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Areas of Practice
  • University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government (Fels Scholar), Master of Governmental Administration
  • Haverford College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Bar and Court Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York


Of Counsel

Richard Schkolnick

Richard Schkolnick has extensive experience providing solutions to property owners in complex land use and zoning matters and related litigation. Richard has led development teams that have secured site plan approval, variances and entitlements for some of the largest projects in the state, coordinating the efforts of engineers, planners, architects, traffic experts and environmental consultants. He has a specialty in applications to construct wireless communications facilities and has represented national wireless carriers and tower owners in over 500 zoning applications in over 150 municipalities, including many contested applications.

Richard also litigates land use and real estate cases. In addition to handling prerogative writ matters and commercial disputes involving real estate, he secured a unanimous decision from the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of the Township of West Orange in the State’s seminal condemnation case, Township of West Orange v. 769 Associates, LLC, 172 N.J. 564 (2002). Richard has been selected for inclusion on the 2012-2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers lists. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology and other information about Super Lawyers can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Directors – New Jersey Bar Association Land Use Law Section, 2010-2011

Political Involvement

  • Co-General Counsel – New Jersey Democratic State Committee, 2002-2004
  • Counsel – New Jersey’s Electoral College, 2004 and 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Creator and Moderator, ICLE Webinar, “Zoning Due Diligence for Lenders and Joint Venture Partners: Practice and Pitfalls” (November 2017)
  • Creator and Moderator, ICLE Webinar, “Advanced Topics for the Zoning Practitioner” (April and October 2016)
  • Creator, Moderator and Speaker, ICLE Seminar, “The Hotly Contested Land Use Application” (September 2015)
  • Creator, Moderator and Speaker, ICLE Webinar, “Hot Topics in Land Use” (September 2014)
  • Speaker, “Smart Phones: Here, There and Everywhere,” New Jersey Planning Officials Annual Conference (November 2013)
  • Moderator, “Top 10 Land Use Cases of the Last Year,” for the Bar Foundation of Union County (September 2013)
  • Creator, Moderator and Speaker, ICLE Seminar- “Avoiding Pitfalls in the Land Use Notice Process” (September 2013)
  • Continuing Legal Education seminar for CB Title Group – “Top Ten 2012 Land Use/Zoning Cases” (with Practice Pointers on Notice and a Little COAH Thrown In) (May 2013)
  • Presentation at Newmark Associates, Inc. – “Land Use 101” (August 2012)
  • Speaker, New Jersey Wireless Association Annual Meeting – “New State and Federal (Wireless) Collocation By-Right Legislation and How it Will Impact Your Organization in 2012” (March 2012)
  • Moderator and Speaker, ICLE Seminar – “2012 Annual Land Use Update” (February 2012)
  • Presentation to brokers at Coldwell Banker Commercial – “Land Use Basics [And a Few Zoning Tips]” (December 2011)
  • Creator, Moderator and Speaker, ICLE Webinar – “The Illusive Concept of Particular Suitability in Commercial Use Variance Cases” (October 2011)
  • Presentation for CB Title Group – “Real Estate Potpourri: Land Use Basics and a Few Hot Zoning Tips” (October 2011)
  • Speaker, 11th Annual New Jersey Supportive Housing Conference – “Legal Issues in Supportive Housing” (December 2010)
  • Presentation to Metro PCS New York, LLC – “Telecom Zoning in Jersey . . . In a Nutshell” (March 2009)

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