Scott L. Carlson has a diverse practice focused on land use, local government law, appellate and prerogative writ litigation, commercial and general litigation, administrative law and regulatory compliance. A former chief of staff in the New Jersey Senate and associate with one of New Jersey’s largest and most-reputable law firms, Scott’s unique experience gives him an understanding of the implications that New Jersey law, politics, and public policy have on the goals of both private and public clients.
Scott is an experienced practitioner in nearly all New Jersey courts, including the New Jersey Superior Court’s Law, Chancery, and Appellate Divisions, Federal District Court, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He has considerable experience preparing and presenting both routine and controversial development applications before local planning and zoning boards. Scott also litigates on behalf of and against governmental entities in land use and compliance matters, and frequently represents clients seeking permits and approvals from a wide array of public agencies.
In his capacity as an attorney for public entities, Scott serves as Municipal Attorney for Morris Township, Planning Board Attorney for the City of Hoboken and the Town of Boonton, and Zoning Board Attorney for the Township of Chatham. He previously served as Planning Board Attorney and special counsel for the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills.
Scott’s experience in the State legislature enables him to assist private and public clients in navigating complex statutory enactments, including the State Highway Access Management Act, the Open Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Off-Track and Account Wagering Act and other racing-related laws, and the Casino Redevelopment and Reinvestment Act.
Thompson Reuters has included Scott on the New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list annually from 2009-2019, and on the “Super Lawyer” list annually since 2020.
Scott received his law degree from the Rutgers School of Law with Honors and served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Review. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.