Quality representation starts with listening and continues with communication. The insight a client brings to a matter is essential in developing and implementing a strategy for success in a transaction.

Mr. Hague concentrates his practice in land use, real estate and business law. His practice encompasses the representation of community associations. He has extensive experience handling all aspects of municipal land use law, including applications, appearances before planning boards, transactions involving environmental issues, redevelopment agreements with New Jersey municipalities, affordable housing issues, transportation issues, and the evaluation of land use requirements for alternative energy installations. Mr. Hague has particular knowledge related to land title issues and railroad title. He is also highly experienced in real estate sales, leases, financing and construction contracts.

Representative Matters

  • Throughout 2015, represented the New Jersey Institute of Technology before the City of Newark Central Planning Board in connection with three major campus improvements: a new parking garage, an addition to the Health Sciences academic building, and the new Wellness and Events Center
  • Played a supporting role in an Appellate Division victory for our client, a leading real estate developer, paving the way for the client to advance a major project to clean up and develop a former industrial factory site in central NJ. The project was opposed by a neighboring supermarket chain which brought a prerogative writ action in Superior Court to block the project in order to prevent a competing retailer from moving in and competing. The client had obtained a rezoning of the land to accommodate the project, and the plaintiff argued at trial that the zoning ordinance was invalid under the Municipal Land Use Law. The client prevailed at trial, and in the first appeal, the Appellate Division reversed the judgment of the Law Division due to a technical defect in the City's notice, but wrote approvingly, without explicitly affirming, as to the substantive findings made by the trial court. After the City readopted the ordinance, curing its notice defect, the plaintiff challenged the ordinance again, claiming that it was entitled to whole new trial on the merits and to assert new claims, arguing that the prior language of the Appellate Division was mere dicta and non-binding. The Appellate Division affirmed dismissal of the second lawsuit on the grounds of res judicata and collateral estoppel, allowing the project to proceed

Uniquely NJ

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Land Use Section
  • Member, New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers
  • Firm representative, Morris County Economic Development Corporation
  • Has served as a member of the Planning Board of the Borough of Chatham and as attorney for the Planning Board of the Borough of Kinnelon
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Education

University of Denver, College of Law, J.D., 1976

Lafayette College, A.B. in History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1974 

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1977
  • New Jersey, 1978