Zangari is a Member of Sills Cummis & Gross, a commercial law firm with New
Jersey offices in Newark and Princeton. He is a Chair of the Firm's Real Estate
Department and serves on the Firm’s Management and Executive Committees.
Mr. Zangari’s law practice is multipronged. He chairs the Firm’s Redevelopment
Law Practice Group, captaining a team of Sills Cummis & Gross attorneys on
large-scale mixed use projects including land assemblage, redeveloper
designations and agreements, tax increment financing and other public
incentives, environmental remediation, commercial condominiumization and
construction contracts. He also routinely handles complex business
transactions with an emphasis on commercial leasing, acquisition and financing
transactions for owners, lenders and tenants of distribution facilities, office
buildings and shopping centers across the country. In addition, Mr.
Zangari chairs the Firm’s Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Practice
Group, assisting developers, hospitals, banks and other regulated industry
clients in the ways that government and business intersect on a broad range of
legislative and regulatory matters. In a recent politickernj.com ranking of
"politically influential law firms," the Firm was ranked number one
among Am Law 200 law firms in New Jersey, and Mr. Zangari was described as
someone who is "well liked by insiders on both sides of the aisle."
Zangari currently serves as the North American Chair, State & Provincial
Government Relations Committee, of the International Council of Shopping
Centers. He is also active on the legislative affairs committee of NJ-NAIOP and
serves on the Board of Trustees of the NJ State Chamber of Commerce, the Newark
Regional Business Partnership and the Newark Alliance, among others. Mr.
Zangari has chaired a governor’s study commission on business attraction and
expansion incentives, and has served on another governor’s real estate advisory
September 2007 – one month before the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its
all-time high – Mr. Zangari convened the founding meeting of the Smart Growth
Economic Development Coalition to develop a "stimulus package" of
legislation addressing what Mr. Zangari described as the "twin
crises" of a near-term demand problem caused by the alarming out-migration
of jobs and residents as well as a longer-term supply problem of housing future
residents and businesses in the wake of New Jersey becoming the first fully
built-out state in the nation. Several years later, the Coalition, which now
includes 26 statewide trade associations, has seen many of its legislative
initiatives become law, and the Coalition is actively lobbying for passage of
the remaining bills in its stimulus package.
Zangari has been recognized by many organizations, including the New Jersey
State Chamber of Commerce (Business Advocate award), Kislak Real Estate
Institute at Monmouth University (Service to Industry award) and NJ-NAIOP
(Industry Service award and Advocacy award). He has been included on the list of the “Top 10 Power
Players in the Garden State” by Real
Estate New Jersey magazine, and over the last decade NJBIZ® magazine has
included him on its “Power 100” list of the State’s business leaders and its "Power 75" and
“Power 50” lists of New Jersey’s leading real estate professionals.