Giantomasi, a name partner at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, has been an expert on real estate matters in the Newark area for more than three decades. He’s redevelopment counsel for the 2 million square foot SJP project near Broad Street Station, which will bring a mix of office, retail, hotel and residential to 3.7 acres in the North Broad Street District. Additionally, he’s redevelopment counsel for the 140-acre site formerly occupied by the NJ Developmental Center in Totowa and a 152.9-acre portion of the MOTBY peninsula in Bayonne, which is currently being redeveloped into state-of-the-art industrial warehouse space. Last June, he was elected chairperson of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital’s board of trustees.
But simply enumerating his work and affiliations doesn’t do justice to the role Giantomasi plays in the state’s political economy. He is one of the most recognizable figures in the state’s business firmament.
And his influence extends far beyond the legal world.
“What’s that word for something that is what it sounds like—onomatopoeia? That’s what Frank is. He’s a giant guy, he’s a giant as a lawyer, and he’s got a giant personality,” said one insider. There’s likely not a significant real estate deal in Newark that he’s not involved in one way or another, this person said.