Leonard H. Berkeley

Leonard H. Berkeley

Parsippany, New Jersey

Leonard's practice encompasses matters involving land use, real estate, zoning and planning, condemnation, government law, general litigation, and complex litigation with a concentration in general equity.

A dedicated public servant, he has held a variety of key positions in Essex County, New Jersey, including former Prosecutor, former Special Counsel, and Special Counsel to several Essex County agencies, including the Improvement Authority, Health Agency and Insurance Fund. At the municipal level he has held the position of Special Counsel to the City of Newark and various other municipalities.

Leonard also has held positions within several federal agencies, including Approved Counsel to both the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation. 

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Land Use & Real Estate
  • Government

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1972
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1985
  • New York


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1971
    • Honors: Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Former Member
  • Upsala College, Monmouth University
    • B.S. - 1968

Representative Cases

  • City of Newark v. Law Department City of New York, 305 A.D.2d 28, 760 N.Y.S.2d 431 (1st Dept. 2003)

Honors and Awards

  • The American Lawyer and National Law Journal, top rated lawyer in Corporate Counsel, 2013 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Board of Advisors, Pace University School of Law, 1994 - 1998
  • Chairman Legal Committee, Monmouth University, 1994-1998
  • Essex County, New Jersey, Former Prosecutor
  • Essex County, New Jersey, Former Special Counsel
  • City of Newark, Special Counsel
  • FDIC, Approved Counsel
  • Resolution Trust Corporation, Approved Counsel
  • Monmouth University, Former member of the Board of Trustees

Pro Bono Activities

  • Crestmont Country Club
  • NY Friar’s Club

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