About Anne Marie Rizzuto
Government, Public Entity and Land Use Representation
Anne Marie Rizzuto, Esq. has practiced law since 1986, concentrating for the past twenty-five (25) years in the area of public entity law, including municipal representation, zoning and planning board representation and land use and redevelopment. As general counsel, Ms. Rizzuto has gained extensive experience in many areas of entity practice, including drafting and passage of governing documents, ordinances and resolutions; drafting of personnel, employment and labor agreements and policies; attendance and handling of public meetings, OPMA matters and daily/general entity representation; representation regarding privacy, confidentiality, records requests and OPRA; day-to-day representation of all sub-entity departments (police, fire, health, tax, building and recreation); direct handling of varied litigation as well as supervision of outside counsel; overseeing environmental claims and insurance coverage representation; drafting, consultation and filing for DEP compliance; and overseeing municipal issues related to Special Improvement Districts, Urban Enterprise Zones, Library Boards and Boards of Education.
Private Entity Experience
Ms. Rizzuto has experience in representation of private entities regarding many types of transactional matters, including sale and lease of commercial property, construction contracts, indemnity and insurance agreements, position papers on entity matters, drafting of responses to bid opportunities, litigation defense of successful bids and guidance in contract and supplemental documents for legal and insurance compliance. She has represented private entities as well as objector groups in land use matters before municipal and County Land use Boards. She has written and negotiated condominium association deeds, bylaws and public offerings, shareholder agreements, asset purchase agreements, labor contracts, employment manuals and settlement and service agreements.
Ms. Rizzuto has gained extensive experience in entity representation and is a former Certified Civil Trial Attorney. Ms. Rizzuto’s skills in Litigation include handling of all pre-trial motions and discovery and trial of many varied criminal and civil matters, including labor and termination disputes and other human resource matters. Ms. Rizzuto has tried cases in New Jersey before many municipal courts, the Superior Court (civil and criminal trials) and the Tax Court, well as before the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. She has handled appeals to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission and the Appellate Courts.
Ms. Rizzuto graduated cum laude from Montclair State University with a double major in English and Political Science and received her juris doctorate degree from Seton Hall University Law School. She has been admitted continuously to the practice of law in the State of New Jersey since 1986.