Cheryl J. Oberdorf

Cheryl J. Oberdorf

  • Contract Partner


Cheryl J. Oberdorf is a partner at DeCotiis. She is a member of the Public Finance and Redevelopment Practice Groups.

Ms. Oberdorf has been a practicing Public Finance attorney for more than 30 years. As bond counsel, she has represented numerous public bodies at the county and municipal levels, including independent local, regional and state authorities and not-for-profit entities such as hospitals and universities in conduit bond financings. She has had significant experience advising on P3 and redevelopment transactions representing issuers, owners and developer/borrowers, in the development and financing of projects, including negotiating redevelopment agreements, master development agreements, and Rev. Proc 97-13 compliant management contracts and developing creative legal solutions to complex structuring issues and successfully moving projects forward.

In concert with the Government and Regulatory Affairs group, Ms. Oberdorf closed the first public housing Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) conversion and public financing transaction in the State. She also structured and closed a financing for a new build RAD conversion projects located in a redevelopment area.

She has knowledge of Local Public Contracts Law, Local Bond Law, Local Budget Law, Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, federal tax laws pertaining to the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds and relevant securities laws.

Ms. Oberdorf has been a regular speaker at redevelopment and economic development seminars given by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education ("ICLE") and has trained and mentored associates and paralegals alike.

Ms. Oberdorf was recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2005 and 2008.

Ms. Oberdorf received her B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Montclair State College (now University) and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

While at law school, she was member and associate editor of the Seton Hall Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. Ms. Oberdorf has earned 19 credits toward a LL.M. degree in Health Law and Policy from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Representative Transactions:

Bond Counsel - Middlesex County Improvement Authority
Development, Financing and Construction of Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ

Lender's Counsel - Township of Woodbridge
Redevelopment, Financing and Construction of Red Oak Manor Senior Housing Project (60 apartments), Woodbridge, NJ (in connection with a RAD conversion)

Developer's Counsel - Titan - PDC Carteret Urban Renewal, LLC
Development, Financing and Construction of I-Port 12 (1,250,000 square feet of Warehouse Space), Carteret, NJ


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • LL.M. - 1999
    • Major: Health Law and Policy
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Board
  • Drew University
    • M.A. - 1975
  • Montclair State College
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1985

Practice Areas

  • Public Finance and Redevelopment

Past Positions

  • Ozzard, Wharton, Somerville, NJ, Partner
  • Somerset County (NJ), Deputy Counsel
  • Readington Township (NJ), Deputy Counsel


  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005 and 2008

Published Works

  • "Survival of Libel Actions There is Life After Death in New Jersey", Seton Hall Law Review, 1985
  • Moral Persuasion: The Administrator/Manager in New Jersey's Municipalities (Co-Author), New Jersey Municipalities, 1974

Professional Associations

  • State of New Jersey Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Montclair State University Student Mentoring Program