Attorneys

Robert D. Skene, Esq.

Mr. Skene started his career in the alcoholic beverage industry when he began working as a Licensing Administrator with the New York State Liquor Authority, where, after a few years, he rose to the position of License Board Member. After leaving government employment in 1995, Mr. Skene concentrated his law practice in the area of alcoholic beverage regulatory control and eventually became a partner in the legendary alcoholic beverage regulatory control law firm of Buchman & O'Brien, LLP.

Mr. Skene's areas of practice include nationwide alcoholic beverage licensing and compliance matters for all three tiers of the alcoholic beverage industry.

Mr. Skene is a Member of the New Jersey Bar and the New York Bar, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and he is a Member of American Bar Association. He is also a Member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and was a contributing author to a chapter on alcoholic beverage law practice for West's Guide to New York Practice. Mr. Skene received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Ramapo College, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Kean University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Pace University. Mr. Skene can be emailed at rdskene@skenelawfirm.com.

Associates

Lisa M. Miller, Esq.

Ms. Miller has been with the firm since 2011 and has over a decade of experience representing a diverse group of clients in commercial transactions and regulatory compliance. Since joining the firm, she has concentrated her practice in legal matters involving all tiers of the alcoholic beverage industry. Ms. Miller regularly advises national restaurant and hotel chains, corporate caterers, stadium and airport concessionaires, and foreign and domestic manufacturers, wholesalers and importers, as well as local and regional restauranteurs, packaged goods stores and beer and wine producers. She is well versed in trade practice laws and multi-state alcoholic beverage regulatory compliance and her background in complex commercial transactions has been an asset to the firm in advising clients in liquor licensing related matters arising from national mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring and divestiture transactions.

Prior to joining the Skene Law Firm, Ms. Miller concentrated her practice in corporate transactions and intellectual property law. She also previously served as in-house counsel for leading firms in both the entertainment and technology sectors. Ms. Miller graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University and received her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, where she served as a senior editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ms. Miller can be reached at lmiller@skenelawfirm.com.

Richard D. Nasca, Esq.

Mr. Nasca started his legal career as a law clerk with the state of New Jersey, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control in 1988. Mr. Nasca was later sworn in as a Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Mr. Nasca served as a Deputy Attorney General until 2009 when he left State service to join the Skene Law Firm. During his time at the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Mr. Nasca was involved with all aspects of alcoholic beverage regulation and enforcement. For the majority of Mr. Nasca's tenure with the Division, he was assigned to the Enforcement Bureau where he assisted with investigations and prosecuted licensees who violated the State's alcoholic beverage control laws. Mr. Nasca received his Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in 1995 and his law Degree from Widener University School of Law in 1999. Mr. Nasca is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Nasca can be emailed at rnasca@skenelawfirm.com.

John F. Vassallo, Esq.

We are proud to have John F. Vassallo Jr. associated with the Skene Law Firm as Of Counsel. Jack Vassallo was the Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control from 1982 to 1990 and has been active with the National Conference of State Liquor Administrations serving as the Northern Regional Chairman. After leaving government service, Mr. Vassallo has been engaged in the private practice of law where he has focused his practice in the areas of alcohol beverage regulatory control and land use matters. Mr. Vassallo graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors Degree and subsequently earned his Juris Doctrine Degree there. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey as well as in the United States District Court, for the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Vassallo is a frequent lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education with respect to alcohol beverage regulatory control matters. Mr. Vassallo can be emailed at Jack@abcnjlaw.com.

Anne Marie Vassallo

We are also proud to have Anne Marie Vassallo associated with the Skene Law Firm as Of Counsel.  Anne Marie Vassallo’s practice consists primarily of alcohol beverage law, land use and zoning, as well as real estate transactions.  She has represented small business owners as well as large developers and multi-tenant property owners in matters dealing with development and zoning approvals or with alcoholic beverage regulatory issues.

Ms. Vassallo received her undergraduate degree in economics, summa cum laude, at Oregon State University, where she was an All-American gymnast. She received her juris doctor with honors from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, where she was a member of the law review. She also holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers' Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Ms. Vassallo was a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable John A. Sweeney, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She then served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Dale R. Cathell of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Ms. Vassallo is a member of the New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia bars. 
Anne Marie can be emailed at annemarie@abcnjlaw.com..