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Joel N. Jacobson

Of Counsel

Joel has been a partner with the firm for more than 45 years. He served on the firm’s management and compensation committees from 1986 through 2017 and chaired the real estate practice group.

Joel’s practice focuses primarily on real estate and banking matters. His clients include a wide range of real estate investors and developers, numerous banks and other financial institutions, hotel owners and developers, a large fast-food franchise, and many non-real estate businesses with real estate needs. Among the types of matters handled by Joel are the following:

A broad range of commercial, industrial, office, and retail leasing transactions, including a 1,100,000 square foot warehouse lease, a 250,000 square foot office lease, and a lease of an FDA-approved laboratory with the equipment in place.

Purchases and sales of improved and unimproved real property, including transactions with complex approval contingencies and purchase price kickers.

Foreclosures, workouts, and sales with respect to thousands of commercial loans secured by real estate assets, including shopping centers, commercial and residential development projects, commercial office buildings, industrial buildings, mixed used properties, commercial office buildings, industrial buildings, mixed used properties, redevelopment projects, golf courses, tennis facilities, health care facilities, self-storage facilities, restaurants, catering facilities, gas stations, parking garages, and environmentally contaminated properties.

Structuring of corporations, joint ventures, partnerships, and limited liability companies in connection with real estate transactions.

Resolution of real estate disputes, including litigation and alternate dispute resolution.

Joel has been named as the “Banking Lawyer of the Year” as well as being listed as a banking law “best lawyer” for each of the past 12 years by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. He was also named one of the state’s top real estate attorneys by Real Estate New Jersey Magazine. Joel has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating, its highest lawyer rating, as an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and legal knowledge.”

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    • J.D., 1971
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • B.A., cum laude, 1968
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
    • Corporate Section
    • Banking & Business Law Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Debtor/Creditor Section
    • Banking & Business Law Section
    • Real Estate Law Section
  • Meritas
    • Board of Directors, 2003-2005
    • Former Chairman, Financial Services Section
  • Somerset County Bar Association
  • Chatham Township Planning Board 2004 – 2012
  • The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living
    • Board Member
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
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