Prior to his retirement in 2022, 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.
In 2022, Mr. Ward provides wisdom and guidance to Carlin, Ward, Ash & Heiart, LLC as Of Counsel.
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).