Former Atlantic City Business Administrator Jason Holt has joined Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC in West Orange.
Holt is a member of the firm’s real estate, development and land use, and property taxation and valuation groups.
As Atlantic City’s business administrator, which he was elected as in 2016, Holt assisted in the implementation of the Municipal Stabilization & Recovery Act. He negotiated several hundred million dollars of tax appeals and oversaw the effective management of casino closures, fiscal volatility, major bankruptcy matters and a drop in the city’s tax base.
Holt also previously served as corporation counsel to the City of East Orange, where he oversaw the city’s legal affairs, including the introduction of major redevelopment projects, litigation of high-profile lawsuits encompassing employment practices, challenges to municipal legislation, in rem foreclosures and bankruptcy matters. Additionally, he has held positions including municipal court judge for the City of Orange Township, deputy freeholder counsel to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, director of affirmative action for the County of Essex, and deputy legislative counsel to the New Jersey Senate & General Assembly through the Office of Legislative Services.
“Jason’s dynamic background as both a lawyer and municipal leader brings a fresh perspective to the negotiating table,” said Francis Giantomasi, a member with CSG’s real estate, development and land use group in a statement. “His understanding of the legal conditions needed for successful municipal planning, and also the business drivers that make these deals mutually beneficial and sustainable, will undoubtedly add value to our client advisory teams.”
At CSG, he will assist municipalities and developers in drafting and negotiating redevelopment plans and agreements, payment in lieu of taxes agreements, tax appeals and tax exemptions.