About

Patrick J. McNamara has extensive experience in environmental, redevelopment and land use law and related litigation. His activities include the representation of developers and public entities in preparation of and presentations before land use boards, redevelopment agencies, as well as county, regional and state agencies. Mr. McNamara provides advice regarding compliance for both state and federal environmental programs, as well as local land use ordinances. Mr. McNamara has assisted numerous municipal clients and private sector developers with Brownfield Redevelopment, land use approvals and related permitting issues. Since 1999, he has served as Counsel to the City of Elizabeth Planning Board.

Mr. McNamara also serves as General Counsel to the National Association of Flavor & Food-Ingredient Systems (NAFFS), a national trade association of manufacturers, processors and suppliers of fruits, flavors, syrups, colors, sweeteners and related food and flavor ingredients; to the Chemical Sources Association, a trade association of food and flavor ingredient companies; and to the Society of Flavor Chemists. Mr. McNamara has had the privilege to represent numerous companies in the flavor and fragrance industry. He is an annual presenter at the NAFFS Convention, and he has authored or collaborated on numerous articles on legal developments of interest to the flavor & fragrance industry.

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Publications

Title Publisher Date
Are There Trade Secrets Hiding in Those Nooks and Crannies Perfumer & Flavorist November 2010
Economic Espionage and Maintaining Trade Secrets Perfumer & Flavorist August 2010
Navigating the Redevelopment Process Development New Jersey May 2006
Injunction Stopping Issuance of Air Permit Thrown Out on Title VI Grounds Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy January 2002
Assessing the New Jersey Redevelopment Law Commerce (The Magazine of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey) January 2002
New Jersey’s Environmental Agenda: Suggestions for the Next Governor New Jersey Law Journal July 9, 2001
High Court Affirms EPA Authority Over National Ambient Air Quality Standards Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy April 2001
EPA Becomes Involved in the Genetically Modified Foods Industry Environmental Compliance & Litigation Strategy November 2000

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Blog

City Council Members Entitled To Absolute Legislative Immunity
Posted on Tuesday April 15, 2014

absolute legislative immunityThe U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently rendered an important decision for all municipal officials. In American Islamic Center v. City of Des Plaines, the court held that city council members accused of discriminating against an Islamic organization in its application to rezone property were entitled to legislative immunity. Facts of […]

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NJ Supreme Court Stays Order Establishing Deadline for COAH to Promulgate Fair Housing Rules
Posted on Friday March 14, 2014

NJ Supreme Court Stays Order Establishing Deadline for COAH to Promulgate Fair Housing RulesLast week, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ordered the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) to sit down and get to work. The agency had requested an extension of time to promulgate new fair housing regulations, as required by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in its decision last September […]

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NJ Appeals Court Upholds Zoning Board Denial of Day Care Variance
Posted on Friday March 07, 2014

NJ Appeals Court Upholds Zoning Board Denial of Day Care VarianceA recent decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court highlights the balancing process required for a use variance even when an entity proposes an inherently beneficial use of its property. In 636 Inman LLC v. Woodbridge Twp. Bd. of Adjustment, the court determined that the local zoning board properly weighed both […]

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Gov. Chris Christie Signs Water Quality Management Plan Legislation
Posted on Friday January 24, 2014

Gov. Christie Signs Water Quality Management Plan LegislationEarlier this month, Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation extending the 2012 Water Quality Planning Act. The law, which was set to expire on January 17, 2014, avoids the automatic withdrawal of sewer service areas. By way of background, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) implemented Water Quality Management Planning regulations in 2008 that […]

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Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Township’s Amendment of Redevelopment Plan
Posted on Tuesday December 24, 2013

New Jersey Court Rules OPRA Fees Govern Costs of Bid SpecificationsThe Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently upheld the dismissal of a property owner’s challenge to a municipal ordinance adopting an amended redevelopment plan. The Appellate Division agreed with the trial court that certain procedural errors that occurred during the approval process were technical in nature and did not result in prejudice […]

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Affiliations

New Jersey State Bar Association (Land Use Law Section; Environmental Law Section - Board of Directors, 2002-2008; Section Chair, 2007-2008; Local Government Law Section)

Board of Directors, Monmouth Ocean Development Council

Board of Directors, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce

Rutgers Alumni Association (Board of Directors, 1990-2000)

Board of Directors, Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern New Jersey (2007-2010)

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