Richard S. Goldman concentrates his law practice on municipal land use law, real estate development, leasing, financing, green acres and farmland preservation, administrative law, independent school law, business transactions and real estate litigation.
Rich has broad experience in all aspects of municipal land use and real estate development. He has represented various boards, having served as counsel to the West Windsor Township Planning Board, township attorney in East Windsor Township, and counsel to the Robbinsville Township Zoning Board for over ten years. He represents many national and local real estate developers, corporations, universities and public utilities before local, county and state agencies throughout New Jersey for issues such as: subdivision/site plan review; redevelopment and pilot programs; environmental matters; Section 208 waste water treatment plan amendments; green acres and farmland preservation and comprehensive rezoning applications. He provides representation in transactional matters as well as in structuring and negotiating agreements, financing, acquisitions, sales, commercial leasing and construction contracts. He represents public companies on a full range of real estate needs including leasing and transactions throughout the country.
Rich is knowledgeable in all types and aspects of commercial litigation in state and federal court. He served as law clerk to the Hon. James F. Madden, J.S.C. in Bergen County. He also served as special litigation counsel to the West Windsor Township Planning Board involving complex Mount Laurel litigation. In addition, he has served as general counsel to many closely held corporations, nonprofit associations and independent schools including The Hun School of Princeton, Princeton Day School and Rutgers Preparatory School, providing comprehensive legal representation in all aspects of business affairs.
A former deputy attorney general, Rich is actively involved in aspects of government law and relations. He has represented many clients before state agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture, as well as public authorities. He served as a special consultant to the New Jersey Department of Transportation and authored comprehensive legislation affecting a public takeover of private bus and rail service in New Jersey and creating N.J. Transit.
Rich joined the board of trustees of D&R Greenway in 1990, and handled the first green acres nonprofit grant funded conservation closing in New Jersey. Since then, he has participated in the preservation of over 20,000 acres of land, primarily in central New Jersey, including several notable projects in Princeton, such as the Institute Woods, the Winant Farm and Greenway Meadows Park; the 400-acre St. Michael’s tract in Hopewell; and over 200 other properties throughout central New Jersey. Rich was elected chair in 2007, serving for six years, and completed and opened the Johnson Education Center in Princeton, which serves as the headquarters for D&R Greenway and a valuable community resource.
- Represents Princeton University in all of its real estate development matters, including the comprehensive rezoning and site plan review to build a $300 million arts and transit project, which was approved in December 2012 by the Regional Planning Board of Princeton after several years of process.
- Represented the William Flemer Family, Allentown Tree Farm and Crosswicks Farms in the sale of a 1,890-acre parcel of land to the State of New Jersey for $28 million. At the time of its closing in 2012, this was one of the largest and most complex land preservation projects ever in the State.
- Represents Fieldstone Associates, LLP in the redevelopment of a brownfields site in Haddon Township, New Jersey, as a high density, mixed use redevelopment reflecting new urbanism principles of “smart growth”. Rich represented Fieldstone in negotiating the operative redevelopment agreements, PILOT agreements, acquisition agreements, and all development approvals. In addition to this case Rich defended several lawsuits filed challenging the township’s redevelopment plan and power of condemnation.
- Secured development approvals for a major industrial warehouse park in Cranbury, New Jersey (2,800,000 square feet), on a uniquely difficult Brownfields site of more than 400 acres, requiring a development plan that would supplement a massive clean-up of historic (live) munitions on the site. The property was the site of a munitions factory that blew up in the 1950s and has been fallow ever since. This project involves reclassification of a sewer service area; a unique alternative sewer approval utilizing composting toilets; significant NJDEP involvement and litigation regarding the importation of 500,000 cubic yards of processed dredge material. The litigation was resolved and a modified plan was approved by the Cranbury Planning Board.
- Represents the Jets, and secured all state and local approvals to develop the Jets new training facility and corporate headquarters in Florham Park.
- Secured all development approvals for: $350,000,000 Art Campus and relocation of Princeton Train Station for Princeton University; 394 unites of residential housing at Forrestal Village; 2,400,000 square feet of industrial warehouse redevelopment including PILOT agreement and Redevelopment Area Bond funding Piscataway for Lincoln Equities; and 80,000 square foot medical office building in Morris Township.
Client Service All Star, BTI Consulting (2015)
D&R Greenway Donald B. Jones Conservation Award (2014)
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Land Use and Zoning’
Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)
- New Jersey
- Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1974, cum laude
- Rutgers University, A.B., 1970
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- American Bar Association
- New Jersey Bar Association
- Plan Smart NJ, Board of Trustees (Past Chair)
- Princeton Bar Association
- Young Audiences NJ, Board of Trustees (Past Chair)
- D&R Greenway Land Trust, Board of Trustees (Past Chair)
- Mercer County Bar Association (Past Treasurer)