Christopher H. DeGrezia

Partner Princeton
christopher.degrezia dbr.com
Phone: (609) 716-6615
Fax: (609) 799-7000

About

Christopher H. DeGrezia assists clients with complex commercial transactions and land development projects.

Christopher primarily focuses on real estate development, zoning and land use. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate development and has guided clients through land use procedures and approvals in connection with all types of development projects. Christopher has represented many national and local real estate developers and leaders in the areas of acquisition, development, construction, leasing and finance and has provided guidance to a variety of governmental entities including municipal township committees, municipal borough councils, planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment, public utilities and numerous governmental subcommittees and commissions.

Christopher also handles transactional matters including structuring and negotiating agreements, financing, acquisition, sales, commercial leasing and construction contracts. He has advised clients regarding appropriate entity formation and has drafted and negotiated numerous leases, condominium documents and purchase agreements.

Christopher has provided advice and guidance regarding environmental regulatory compliance. He provides advice to a variety of governmental entities including municipal township committees, municipal borough councils, planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment, public utilities and numerous governmental subcommittees and commissions.

While in law school, Christopher served as a legal intern for the Hon. William F. Tuohey, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. He also served as a legal intern for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region II, Water, Grants and General Litigation Department. In 1995-96 Christopher clerked for the Hon. Raymond A. Hayser in the Superior Court of New Jersey, where he focused on prerogative writ litigation.

Experience

Christopher’s experience covers all types of development projects, including:

  • Data centers
  • Waterfront developments
  • Cell towers
  • Single family residential projects
  • Multi-family residential projects
  • Commercial development, transit projects
  • Office buildings
  • Retail developments
  • Regional malls
  • Agricultural uses
  • Industrial projects
  • Warehouses
  • Production and distribution centers
  • Hotels and extended stay facilities
  • Athletic facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theaters
  • Solar projects
  • Green buildings
  • Energy projects
  • Museums
  • Schools
  • Art centers
  • Sewage treatment plants
  • Historic preservation
  • Affordable housing projects
  • Houses of worship
  • Gas stations
  • Community centers
  • Bridges
  • Group homes
  • Redevelopment projects
  • Catering halls
  • Storage facilities
  • Continuing care retirement communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris has appeared before more than 100 land use boards and agencies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Some specific examples of Chris’s experience include:

  • $350 million arts and transit project, numerous housing projects and academic building projects for Princeton University
  • Over 10,000 million sf. industrial warehouse project for companies such as Prologis, Viridian, Sudler Corporation, Cabot and Keystone
  • 2.3 million s.f. industrial brownfield redevelopment project in Elizabeth
  • 400 residential unit development in Plainsboro for Investcorp International
  • Data Centers for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse
  • Genesis Heathcare Corporation transaction involving six continuing care nursing facilities Multi-family developments, including 560 units and 424 units in Riverdale, for Trammel Crow Residential
  • New York Jets Practice Facility in Florham Park
  • General Development Plan approval for Toll Brothers in Lacey Township permitting 750 residential units
  • Land use approvals for XM Satellite Radio in 11 municipalities
  • Kravco Simon, Quaker Bridge Mall Expansion project
  • Solar farms in White Township for Pennsylvania Power & Light Planning Board Attorney for Hopewell Borough
  • Appeared before State Historic Review Committee on behalf of Historic Morven, Inc.
  • Transactional and regulatory work involving environmentally challenged properties for clients such as Gerdau Amereristeel, Union Carbine Corporation, Ferro Corporation and Occidental Corporation
 

Recognitions

One of only eleven attorneys in New Jersey recognized by New Jersey & Co. as a top real estate attorney
Seton Hall Preparatory School Hall of Fame
Award-winning Land Use blogger (Law.com and Rutgers Law School “a resource for Land Use Law”)
Environmental Defense Award (Law.com)

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

Creator and author of NJLandLaw.com, rated one of the best educational blogs for land use and development.

Two Term President for the Princeton Bar Association

Vice Chair of D&R Greenway Land Trust

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1995, cum laude
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1990

Organizations

  • CancerCare, Board of Trustees
  • Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
  • D&R Greenway Land Trust, Vice Chair
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Mercer County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Monmouth County Bar Association
  • Montgomery Center for the Arts, Board of Trustees
  • Montgomery Friends of Open Space
  • New Jersey Builders Association
  • New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys
  • New Jersey League of Municipalities
  • Princeton Bar Association (Past President)