The most important service I can provide to a client is to help them reach the ‘finish line’ in a timely and cost-effective way. I often see my role as not just a legal consultant, but also as a member of a team with a common goal.

Mr. Beckelman focuses his practice in redevelopment, land use and zoning, eminent domain, affordable housing and related litigation. He represents developers and property owners in connection with land use and zoning matters and disputes, and also represents numerous New Jersey municipalities as special redevelopment or litigation counsel.

Mr. Beckelman’s transactional work includes the drafting and negotiation of contracts, developer and tax abatement agreements, and the preparation of redevelopment reports, plans and public documents. He advises clients on statutory and regulatory compliance issues related to redevelopment projects, municipal governance, state agency reviews and approvals, and affordable housing requirements.

Mr. Beckelman regularly appears in New Jersey Superior Court in land use, zoning, condemnation, commercial and civil litigation matters. He represents clients in appearances before various boards, governing bodies and agencies. His experience also encompasses environmental litigation and compliance, code enforcement issues, local government laws, procurements, public bidding and contracts, elections and lobbying laws, Tidelands and CAFRA issues, and municipal court matters.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Chairman's Award from the New Jersey Builders Association for his exemplary service on the NJBA's Redevelopment Committee (2012)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the Real Estate Law practice area (2013 - present)
  • Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2008-2010)

Representative Matters

  • Mr. Beckelman currently serves as special redevelopment and litigation counsel to the City of Long Branch, the City of North Wildwood, the Township of Robbinsville, and the Borough of Flemington. He has also served as special litigation counsel to the City of New Brunswick and the Borough of Belmar.
  • Mr. Beckelman has handled redevelopment counseling and litigation on behalf of developers, property owners or municipalities throughout New Jersey, including Newark, Trenton, Asbury Park, Woodbridge Township, Carteret, Wood-Ridge, Wildwood, the Millville, West Orange, South Bound Brook, Netcong, Emerson, Maplewood, Morristown, and Stanhope.
  • Mr. Beckelman has also provided counsel or litigation services to special improvement districts throughout New Jersey, including Morristown, Red Bank, Toms River, Livingston, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City, Keyport, Bergenfield, Teaneck, Flemington and East Hanover.
  • Mr. Beckelman appeared before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, authoring and filing an amicus brief in the matter of Gallenthin v. Paulsboro on behalf of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, and Downtown New Jersey.

Uniquely NJ

  • As a member of the New Jersey Builders Association Redevelopment Committee, Mr. Beckelman played a key role in the drafting of an important piece of legislation that was signed into law in September 2013. The new law amended certain provisions of New Jersey’s Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (LRHL) in an effort to boost economic growth and jumpstart building initiatives by addressing issues brought to light by recent case law relating to the use of eminent domain and due process and notice issues. Mr. Beckelman, serving as lead author of the law, worked with his fellow Committee members to produce a straight-forward and balanced piece of legislation that successfully garnered support both within and outside of the development community.
  • Member, Board of Directors of PlanSmart NJ
  • Member, Middlesex County Bar Association; Mediator for Chancery Division
  • Member, Mercer County Bar Association
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More Activities & Experience

  • Former judicial intern to The Honorable John J. Hughes, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey
  • While in law school, Chair of the Moot Court Board and a member of the Rutgers Law Record

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Education

Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 2000

Rutgers University, B.A. high honors, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2000
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000

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