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)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Real Estate Law practice area (2013  present)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers - New Jersey Rising Stars (a Thompson Reuters business) (2008 – 2010)

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Representative Matters

  • 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. Has also served as special litigation counsel to the City of New Brunswick and the Borough of Belmar.
  • 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, Millville, West Orange, South Bound Brook, Netcong, Emerson, Maplewood, Morristown, and Stanhope.
  • Has 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.
  • 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.
  • Played a key role in the firm’s representation of the Camden Redevelopment Agency in its negotiations with the Salvation Army for the remediation, acquisition and redevelopment of a former 85-acre landfill in Camden. The location is now the site of the 120,000 square foot Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which has brought employment opportunities, a broad range of recreational facilities and numerous additional benefits to the predominantly low-income local community since opening in October of 2014. Mr. Beckelman negotiated the redevelopment agreement for the project. The firm’s attorneys also negotiated an environmental remediation agreement for the property and handled the closing for the sale of the property. Our press release is available here.

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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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
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017

Robert Beckelman Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent

Robert Beckelman 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.