Harry J. Riskin

“I practice law to help clients counteract the overreaching of government and to make sure their rights are protected. It’s especially rewarding in a constitutional context… I obtain positive results for my clients as a result of being at the forefront of our practice area—condemnation and real estate tax appeals—for over 40 years.”

Harry Riskin has devoted a distinguished, pioneering legal career to helping New Jersey property owners win just compensation from grasping government entities in eminent domain and real property tax cases. Author, lecturer and special counsel on eminent domain matters, he has been certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and been ranked among the state’s finest attorneys by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

Results-oriented and deeply experienced, Mr. Riskin knows eminent domain law inside and out. He, as well as the firm, has handled every type of property, including Fortune 500 Companies and small businesses. He had been special counsel to the New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation for condemnation matters and has lectured extensively, both nationally and statewide, before attorneys, appraisers, real estate professionals, municipal associations, and professional societies on key aspects of eminent domain and property tax law. He has also co-authored New Jersey Condemnation Practice (New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 3rd Edition 2008), the standard New Jersey treatise on eminent domain.

He’s also served as special counsel on real estate tax appeals for several municipalities.

Representative Cases »

When the government wanted to take a client’s entire facility—which would have put the client out of business—Mr. Riskin was able to convert an entire taking to a partial taking. That kept the facility functioning and the business operational—and in the process he obtained a huge monetary settlement for his client.

For another client faced with a similar taking of their entire property, Mr. Riskin obtained substantially more than the government’s original offer—and had the government entity pay for relocation expenses, resulting in one of the largest relocation settlements on record.

Professional Involvment »
  • Former Trustee of Morris County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Member, Eminent Domain Section)
  • Former Chairman of the Law and Legislation Committee, American Right-of-Way Association, New Jersey Chapter
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Former Committee Member of the North Jersey Fee Arbitration Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Former Member of the District 10 Ethics Committee
Noteworthy »
  • Elected to the Board of Trustees of the Mayor Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court
  • Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Deputy Attorney General for State of New Jersey assigned to New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Riskin holds the highest ranking “Pre-eminent AV” for the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, he was selected by his peers as a “New Jersey Super Lawyer.”
  • 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;

Mr. Riskin has acted as Special Counsel to:

  • New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation
  • Town of Morristown for Real Estate Tax Appeals
  • Township of Rockaway for Real Estate Tax Appeals
  • Township of Wayne
  • Township of Jackson for Real Estate Tax Appeals
Publications »

New Jersey Condemnation Practice, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 3rd Edition, 2008

Presentations »
  • Member of Faculty: American Law Institute-American Bar Association, “Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation” Seminar
  • Institute for Municipal Assessors and Municipal Attorneys sponsored by Rutgers University Bureau of Government Research
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers
  • New Jersey State Bar Association and New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Condemnation in New Jersey
  • Real Estate Tax Appeals, Rutgers University Bureau of Government Research
  • Institute on Zoning, Planning and Eminent Domain
  • Lorman Education Services, “Eminent Domain in New Jersey – Proposed Federal and State Legislative Reform”
  • Americans for Prosperity Foundation, “Keeping New Jersey Competitive” Summit Conference, National panel “Eminent Domain”

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