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Local Government Law

Mason, Griffin & Pierson 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

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

  • Dragan Named Director with MG&P

    Sharon A. Dragan has been named Director and Shareholder with Mason, Griffin & Pierson. Sharon received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she served as Bureau Editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She practices in the areas of local government law, zoning and land use law, real estate law, and estate law. Sharon is Attorney for the Township of Readington, Attorney for Alexandria Township, Attorney for Delaware Township and Attorney for Special Open Space Counsel of West Amwell Township. In her continued service to the legal profession, Sharon served on the District XIII Ethics Committee for several years, the committee that acts as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in discharging the Court's constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys. Sharon is a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, a professional organization with the purpose of promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys. She is a member of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey State and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations.


    MG&P Supports Local Youth Basketball

    Mason, Griffin & Pierson continues its support of youth basketball programs in the community. For more information on the Dillon Youth Basketball League go to the Princeton Recreation Department at www.leaguelineup.com

    For information on the Montgomery Basketball Association go to www.montgomerybasketball.com

  • New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act is Now in Effect

    In May of this year, New Jersey joined the growing number of states to enact paid sick leave laws. The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act is currently in effect and below you will find certain information that is important for all New Jersey employers to understand.

    Who Does it Affect?
    The Act applies to New Jersey employers of all sizes, including businesses that are based elsewhere but have employees located in New Jersey. While several New Jersey municipalities already had paid sick leave ordinances, this new state law preempts them, meaning they no longer apply and employers throughout the state are now subject to one consistent set of requirements.

    The Act does not apply to a few narrow categories of employees: (1) construction industry employees working under collective bargaining agreements; (2) per diem health care employees; or (3) public employees who are already provided with sick leave with full pay pursuant to any other state law, rule, or regulation.
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    Montgomery Township Education Foundation

    Mason, Griffin & Pierson is pleased to sponsor Montgomery Township Education Foundation. The Foundation's fundraiser takes place on the evening of February 23 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization set up to support strategic programs for the benefit of the Montgomery Township public school children.

    For more information go to one.bidpal.net/mtefcomedynight