Present and former clients, as well as other attorneys in New Jersey and around the country, refer eminent domain, condemnation, redevelopment and real estate tax appeal cases in New Jersey to Anthony Della Pelle for a singular reason. Because they know, first hand, that he has what it takes to deliver the results that matter most to clients.
Practicing exclusively in the area of eminent domain, condemnation, redevelopment law, and real estate tax appeals, Mr. Della Pelle’s knowledge of the legal issues and ability to quickly assess options has resulted in maximum just compensation for his clients, time and time again. He is the sole New Jersey representative for Owners' Counsel of America, a national association of leading eminend domain lawyers across the country. He is one of only approximately 2% of all licensed attorneys in the State of New Jersey who are Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. Della Pelle has also been awarded the CRE® designation by the Counselors of Real Estate®, an international group of real estate practitioners recognized as leading advisors in complex real property matters with fewer than 1,100 members world wide, of which less than 50 are practicing attorneys.
The corner stone of his eminent domain law practice is carved from over twenty years of experience serving New Jersey property owners of all types, including small business owners, developers, commercial entities, and other attorneys, as well as experience in representing a variety of local government agencies as special counsel in condemnation, real estate tax appeal, and land use matters.
“All of my clients are important, big and small. All get superior service, attention, dedication, and results.”
In the practice of eminent domain law, defending the constitutional rights of property owners can be an uphill battle. Experience gained from being in the trenches in a variety of property rights actions can make the difference in the yield to the property owner.
“I think the most important thing I can do for my clients is to quickly assess the issues. I know what to look for and can map the issues to their needs, implement the game plan successfully, and maximize the results they obtain.”
Experienced, driven, aggressive, successful, and 100% client focused, that’s the game plan Mr. Della Pelle knows, and it works: It’s about results.
In a redevelopment taking involving commercial property in Hudson County, New Jersey, the redeveloper’s offer of compensation was $8,900,000. Mr. Della Pelle was able to obtain a settlement of this matter, before a condemnation complaint was even filed, in which his client was paid $16,800,000 as just compensation.
In a redevelopment case involving oceanfront land in Monmouth County, New Jersey, the City and its designated redeveloper offered his client $422,500. Prior to trial, Mr. Della Pelle was able to obtain a settlement whereby his client received $2,040,000 as just compensation.
In a condemnation by the New Jersey Department of Transportation for highway widening purposes in Monmouth County, the State offered his clients $1,400 for a partial taking of their commercial property. A jury awarded his clients $63,500, more than 45 times the amount of the original offer.
In a condemnation involving the preservation of open space of land by a County Park Commission, the County offered compensation to his client in the amount of $320,000. Prior to trial, Mr. Della Pelle obtained a settlement requiring the County to pay $1,150,000 as just compensation.
Widely respected in the legal community, serving in a number of leadership roles:
- Appointed by Governor Chris Christie as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority.
- Member of Governor Chris Christie's 2009-2010 Transition Team.
- Receiver and special legal advisor appointed by The Superior Court of New Jersey in real estate valuation matters.
- Former Trustee of the Morris County Bar Association, and current Chair of its Condemnation Committee.
- Inverse Condemnation Subcommittee, Co-chair, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation's Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee.
- A frequent lecturer, both in New Jersey and nationally, on eminent domain, redevelopment and real estate tax appeal issues before a variety of professional organizations, including the American Law Institute-American Bar Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, The Appraisal Institute, New Jersey Farm Bureau, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, National Business Institute, Urban Land Institute and others.
- A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association; the New Jersey State Builders' Association and its Redevelopment Committee; the Community Builders' and Remodelers' Association; and the Urban Land Institute.
- A member of the faculty of the New Jersey Association of Realtor’s Graduate Realtor Institute, since 1989.
- Mill Race, Ltd. v. Mayor & Tp. Committee of Bernards Tp., 230 N.J. Super 160 (App. Div.) certif. denied, 117 N.J. 154 (1989).
- VSH Realty, Inc. v. Harding Tp. 14 N.J. Tax 379 (Tax Court 1994), rev'd 291 N.J. Super. 295 (App. Div. 1996).
- Essex County Improvement Authority v. RAR Development Assoc., 323 N.J. Super. 505 (Law Div. 1999).
- Ennis v. Alexandria Tp., 13 N.J. Tax 423 (Tax Court 1993).
- "The Law of Eminent Domain" (Co-Author, New Jersey Chapter) - Fifty State Survey, American Bar Association/First Chair Press, 1st Ed. (William G. Blake, Editor)(2012)
- "Proving Positional Bias", Real Estate Litigation, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Spring 2011, Vol. 9, No. 2;
- "Recovering Business Goodwill in Condemnation Cases", Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation; Winter 2011, Vol. 14, No. 1;
- "Selecting Eminent Domain Experts”, The Practical Litigator, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Vol. 21, No. 5, September, 2010;
- "Environmental Impacts In Real Estate Valuation Litigation", New Jersey Law Journal, March 23, 2009;
- "Redevelopment in NJ After Gallenthin", RealEstate New Jersey , October 2007;
- “A Smoother Road for Site Improvements” New Jersey Law Journal, June 23, 1997;
- “Brokers Beware: Caveat Emptor Comes Crashing Down” Tri-State Real Estate Journal, April 1997;
- “Striking a Balance with NIMBY Critics” Tri-State Real Estate Journal, March 1996)
- Trustee and current Officer of the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association.
- Vice-President and Trustee of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Foundation.
- Long-time Trustee and Officer of the New Jersey Association of the Deaf-Blind.
- Coach; youth baseball, softball and soccer teams
Mr. Della Pelle resides in Morris Township with his wife and three children.