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Mr. Kates was lead attorney in arbitration proceedings on behalf of Tenafly, NJ homeowners who contracted with Brunelleschi Construction, LLC to renovate their home at a cost of $200,000+.  Homeowners awarded $857,894 by arbitrator against Brunelleschi, as well as HGTV "Kitchen Cousins" John Colaneri of Ramsey and Anthony Carrino of Jersey, of the firm.  The arbitration award on July 23, 2015 included the costs to remediate and complete the home improvements and damages for consumer fraud.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 30%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. State & Local Law: 20%
  4. Litigation: 15%
  5. Other: 15%
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Kates, Nussman, Rapone, Ellis & Farhi, LLP.

190 Moore Street
Suite 306
Hackensack, NJ, 07601-7418


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
NJ Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
NJ Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
NJ Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Best in Bergen201 Magazine2013
NJ Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
2011 Achievement in Planning AwardNew Jersey Planning Officials2011
NJ Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
NJ Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
NJ Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKates Nussman Rapone Ellis & Farhi, LLP1969 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bergen County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
NJ Planning OfficialsGeneral Counsel EmeritusN/A
North Jersey Friendship HouseTrusteeN/A
Jewish Association for Developmental DisabilitiesTrusteeN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Municipal Law ReviewAn Ethical Lapse and its Effect on a Municipal Contract1994
New Jersey Law JournalPop Quiz: Spot the 'Poison Pill' Conflict of Interest1993
Municipal Law ReviewCivilian Complaint Review Boards - A Prototype1992
Municipal Law ReviewPrivate Clubs Which Discriminate: Can Liquor Licenses be Withheld by the Municipality?1990
Municipal Law ReviewPublic Relations and Public Information Services - To Bid or Not to Bid1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - NewarkLawJD - Juris Doctor1967
Colgate UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NJ CLE CourseRepresenting Zoning & Planning Boards in NJ2015