The 2021 “Top Lawyers” issue of Bergen Magazine included Archer attorneys Andrew Fede and Gianfranco (Franco) Pietrafesa. Andrew was recognized for Real Estate, and Franco was recognized for the Business, Corporate and Commercial area.
According to the publication, attorneys named to this list have received the highest vote totals within their specialty area based on peer reviews from hundreds of practicing and active lawyers across Bergen County, New Jersey.
Andrew Fede has more than 30 years of legal experience, including appellate litigation, commercial and governmental civil litigation, municipal law, zoning and planning, real estate tax appeal, labor and employment, employment and other forms of discrimination, wrongful termination, probate law, real estate law, and constitutional law. He has served as the attorney for the Boroughs of Bogota, Maywood, and Norwood, and for the Township of Mahwah. He has been the planning board attorney, zoning board attorney, library board attorney, and special counsel in six other New Jersey municipalities. Mr. Fede is a certified mediator in the New Jersey Superior Court mediation program for civil, general equity, and probate cases, is an arbitrator in the Bergen County Superior Court contract/commercial arbitration program, and has been appointed by several Superior Court judges to serve in cases as mediator, arbitrator, special master, and condemnation commissioner.
Franco Pietrafesa advises clients on corporate, business, contract, real estate, and employment matters. He represents a wide range of clients, from start-ups to established companies, and focuses on entrepreneurs and small to middle market companies that are closely-held or family-owned. He has significant experience representing every type of stakeholder associated with business, including companies, owners, executives, buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, landlords, and tenants. Franco advises clients on choice of entity and formation of corporations, LLCs and partnerships, including the preparation and negotiation of governing documents and agreements such as shareholder, buy-sell, partnership, and LLC operating agreements. He handles equity and debt financing, including private placements of securities, and investments by family, friends, angel investors, and private equity firms. Franco handles mergers and acquisitions, including asset purchases and stock purchases, joint ventures and other strategic alliances, and other corporate reorganizations, and has a working knowledge of the tax consequences associated with such transactions.
Founded in 1928, Archer is a full-service law firm serving Fortune 100 clients, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals. The firm provides litigation and transactional services in nearly every area of law, including business counseling, labor & employment, real estate, health care, intellectual property, family and matrimonial, personal injury, public finance, tax, trusts and estates, bankruptcy, land use and environmental law. With 175 attorneys, Archer has eight offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including Haddonfield, Hackensack, Princeton and Red Bank, NJ; Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA; Wilmington, DE; and New York, NY.