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Edwin W. Schmierer is a Director with the firm. Ed joined Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. in 1977 as an Associate and was named Director in 1980. Ed is the Chair of the firm’s Local Government Law Practice Group and focuses his practice in the areas of local government law, zoning and land use law and residential real estate. He has represented numerous municipalities and zoning boards in the state of New Jersey, including a distinguished career as Attorney for Princeton, New Jersey for over thirty years that included the years of planning and implementing of the historic consolidation of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township in 2013.
Ed’s municipal practice includes in depth experience with the constantly changing regulations and laws governing New Jersey municipalities, zoning and planning issues, ordinance preparation, developer and other agreements, counsel to engineers and zoning officers, Clerk and Administrator assistance, coordination of affordable housing projects, historical and farmland preservation projects, shared services agreements, affordable housing compliance, and coordination with Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment.
In his continued service to the legal profession Ed is a frequent panelists and seminar faculty members for various programs, including the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference. Ed 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. Ed has written for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities publication, New Jersey Municipalities on topic of affordable housing. Ed has presented training programs, including guidelines for new municipal counsel members land use liability for local government and land use boards for the firm’s municipal clients; ethics and conflicts of interest for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities; affordable housing in New Jersey for the Mercer County Human Services Advisory Board; and has served as a moderator for the Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development. He is a regular Panelist on programs presented by the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey (AHPNJ) of which he is currently the President of the AHPNJ Board of Directors.
Ed has an extended history of volunteer work. He was recently honored by the nonprofit, Womanspace at its 41st Annual Meeting. Mr. Schmierer was recognized for his dedication and contribution as a Board Member for thirty-five years. Womanspace is a not for profit organization that provides counseling and housing for women and families impacted by domestic violence.