Nicholas Racioppi, Jr. is the Chair of the Firm's Real Estate Group. He has considerable commercial real estate experience, particularly in the acquisition, development, zoning and planning, leasing and sale of commercial and industrial properties. Since 2005, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has included Nick in its publication, calling him a "powerhouse" who is "very practical and watches out for the details and looks for all the angles" and also "a superb litigator." Nick has been included in Band One since 2016 and is hailed as "a skilled practitioner who is lauded for his ability to manage transactions in the most efficient manner possible" and "sharp and forthright" with "well-honed intellectual capabilities," and for his ability to "deal with every kind of land use problem." Nick's clients note that "he reaches out and goes above and beyond" what is expected and is "the most business aware lawyer." Clients say “he gives great realistic scenarios to guide you through litigation, and is also very strategic.”
Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Nick on its Best Lawyers list in the fields of Real Estate and Real Estate Litigation since 2007. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Litigation for 2019 in the Newark region, an honor given annually to a single attorney in each practice area in each region. Thomson Reuters has included him on New Jersey's "Super Lawyers" list for Real Estate law since 2006. Nick was included on the BTI client Service A-Team List in 2015 for providing “the absolute best levels of client service,” as determined by BTI Consulting Group following in-depth interviews with legal decision-makers at the world’s leading organizations. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Nick also represents lenders in all types of real estate financings and has extensive experience in complex real estate workouts and foreclosures. He has experience in the formation and structuring of real estate partnerships and joint ventures.
In 2019, Nick was named a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. ACREL is the premier organization of U.S. real estate lawyers, providing admission by invitation only following a rigorous screening process. ACREL's distinguished, nationally-known lawyers are elected to fellowship based on their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law. Nick serves as pro-bono counsel to the Housing Partnership, which provides resources to prospective homebuyers. He advises the organization on corporate governance, guiding them as to their role in administering certain affordable housing programs, and serving as their counsel in connection with no-interest loans they provide to certain of their clients. For the past ten years, Nick has also been involved with the Gala Committee of Daytop of New Jersey, a substance abuse treatment program. He is a frequent speaker and author on commercial real estate topics. Nick is a member of Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey’s Steps to Independence Celebration Committee and also CPNJ’s Real Estate Committee.
Nick is a member of the Legal Action Committee of NAIOP, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, and the New Jersey State Bar and American Bar Associations.