Timothy P. McKeown concentrates his practice on a variety of civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on commercial real estate related matters, centered on real estate contract disputes, contractor disputes, construction lien and title issues, partition actions, and access issues under New Jersey environmental statutes. Tim has extensive experience handling commercial lease negotiations and related disputes and has tried scores of bench trials, as well as jury trials, throughout his career on behalf of commercial landlords, tenants, and others.

In addition to his litigation practice, Tim has extensive experience drafting commercial leases and contracts of sale, as well as representing sellers and purchasers in commercial real estate transactions.

Tim maintains New Jersey Commercial Real Estate Disputes, a blog on the firm’s website that provides businesses and individuals with timely information about the law as it pertains to the commercial real estate industry.

One of Tim’s favorite quotes is: “Service to others is the rent we pay for our time here on earth.” To that end, Tim currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the ARC of Somerset County, an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from birth through the senior years of life through its many programs and services in Somerset County.

Tim also serves on the Board of Trustees for Habitat for Humanity of Raritan Valley. Habitat for Humanity partners with low income people in the community to help them build or improve a place they can call home.



Blog - Real Estate Dispute and Land Use Law Blog

Property Rights Are on the Supreme Court’s Docket This Week

Property Tax Appeals Can Save You Money in 2021

Virginia First To Adopt COVID-19 Rules for Workplaces

Employer Responsibilities to Provide a Safe Workplace During COVID-19

Building Owners Must Have a Plan

No Rent Abatement for Small Businesses in New Jersey: Landlord/Tenant Trials Remain Suspended Through June 14, 2020

Operational Guidance for Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Can My Commercial Landlord Lock Me out During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Property Tax Appeals Can Save You Money in 2020

License or Easement?

Waiver of Breaches of Lease Covenants

In Deed

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Is Marital Real Estate Beyond a Creditor’s Reach in New Jersey?

Property Tax Appeals Can Save You Money

In the News: Forestry Stewardship and the Farmland Assessment Act

Care Needed When Allowing Property to Become an Artist’s Canvas

Care Needed When Allowing Property to Become an Artist’s Canvas

Court to Determine Scope of Attorney’s Obligations to Purchasers of Residential Real Estate

Constructive Eviction

Why Waive Subrogation?

Time to Change The Locks

Lease Assignments Are Not Guaranteed

What Exactly is Privity?

The Telegram Has Gone the Way of the Horse & Buggy In Residential Real Estate Transactions

Face Time Critical for Appraisers of Real Property

Potentially Heavy Legislation Out of Trenton

Lease Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence – Notice and Evidence Are Key

Landlord Pre-Lease Execution Checklist

Intervening In Tax Sale Foreclosures

Termination of Easements

Who Is Going To Pay For The Wall?

Lease v. License – What’s the Difference?

My Tenants’ Lease is Up – Why Can’t I Just Kick Them Out?

Is Cybersecurity Needed In Commercial Real Estate?

Sometimes A Building Is Just A Building

Consent Judgements: Not Always What They Appear To Be

It’s All About Performance, Specifically

Courts Take Over Administration Of Affordable Housing in New Jersey

No Good Deed – Realtor Exposure Under FDCPA For Attempting To Collect Rent

Love Is In the Air In Deed – Legal Rights When Purchasing Property As An Unmarried Couple

Transactional Lawyers May Be Obligated To Explain The Obvious Terms Of A Contract

Flag On The Play: Tortious Interference

The Effect Of A Judgment For Possession On Other Potential Lawsuits Between A Landlord And A Tenant

Anatomy Of A Tenancy Trial

Property Tax Appeals Can Save Money

Notice Requirements For Eviction (N.J.S.A 2A :18-53)

The Importance of Marshaling Facts Sufficient to Prove Mitigation

What Good Is a Good Guy Guarantee?

Court Slams Plaintiffs in Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act Case Brought Against Developer

Landlords Are Not Guarantors

What Is a Chapter 91 Request?

Christie Announces Post-Sandy Rebuilding Regulations

Property Tax Issues in the Aftermath of Sandy

Landlord’s Self-Help Remedy Lands Them in Court with Tenant

Weathering the Storm – Navigating Insurance: Terms and Conditions, Exclusions and Exceptions … Are You Covered?

New State Law Requires Property Tax Refunds for Sites under Environmental Remediation Orders Be Paid to NJDEP

Decision in Dimant Raises More Issues Than It Resolves

COAH Litigation Finally Set to Move Forward

Federal Reserve Announces QE3

Waiver Rule Is in Effect as of August 1st

How to Acquire Retail Space

IN THE NEWS: Key to Rebound in Commercial Real Estate May Be Less-Desirable Buildings

EDA Approves Grow NJ Tax Credits, Goethals Bridge Replacement Bonds

Acceptance of Rent in Default Situations

A-1023 Splits General Contractors and Subcontractors

Foreclosed Homes = Affordable Housing

IN THE NEWS: New Jersey Industrial Leasing Up

Morristown Hyatt Gets a Tax Refund with Successful Freeze Act Application

IN THE NEWS: Central New Jersey Office Market Leads State

The Importance of Drafting Proper Notices to Quit in a Commercial Tenancy

How A Letter of Credit Can Facilitate Commercial Lease Deals

The Landlord’s Liens

IN THE NEWS: Commercial Tenants Benefitting from Sublease Options

IN THE NEWS: Colliers International Says New Jersey Office Market Remains Stable

IN THE NEWS: Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. Diversified Portfolio with Acquisition of Apartment Buildings

IN THE NEWS: New Jersey’s COAH Eliminated

IN THE NEWS: Hartz Drops Lawsuit Against EDA over Panasonics Move to Newark Due to Cost


For Those Affected by Hurricane Irene: EDA Will Help Hurricane-Ravaged Businesses Rebuild

New Jersey Officially a “Disaster Area”

IN THE NEWS: New Jersey Last State to Adopt Sub-Metering for New Construction Multi-Family Properties

Access to a Neighbor’s Property for Remediation Purposes

IN THE NEWS: Hartz Mountain Has Record Second Quarter

Commercial Landlord Has an Implied Obligation to Maintain Shopping Center

What is A Partition Action?

Brownfields Fund Is Shut Down

IN THE NEWS: New Jersey’s Retail Space Vacancy Rate Up

IN THE NEWS: Bankers Say Commercial Property Foreclosure Procedure Should Be Expedited

IN THE NEWS: Commercial Real Estate Predictions May Be Too Good to Be True

Employee Injured on Commercial Premises May Sue Employer’s Partner Which Leased the Premises

IN THE NEWS: Longer Term Leases Might Be Yet Another Sign the Commercial Real Estate Market is Improving

IN THE NEWS: New Jersey’s Office Market Remains Stable with a Steady Stream of Renewal Activity

IN THE NEWS: More Good News in the Realm of Commercial Real Estate

IN THE NEWS: Panasonic Moves Ahead with Relocation of Headquarter to Newark

IN THE NEWS: New NJ Commercial Real Estate Record Set

IN THE NEWS: Landlords and Investors Cautiously Optmistic About NJ Commercial Real Estate Market

IN THE NEWS: Property Owner and Developer Split the Difference in Arbitrated Eminent Domain Dispute

IN THE NEWS: Hartz Sues EDA Over Panasonic Credits

Property Tax Appeal Deadline Is Upon Us

Brownfields Redevelopment: Boom or Bust in New Jersey?

The New Jersey Supreme Court Requires Municipality to Negotiate With Commercial Tenant Who is Sole Condemnee in Eminent Domain Proceeding

How an Owner Can Spoil a Potentially Good Damage Claim

The Need for Exit Strategies in Your Commercial Lease

Property Tax Appeals Can Save Money

Economic Impact of Commercial Development on the U.S. Economy

Commercial Lease Variations

What Is a Notice to Quit?

Deed In Lieu Transaction in the Commercial Real Estate Setting

Beware of the Ordinary Wear & Tear Clause in a Commercial Lease

Lender/Tenant Concerns When a Landlord Defaults on Its Mortgage

Proposed Bill Seeks to Help Finance Site Remediation

Primer on Tax Sale Certificates

DEP Launches Office of Dispute Resolution

Gov. Christie Goes After Red Tape

Disposing of a Defaulted Tenant’s Personal Property Redux

How a Commercial Landlord Can Avoid Spoiling a Potentially Good Damage Claim

COAH Reform at Impasse, Commercial Real Estate Development Fee Moratorium Expired

The Distress of Distraint

Storage, Storage, Storage of Stuff, Stuff, Stuff

Successful Tax Appeals Can Be Very Appealing

The Interstate Land Development Act – Does It Apply to Commercial Developers?

Best Way To Avoid The Anticipated Impending Green Litigation Rush

Time of Application Law Favored by Commercial Real Estate Developers Signed by Governor Christie

Entities May Still Transfer Real Property to Related Entities for Nominal Consideration and Claim Benefit of Exemption Under Realty Transfer Fee Act


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Reported Cases

  • Ryan v. State Health Benefits Commission, 260 N.J. Super 359 (App. Div. 1992)
  • Duffy v. O’Connell, 279 N.J. Super 672 (App. Div. 1995)
  • Kowalski v. L&F Products, 82 F.3d 1283 (3rd Cir. 1996)
  • 2nd Annual Legal Eagle Night, Metropolitan Real Estate Investors Association, February 18, 2008

Some recent matters Tim has handled include:

  • Successfully defended Tenant manufacturer, supplier, and marketer of herbal extracts and specialty fine chemicals in claims by Landlord for breach of contract and diminution of value of leased premises.
  • Successfully defended Tenant Corian manufacturer in breach of contract claims brought by Landlord as to condition of premises upon surrender.
  • Successfully defended major refiner, transporter, and marketer of transportation fuels in New Jersey Spill Act claim in which client subleased equipment and premises to alleged polluter.
  • Represented restaurant owner in business dispute negotiating a buyout of client partner, negotiated commercial lease of restaurant premises.
  • Successfully represented national hotel chain as landlord in summary dispossess and breach of contract actions against Tenant nightclub.
  • Successfully defended commercial tenant and guarantors by reducing landlord’s claim at trial from approximately $300,000 to $11,500.

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