ATTORNEY PROFILE

Ms. Genia C. Philip, Esq. is a much respected professional who is well-known for being a highly effective attorney and legal advocate. She was born in Grenada, West Indies and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.   Ms. Philip earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law and a Bachelor in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems at the City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch College.   As the Principal of the Genia C. Philip Law Firm, Ms. Philip is an expert in the following legal  areas: Business Formation and Representation, Civil Litigation, Immigration, Landlord and Tenant Issues, Real Estate,  Traffic Violations and not-for profit representation. 

 

Ms. Philips is an experienced litigator, transactional attorney and proven advocate who zealously represent her client’s interest.  She has almost 12 years of solid and successful legal experience.  In additional to owning her own legal practice, she was employed at Essex-Newark Legal Services (“ENLS”) for numerous years as the coordinator of the Anti-Predatory Lending/Practices Project (“APLP”), where she litigated and oversaw litigation, advocacy and community education activities on behalf of homeowners in danger of losing their homes due to deceptive, discriminatory and unlawful lending practices.  Her litigation activities included state and federal actions asserting violations of federal and state fair lending laws, Civil Rights laws and violations under the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO)” and Consumer Fraud laws and Landlord and Tenant Laws, to name a few.   As a result, she has extensive experience litigating cases in the federal district court, various divisions of State Court and in municipal court.

 

Ms. Philip also has extensive experience successfully managing new and established not-for-profit organizations with multifaceted funding, programmatic, organizational, staff, and management structures.  Specifically, she has served as the Executive Director of and the Director of Administration and Contract Performance for Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc., a one-stop comprehensive social services agency and as Acting Executive Director for the Newark Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (“NWIB”), where she was responsible for workforce development planning, policy development and oversight in the local Newark workforce investment area. To further her expertise in this area, Ms. Philip has also received a Certificate in Non-Profit Financial Management from Seton Hall University in May 2008 and in Non-Profit Executive Leadership from the Center for Nonprofit Philanthropic Leadership, Rutgers Business School, and November 2008.  

 

Ms. Philip’s exceptional work ethic, strong leadership, organization management ability and proven expertise in several disciplines which include the law, non-profit management, human services and politics have not gone unrecognized; she has received numerous prestigious appointments and awards.  Specifically, she was appointed as a member of the National Alliance for Children and Families, Annual Executive Leadership Conference Planning Committee and has been selected by the Prudential Foundation and the Partnership in Philanthropy to participate in non-profit capacity building focus groups.  Most recently, she was appointed by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and the Board of Chosen Freeholders to serve on the Essex County Human Services Advisory Council.  Ms. Philip was also appointed by then Governor-Elect Jon Corzine to the “Revitalizing and Investing in Communities” Transition Team Policy Group in January 2006 and participated in then Mayor-Elect Cory A. Booker’s Real Estate Policy Group Transition Team in June 2006. In 2005, Ms. Philip was appointed to the City of Newark’s Workforce Investment Board and elected by the Board to serve as chair of the Youth Investment Council (“YIC”).  Ms. Philip was also accepted into the competitive Leadership New Jersey Fellowship, Class of 2008 and the Leadership Newark Fellowship Class of 2004.  She was also tapped to serve as chairperson of the Leadership Newark Selection and Recruitment Committees.  Ms. Philip was selected in 2003 and still remains the  Vice Chairperson of the political action committee Black Americans Lobbying of Leadership of Tomorrow (BALLOT).  In partnership with the Center for American Women in Politics (CWAP), Ms. Philip co-chairs the Run Sister Run, Campaigh Training for Women COnference, a progam aimed at increasing the number of women of color in elected and appointed positions in New Jersey. 
 

Not only is Ms. Philip an accomplished attorney, but she is also a proven leader who is active in the areas of individual and community building and empowerment.  Towards that end, in addition to her other civic activities above, she was the founding and immediate past President of the Caribbean Bar Association of New Jersey and the Grenadian American Organization of New Jersey. 

 

As a result of her leadership and civic activities, Ms. Philip has received several awards including the Community Organizer Award from Former Assemblyman Craig A. Stanley, in 2009, the Shirley Chisholm Award from Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver in 2008,  the Paul Flynn Alumni Award for Outstanding Service from Leadership Newark, Inc., in 2007, the Madeline L. Houston Outstanding Attorney Award from Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) “in recognition and admiration for her skillful and dedicated representation of low-income clients of ENLS” in 2005, a Certificate of Appreciation for Services  to Student and Parents from Newark Vocational High School in 2005, the Friend of the People Award from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in 2003 and the Dr. Robert Ailey Award for the her ‘ability through leadership to successfully bring people together to achieve a common goal’ from Baruch College in 1995 to name a few. 

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