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Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. provides legal counsel in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. The firm’s practice ranges from assisting individuals buying their first home to representation of major national corporations in complex real estate development transactions.


Real Estate Transactions

Residential and Commercial Purchases and Sales

The firm handles all aspects of residential and commercial real estate closings on behalf of individuals and business entities, from the time of the initial contract through the closing of title. Some of the services provided by the Real Estate Practice Group include:

  • Negotiation, preparation and/or review of contracts for sale or purchase
  • Negotiation, preparation and/or review of land development contracts
  • Lease agreements for landlords and tenants
  • Review, negotiation and preparation of mortgage documents for financing or refinancing
  • Procurement and examination of title reports, surveys and environmental studies
  • Representation of Administrators or Executors in the sale of estate property
  • Review and negotiation of Realtor Listing Agreements for the Sale of Real Estate

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Representation of Commercial Lenders in Business Financing

Some of the services provided include:

  • Negotiation, preparation and review of loan documents
  • Review of title, survey, environmental studies, leases and corporate documents
  • Representation and attendance at closing
  • Post-closing assistance

Land Use Development

The attorneys in the Practice Group have a balanced understanding of development, zoning, land use and environmental concerns. This unique perspective enables the firm to facilitate the grant of the numerous approvals required to develop New Jersey real estate. The Practice Group acts as liaison– facilitating communication between client, engineer, architect, and the relevant state, county and municipal regulatory agencies. Some of the legal services provided to meet clients’ goals include:

  • Oversight of Due Diligence Investigations
  • Review & Analysis of Municipal Land Use & Zoning Ordinances
  • Review of Site Layout & Design for Conformity with State & Local Regulations
  • Preparation of Site Plan, Subdivision & Variance Applications
  • Coordination of Witness Testimony for Hearings
  • Coordination of Public Notice in Newspapers and to Adjoining Property Owners
  • Coordination of Public Hearings Before All Land Use Regulatory Bodies
  • Department of Transportation Permit Processing & Approvals
  • Department of Environmental Protection Permit Processing Including Wetlands, ISRA, UST & CARFRA Permits
  • Preparation of County Planning Board Applications
  • Mt. Laurel Litigation
  • All Aspects of Land Use Litigation, Including Municipal Prerogative Writ Appeals, State Administrative Appeals & Appellate Practice
  • Know Your Rights as an Employee
    Princeton Adult School Zoom Online Video Conference
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 7:00–8:30 pm.

    Elizabeth Zuckerman, Esq. will be conducting a virtual course on October 13, 2020 - Know Your Rights as an Employee. Topics include harassment, hostile work environment and discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other protected statuses. The concept of reasonable accommodation and the interactive process will be explored. There will be discussion regarding the New Jersey whistle-blower law, wage and hour laws, family leave laws, non-compete agreements, new employee protections as a result of COVID-19 and common law claims, such as breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In addition, hypothetical employment claims based on real life employment experiences will be discussed. Register at https://www.ssreg.com/princeton/classes/results.asp?code=120.

  • New Jersey Planning Officials Training Session - October 3, 2020

    Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., a firm Director, will be an instructor for the New Jersey Planning Official’s Planning and Zoning Board members training session in Somerset County on October 3, 2020. Mr. Schmierer chairs the firm’s Government Practice Group and represents a number of land use boards including the Lawrence Township Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Borough of Pennington Joint Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment and the West Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment. The New Jersey Planning Officials can be reached at [email protected] for any land use board member interested in attending the training session.

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  • COVID-19 Employment & Financial Update (3/24/2020)

    Click Link Here to read important information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  • NELA-NJ Attorney Zuckerman

    In a recent decision (Justin Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc.), the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that an employee who is fired for using medical marijuana outside the workplace may bring a claim for disability discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Mason, Griffin & Pierson Attorney, Elizabeth Zuckerman, who argued the cause for Amicus Curiae National Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey, stated the "decision is a win for employees who test positive for marijuana due to their lawful use of medical marijuana outside the workplace."