Robert E. Schiappacasse is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Corporate Department and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He primarily represents middle market companies in a broad range of industries, including construction, transportation, real estate development, solid waste and recycling, and cannabis.

He has experience in a broad range of business and commercial legal matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure and governance, state and federal regulatory filings, asset-based and mortgage-secured financings, and commercial real estate.

In addition to his prior experience within the corporate departments of large national law firms, Mr. Schiappacasse also served as in-house counsel for a mergers and acquisitions investment banking firm. In that role, he was responsible for a variety of transactions and regulatory matters in conjunction with complex roll-up acquisitions by public companies in the solid waste, trucking, and heating oil industries.

As Co-Chair of the Firm’s Cannabis Industry Practice Group, he counsels clients throughout the country, including in the states of Nevada, Arizona, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, on cannabis industry matters ranging from acquisitions to corporate structuring to regulatory compliance. Mr. Schiappacasse is also a frequent author and presenter on issues related to the cannabis industry.

Mr. Schiappacasse is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. As both an Executive Committee Member of the Cannabis Law Committee and a member of the Board of the Business Law Section, Mr. Schiappacasse is at the forefront of New Jersey’s expanding cannabis industry and also provides input on a variety of business and real estate related issues.


  • Corporate
  • Corporate Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Cannabis

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Representative Matters

  • Construction and Construction Materials
    • Represented numerous construction companies in connection with secured and unsecured financing facilities totaling over $200,000,000 in credit.
    • Represented various buyers in multiple transactions involving the acquisition of hot mix asphalt plants and rock quarries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • Real Estate Development
    • Represented the landowner in the sale of property to a developer for consideration in excess of $20,000,000.
    • Represented the developer in connection with a financing facility in excess of $30,000,000 secured by mortgages on various shopping malls.
  • Cannabis Industry
    • Represented operator of cannabis business in Nevada in connection with sale to American subsidiary of publicly traded Canadian corporation for consideration of $17,000,000.
    • Represented operator of medical marijuana business in Arizona in connection with sale to publicly traded Canadian corporation for consideration of $25,000,000.
    • Represented New Jersey-based CBD company in sale to publicly traded Canadian corporation for consideration in excess of $15,000,000.
    • Represented client in connection with a joint venture interest in Pennsylvania cannabis application.
    • Represented clients in connection with the sale of cannabis licenses in New Jersey, Maryland, and Arizona.
  • Insurance and Investment Advisory Services
    • Represented an insurance wholesaler in the sale of all of its outstanding stock for consideration of $9,000,000.
    • Represented a private investment advisory firm in its sale to a public buyer for consideration in excess of $20,000,000.
  • Other Transactions of Note
    • Represented the owner of more than 100 wireless retail locations in its sale for consideration in excess of $50,000,000.
    • Represented an international fitness equipment company in the acquisition of a 50% interest in the largest commercial distributor of fitness equipment. The deal was valued at $20,000,000.
    • Represented a world leader in the development of soil surfactants and other technologies in a leveraged buyout of a 70% interest in the company by a Chicago private equity fund for consideration in excess of $20,000,000.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


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Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in:
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers®* "Rising Stars" 2012, Business Corporate

* See Award Methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


  • Professional Affiliations
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

    — Member, Business Law Section
    — Co-Chair, Business Law Section – Cannabis Industry Committee
    — Member, Construction Law Section
    — Executive Committee Member, Cannabis Law Committee
    — Member, Judicial Administration Committee
    — Member, Law Office Management Committee

  • Member, Utility & Transportation Contractors Association

  • Community Affiliations
  • Board of Trustees, Tigger House, Inc.


  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law
  • B.S., Rutgers University

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York