Stephen E. Barcan - Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.
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Stephen E. Barcan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 732-855-6055

Stephen Barcan is past chair of the firm's Land Use Team. His practice areas include land use and environmental law, municipal law and administrative law.

Mr. Barcan represents firm clients on matters including site plan approvals, variances, subdivisions, developer agreements, access permits, rezoning applications, environmental permits and related litigation for all types of development. He appears before municipal and county boards, and state and regional agencies. Projects on which he has provided counsel include regional malls, such as Woodbridge Center; Planned Unit Developments, such as Harbortown in Perth Amboy, The Commons at Holmdel and Hidden Lake in North Brunswick; major publishing plants, such as The New York Times facility in Edison Township; distribution centers, such as Raritan Center and the Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone; petroleum terminals, refineries, power plants and service stations for Hess Corporation and Phillips; office parks; supermarkets, such as for ShopRite and Wakefern Food Corporation; health care facilities, such as JFK Medical Center; corporate headquarters, such as Verizon Center; religious institutions, such as Faith Fellowship Ministries, The Church of the Hills and St. George Greek Orthodox Church; and a variety of residential, commercial and manufacturing and other industrial projects.

Mr. Barcan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Edison Arts Society. He is also past chair of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a member of the New Jersey State and Middlesex County Bar Associations.

Mr. Barcan has lectured widely on land use and development and is a contributing author to “Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey” (ICLE, 2010 Edition) and the “Real Estate Development Reference Manual” (Lorman Education Services, 2008). He is also listed in “Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013) and “Best Lawyers in America”. In addition, Mr. Barcan has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers® 2005 - 2014. Most recently, Mr. Barcan has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Best Lawyers® 2015.



Area of Emphasis: Governmental Approvals for the Development and Transfer of Real Estate Land Use and Related Environmental Counseling Land Use and Related Environmental Litigation Developer & Redeveloper Agreements Rezoning Applications & Master Plan Changes Wetlands, Stream Encroachment and Other Environmental Permits Eminent Domain

Columbia CollegeBA 1963Rutgers The State University of New Jersey NewarkJ.D. 1966
NJ State Bar Land Use Section Westfield Symphony OrchestraEdison Arts Society

Client Comments

"Steve is the best out there. He can connect with the members of a planning/zoning board on a level that is impressive -- I guess because he has been doing this for 40+ years. Steve brings a unique outlook to land use, as he has worked with developers and real estate investors and therefore he treats each situation as an opportunity not a problem. I can safely say I have not worked with a better land use professional. Lawyers, board members, and opposing counsel all treat him with respect because of his problem solving approach."

-Sanjeev "Sonny" Jumani
Managing Member
Tulfra Realty Company, LLC

"Stephen Barcan was the leader of the team assisting us in achieving the necessary permits and approvals to construct over $350 million of solar energy installations. Mr. Barcan provided his extensive expertise in land use approvals that identified and resolved critical steps in local, county, and state regulations. Since we were often breaking new ground, Mr. Barcan researched the key issues and making recommendations to bring in other attorneys, but always coordinating developments and staying on top of our timetable and deadlines. He took both a professional and personal interest, always making himself available after hours and even on weekends if critical decisions or documents required his attention. We credit his effectiveness and knowledge for our success and would recommend him and his colleagues without reservation."

-Lawrence Neuman
President, CEO
Solar Bridge

"Stephen is a brilliant lawyer with a very macro approach to land use. He has a rare understanding of market conditions as they relate to land use. This translates into a huge competitive advantage to us. His relationship skills are phenomenal. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say he is a 12. He is definitely someone I would recommend and must add it has been a unique experience working with him. He is our "go-to" guy for land use."

-Sanjeev "Sonny" Jumani
Managing Member
Tulfra Realty Company, LLC

"Steve Barcan is an outstanding attorney. He has guided us through several complicated expansions and redevelopment projects and we have always been very pleased with the expediency and the results! "

-Amy Bellisano
Senior General Manager
Woodbridge Center

"We have had the privilege of working with Steve Barcan for over 25 years and have received the benefit of approvals for millions of square feet of industrial space. Simply put, Steve is one of the best in the business."

-Peter Visceglia
Federal Business Centers

Office Location

90 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 900
P.O. Box 10
Woodbridge, NJ 07095-0958
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Woodbridge Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Woodbridge Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Woodbridge Metro Area
Stephen E. Barcan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Stephen E. Barcan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Stephen E. Barcan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning