Dennis M. Galvin

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Dennis M. Galvin is a partner in the firm’s Municipal and Real Estate and Land Use Departments.  A recognized leader in the fields of land use and local government law, he served as Chair of the Local Government Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association during 2011 and 2012, and served as First Vice Chair during 2009 and 2010.  Currently, he serves as an Assistant Counsel to the New Jersey Planning Officials.

While frequently representing municipalities on zoning, municipal land use and local government issues throughout New Jersey, he also advises developers and individuals with their site plans and variance applications, and has appeared before a variety of local boards. He has a background in the creation of Master Plans, Redevelopment Plans and Rehabilitation Plans. Dennis also has substantial experience in the areas of commercial litigation, business creation, business acquisition, landlord tenant law and collections.

Dennis’ extensive knowledge has earned him the position of Instructor at Rutgers State University in the areas of zoning law and municipal land use law.  He is also a frequent speaker on zoning, local government law and ethics.  Most recently, he was the moderator for a panel on Land Use at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s annual meeting.

Early in his career, Dennis was elected to serve as a Jackson Township Committee member; he now advises a number of local municipalities in various capacities, including as:

  • Fairfield Township Municipal Attorney (2009 – Present)
  • City of Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney (2010 – Present)
  • City of Hoboken Planning Board Attorney (2003-2005, 2013 – Present)
  • Township of Holmdel Planning Board Conflict Attorney (2015 -  Present)
  • Township of Montclair Planning Board Conflict Attorney (2016 – Present)
  • Point Pleasant Beach Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney (1992 – Present)
  • Point Pleasant Beach Planning Board Attorney (2008 – Present)
  • Borough of Somerville Zoning Board of Adjustment, Attorney (2006 – Present)
  • City of Summit Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney (2002 – Present)

He has written numerous articles that have been published in the New Jersey Planner, the State League of Municipalities Magazine, the New Jersey Lawyer and the Local Government Law Review; he is currently the author of Local Government Law, 4th Edition, New Jersey Practice (Volumes 34-35 A), published by West Services, Inc.

Dennis is a recipient of the Michael A. Pane IV Award for Ethics, established by the Pane Family and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, honoring a municipal professional who exemplifies the highest standards of ethics and whose work has significantly enhanced the integrity of local government.

Dennis received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1986 and his B.A. from Montclair State University in 1980.  He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and the US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2008

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Local Government Law Section, Chairman, 2011 – 2012; Vice Chair, 2009 - 2010)
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Ocean County Bar Association
  • Institute of Municipal Attorneys, Member
  • New Jersey Planning Officials, Assistant Counsel
  • Citizen’s Campaign Legal Task Force, Member
  • New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, Member
  • Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Former President
  • Jackson Township, Former Committeeman

Classes/Speaking Engagements

  • Instructor for Rutgers State University in the areas of zoning law and municipal land use law, 2003 - Present
  • "Ethics for Municipal Attorneys” and “Representing Zoning & Planning Boards in New Jersey," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2010 - Present
  • Frequent panelist/speaker for the New Jersey Planning Officials and the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conferences, The New Jersey Planning Officials, 1993 - Present
  • New Jersey Association for Planning and Zoning Administrators, Cutting Edge Issues
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Moderator, Panel on Land Use

Recognition

  • Recipient, Michael A. Pane IV Award for Ethics (2010)
  • Jackson Alumni Hall of Fame (2011)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Ocean County Chapter of the Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America (2008)
  • Recipient, Citizen of the Year Award, bestowed upon a citizen by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, in grateful recognition of their remarkable record of service to the Jackson Township community and the community-at-large (2002)
  • Selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers list* (2012, 2013, 2015 – present)
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