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Jeffrey M. Hall brings significant experience to the Real Estate Department, where he concentrates in:



  • land use matters, including zoning variances, ordinance amendments, master plan modifications, site plans and subdivisions
  • representation of applicants before planning and zoning boards and governing bodies
  • constitutional and property rights, tax appeals, and eminent domain matters
  • commercial litigation, concentrating in property rights and zoning and land use litigation
  • sale and purchase transactions
  • commercial leasing
  • outdoor advertising law
  • green building (LEED) and real estate energy law


Henry L. Kent-Smith concentrates his practice in real estate including the land use permitting and redevelopment process, eminent domain/condemnation matters, and has negotiated commercial development agreements and acquisitions and leasing for both landlords and tenants. He also practices in the area of zoning litigation, including Mt. Laurel affordable housing suits and administrative proceedings before the Council on Affordable Housing. 

Henry has appeared before more than 150 municipalities and more than 200 land use boards in every county in New Jersey. An adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Blaustein School of Planning, Henry has published articles on various land zoning and real estate matters and is active in the New Jersey Builders Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.


Daniel Madrid is an experienced commercial real estate attorney with a broad transactional and land development background that includes:


  • representing large and middle market companies in the acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial properties
  • obtaining land use approvals for retail centers, industrial facilities, schools and major telecommunications-based companies

Daniel also represents developers, land owners and investors in all aspects of real estate litigation matters.

Daniel was appointed to a three year term with the Montgomery Township Economic Development Commission, where he helps to create and implement fair and business friendly policies in Montgomery Township.


Thomas Daniel McCloskey’s practice involves a broad range of complex commercial litigation as well as business and real estate matters, with an emphasis on:


  • building/construction
  • commercial and residential real estate development
  • corporate and business disputes
  • chancery practice
  • zoning
  • planning
  • land use matters
  • planned real estate and condominium development
  • mortgage and land financing
  • COAH approvals and exclusionary zoning litigation

Tom has numerous published decisions to his credit from the appellate courts of New Jersey, including serving as lead counsel and special litigation counsel to major New Jersey and national builder/developers.


Jack Plackter is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Zoning practice and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate development and land use, environmental law, redevelopment law and banking law. His experience includes the approval, development, financing, construction and operation of major development projects throughout New Jersey. His practice also involves obtaining permits and approvals for major casino/hotel construction projects in Atlantic City as well as litigating substantial real estate development and environmental cases in the trial and appellate courts and the New Jersey Supreme Court.


Alexander M. Wixted's practice encompasses general corporate and real estate law.