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Steven R. Tombalakian

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Steven R. Tombalakian


Parsippany, NJ





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Mr. Tombalakian has over 25 years of experience as an accomplished attorney advising clients on all aspects of commercial real estate, land use development and redevelopment matters. Mr. Tombalakian’s extensive transactional and litigation experience includes the representation of large, medium and small corporations as well as a specialty practice representing retail motor fuel clients.

As general counsel and local counsel to clients, Mr. Tombalakian routinely advises commercial property owners and developers throughout the increasingly complex development process, including initial property acquisition, financing, permitting/ approvals, construction and leasing. Recently, he was local counsel to a 75 million acquisition of a hotel which was fast-tracked successfully (contract to closing in less than two months).

A licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Planner, Mr. Tombalakian began his career with a consulting engineering firm where he worked on many civil and environmental engineering design and construction projects. This practical design, planning and construction experience underpins Mr. Tombalakian’s expertise in all aspects of real estate law, including environmental and municipal law.

Mr. Tombalakian is also an accomplished litigator, having successfully litigated high-profile land use and environmental matters at all levels, including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. An expert in his field, Mr. Tombalakian frequently lectures for the National Business Institute on New Jersey zoning and municipal law, is a contributing author of the treatise New Jersey Zoning and Land Use, 2nd Edition (Juris Publishing, 2008) and author of articles on environmental law, as published in ABA State and Local Government News and the New Jersey Law Journal.

Also an active member of his community, Mr. Tombalakian serves as Chairman of the Borough of Madison Planning Board (member since 2007); he is also on the Board of Trustees for the French American Academy, a not-for-profit operator of bilingual preschool and primary schools; and serves as a Trustee for the Madison Main Street Foundation, which advocates and promotes the Borough of Madison’s downtown commercial business district.

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1997
  • New York, 2001

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2001


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. – 1997
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Bachelor of Engineering – 1990
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Masters of Engineering – 1993

Published Works

  • “New Jersey Zoning and Land Use ,” 2nd Edition (Juris Publishing, 2008), Wrote two chapters covering zoning boards and flexible zoning
  • “Third Circuit Broadens Reach of CERCLA to Encompass ‘Contractually Responsible Parties,” ABA State and Local Government News (Spring 2006)
  • “Ending Waste Flow Control,” New Jersey Law Journal, 168 N.J.L.J. 28 (April 1, 2002), Co-Author

Representative Cases

  • Caldwell Trucking PRP Group v. Rexon Technology Corp., 421 F.3d 234 (3d Cir. 2005)
  • BAPS Northeast v. North Bergen Zoning Bd of Adj. (In re Four Three Oh, Inc.), 256 F.3d 107 (3d Cir. 2001), cert. denied sub nom, 534 U.S. 1056 (2001)
  • Price v. Strategic Capital Partners, 404 N.J. Super. 295 (App. Div. 2008)
  • Lyons v. Township of Wayne, 185 N.J. 426 (2005)
  • ERG Container Services v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, Morris County, 352 N.J. Super. 166 (App. Div. 2002)


  • Moderator, RealShare Industrial East Conference, 2008 – Present
  • Guest Speaker, Inn of Transactional Counsel, 2006 – Present
  • New Jersey zoning and municipal law, Lecturer, National Business Institute, 2005 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Council of Shopping Center Owners, Member, 2006 – 2009
  • State Bar Association, Environmental Section, Member, 1997 – Present
  • State Bar Association, Land Use Section, Member, 1997 – Present
  • State Bar Association, Business Law Section/ISRA Subcommittee, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Morris County Bar Association, Member, 2009 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Borough of Madison Planning Board, Class IV Member, Chairman, 2007 – Present
  • French American Academy (bilingual private school), New Milford, New Jersey, Trustee
  • Madison Main Street Foundation, Trustee
  • Downtown Parking Subcommittee, Madison Downtown Development Commission, Volunteer, 2005 – 2007