Offensive operations are the surest, if not the only means of defense.
George Washington, 1799
Successful corporate litigators are not born, they are created. With over 30 years’ business and legal experience, Mr. Palazzo has transcended the lines between the board room and the court room to become one of a select few heads of billion dollar corporate legal departments.
Mr. Palazzo was the General Counsel - Litigation for Eli Global, LLC, a multi-billion Private Global Conglomerate owning and operating over 80 Subsidiary Companies, operating in a variety of industries such as health care, technology, insurance and financial services and employing over 4,000 people located throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Reporting only to the CEO, Mr. Palazzo had direct oversight of dozens of outside counsels, engaging in complex State and Federal Court litigation matters domestically in 40 States and internationally on three Continents. Over his four years, his duties expanded beyond litigation to counseling Presidents of the Subsidiary Companies in all areas including: assistance in Mergers & Acquisitions, Compliance, Employment disputes, drafting Subsidiary business Service Agreements, Software and Web based Licensing Agreements, Sales and Marketing Agreements and direct supervision of an Intellectual Property portfolio of over 350 USPTO filed Trademarks. www.eliglobal.com
Mr. Palazzo is the General Counsel for Pristine Sustainable Affordable Homes, Inc. Working with legendary developer and builder Philip Cali, Jr., and Dr. Joseph Nicholson, Associate Professor of Real Estate at MSU-FSOB, Mr. Palazzo has developed the first of its kind Public Private Academic Cooperation (“PPAC”). PristinePPAC.org
Anthony Palazzo is a Clinical Specialist in the Accounting and Finance Department of the Feliciano School of Business with Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. www.anthonypalazzomsu.com
Prior to the current position, Mr. Palazzo was an Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. From 2005 to 2010 and 2015, he taught courses in the Master of Science Program and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies as well as courses including The Real Estate Development Process, Sourcing and Structuring Development Deals and Analyzing and Buying Distressed Real Estate and Debt, including a very unique Fall 2015 Guest Speaker Symposium: Opportunities & Deal Structures in the Post Crisis Capital Market. All courses and the Speaker Symposium offered actual case studies and guest speakers from well-known private and public Companies, Banks, Opportunity Funds and REIT’s throughout the U.S. www.anthonypalazzonyu.com
Member: Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC); a professional association serving the business interests of General Counsels and the attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations around the world. Although there are approximately 1,225,452 licensed attorneys in the United States, there are only 34,000 in-house counsel worldwide. www.acc.com
Mr. Palazzo was the General Counsel for Trump Mortgage, 40 Wall Street, New York, NY., a Donald J. Trump licensed affiliate. Reporting directly to the President, Mr. Palazzo had direct responsibility for all legal matters in 40 States as well as supervision of employees at the New York home office and satellite offices through-out the U.S. The company was sold in 2006.
First Fidelity Land Company (“FFLC”) is a private real estate development and construction business specializing in the acquisition, construction, and renovation of distressed and value creative residential and commercial properties. Mr. Palazzo oversaw all legal duties as well as land use and zoning issues, construction; financing, marketing and leasing activities for the company and over a nine-year period successfully developed, renovated and rejuvenated over 1 million square feet of retail space and over 50 units of residential housing. FFLC currently owns and operates Garden State Community Bank Plaza, www.gscbplaza.com
Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE-CLI) is a $4 billion REIT which operates over 400 Class A Office buildings and Office complexes. Mr. Palazzo managed and supervised the acquisitions and disposition of over $100 million in Class A Office and Industrial properties. www.mack-cali.com
Ocwen (NYSE-OCN) is a $2.5 billion equity and financing holding company which formed the first hybrid equity and financing national REIT – Ocwen Asset Investment Corporation – (NASDAC: OAIC). The REIT operated various business lines including joint venture debt and equity arrangements as well as purchase and sale of CMBS Bonds. The REIT was active in the purchase of distressed properties of all types and completed numerous complex financing arrangements and mezzanine loans and completed over of $300M debt and equity transactions. He was the point person for all due diligence and negotiated the complex joint venture acquisition and formation of an UPREIT The joint venture involved a $185 million portfolio of 10 distressed retail and mixed-use shopping centers located in NJ, VA, MD, OH, IL, GA, SC & FL. He also supervised the sale of a $450 million portfolio of non-performing and performing construction loans. Mr. Palazzo was the only Director to engage in both business and legal activity for the acquisitions department. www.ocn.com
Statewide Bancorp, N.A., a $4 billion dollar bank holding company, where Anthony Palazzo began his career as an Associate General Counsel. He specialized in complex commercial litigation, business transactions, commercial and residential lending, construction draw documentation, collection and compliance. During his tenure he was part of the merger and acquisition of a federally charted bank as well as a state chartered bank. He was also responsible for supervising and consulting over 80 residential and commercial loan officers in 40 branches and acted as lender’s counsel for the Bank’s finance and construction loans of over $500 million dollars in multi-family housing, retail shopping center, office building and office park, senior and age restricted developments, light industrial and hospitality and hotel development.
B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania;
J.D. from Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.