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José A. Calves



Having always been civic minded and a proud New Jersey native, José Calves completed his undergraduate work with the goal of becoming a high school history teacher.  He changed course and headed to law school after a summer job for a state senator inspired him to pursue several state and local government internships.  José now practices municipal and government law with Parker McCay.

Combining a passion for public policy in New Jersey and his fascination with history, José can advise his clients not only on the idiosyncrasies of local government law but also on the origin of why municipalities in New Jersey operate so differently from other areas of the country.  He appreciates the role local government serves in peoples’ lives and enjoys being involved in the community.

Prior to joining the firm, José clerked for the Honorable Marie E. Lihotz P.J.A.D.  He also interned for the General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, and the Governor's Counsel.

Professional Activities

  • Burlington County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey - Board of Trustees representing Camden and Burlington Counties
  • Member - Rowan Alumni Board of Directors (July 2019 - present)

Community Activities

  • DeMolay International, Youth Organization, Volunteer Adult Advisor (2010-Present)


News & Speaking Engagements



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  • Served as judicial law clerk for the Hon. Marie E. Lihotz, P.J.A.D. (Ret.) in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2016)
  • Rowan University (B.A., History; B.A., Secondary Education, 2012)


  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
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