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.
- September 6, 2018
In a precedential opinion, the Third Circuit ruled that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection erred in issuing permits for a natural gas compressor station without providing opposing parties with the opportunity to participate in hearings before an administrative law judge.
- August 11, 2017
Decision Creates New Law Permitting Government Agencies to Interpret Open Public Records Act
Successfully obtained invalidation of a state unfunded mandate concerning municipal payment for state rural police service.
Instrumental in creating and implementing New Jersey’s first and highly successful TDR program under the Burlington County Transfer of Development Rights Demonstration Act of 1989, which resulted in the permanent preservation of thousands of acres of the State’s most valuable and productive farmland.
Represented nine municipalities, and served as liaison counsel for a group of 25 municipal/government potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”), defended a complaint filed by the NJDEP against over 200 defendants for landfill cleanup.
- José Calves to Participate in Panel DiscussionJanuary 26, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- The Importance of Working with Your Client: Access to Public Records (OPRA) and Local Government EthicsJohn C. Gillespie to present at NJLM Orientation for Municipal Officials Who Are Newly Elected, Reelected, or ExperiencedJanuary 12, 2019New Jersey State League of Municipalities
- January 2, 2019
- George M. Morris to Present at Local Government Law SeminarDecember 13, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.New Jersey State Bar Association
- December 5, 2018
- Steve Goodell to Speak at New Jersey League of Municipalities ConferenceNovember 15, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.New Jersey League of Municipalities
- Parker McCay Attorneys to Present CLEs at NJLM Conference, Nov 13-15November 13 - 15, 2018New Jersey League of Municipalities
- June 22, 2018
- April 13, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.Catholic Business Network of South Jersey
- Municipal and Government Attorney, George Morris, to present this "Lunch n Learn" EventFebruary 6, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Burlington County Bar Association
- An Overview of Law and Strategies to Help You Prepare for NegotiationsMarch 16, 2017 | 11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.Government Finance Officers Association of New Jersey
- January 26, 2017
- Understanding OPRA and OPMAGeorge Morris Lectures on the Open Public Meetings and Open Public Records ActsDecember 11, 2015New Jersey State Bar Association
- Katelyn McElmoyl Named Trustee for the NJ Institute of Local Government AttorneysOctober 2015
- Van McPherson Named to Board of Trustees of the Atlantic County Bar AssociationJune 2015
- May 2015
- April 17, 2015
- George Morris Presenting at Government Law ProgramDecember 12, 2014 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
- Parker McCay Blog, October 25, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, August 20, 2018
- NJ Supreme Court Gives Teeth to the Criminal Investigatory Record Exception under the Open Public Records ActParker McCay Blog, August 15, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, June 22, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, June 7, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, June 1, 2018
- OPRA’s Privacy Clause: A Citizen’s Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Viewed Objectively by a Records CustodianParker McCay Blog, May 24, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, May 17, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, April 12, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, March 13, 2018
- Parker McCay Blog, August 9, 2017
- Parker McCay Blog, January 25, 2017
- Parker McCay Blog, November 30, 2016
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.