Biography

Patrick J. McNamara has extensive experience in 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 has earned a reputation for “getting things done” with efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity. His skills in land use and zoning matters have impacted pivotal projects in New Jersey. He currently represents the owners of the Monmouth Mall concerning the proposed $400M overhaul of the mall. This project involves converting the enclosed shopping mall into a 24/7 mixed-use, live, work, shop, dine, and recreate “town center,” which would be the first of its kind in New Jersey.

He has also been involved with the redevelopment of Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey since 2001. In that role, he represented the developer in securing land use approvals for each phase in the redevelopment process. He also worked on the Wesmont Station redevelopment project in Wood-Ridge New Jersey since 2003. As part of that redevelopment initiative, he handled numerous land use approvals, negotiation of the redevelopment agreement, and successfully defended several lawsuits brought to challenge the process. Mr. McNamara has also 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.

His practice includes litigation in the trial and appellate courts involving appeals of governmental decisions on land development applications; affordable housing issues; challenges to land use and/or redevelopment studies/plans; and related controversies. Mr. McNamara works in conjunction with attorneys in the Corporate Transactions & Business and Commercial Real Estate Groups in advising clients on land use issues associated with complex real estate transactions.

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