Carlin & Ward, P.C.
25A Vreeland Road
P.O. Box 751
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: 973-377-3350
Fax: 973-377-5626
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New York Office:
115 East 57th Street
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New York, NY 10022
Phone: 646-274-1305
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William J. Ward

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Principal
Location:
Florham Park, New Jersey
Phone:
973-377-3350
Fax:
973-377-5626
Email:

William J. Ward

 Mr. Ward's practice has been focused mainly on condemnation of property by Eminent Domain. As Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Transportation from 1971 to 1974, he was assigned to the acquisition of rights-of-way for state highways and gave administrative advice to the Division of Construction and Maintenance. From 1974 to 1982, he was General Counsel and Secretary to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, where he handled all the condemnation litigation for the acquisition of the 715 acres that comprise the Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. As General Counsel, he also gave administrative advice on other matters including construction, labor and leases on major facilities, and negotiations with unions, franchisees, and vendors. From 1982 to 2002, Mr. Ward was a senior partner with Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C., where he directed the Eminent Domain department, supervised all the attorneys in the practice, and represented property owners exclusively against the New Jersey Department of Transportation and other condemning authorities in condemnation actions, state highway access permits, and relocation assistance matters.

Mr. Ward received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Peter's College in 1967 and his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University in 1970. He served a judicial clerkship with Honorable James T. Owens, Superior Court Law Division, Essex County from 1970-1971. He is currently a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Bergen County Bar Association, and the Hudson County Bar Association.

In March 2002, Mr. Ward joined John J. Carlin, Jr., and established a new firm, Carlin & Ward, P.C., where he continues to represent clients in condemnation matters. He currently represents or has handled litigation for Advance Realty Group, Ethan Allen, Bash Theatrical Lighting, Bridgewater Diner, Cumberland Farms/Gulf Oil, Forum Diner, Fast Food Systems (Wendy's), Gabrellian Associates, Gateway Motor Inn, Goodyear Rubber Company, Intercar Companies, Kar Parts, Krementz & Co., Route 46 Nissan, Papp Iron Works, Powell Trucking,  P.C. Richard, Quick Quality Restaurants (Burger King), Rahway Lumber, Roxbury Township, Senger Properties,  Sussex Honda, Sussex Mall, Toys "R" Us, and The Wiz.

Reported cases include: Laughlin Real Estate, Inc. v. Mobil Pipe Line Company (Federal District Court, PA); In re Bergen County Parkway 17 Associates (Appellate Division); Host Marriott Corporation v. Fast Food Operators, Inc. (U.S. District Court); Robert DiFrancisco v. Chubb Insurance Company (Appellate Division); The Board of Education of the City of Asbury Park v. Murnick (Appellate Division); Foreign Auto Preparation Service v. New Jersey Economic Development Authority (Appellate Division); New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority v. Koziol (Appellate Division); New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority v. Carridi (N.J. Supreme Court); New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority v. Giant Realty Associates (Law Division, Superior Court); New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority v. East Rutherford (Law Division, Superior Court).

 

Year Joined Firm

  • 2002

Areas of Practice

  • Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1971

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • Juris Doctor - 1970
  • St. Peters College, Jersey City, NJ, USA
    • Bachelor of Science - 1967

Published Works

  • Eminent Domain: Getting Noticed, New Jersey Lawyer, Real Estate and Land Use, Vol.15, No. 9, 2007
  • Defining Blight, New Jersey Law Journal, Real Estate Law, June 25, 2007
  • Limits to Federal Remedy for Private Property Rights, New Jersey Law Journal, Real Estate Law, October 22, 2007
  • Reversal of Blight, New Jersey Law Journal, Real Estate Law, November 12, 2007

Representative Clients

  • Bash Theatrical Lighting
  • Cumberland Farms/Gulf Oil
  • Ethan Allen
  • Bridgewater Diner
  • Forum Diner
  • Fast Food Systems (Wendy's)
  • Gabrellian Associates
  • Gateway Motor Inn
  • Goodyear Rubber Company
  • Intercar Companies
  • Kar Parts
  • Krementz & Co.
  • Sussex Mall
  • Quick Quality Restaurants (Burger King)
  • Rahway Lumber
  • Roxbury Township
  • Senger Properties
  • Toys "R" Us
  • The Wiz
  • Route 46 Nissan
  • Advance Realty Group
  • Papp Iron Works
  • Powell Trucking
  • P.C. Richard
  • Sussex Honda

Classes/Seminars

  • Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Case Law Developments, Lorman Education, Moderator, April 17, 2008 - Present
  • Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Legislative Reform, Lorman Education, Moderator, April 17, 2008
  • Eminent Domain in New Jersey: In the Zone - Highest & Best Use, Lorman Education, Moderator, April 17, 2008
  • Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Ethics of Redevelopment & Pay to Play, Panel Discussion, Lorman Education, Moderator, April 17, 2007
  • Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Contesting the Right to Take, Lorman Education, Moderator, March 28, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Member
  • Hudson County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • New Jersey Department of Transportation, Deputy Attorney General, 1971 - 1974
  • New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, General Counsel and Secretary, 1974 - 1982
  • Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C., Senior Partner, 1982 - 2002
  • Honorable James T. Owens, Superior Court Law Division, Essex County, Judicial Clerk, 1970 - 1971

From offices in Florham Park, New Jersey, and Manhattan, the attorneys of Carlin & Ward, P.C., serve clients statewide in New Jersey as well as the New York City metropolitan area. This includes Morris, Union, Essex, Bergen, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Monmouth, Ocean and Gloucester counties and the cities of Morristown, Newark, Hackensack, Jersey City, Elizabeth, Paterson, Union, Passaic, Bridgewater, Carteret, Long Branch, Asbury Park, Atlantic City, and Paulsboro.