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Gina McKeever, DBA

Lecturer, Interim Director for the Kislak Real Estate Institute

Gina McKeever, is Interim Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute and Lecturer at Monmouth University.She currently teaches Real Estate Finance, Investment and Taxation, Real Estate Development, Principles of Finance and Money, Credit and Financial Institutions.With more than 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate finance industry,Gina was responsible for acquisition and disposition, asset review and financial analysis, investment strategy development, due diligence support, market overview and analysis, portfolio and property valuation, rehabilitation and repositioning feasibility analysis, potential development analysis,and formal loan submissions for Berkadia Commercial Mortgage’s loan origination group.Her research interests include Highest and Best Use, Valuation, City Growth, Transit Oriented Development and Affordable Housing.

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GARY S. FORSHNER, ESQ., concentrates his commercial real estate practice in the areas of land use, zoning, real estate development and redevelopment. He represents local, national and international developers, property owners and other business clients engaged in mixed use, residential, industrial, office, retail and affordable housing development projects.

Mr. Forshner provides sophisticated counsel and guidance across all phases of the project life cycle, including land use planning and approvals, permits and variances, appearances before municipal, county and state boards and agencies, and appeals of unfavorable land use decisions. Mr. Forshner’s representation of clients encompasses a broad array of industries and includes significant expertise within the telecommunications and alternative energy (solar) industries. He has served as special land use counsel to various New Jersey municipalities and to the New Jersey Builders Association.

Mr. Forshner regularly speaks on topics within the scope of his practice to a wide range of real estate, business and legal industry organizations. He has lectured on issues including those related to zoning and planning, redevelopment, affordable housing, sustainable energy, land use, eminent domain, transactional real estate, project financing and incentives, leasing, post-storm rebuilding, and attorney and governmental ethics.

C. JUSTIN McCARTHY, ESQ., a shareholder in the Land Use & Development Practice Group, focuses his practice on matters associated with residential and commercial real estate including, but not limited to development, property purchase, sales, leasing, 1031 exchanges, Pilot Agreements and abatements, real property taxation, valuation, tax exemption and farmland assessment. Mr. McCarthy has experience with property taxation appeals including issues involving property valuation, classification, exemption and municipal law issues before County Boards, the Tax Court of New Jersey, the Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey and has appeared in Tax Court and before County Boards in contested tax and municipal litigation matters for trials, hearings, oral arguments, direct examination and cross examination.

JAMES MEEHAN, MAI, AI-GRS graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated from Monmouth University in 2009 with an M.B.A. in Real Estate. James has over a decade of real estate valuation experience in residential, commercial, industrial and special purpose properties throughout NJ, NY, & PA. Mr. Meehan’s experience covers the performance and consulting of property tax appeals, eminent domain, fair market valuations, discounted cash flow analysis & highest and best use studies. Appraisals have been prepared for various clients including government agencies, attorneys, property owners, as well as community, regional, and national banks. Additionally, he has extensive experience in appraisal review for various lenders.

LAURENCE I. ROTHSTEIN ESQ., is co-chair of the Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla Leasing Practice Group, and focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate leasing and land use and development. He handles a variety of matters including the acquisition and sale of real property; the procurement of municipal, county, and state development approvals and permits; and the guidance and management of the real estate development process from the initial purchase to the issuance of a final certificate of occupancy.

Mr. Rothstein counsels individual and corporate landlords and tenants regarding the legal principles and practical consequences of commercial lease provisions. Following an analysis of the client’s unique needs, Mr. Rothstein tailors the preparation, review and negotiation of the lease to achieve the client’s goals. He has represented landlords and tenants in connection with leases for office buildings, shopping centers and warehouses.

Mr. Rothstein is well versed in the intricacies of New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law and counsels clients in connection with the purchase and sale of real property and its suitability for development. He prepares, negotiates, and reviews documents for the acquisition and purchase of land and advises clients regarding diverse land use and development topics such as title and survey issues, environmental factors, off-tract improvements, sewer and water issues, purchaser due diligence concerns, and municipal design standards and zoning district development regulations. Mr. Rothstein also appears before municipal agencies such as planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment.