Our Team

We handle the full gamut of legal matters, from routine local representation all the way through complex cross-border transactions and litigation. Our mission is to provide creative, practical and sophisticated legal expertise at reasonable cost to clients, large and small alike. Overall, our aim is to deliver exceptional results and an  incomparable client experience.


POPESCU, ROBERTROBERT POPESCU, Esq. graduated with a BA degree from Montclair State University cum laude. Mr. Popescu received his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a member of the bars of the State of New York, the State of New Jersey and of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Popescu has held membership in the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Bars of the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Michigan.  He is also a member of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (New York, Connecticut, Vermont), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the Virgin Islands) and of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Mr. Popescu is an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, where he has been teaching litigation to future attorneys for the past 8 years. 

Mr. Popescu is a frequent legal commentator for various media outlets, including BBC, London.   He has contributed legal articles for several publications, including the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Popescu was also named and acted as President of the New York Electoral Commission for the Romanian presidential and parliamentary elections at the Consulate General in New York. Mr. Popescu appeared repeatedly on public television in New York and New Jersey, was mentioned in the New York Times, New Jersey based newspapers and numerous other print and web-based publications.

Throughout his close to twenty years dedicated exclusively to the practice of law, in addition to the hundreds of individual clients he served, Mr. Popescu has  represented in the United States numerous high profile personalities and businesses, including well known professionals, television stars, scientific pioneers, doctors, lawyers, a foreign government’s Ministry, a multi-employer pension fund, a supermarket chaina New York consulate general and many large European companies.

Our team includes specialized attorneys and of-counsel lawyers whose experience is placed at your disposal, each carefully matched to your precise legal needs as well as to the jurisdiction in which the services are required.   We also have highly trained support staff and paralegals to service your legal matter seamlessly and efficiently.

We place the latest technological advances in the service of our clients.  From hi-tech courtroom evidentiary displays, to routine multi party video-conferencing abilities from any of our offices, your legal matter will have every modern advantage available today.


rinaldiGIAN PIERO RINALDI, Esq. received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Bologna, Italy. Mr. Rinaldi also holds a Master degree in comparative law from George Washington University and a second Master degree in international affairs (M.A.I.A.) from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Rinaldi is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the bar of Italy. He concentrates in the field of commercial and international law. His practice includes international trade litigation, international arbitration, transactional work as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Rinaldi is fluent in Italian, English and French.
abedABED AWAD, Esq. is an attorney, public speaker, and community leader. His practice in the New Jersey-New York area focuses on general civil litigation, including complex matrimonial law, commercial law, Islamic law and international law. Mr. Awad has received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. An “AV” rating identifies a lawyer with a very high, preeminent, legal ability and is the highest reflection of expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. Mr. Awad is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Awad was the Law Clerk for the Honorable George E. Sabbath of the New Jersey Superior Court. Mr. Awad is an Adjunct Law Professor at Rutgers Law School, Newark, Pace Law School, New York, and Seton Hall Law School, Newark. He teaches three courses: (1) Islamic Jurisprudence; (2) Islamic Banking and Finance; and (3) Matrimonial Litigation. Mr. Awad is a frequent political and legal commentator for numerous television and radio networks, including but not limited to The New York Times (video interview), ABC, CNNfn, CNN, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Al-Jazeera, BBC World Service Radio, BBC World Service Arabic Television, National Public Radio (NPR), Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), Al-Rafidain TV, Al-Qataria, Al-Saah TV, Al-Arabia, Channel 4 (England), Shams Radio, Vatican-Arabic Radio, Monta Carlo Radio, and The Voice of Arabs Radio (Cairo). In addition to his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Awad holds a Masters in Near and Middle East Studies from the University of London, and a Certificate in Comparative Law also from the University of London. Mr. Awad was a Managing Editor on Pace International Law Review and has been published extensively on different areas of the law in various publications, including in the Nation, ABA’s The International Lawyer, New Jersey Law Journal, North Carolina Weekly Lawyers, Pace International Law Review, The National Law Journal, The Matrimonial Strategist, The Journal of the Legal Profession and Middle East Executive Reports.
augustin-zAUGUSTIN ZABRAUTANU, Esq. is a graduate of Bucharest University. He holds a degree in juridical science and is a licensed attorney in Romania. His post graduate work included courses in private legal practice and criminology at Bucharest University School of Law. Although Mr. Zabrautanu is a seasoned criminal law litigator, his current practice focuses on complex civil litigation, as well as international transactions and commercial consultancy. He is a member of the National Union of the Romanian Bars and of the Bucharest Bar. Mr. Zabrutanu speaks English and Romanian.
carmen-zCARMEN ZABRAUTANU, Esq. is a graduate of Bucharest University. She holds a degree in juridical science and is a licensed attorney in Romania. Ms. Zabrautanu’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, commercial consultancy, family, real estate and employment law. Ms. Zabrautanu is a member of the National Union of the Romanian Bars and of the Bucharest Bar. She speaks English and Romanian.