Anthony F. DellaPelle, CRE

Anthony F. DellaPelle, CRE
“The most important thing I can do for my clients is to quickly assess the issues and recommend a plan of action. I know what to look for, can map the issues to their needs, implement the game plan successfully, and maximize the results they obtain.”

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 DellaPelle for a singular reason. Because they know, firsthand, 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. DellaPelle’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. Mr. DellaPelle is co-author of New Jersey Condemnation Practice, the standard New Jersey treatise on eminent domain.  He is the sole New Jersey representative for Owners’ Counsel of America, a national association of leading eminent domain lawyers across the country.    Mr. DellaPelle is also designated as a member and serves as the current Global First Vice Chair of the Counselors of Real Estate®, an international group of real estate professionals recognized as leading advisors in complex real property matters with approximately 1,000 members worldwide, of which less than 10% are practicing attorneys.  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.

The cornerstone of his law practice is carved from over thirty-five 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 eminent domain, 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.

Experienced, driven, aggressive, successful, and 100% client-focused, that’s the game plan Mr. DellaPelle knows, and it works: It’s about results.

Representative Cases »

In the condemnation of an underground sewer easement in Hudson County, a jury awarded Mr. DellaPelle’s client just compensation totaling $5,058,900, which was nearly 10 times the amount of $523,200 originally offered for the taking by the regional sewerage authority.

In a redevelopment taking involving commercial property near a PATH station, the redeveloper’s offer of compensation was $8,900,000. Mr. DellaPelle 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. DellaPelle 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. DellaPelle obtained a settlement requiring the County to pay $1,150,000 as just compensation.

Bar Admission »

New Jersey, 1987

New York, 1988

Professional Involvment »

Widely respected in the legal community, serving in a number of leadership roles:

Noteworthy »
  • Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney
  • Holds the highest peer review ranking, “AV”, from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as a “New Jersey Super Lawyer”,  he has been recognized by his peers as one of New Jersey’s “Top 10” attorneys in that magazine and one of New Jersey’s “Top 100” attorneys for 12 consecutive years
  • Recognized in the “Best Lawyers in America” in the areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, and in Real Estate Law
  • Recipient, Alumni Citation, Franklin & Marshall College Society of Distinguished Alumni (2021)
  • Recipient, Chair’s Award, Counselors of Real Estate (2018)
  • Recipient, Chair’s Award, Counselors of Real Estate (2015)
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Award, New Jersey Builder’s Association (2013-2014)
  • The Star-Ledger’s Inside Jersey Magazine recognized him as one of New Jersey’s “Top Rated Lawyers” in August 2012 in the field of Real Estate Law, based upon the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Real Estate New Jersey Magazine selected him as “one of New Jersey’s top real estate attorneys” in 2009
Reported Opinions »
  • State v. Anderson, 248 N.J. 53 (2021)
  • State of New Jersey, Dep’t of Env. Protection v. 1 Howe Street LLC, et als, 463 N.J. Super. 312 (App. Div. 2020)
  • State of New Jersey, Dep’t of Env. Protection v. Midway Beach Condominium Association, Inc., 463 N.J. Super. 346 (App. Div. 2020)
  • Borough of Glassboro v. Grossman, et als, 457 N.J. Super. 416 (App. Div. 2019)
  • State of New Jersey, Dep’t of Env. Protection v. North Beach 1003 LLC, et als,  451 N.J. Super. 214 (App. Div. 2017)
  • 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)
Publications »
Presentations » Civic Involvment »
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees (2021-2022), Great Swamp Watershed Association
  • Former Trustee, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Past President, Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association
  • Former 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
  • Former Trustee, Morris County Bar Association

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