Thomas M. Olson

Thomas M. Olson
“Property disputes are never easy. They can be time consuming for property owners and disruptive to business operations or personal finances. I offer clients not only expertise, but also peace of mind. I treat their matter in a professional manner, keeping them informed every step of the way.”

With over 35 years of legal experience, Tom Olson has helped thousands of property owners achieve a fair and proper result when faced with condemnation or real estate tax assessment disputes and appeals. Offering aggressive, practical legal counsel, focused exclusively on condemnation, eminent domain and property tax, he works with property owners, their agents or their general legal counsel to maximize the outcome.

Mr. Olson likes satisfying his clients with attentive service and great results in condemnations and property tax appeals—helping owners of commercial, industrial and residential properties of every size and value. He shepherds the details of each case, bringing clients in on the major decisions.

His extensive knowledge of the law and local real estate matters puts him in demand around the state as the go-to guy for critical real property tax issues. In fact, he has served as real property tax counsel for a number of municipalities and private businesses and as special counsel for the New Jersey communities of Allamuchy, East Brunswick, Hackettstown, Jackson, Morris Plains, Morristown and Roxbury.

Bar Admission »

New Jersey, 1982

Professional Involvment »
  • Affiliate Member, Owners Counsel of America
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member, Morris County Bar Association
Noteworthy »
  • Mr. Olson’s concentration in the areas of condemnation and real estate tax appeals frequently places him at the podium of many law and real estate seminars and events.
  • He has lectured and served as a panelist at forums sponsored by bar associations and real estate appraisal organizations.
  • Selected as a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” as published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine every year since 2007, and recognized by that magazine as one of New Jersey’s Top 100 attorneys for 2012 and 2013.
  • Recognized as a “Best Lawyer” by  U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America® since 2013 in the field of eminent domain and condemnation law, and recognized by that publication as  Newark area Eminent Domain and Condemnation “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014 and 2023.
  • Law Clerk, The Hon. John J. Hopkins, J.T.C., New Jersey Tax Court, Newark, New Jersey, 1983.
Reported Opinions »
  • University Cottage Club of Princeton v. Princeton, 191 NJ 38 ( 2017)
  • University Cottage Club of Princeton v. Princeton, 26 N. J. Tax 185 ( Tax Ct. 2011)
  • Township of West Orange v. 769 Associates, LLC, 172 N.J. 564 (2002)
  • Livingston Mall Corp. v. Livingston, 17 N.J. Tax 18 (Tax Ct. 1997)
  • Tower Center v. East Brunswick, 286 N.J.Super 433 (App. Div. 1996)
  • Magliochetti v. State of New Jersey, 276 N.J. Super.361 (Law Div. 1994)
  •  Town of Morristown v. L.F. Associates, 12 N.J. Tax 87 (Tax Ct. 1991)
  • Town of Morristown v. Woman’s Club, 10 N.J. Tax 309 (Tax Ct. 1989), rev’d 242 N.J. Super 654 (App. Div. 1990), aff’d 124 N.J. 606 (1991)
  • Twin Oaks Associates v. Town of Morristown, 9 N.J. Tax 386 (Tax Ct. 1987), aff’d 11 N.J. Tax 94 (App. Div. 1989), certif. den. 117 N.J. 155 (1989)
Publications »
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