Through my years of practice I have amassed a wealth of experience in the issues and pitfalls that arise in commercial real estate sales, financing, leasing, and construction.  I enjoy using my skills and experience to help my clients resolve difficult problems, or better yet avoid them, and to bring their real estate transactions to a successful conclusion.

Mr. Bills focuses his practice in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, representing commercial property owners, developers, tenants and financial institutions in the sale, acquisition, leasing, financing and redevelopment of real property in New Jersey. Mr. Bills has substantial experience in the negotiation and preparation of agreements and leases and construction contracts for various types of commercial properties, including shopping centers and office buildings. He also counsels clients on issues related to mortgage lending, tax abatements, title issues, sustainable development and the preparation of contracts with design professionals and other construction contractors.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Real Estate practice area (2009  present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2005 – present)

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Representative Matters

  • Mr. Bills played a key role in one of the largest portfolio sales of industrial real estate to be completed in New Jersey in several years as a member of the firm’s real estate team representing affiliated entities of Avidan Management LLC as the sellers of approximately 2.6 million square feet of office and warehouse space located in South Brunswick, Edison, Elizabeth and Bayonne. The high-value transaction, which closed in late August 2012, involved the acquisition of a nine-building portfolio of properties, including office, light industrial, cold storage and bulk distribution space, by Cohen Asset Management Inc., an industrial and commercial real estate investment firm. The firm's team negotiated five power purchase agreements covering over 6 MWs of solar production on behalf of Avidan, a leading solar developer in the New Jersey market who has worked closely with our real estate group on a number of alternative energy projects in the past. The deal was closed in 2012.  The project team was named as Finalists for the Industrial Deal of the Year by NAIOP NJ in 2013.
  • Counseled a joint venture between developer Jonathan Rose Companies and JP Morgan Chase on title and construction loan closings for a mixed use redevelopment project in South Orange, NJ. The project will consist of a 215 unit LEED certified apartment building, retail space and a 500+ space parking facility, a portion of which will be available for public use. The firm advised on the transfer of property to our client pursuant to a Redevelopment Agreement previously negotiated by our team, and also negotiated a $38,500,000 million construction mortgage loan for the project. The deal represents a major milestone for the project and a significant step forward for South Orange’s downtown redevelopment.

Uniquely NJ

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Real Property Trust and Estate Law and Construction Law Sections 
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, Christian Legal Society

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

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Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D. with high honors, 1979

Haverford College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1981

Kenneth T. Bills Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent

Kenneth T. Bills Listed in Best Lawyers

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.