Nothing makes me more proud than seeing the tangible results of working on real estate development projects. I work on all sorts of real estate matters, but it’s a great feeling to play a key role in a project I see rise from the ground to provide shelter, entertainment, employment and opportunity.  The satisfaction of having played a role in bringing that project to fruition never gets old.

Mr. Forshner concentrates his commercial real estate practice in the areas of land use, zoning, real estate development and redevelopment. He represents local, national and international developers, property owners and other business clients engaged in mixed use, residential, industrial, office, retail and affordable housing development projects.

Mr. Forshner provides sophisticated counsel and guidance across all phases of the project life cycle, including land use planning and approvals, permits and variances, appearances before municipal, county and state boards and agencies, and appeals of unfavorable land use decisions. Mr. Forshner's representation of clients encompasses a broad array of industries and includes significant expertise within the telecommunications and alternative energy (solar) industries. He has served as special land use counsel to various New Jersey municipalities and to the New Jersey Builders Association. 

Mr. Forshner regularly speaks on topics within the scope of his practice to a wide range of real estate, business and legal industry organizations. He has lectured on issues including those related to zoning and planning, redevelopment, affordable housing, sustainable energy, land use, eminent domain, transactional real estate, project financing and incentives, leasing, post-storm rebuilding, and attorney and governmental ethics.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Real Estate practice area (2010 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Land Use & Zoning practice area (2012  present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2008-present)
  • Recipient of the first Builders' Choice Award from the New Jersey Builders Association (2013)
  • Recipient of the Associate Hall of Fame Award from the New Jersey Builders Association (2012)
  • Recipient of the Chairman's Award from the New Jersey Builders Association (2012, 2008, 2006)
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Political Action from the New Jersey Builders Association (2008)
  • Honored by the South Brunswick Family YMCA (2008)
  • Recognized as Associate of the 3rd Quarter by the New Jersey Builders Association (2008)
  • Honored as "Man of the Year" by the Adath Israel Congregation (2005)

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  • Director, New Jersey Builders Association; Chair, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee; member, Affordable Housing Task Force; former NJBA Special Counsel; past Chair, Master Sponsor Committee; former member, Environmental Committee; former member, Land Use and Planning Committee; past Chair, Construction Lien Law Task Force
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Land Use Law Section; past Chair (2014-2015), Vice Chair (2013-2014), Secretary (2012-2013); Board of Directors (2005 - 2011); member, Nominating Committee
  • Trustee, Builders Political Action Committee of New Jersey
  • Director, Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey
  • Member, NAIOP New Jersey; member, Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Member, Builders League of South Jersey
  • Member, Mercer County Bar Association
  • Member, Hamilton Partnership
  • Former Trustee, Shore Builders Political Action Committee
  • Former member, Mercer County Association of Realtors
  • Former member, New Jersey Realtors
  • Former 1st Vice President, Trustee and General Counsel, South Brunswick Family YMCA
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, National Association of Home Builders
  • Member, Legal Action Network for Development Strategies (NAHB)
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers; former member, Government Relations Committee; former member, Municipal Alliance
  • Former member, National Association of Realtors

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Education

American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1989

Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1985

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1989
  • Pennsylvania, 1990

Gary S. Forshner Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent

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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.