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Peter H. Tanella, Member

Peter H. Tanella

Peter H. Tanella

Member

ptanella@lawfirm.ms

3 Becker Farm Road, Suite 105
Roseland, NJ 07068
Tel: 973-736-4600
Direct Dial: 973-243-7915
Fax: 973-325-7467

Peter Tanella Chairs the National Veterinary Law Center at Mandelbaum Salsburg and Co-Chairs the Firm's Corporate Law Practice Groups and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He is a nationally experienced business lawyer and trusted advisor to his clients.  Peter’s practice focuses heavily on representing veterinarians in all phases of their careers including, but not limited to, acquisitions and sales of practices, private equity roll-ups, structuring management services organizations, associate buy-ins and succession planning.  Having worked with many veterinary practice owners and associate veterinarians across the country throughout his career, Peter brings a depth of legal and business knowledge to his clients, coupling experience with practical and creative advice that provides clients with the ability to effectively achieve their goals while also respecting the client’s deadlines and budget.  Peter has extensive experience in a diverse range of practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, labor and employment law, commercial real estate, and commercial lending.

Peter regularly serves as outside general counsel to his clients to efficiently find creative solutions in order to manage a practice owner’s business and professional assets, while also acting as a key resource for facilitating transactions. He is particularly skilled in representing veterinarians in all facets of the business life cycle from corporate formation and structure issues, capital raising, structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, private equity roll-ups, affiliating veterinary practices and other non-traditional joint operating structures, and negotiating and drafting associate and practice manager employment agreements. He also has extensive experience advising clients on the complexities of co-owner dispute resolution and business separation.

Peter prides himself on adding value to his clients’ businesses by making mutually rewarding introductions. As a result, he regularly connects his clients to other professional service providers and investors.  He works under the premise that connecting quality people with one another enhances the likelihood of success for all involved.

Beyond his law practice, Peter has a strong commitment to community service, non-profit and charitable causes. He is a proven leader in his community where he just completed his fourth term as Mayor and currently serves as a Councilman in his hometown of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Peter is the first Mayor in Cedar Grove history to serve back-to-back mayoral terms.  Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the largest association of YMCAs in the State of New Jersey.  He is a former Chair of the Essex County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and recipient of the ECBA Young Lawyers Achievement Award.  He served as a member of the ECBA’s World Trade Center Disaster Relief Task Force providing free legal services to families and victims of the 9/11 attacks.

After graduating from law school, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable James G. Troiano, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division.  Following his clerkship, Peter was a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General Office, Division of Law where he served as general counsel to numerous state agencies.

Peter and his wife, Kimlani, were married in Cedar Grove, NJ where they reside with their three children.

American Veterinary Medical Law Assoc. VetPartners
Mayor/Councilman, Township of Cedar Grove (2004-Present)
Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges
Essex County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association

Overview

Peter Tanella Chairs the National Veterinary Law Center at Mandelbaum Salsburg and Co-Chairs the Firm's Corporate Law Practice Groups and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He is a nationally experienced business lawyer and trusted advisor to his clients.  Peter’s practice focuses heavily on representing veterinarians in all phases of their careers including, but not limited to, acquisitions and sales of practices, private equity roll-ups, structuring management services organizations, associate buy-ins and succession planning.  Having worked with many veterinary practice owners and associate veterinarians across the country throughout his career, Peter brings a depth of legal and business knowledge to his clients, coupling experience with practical and creative advice that provides clients with the ability to effectively achieve their goals while also respecting the client’s deadlines and budget.  Peter has extensive experience in a diverse range of practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, labor and employment law, commercial real estate, and commercial lending.

Peter regularly serves as outside general counsel to his clients to efficiently find creative solutions in order to manage a practice owner’s business and professional assets, while also acting as a key resource for facilitating transactions. He is particularly skilled in representing veterinarians in all facets of the business life cycle from corporate formation and structure issues, capital raising, structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, private equity roll-ups, affiliating veterinary practices and other non-traditional joint operating structures, and negotiating and drafting associate and practice manager employment agreements. He also has extensive experience advising clients on the complexities of co-owner dispute resolution and business separation.

Peter prides himself on adding value to his clients’ businesses by making mutually rewarding introductions. As a result, he regularly connects his clients to other professional service providers and investors.  He works under the premise that connecting quality people with one another enhances the likelihood of success for all involved.

Beyond his law practice, Peter has a strong commitment to community service, non-profit and charitable causes. He is a proven leader in his community where he just completed his fourth term as Mayor and currently serves as a Councilman in his hometown of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Peter is the first Mayor in Cedar Grove history to serve back-to-back mayoral terms.  Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, the largest association of YMCAs in the State of New Jersey.  He is a former Chair of the Essex County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and recipient of the ECBA Young Lawyers Achievement Award.  He served as a member of the ECBA’s World Trade Center Disaster Relief Task Force providing free legal services to families and victims of the 9/11 attacks.

After graduating from law school, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable James G. Troiano, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division.  Following his clerkship, Peter was a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Attorney General Office, Division of Law where he served as general counsel to numerous state agencies.

Peter and his wife, Kimlani, were married in Cedar Grove, NJ where they reside with their three children.

Professional Affiliations

American Veterinary Medical Law Assoc. VetPartners

Mayor/Councilman, Township of Cedar Grove (2004-Present)

Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges

Essex County Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Admissions

State of New Jersey, 2000

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000

Education

Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D.

Montclair State University, B.A.

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