Steven G. Mlenak

Steven G. Mlenak

Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Recognized since 2021

Roseland, New Jersey

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law

Real Estate Law

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Mr. Mlenak concentrates his practice in the areas of redevelopment, land use, zoning, and real estate development. His clients include property owners and developers engaged in mixed use, residential, industrial, commercial, office, retail and affordable housing development projects. Mr. Mlenak provides guidance from the initial project concept through to construction, including land use planning and approvals, permits and variances and appearances before municipal, county and state planning and zoning boards and agencies.

Mr. Mlenak counsels redevelopers, property owners and municipalities on all aspects of the redevelopment process, including the negotiation and drafting of redevelopment agreements, review of redevelopment area studies and redevelopment plans, drafting of redevelopment-related ordinances and resolutions, and appearances before redevelopment entities and governing bodies. He provides counsel regarding incentives and tax abatements available at the state and federal level, including the negotiation and drafting of financial agreements (PILOT) under the Long Term Tax Exemption Law. He is also well versed in assisting clients in applications for grants under various Economic Development Authority (EDA) programs, including incentives under the Aspire Program for projects that are utilizing low income housing tax credits (LIHTC). His work in this area is enhanced by the valuable legislative experience he garnered while serving as Chief of Staff for a member of New Jersey's General Assembly, prior to entering private practice.

Mr. Mlenak also maintains a strong practice in the area of community association law, providing strategic guidance and general counseling to condominium and homeowners association clients across a broad range of legal issues. His work encompasses the interpretation and amendment of governing documents and by-laws, drafting contracts, collection of delinquent assessments, the enforcement of rules and regulations, operational and maintenance issues, the fiduciary responsibilities of board members, transition negotiations and litigation, Municipal Services Act compliance, and alternative dispute resolution. He further represents clients in construction defect litigation, Fair Housing discrimination cases and landlord-tenant matters.

  • 75 Livingston Avenue
    Roseland, NJ 07068-3701
  • Rutgers University–Newark, J.D., graduated 2011
  • University of Connecticut, B.A. , graduated 2008
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey, 2011
  • New York, 2013
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) - Fellow
  • Community Associations Institute - New Jersey Chapter - Executive Committee and President-Elect; 2020 Membership Committee, Vice Chair; Ambassador Program; National Legislative Action Committee - NJ (former member and current Board Liaison)
  • Metropolitan Builders & Remodelers Association of New Jersey - Member
  • New Jersey Builders Association - Member, Legislative Committee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association - Board of Directors and Chair, Legislative Committee, Land Use Law Section
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America 2024 for work in:
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Selected for inclusion by the New Jersey Law Journal on the 2018 list of "New Leaders of the Bar," the publication's annual listing of outstanding attorneys under the age of 40 and practicing in New Jersey
  • Recipient of the "2016 Speaker of the Year" award from the Community Associations Institute - New Jersey Chapter (CAI-NJ)
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Transportation Law

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