Robert E. Schiappacasse is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Corporate Practice Group and Chair of the Cannabis Industry Practice Group. He has experience in a broad range of commercial legal matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions; corporate structure and governance, including state and federal regulatory filings; asset-based and mortgage-secured financings; and commercial real estate.

He represents middle market companies in a broad range of industries, including construction, transportation, real estate development, solid waste and recycling, and cannabis.

As an Executive Committee Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee and the Chair of the Business Law Section’s Cannabis Committee, Mr. Schiappacasse is at the forefront of New Jersey’s expanding cannabis industry. He has also counseled clients throughout the country, including 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 one of a small group of attorneys who handles transactions involving the demolition and sale of plant processes, both domestically and internationally, and also represents restaurants and bars in connection with the purchase, sale, transfer and renewal of liquor licenses in the State of New Jersey.

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.


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

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Representative Matters

    • 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 holding corporation in connection with a $100,000,000 secured financing facility.
    • 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 an insurance wholesaler in the sale of all of its outstanding stock for consideration of $9,000,000.
    • Represented the owner of more than 100 wireless retail locations in its sale for consideration in excess of $50,000,000.
    • Represented client in connection with a joint venture interest in Pennsylvania cannabis application.
    • 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.
    • Represented various buyers in multiple transactions involving the acquisition of hot mix asphalt plants and rock quarries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
    • Represented clients in connection with the sale of cannabis licenses in New Jersey, Maryland and Arizona.
    • Represented the land owner 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.
    • Represented a private investment advisory firm in its sale to a public buyer for consideration in excess of $20,000,000.


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Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in:
  • National Law Journal®* "Cannabis Law Trailblazers" 2022
  • 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 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.

  • Board of Directors, Freedom & Ethics Alliance, Inc.


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

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York