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Michael J. Ash

Michael J. Ash is a partner in the Teaneck office.

Mr. Ash's areas of practice include Litigation, Redevelopment Law, Real Estate, and Municipal Law specializing in real estate value litigation, specifically, eminent domain and real estate tax appeals. 

The majority of Mr. Ash's practice focuses on infrastructure planning and implementation where his work includes the coordination of property assemblage for right of way corridors, utility projects and roadway improvements.  His work includes counseling to private and public entities with regard to due diligence and property valuation for the procurement of purchase and sale agreements, right of entry permits, temporary workspace licenses, and easements, for partial and full takings.  The coordination of property acquisition for linear projects requires Mr. Ash to collaborate with experts in various disciplines including real estate appraisers, engineers, planners and environmental consultants. 

The public projects require Mr. Ash to counsel clients in the use of eminent domain to acquire property and clear title. 

Mr. Ash is a trial attorney handling all aspects of condemnation valuation jury trials, commissioner hearings and tax appeals in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Appellate Court, Tax Court, Supreme Court and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and Southern District of New York.

Representative Matters:

Currently Condemnation Counsel for acquisition of rights of way for 37 mile-long interstate natural gas pipeline from New Jersey to Connecticut

Currently Trial Counsel for valuation of permanent and temporary easements for natural gas pipeline in Northern New Jersey

Currently Condemnation Counsel for the State of New Jersey to acquire approximately 120 easements for the Army Corps of Engineers storm hazard mitigation project in Bay Head, Longport and Ocean City, New Jersey

Currently Trial Counsel on behalf of corporate office park real estate investment trust for real estate tax appeal trials

Trial Counsel on behalf of Atlantic City in defense of the real estate tax appeal by the Borgata Hotel and Casino

Acquired approximately 100 permanent and temporary easements by condemnation and negotiation for a 20 mile long interstate natural gas pipeline from Linden, New Jersey to New York City, New York

Acquired over 100 properties by condemnation of approximately 400 total properties required for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority 6-9 Widening Program and the Parkway Exits 30-80 Widening Program

Acquired a property in Camden over opposition of property owners for the development of the Rutgers School of Nursing and Science

Acquired property for new public park and open space projects on behalf the County of Essex, County of Hudson and City of Lambertville

Special Condemnation Counsel for NJ Transit Access to Region Core project

Special Condemnation Counsel for a public utilities authority acquiring easements for a water main extension

Special Condemnation Counsel for various municipalities acquiring property and easements for road widening and infrastructure improvements

Special Condemnation Counsel for municipalities, redevelopment agencies, county improvement authorities and parking authorities for property assemblage in designated redevelopment areas throughout New Jersey

Special Condemnation Counsel for developer in the acquisition and assemblage of industrial properties in industrial park for development of residential project

Bar Admissions:
New Jersey (2004)
United States District Court - District of New Jersey (2004)
New York (2008)
United States District Court - Southern District of New York (2015)

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Philosophy, Rutgers University, 2001
Juris Doctor, New England School of Law, 2004

Organizations:
International Right of Way Association, New Jersey Chapter 15
Member, Executive Committee
Co-Chair, Planning Committee
Member, REX - Real Estate Executives, Jewish Federation

Professional Recognition:
Recognized as "Rising Star" by New Jersey Super Lawyers 2012, 2013,  2014 and 2015 in the field of Eminent Domain

Recent Speaking Engagements:
Instructor for New Jersey Redevelopment Authority's "Redevelopment Training Institute", Case Law Update - October 2013

Faculty for CLE International - Eminent Domain Update, Relocation Assistance - January 2014

Panel Speaker at the Appraisal Institute NJ Metro Chapter Spring 2014 Princeton Conference

Panel Speaker for International Right of Way Association, Easement Valuation, December 2015

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Michael J. Ash
Glenpointe Centre West
500 Frank W. Burr Boulevard, Ste.31

Teaneck, NJ 07666
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Tel: (201) 347-2118 direct
Fax: (201) 928-0588 main
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