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Douglas J. Janacek Co-Chairs the Real Property and Environmental Department and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. His areas of concentration are real estate development, planning, permitting and redevelopment matters with emphasis on commercial, office and industrial developments. He has appeared before planning and zoning boards and governing bodies of many municipalities throughout the state, and also before the NJDEP, NJDOT and other state and county agencies, in connection with real estate development and redevelopment projects. This practice area has additionally involved Mr. Janacek in issues concerning a variety of permitting requirements, including wetlands, coastal zones, streams encroachment and waterfront development permits. He was also involved in the formulation and drafting of the New Jersey Highway Access Management Code, one of the most comprehensive highway access regulations in the United States.

Education Rutgers University School of Law - Newark (J.D., 1985)
Editor, Rutgers Law Review (1984-1985)

Seton Hall University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1982)

Professional Admissions State of New Jersey 1985

Professional Activities Member, Essex County Bar Association

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, NJDOT Highway Access Advisory Committee

Member, NJ School of Architecture Advisory Board

Member, Tewksbury Township Planning Board

Member: Chairman, NAIOP, New Jersey Chapter - Third Party Appeals Committee

Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

Past Director, Land Use Section of the NJ Bar Association

Publications "Cracking the COAH Code," GlobeSt.com, October 12, 2009 (Douglas J. Janacek, Michael Miceli)

"Hate Surprises? Read This.," In-Sites, October 7, 2009 (Douglas J. Janacek, Michael Miceli)

"Don't Take Property, At Least Not Without Telling Someone!," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, June 2007 (Douglas J. Janacek, Jason R. Tuvel) "Lowering the Density Level - An Analysis of Grubbs v. Slothower," NJPA Real Estate Journal, March 23 - April 12, 2007 (Douglas J. Janacek, Jason R. Tuvel) "Appeals Court Strikes Down Third Round COAH Rules; Corzine Administration Given Six Months to Develop New Affordable Housing Plan," In-Sites Special Alert, January 29, 2007 (Douglas J. Janacek, Jennifer M. Porter) "Environment and Land Use - New Flood Hazard Area Control Rules Proposed," New Jersey Lawyer, December 18, 2006 (Douglas J. Janacek, Jason R. Tuvel) "Expired approvals and the right to build - When is enough, enough?," NJPA Real Estate Journal, September 22, 2006 (Douglas J. Janacek, Michael Miceli) "NJDEP Proposes De Facto Sewer Ban and Significant Restrictions Affecting New Septic Systems," In-Sites, Special Alert, November 16, 2005 (Douglas J. Janacek, Jason R. Tuvel) "State Takes Control Over Development Decisions for Hundreds of Thousands of Acres as Highlands Act Becomes Law of the Land in Much of Northern New Jersey," In-Sites, October 15, 2004 (Paul M. Hauge, Douglas J. Janacek) "NJDEP Legislative, Regulatory and Policy Update - Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, Stormwater Regulations and ISRA Letters of Nonapplicability ('LNA')," In-Sites, Special Alert, April 30, 2004 (Douglas J. Janacek, Gregory R. Alvarez, Arthur J. Clarke) "Stormwater Management Re

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  • One Gateway Center
    Newark, NJ 07102-5310
  • Rutgers University–Newark, graduated 1985
  • Seton Hall University, BA, graduated 1982
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey, State of New Jersey
State Clerkships
  • New Jersey - Trial Courts

Gibbons P.C.
Headquarters: Newark, New Jersey

51 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

11 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Land Use and Zoning Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Newark (2014)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Land Use/Zoning
  • Featured as a leading real estate attorney in New Jersey by New Jersey & Company, November/December 2010
  • Recipient, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), New Jersey Chapter Outstanding Volunteer, November 2007
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate Law


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