Our Attorneys
 
Vijayant Pawar

Vij Pawar

One of the founding members of Pawar Gilgallon & Rudy, LLC. His practice is concentrated on commercial matters, such as contract disputes, consumer protection and business litigation. Mr. Pawar specializes in advising businesses in all of their corporate and litigation needs and his goal is to provide aggressive legal advice and effective representation to all clients.

Prior to opening his own law firm, Mr. Pawar was associated with one of the biggest law firms in New Jersey, where his practice focused on commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. Mr. Pawar is also a former law clerk to The Honorable Jack L. Lintner, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division and is fluent in Hindi, the native language of India.

Mr. Pawar serves as General Counsel for Reliance MediaWorks USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Mediaworks, Ltd., a member of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. As General Counsel, Mr. Pawar advices the Company on all legal matters and also manages litigation and legal issues that arise throughout the country. Mr. Pawar also serves as outside General Counsel to several small, medium and large companies.

On the public sector side, Mr. Pawar currently serves as the Director of Law and Town Attorney for Morristown, the County Seat of Morris County. Mr. Pawar previously served as the municipal prosecutor for Morristown. Mr. Pawar also serves as Special Litigation Counsel for other governmental agencies. In 2004, Mr. Pawar was appointed by Governor James E. McGreevey to the Board of Trustees of New Jersey City University and in 2010, he was re-appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve another term. Mr. Pawar was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to the District XA Ethics Committee and is a past Trustee of the Morris County Bar Association and a current Trustee for the Morris County Bar Foundation. Mr. Pawar has been recognized as one of “New Jersey’s Rising Stars” by New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine and “Top Young Attorneys” as published in New Jersey Monthly for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

EDUCATION:

  • Rutgers – School of Law, Camden , New Jersey – J.D.
  • Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, VA – B.A.
  • University of College Cork, Cork , Ireland

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • Southern District of New York
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE:

  • Morris County Bar Association (Member and Former Trustee)
  • Trustee – Morris County Bar Foundation
  • Former Chair – Morris County Bar Association, Minority Lawyers Committee
  • Trustee – New Jersey City University
  • Former Member – District XA Ethics Committee on Minority Affairs
  • Parsippany Indian Association
  • Former Law Clerk to Jack L. Lintner, J.A.D.
  • Former Municipal Prosecutor
  • Former Member of Morristown Zoning Board

PUBLISHED OPINIONS:

  • Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Inc. v. Thompson, 302 F. Supp. 2d 340 (D.N.J. 2003) (on the brief)
  • Pfizer, Inc. v. Dr. Reddy’s Labs., Inc., et al ., 359 F.3d. 1361 (Fed. Cir. 2004) (on the brief)
Craig S. Gilgallon

Craig S. Gilgallon

One of the founding members of Pawar Gilgallon & Rudy, LLC. His practice includes residential and commercial real estate closings, full-service business practice for all business entities, estate administration, estate planning and land use. He is dedicated to the efficient handling of transactional matters. Experience has shown us that responsiveness to clients, attention to detail and knowledge of the relevant laws are the keys to achieving a successful result. Importantly, we recognize that each client has different needs, and each matter requires a different combination of skills to meet those needs.

EDUCATION:

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California – J.D.
  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY – B.A.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • New Jersey
  • District of New Jersey

AFFILIATIONS:

  • Member of the New Jersey Bar since 2002
  • Member of the Kellogg Club Board of Governors, 2005-2008.
  • Member of the Board of Adjustment for the Town of Morristown, 2007-2011.

Business Practice For All Business Entities

Our firm offers a full-service business practice for all business entities, structures and organizations, public and private, including handling all significant as well as day-to-day matters and issues. Our focus is value added, cost effective, responsive and practical advice. We provide our clients with commercial contract review, advice, drafting, negotiating and execution in licensing, outsourcing, supply, distribution, service, employment, technology and manufacturing.

In our transactional practice, we advise and represent clients in many type and size transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, corporate recapitalizations, restructurings and reorganizations; alternative entities (partnerships, limited liability companies, business trusts, etc.); joint ventures and employment, licensing and other corporate arrangements; private and public placements of debt and equity securities; private equity investments; initial public offerings; domestic and cross border tax-advantaged transactions; project finance; etc. In our diverse practice, we handle the above situations and events for clients from mid-sized and early stage to larger multi-nationals, as well as investment firms, both privately and publicly owned.

With our representation in financial transactions, we represent borrowers and lenders in a broad range of financing transactions, including long and short-term traditional working capital, asset-based credit facilities, bridge loans and acquisition financings, secured/unsecured, leveraged leasing, syndications and participations, handling all aspects from negotiation and documentation to closing. We also introduce our valued clients to our many traditional and non-traditional lending, financing and funding sources and relationships.

Estate Planning and Administration

Understandably, you might feel overwhelmed and not clear of your responsibilities as an Executor or Administrator. We will work closely with you to address your responsibilities and fulfill your role, such as:

  • Gathering assets
  • Notifying beneficiaries
  • Paying bills of the estate
  • Selling a home or liquidating assets
  • Transferring deeds and re-titling assets
  • Disbursements to heirs
  • Filing tax returns and accounting statements

If any disputes arise, we will act quickly to secure your rights and defend the service you have provided.

Probate Representation

Our firm can also provide the following services:

  • Assisting Executors who live in other states
  • Petitioning the probate court for your appointment as administrator if the person died intestate (without a will)
  • Serving as a third-party administrator if there is a family dispute
  • Keeping tabs on an executor to prevent unfair distribution (e.g., exclusion of step-children or half-siblings)
  • Representing clients in breach of fiduciary duty accusations

Representing Condominium Associations and Co-op Corporations

Our firm has substantial experience representing cooperative corporations and condominium associations throughout northern New Jersey.

General Counsel Community Association Lawyer

Our firm provides general counsel to condominium associations and co-op corporations in assessment collection, document interpretation, rules enforcement and conversions from rentals to home ownership, tax appeals, and all aspects of litigation, including claims against sponsors involving construction defects or other financial claims.

Robert J. Rudy III

Robert J. Rudy III

Prior to being a founding member of the Firm, He maintained his own general practice law firm since 1999. His practice includes civil and criminal litigation, real estate matters, estate planning, municipal court, and family practice. Throughout his career, Mr. Rudy has successfully handled numerous personal injury matters, employment disputes, criminal matters, real estate transactions and litigation. Mr. Rudy currently serves as the Municipal Prosecutor for the Town of Morristown. He is a former member of the Morristown Zoning Board and served as the Vice Chair.

EDUCATION:

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan – J.D. cum laude (1997)
  • Montclair State College, Montclair, New Jersey – B.A. (1990)

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of New Jersey
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York