Mr. Reilly concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with a particular concentration in condemnation and eminent domain matters. His representation of property owners and public entities in this area includes challenges to government takings of private property, commission hearings and jury trials to determine just compensation, allocation hearings and inverse condemnation. He has briefed and argued before the Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey, and has briefed before the United States Supreme Court, on condemnation matters.
Mr. Reilly’s litigation experience also encompasses other real estate matters, including prerogative writ challenges to redevelopment area designations and plans, local commercial property tax appeals, environmental cost recovery and contribution actions, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, environmental insurance coverage matters, construction litigation, consumer fraud claims and quiet title actions. He has counseled and represented clients in jury and non-jury trials, at administrative hearings, and in appeals.
Mr. Reilly is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney. Prior to entering private practice, he served for sixteen years as a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety.
Condemnation Action — Successfully represented the property owners of approximately two acres of vacant land in Middlesex County in a condemnation action before the Superior Court of New Jersey. The property owners’ had valued the property at $1.6 million for residential use or $3.11 million for commercial use. Prior to the trial, the NJ Department of Transportation had valued the property at $490,000, but during the six day jury trial, the State increased its valuation to $640,000. After considering the testimony of six expert witnesses, the jury returned a verdict which awarded the property owners $1.9 million.
Just Compensation — Settled, at time of trial, the issue of just compensation on behalf of a property owner for $10 million, inclusive of interest and as if environmentally remediated, when the government’s value position at trial would have been $5.1 million.
Consumer Fraud — Successfully tried to conclusion before jury a consumer fraud act claim resulting in treble damages and attorney fees.
Challenge to Municipal Redevelopment — Tried to conclusion a successful challenge to a municipal redevelopment area designation and redevelopment plan in Edison, NJ.
Governmental Taking — Successfully challenged governmental taking for failure to conduct bona fide negotiations with recovery of attorney fees in Rahway, NJ.
Reported Cases — Reported cases include State, by Com’r of Transp. v. Siris; State v. Hess Realty Corp.; Housing Auth. v. Suydam Investors.