Ed Eastman is the firm's authority on Real Estate, Complex Title Disputes and General Litigation. His department processes applications for tideland grants and leases, waterfront development permits and CAFRA permits.
He has served as a lecturer for the New Jersey Land Title Institute, has authored sections of the New Jersey Practice Series on real estate law and is co-author of NJICLE book entitled, "Residential Real Estate Law and Practice in New Jersey." He is the Past Chairperson of the Board of Consultors, of the Real Property Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Ed’s devotion to the practice of law is exemplified by the positions he has held and certifications he has obtained. The New Jersey Supreme Court has designated him as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. He has been certified as a mediator by the N.J. Administration Office of the Courts. He has served as a Municipal Court Judge, a Municipal Prosecutor, as Assistant Monmouth County Counsel, Boundary Line Commissioner, Condemnation Commissioner, H.U.D. Foreclosure Commissioner and Master in Chancery.
Ed is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Land Title Association (2000-present) and Manager of the New Jersey Land Title Insurance Rating Bureau (2003-present). He serves on the Title Insurance Advisory Committee with the N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance and the N.J.D.E.P. Advisory Committee on Onsite Wastewater Management, and served on the N.J. Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Attorney Continuing Legal Education.
In 2006 Ed received the New Jersey State Bar Associations Legislative Recognition Award for his work on the proposed Adverse Possession Bill. On January 25, 2012 The Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association awarded its Arthur S. Horn Distinguished Service Award to him for his extraordinary contributions to the development of Real Property Law in the State of New Jersey.
Ed received his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
- United States Supreme Court
- United States District Court - District of New Jersey
- New Jersey
Memberships and Affiliations
- Monmouth Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- New Jersey Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Consultor
- New Jersey Land Title Association, Executive Director and Member
- New Jersey Land Title Insurance Rating Bureau, Manager
- Monmouth County Association of Realtors
- Ocean County Association of Realtors
- Marine Trades Association of New Jersey
- Monmouth County Historical Association, Member
- Colts Neck Business Association, Member
- Republican National Lawyers Association, Member
- August 18, 2016 – Edward C. Eastman was again named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America©, in the Litigation – Real Estate category. He has been selected for inclusion in the directory since 2010. Best Lawyers is among the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. To read the full announcement, click here.
- March 22, 2016 - Edward C. Eastman, chair of the firm's Real Estate Practice, will speak on “Understanding Tidelands Regulations” at The Breakers in Spring Lake, NJ on March 22, 2016 at 9:00 am. This NJICLE program is presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section
- February 22, 2016 – Edward C. Eastman, chair of the firm's Real Estate Practice will be speaking on "New Jersey Tideland Claims" at a seminar sponsored by the Ocean County Bar Association. The program will take place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Toms River from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Two NJ CLE credits will be offered.
- February 4, 2016 – Edward C. Eastman, chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice, will be giving a seminar at the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors 2016 Conference on February 4, 2016, at Bally’s Atlantic City. The topic will be “New Jersey Tideland Claims” and will review how the State’s mapping of the properties upon which the State asserts a claim of ownership arising from its assertion that it is now or formerly affected by tide has caused surveyors in the recent past to be masters of base photo maps and overlays. Determining the underlying basis for the claim, the rights of the upland and riparian owners, and the pertinent regulations, case law and statutes is as important in locating on the ground and depicting on a survey the results. A discussion of the common law, the Wharf Act and its repeal, riparian grants, leases and licenses, accretion, artificial works, limitations at law, statutory direction, legislative grants, the constitution, filling, lagoons, the reservation statement, preemptive rights, pierheads, bulkheads, exterior lines, gaps, gores, interior creek beds, extension clauses, the Tidelands Bureau, the Tidelands Resource Council and no fill clauses will make you want to stay clear of the water.
Vessels have the right to use navigable waters free from obstruction. Petition of Martin, 102 F. Supp. 43 (E.D. Pa. 1951). Every material obstruction to navigation is unlawful and a nuisance to the extent it is unauthorized. Newark Plank Road Company v. Elmer, et al., 9 N.J. Eq. 754, 788 (E. & A. 1855). In New...Read more
How one determines whether the waterway adjoining one’s upland is a lagoon or a natural waterway is a bit of a science and a bit of art. The State claims title to lands within a lagoon that were flowed by the mean high tide of a natural waterway which existed prior to the creation of the...Read more
In Rotelle v. N.J.D.E.P., 92 N.J.A.R. 2D (EPE) (1992) the Court found that the basic facts were not in dispute. “The petitioner sought and received a waterfront development permit in 1981 and built the structures allowed by that permit. Thus, he was aware of the need to obtain such a permit before beginning construction. Notwithstanding this...Read more
A discussion discerning whether a bulkhead in a man-made lagoon has all the necessary permits in order to proceed with a Riparian Grant Application. The N.J. Bureau of Tidelands Management demands that an Applicant applying for a Riparian Grant that would extinguish the State’s Riparian claim on the Applicant’s lot, must first prove that the existing...Read more
Development is prohibited on beaches (N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.22(b)). That said, it is important to know just what the State of New Jersey designates as a beach. According to the Coastal Zone Management Rule (N.J.A.C. 7:7E-3.22), beaches are generally sloping areas of sand or other unconsolidated materials found on all tidal shorelines, including the ocean, bay and river...Read more
In 2007 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted Public Access Rules which sought to expand its authority over public access to beaches and other tidal waterways (bays, streams, lagoons: waterways now or formerly flowed by tide or influenced by tide). The regulation (39 N.J.R. 5222(a)) provided, among other things, that municipalities must allow...Read more
The National Society of Surveyors (NSPS) and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) have substantially revised the Minimum Standard Detail Requirement for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, which are effective February 23, 2016 (revising the 2011 existing version). The existing Standard and its revision are designed to fulfill the unique needs of the title insurance industry when...Read more