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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. In 2002, Mr. Ward joined John J. Carlin, Jr., and established, Carlin & Ward, P.C.

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, and Morris County Bar Association.

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).

Areas Of Practice

  • Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015

Education

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

  • Laughlin Real Estate, Inc. v. Mobil Pipe Line Company, Federal District Court, PA, 2000064917
  • In re Bergen County Parkway 17 Associates, Appellate Division, 1999196393
  • Host Marriott Corporation v. Fast Food Operators, Inc., U.S. District Court, 1995148409
  • Robert DiFrancisco v. Chubb Insurance Company, Appellate Division, 1995171537
  • The Board of Education of the City of Asbury Park v. Murnick, Appellate Division, 1988110614
  • Foreign Auto Preparation Service v. New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Appellate Division, 1986225772
  • New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority v. Koziol, Appellate Division
  • New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority v. Carridi, N.J. Supreme Court, 1972202026
  • 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, 1984222750
  • City of Linden v. Benedict Motel, 370 NJ Super 372, 2004, Appellate Division

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

  • Moderator, Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Case Law Developments, Lorman Education, 04/17/2008
  • Moderator, Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Legislative Reform, Lorman Education, 04/17/2008 to 04/17/2008
  • Moderator, Eminent Domain in New Jersey: In the Zone - Highest & Best Use, Lorman Education, 04/17/2008 to 04/17/2008
  • Moderator, Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Ethics of Redevelopment & Pay to Play, Panel Discussion, Lorman Education, 04/17/2007 to 04/17/2007
  • Moderator, Eminent Domain in New Jersey: Contesting the Right to Take, Lorman Education, 03/28/2006 to 03/28/2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

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