Robert Beckelman - Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Robert Beckelman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 732-476-2448

Mr. Beckelman focuses his practice in redevelopment, land use and zoning, eminent domain, affordable housing and related litigation. He represents developers and property owners in connection with land use and zoning matters and disputes, and also represents numerous New Jersey municipalities as special redevelopment or litigation counsel.

Mr. Beckelman’s transactional work includes the drafting and negotiation of contracts, developer and tax abatement agreements, and the preparation of redevelopment reports, plans and public documents. He advises clients on statutory and regulatory compliance issues related to redevelopment projects, municipal governance, state agency reviews and approvals, and affordable housing requirements.

Mr. Beckelman regularly appears in New Jersey Superior Court in land use, zoning, condemnation, commercial and civil litigation matters. He represents clients in appearances before various boards, governing bodies and agencies. His experience also encompasses environmental litigation and compliance, code enforcement issues, local government laws, procurements, public bidding and contracts, elections and lobbying laws, Tidelands and CAFRA issues, and municipal court matters.

Rutgers UniversityBA 1997Rutgers University School of Law - NewarkJ.D. 2000
PlanSmart NJMiddlesex County Bar AssociationMercer County Bar Association

Case History

Redevelopment and Litigation Counsel — Mr. Beckelman currently serves as special redevelopment and litigation counsel to the City of Long Branch, the City of North Wildwood, the Township of Robbinsville, and the Borough of Flemington. He has also served as special litigation counsel to the City of New Brunswick and the Borough of Belmar.
Redevelopment Counseling and Litigation — Mr. Beckelman has handled redevelopment counseling and litigation on behalf of developers, property owners or municipalities throughout New Jersey, including Newark, Trenton, Asbury Park, Woodbridge Township, Carteret, Wood-Ridge, Wildwood, the Millville, West Orange, South Bound Brook, Netcong, Emerson, Maplewood, Morristown, and Stanhope.
Special Improvement Districts — Mr. Beckelman has also provided counsel or litigation services to special improvement districts throughout New Jersey, including Morristown, Red Bank, Toms River, Livingston, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City, Keyport, Bergenfield, Teaneck, Flemington and East Hanover.
Gallenthin v. Paulsboro — Mr. Beckelman appeared before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, authoring and filing an amicus brief in the matter of Gallenthin v. Paulsboro on behalf of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, and Downtown New Jersey.
Camden Redevelopment Agency — Mr. Beckelman played a key role in the firm’s representation of the Camden Redevelopment Agency in its negotiations with the Salvation Army for the remediation, acquisition and redevelopment of a former 85-acre landfill in Camden. The location is now the site of the 120,000 square foot Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which has brought employment opportunities, a broad range of recreational facilities and numerous additional benefits to the predominantly low-income local community since opening in October of 2014. Mr. Beckelman negotiated the redevelopment agreement for the project. The firm’s attorneys also negotiated an environmental remediation agreement for the property and handled the closing for the sale of the property.

Office Location

Metro Corporate Campus One
99 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830-2712
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law