James L. Lott, Jr. is a Partner in the Firm’s Government Affairs Group. His practice encompasses all aspects of land development regulation as well as redevelopment, municipal and transportation law. Jim has significant experience in handling complex and controversial development projects and has appeared before more than 100 municipal, county and regional land use and transportation agencies. Jim has litigated development approval rights in the Superior Court of New Jersey and represented clients in contested administrative agency actions and permitting matters before the New Jersey Departments of Transportation, Community Affairs, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture, the Board of Public Utilities, as well as before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. Jim has considerable experience and expertise in land development and transportation matters arising under Municipal Land Use Law, Local Redevelopment and Housing Law as well as the State Highway Access Management Act.
Jim has also counseled public and private clients in matters involving compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, Open Public Records Act, HUD and NJDCA affordable housing and community development programs, and the Local Government Ethics Law; the drafting and enactment of local government legislation; public contracting procedures; the sale and lease of public property under the Local Lands and Buildings Law as well as provided advise in connection with local finance, taxation and budgetary matters.
Jim served as Special Counsel to Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills in 2022 and as Township Attorney from 2018 – 2021. He served as municipal attorney for the Borough of Chatham from 2011 to 2020, and as special counsel for 2021. He previously represented the Township of West Caldwell from 2010-2013. Jim was special condemnation counsel to New Jersey Transit in the ARC-THE Tunnel project. He also served as legal counsel to the Township of West Caldwell Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2002 to 2009 and previously served as an alternate member to the board.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator in the New York/New Jersey Regional Office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, he served at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs as the Commissioner’s Executive Assistant for housing, development and urban policy initiatives.
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Seton Hall University Center for Public Service, M.P.A., 1987
St. Peter's College, B.A., 1984
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Counsel, Township of West Caldwell Zoning Board of Adjustment
Board of Directors, New Jersey Alliance for Action
Since 2015, Jim has been included in The Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law. In addition, he received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for Land Use and Zoning Law for 2019 in the Newark region; this an honor given annually to a single attorney in each practice area in each region.
Thomson Reuters has included Jim on New Jersey’s “Super Lawyers” list in the area of municipal law in 2008, 2009, and 2012 to 2023.
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