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Municipal and Government

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This firm practice area has been serving local government entities in New Jersey for more than 100 years.

Our Municipal attorneys understand the complexities of local, state and federal laws that affect the responsibilities and liabilities of public entities. Our attorneys appear before state and federal courts as well as state agencies such as the departments of Transportation, Environmental Protection, Community Affairs and Labor.

The firm also serves as Special Counsel to numerous municipalities throughout New Jersey in areas such as land use, affordable housing, public finance, redevelopment, civil rights litigation and environmental matters. We represent dozens of other municipalities in the defense of lawsuits through the many Joint Insurance Funds we serve. 

Parker McCay municipal attorneys have extensive experience in tort claims, municipal litigation and appeals, the Fair Housing Act, COAH, affordable housing, employment law, municipal tax appeals, redevelopment law, eminent domain, transfer of redevelopment rights, municipal finance, real estate, election law, the Open Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, land use, local utility law, environmental and tidelands law, Green Acres and County Open Space programs, NJDEP regulatory law, and Titles 40 and 40A of the New Jersey Statutes.

Our attorneys have litigated matters relative to the various forms of government in New Jersey, and the rights and duties of elected and appointed officials under their respective forms of government. On behalf of our clients, the firm has handled hundreds of lawsuits, advising on potential outcomes, settlements, settlement ranges and suitability. In addition, the firm has issued hundreds of opinions regarding procedures which must be followed under these various forms of government.

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Open Public Records

Open Public Records

Parker McCay stands in the forefront on public access issues, especially the spectrum of issues related to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), the common law right of access and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Our municipal attorneys quickly resolve difficult questions facing municipal clerks, school business administrators, police records clerks, and other government records custodians.

George M. Morris, Esquire has years of practical first-hand knowledge assisting clients by answering questions about public records requests and redactions, as well as records retention guidelines, and document preservation and destruction decisions. This expertise is particularly critical because OPRA contains generous fee-shifting provisions which frequently result in substantial fees awarded against the public agency whose custodian denied the request. 

Our team of experts specializes in cases of first impression regarding the right to redact, student records, body cameras and multi-media electronic communications balanced against the rights of privacy of personal information that may be contained within public records. Indeed, our attorneys have argued numerous cases before the Government Records Council, the trial courts, the Appellate Division, and the New Jersey Supreme Court in just the last few years. 

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