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.
- 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.
- 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, 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, the common law right of access and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Having experience defending public clients, our municipal attorneys are able to quickly and appropriately resolve difficult questions affecting municipal clerks, school business administrators and other government records custodians.
Municipal attorney, George Morris, has years of practical first-hand knowledge assisting clients in fielding public records questions, records retention guidelines and document preservation concerns and when permitted by law, document destruction decisions. This expertise is critical, especially in public records cases, where fee shifting provisions may result in substantial fees against the public agency where access was denied.
Parker McCay attorneys serve as a frequent lecturers to municipal officials and lawyers alike on issues concerning public records issues. We start with the basic foundation of determining whether a request is valid through the ultimate release of responsive materials or the denial of a request. Our knowledge base is critical from the initial request to cases which yield thousands of documents responsive to a 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.