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Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. has worked closely with numerous municipalities since its founding in 1955. The attorneys have in-depth knowledge of government issues and are capable of handling the wide range of diverse and complex legal issues that challenge local governmental entities.


Legal Services For Local Governmental Entities

  • Affordable Housing Compliance
  • Appellate & Supreme Court Representation
  • Aviation Matters
  • Compliance with New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Regulations
  • Condemnation/Eminent Domain Litigation
  • Defense of Tort Claims
  • Defense of Officers & Employees
  • Defense of Municipalities in Civil Rights Cases
  • Defense & Prosecution of Tax Appeals
  • Farmland & Open Space Preservation
  • Formulation of Personnel Policies & Related Training
  • Impact Fee Assessments & Capital Programs
  • In Rem Tax Foreclosures
  • Labor Negotiations
  • Local Lands & Buildings Law
  • Master Plan Review & Preparation
  • Monitor Election Law Compliance
  • Mt. Laurel Litigation
  • Municipal Tax Assessment & Revaluation
  • Municipal Finance
  • Municipal Court Prosecutor & Public Defender
  • Open Public Records Act Compliance
  • Ordinance Preparation, Revision & Codification
  • Oversight of Affordable Housing Compliance
  • Performance & Guarantee Litigation
  • Preparation of Cable TV Franchise Agreements
  • Prerogative Writ Litigation
  • Public Contracting Law
  • Public Procurement & Construction Contracts
  • Representation of Historic Preservation Commissions
  • Representation of Boards of Health
  • Representation of Municipal Utilities Authorities
  • Representation of Governing Bodies
  • Representation of Zoning & Planning Boards
  • Shared Services Agreements & Municipal Consolidation
  • Stormwater Management & Sanitary Sewer Issues
  • Training of Employees in Compliance with Labor Regulations
  • Uniform Construction Code Regulation & Litigation
  • Wastewater Management Plan Revision
  • Wildlife Management

Human Resources and Employee Relations

Legal Consultation and Guidance is Provided in the Following Areas for Governmental Entities:

  • Employment Agreements & Severance Packages
  • Restrictive Covenants & Confidentiality Agreements
  • Employment Policies, Handbooks & Forms
  • Compliance with Family Leave Requirements
  • Accommodation of Handicapped Employees
  • Sexual Harassment & Other Federal & State Discrimination Laws
  • Wage & Hour Compliance
  • Drug Testing Programs & Employee Assistance Plans
  • Training in Compliance with ADA

Topics in Local Government

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Longstanding Service To The Profession

Members of the Local Government Law Practice Group are active in both national and state professional associations, including the International Municipal Lawyers Organization, the Local Government Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, and the New Jersey Federation of Planning Officials. The attorneys also serve on task forces and committees of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and are frequent panelists and seminar faculty members for various programs, including the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference. The practice group members are also editors and/or contributors to professional publications such as New Jersey Municipalities, Municipal Law Review, Rutgers Law Journal, ABA Local Government Law Section Newsletter, and The Quill.

Local Government Clients



  • Priscilla Saint-Laurent, Esq. joins Mason, Griffin & Pierson PC as an Associate.

    Priscilla will be supporting all areas of our practice, but particularly litigation and local government practice groups. Priscilla comes to MG&P from Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC where she concentrated her practice in Community Association Law and Litigation. Prior to joining Ansell, she handled insurance defense cases. Priscilla received a dual degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law.



  • Proud Sponsor: Girls on the Run

    It was great to see the girls running and the community cheering them on. The bi-annual 5K race is a celebration of the participants completing the Girls on the Run curriculum, a life-changing program for 3rd through 8th grade girls that focuses on self-confidence, healthy relationships and feeling good about themselves. MG&P has sponsored Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey for many years and are so pleased to be able to sponsor them again this Spring. Nicole M. Sciotto, Esq.



  • Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq moderates Affordable Housing Panel

    On June 23, 2022, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, PC, Director, Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., moderated a panel discussion presented by Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey (AHPNJ) concerning the status of affordable housing delivery for the Third Round and preparation for the Fourth Round which commences July 1, 2025. Mr. Schmierer is the President of AHPNJ. The panelists included a representative from the Fair Share Housing Center, former Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Chief of Multifamily Program for NJHMFA and a professional planner who has served as a Special Court Master in 40 plus municipalities for the implementation of Third Round Affordable Housing Plans. Mr. Schmierer chairs the firm's Government Practice Group which represents over 30 municipal governing bodies, land use board and affordable housing committees throughout the State of New Jersey.



  • Mason, Griffin & Pierson is proud to support Womanspace and the 21st Annual Communities of Light(tm)

    On December 5, 2022, the MG&P team participating in an office lighting of luminaries to support the Communities of Light(tm). The Womanspace 21st Annual Communities of Light(tm) candles line the streets of central New Jersey - a powerful symbol of hope for men, women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in our community. Communities of Light raises awareness of the services available to help those victims in Mercer County. The luminaries help spread the important message that Peace Begins at Home. Womanspace, Inc. is a leading nonprofit agency in Mercer County, New Jersey, that provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults and their families. Programs include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy and housing services.