Eichler’s most recent White Paper, “Ten Steps to a Billion-Dollar Marketplace: Facts, Observations, and Market Opportunity.
Public Strategies Impact (PSI), one of the leading legislative advocacy organizations in New Jersey, is announcing a strategic partnership with Brendan Gill and his firm The BGill Group, LLC, a full-service public affairs, digital media and consulting firm. Gill has more than 20 years of experience in campaign management, government and public affairs, most recently serving as Campaign Manager for New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy’s successful primary and general election campaigns.
“This partnership will be an extension of our relationship, expanding the specialties offered by both firms,” said Roger Bodman, Managing Partner, Public Strategies Impact. “Brendan has a diverse political background, with experience in public service and political campaigns, which has helped cultivate a unique skill set that will be tremendously beneficial to our team.”
Gill’s earlier government experience includes serving as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Cory Booker, State Director for the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (New Jersey’s longest serving U.S. Senator), District Director for Congressman Steve Rothman, Aide to Congressman Bill Pascrell, Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Peter Eagler and Communications Director for the New Jersey Department of Transportation under two commissioners. Gill was elected to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2011, 2014 and 2017 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board.
In addition to his government roles, Gill has extensive campaign experience. He served as the campaign manager for the successful election of Governor-Elect Phil Murphy in both the primary and general elections in 2017. He managed U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s 2014 reelection campaign as well as the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 2008 primary and general election campaigns, helping him become the longest serving U.S. Senator in New Jersey history. His campaign experience also includes working for Congressman Albio Sires’ first congressional race in 2006, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s 2006 campaign, where Gill served as the Statewide Field Director, managing Congressman Bill Pascrell’s reelection campaign in 2000 as well as working on numerous county and municipal races throughout New Jersey.
Gill has been recognized for his leadership and public service, being selected to the 2017 NJBIZ Power 100 and being named by Insider NJ as the Political Operative of the Year for 2016 and 2017. He was named New Jersey’s Most Powerful Elected Official for 2014/2015 on PolitickerNJ. He was also number four on Insider NJ’s Most Relevant Elected Official list for 2017. He was named a New Jersey Rising Star in the Asbury Park Press and has received awards from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Blue Wave New Jersey. Currently, Gill serves as Vice President of the New Jersey Association of Counties. He also serves on the Board of Seton Hall University Alumni Board of Directors and the New Jersey State Bike and Walk Coalition. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Municipal Democratic Chair in Montclair, New Jersey.
A lifelong resident of Essex County, Gill attended Montclair Public Schools and graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He currently resides in Montclair with his wife and two children.
“My relationship with Brendan, both personally and professionally, has spanned over two decades. I am confident that PSI’s partnership with Brendan will be a major benefit to our current and future clients,” said Bill Maer, Senior Partner, Public Strategies Impact. “This new strategic agreement will bolster our capabilities and delivery of services.”
TRENTON, N.J. (October 10, 2017) – Public Strategies Impact (PSI), one of the leading legislative advocacy organizations in New Jersey, recently announced the promotion of William Maer and Joseph Simonetta to senior partners. Throughout the years, PSI has attracted talented veterans of government from both the democratic and republican parties with decades of experience in not only public service, but in the political arena – Maer and Simonetta are no exception.
“Our firm’s three-decade history of being a premier bipartisan state and federal lobbying firm best serves our clients through both republican and democratic administrations. With the New Jersey gubernatorial election right around the corner, we are best positioned to continue to represent our clients unimpeded by changes in the political party that runs the State House,” said Roger Bodman, PSI managing partner. “Both Bill and Joe have distinguished themselves as proven leaders throughout their professional careers. Bill has worked in both the governmental and political arena for three governors, members of Congress, and the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. Bill’s Democratic credentials make him a true asset to our firm and client base.”
As a top democratic strategist, Maer is a well-respected lobbyist and political operative with a career spanning more than 25 years. He served in several government positions, including aide to former Governor James Florio, chief of staff to Congressman William J. Pascrell, Jr., associate executive director of the Assembly Democratic Legislative Leadership Office, and senior advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s 2009 statewide campaign. Bill is a leading Democratic political consultant, having worked on dozens of campaigns at virtually every level of New Jersey politics. Currently, Maer is the top advisor and strategist for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and serves as chief spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff.
Since its inception, Maer has consecutively been named one of NJ’s top political insiders as part of PolitickerNJ’s Power List, finishing 23rd in 2016. Appointed by two governors, Maer served on the New Jersey Building Authority, the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees, and as a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member of the credential committee for the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention.
“Joe Simonetta’s knowledge and relationships in New Jersey State Government makes him a player in almost every major public policy discussion,” said Bodman. “In his three decades at the firm, he has shown great leadership, and I look forward to him serving in a management position in the firm as a senior partner.”
Simonetta, who joined the firm in 1991, has worked in political advocacy and association management for nearly 40 years, starting with his first role as campaign chairman for the Mayor of Phillipsburg in 1973 and chair of volunteers for Congresswoman Helen Meyner in 1974. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as legislative director, followed by chief of staff, at the mayor’s office in Trenton and legislative liaison for Assemblyman Francis McMannimon and Assemblywoman Helen Szabo.
Considered an expert in public policy and legislation, Simonetta was appointed chair of the Advocacy Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) IgCC Task Force in 2012 and currently chairs the Advocacy Subcommittee, creating a strategy for the AIA’s state and local components. Simonetta has received awards for his success in association management, including Association Executive of the Year and the 1991 New Jersey Society of Association Executive.
Today, Bill Maer will moderate the “Inside Trenton” panel for the New Jersey State Bar Association. The Annual Meeting and Convention, held at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, will provide updates concerning the latest in legislative issues in the City of Trenton, New Jersey. Speakers on the panel include Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.; Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick, assembly republican leader; Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, assembly republican whip; and Assemblyman John F. McKeon.
The panel will be held from 2:10 to 3:50 p.m. in Central Meeting Room 3 of the Borgata Hotel. Various legislation will be discussed for attendees to help their clients, practice, and business. Updates about Trenton legislation beneficial for both attendees and their clientele will be provided.
Maer, a PSI partner, received his bachelor’s degree in government from Clark University and matriculated at Villanova University for his master’s degree in political science. He became an aide to former New Jersey Gov. James Florio. From there he moved on to be a policy advisor, speaker and democratic leader, Congressional Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Pascrell, and Senior Political Advisor to former Gov. Jon Corzine. Maer has also served as a campaign manager, political consultant, media spokesman, and a member of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Credentials Committee.
Maer has made recurring appearances on the Politicker-NJ’s Top 100 Power List alongside his wife, reaching a top 25 listing in 2016. He is a Federally Registered Lobbyist and currently serves as outside lobbyist to the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Public Strategies Impact, a leader in government relations, public affairs, and association management services in New Jersey, has named John Holub as its new associate. He brings 23 years of experience in campaign management and issue advocacy.
In addition to his role at PSI, Holub will continue to serve as president & CEO of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association and Executive Director of the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores. In these roles, he represents more than 3,900 store locations as the chief lobbyist for the retail industry association. His responsibilities include association management and government affairs, including direct lobbying, grassroots, political action, and media relations.
Previously, Holub served as the New Jersey state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, where he represented 11,000 members. Additionally, he held roles as campaign manager and consultant for many politicians, including former U.S. Representative/senatorial candidate Dick Zimmer and Mercer County executive Bob Prunetti.
“John has decades of experience in the association management and government affairs arenas, so there is no doubt he will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Roger Bodman, senior partner, Public Strategies Impact. “His long and successful track record managing campaigns and advocating for clients will prove to be highly beneficial to our clients.”
Holub received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He currently resides in Robbinsville, New Jersey.