Richard P. De Angelis, Jr.

"Sometimes our local and state governments overreach in exercising their power to tax real estate and the awesome power to take private property through eminent domain and that is where we come in.”

Experienced, committed, and respected in the areas of eminent domain law, redevelopment and property tax appeals, Richard De Angelis fights to ensure just results for his clients.

Mr. De Angelis has prosecuted tax appeals throughout New Jersey, which has resulted in significant property tax savings for his clients.  He has successfully challenged redevelopment designations thereby protecting private property from being condemned.  And, when faced with the awesome power of government to take private property through eminent domain, Mr. De Angelis has helped his clients maximize their just compensation.  His practical approach helps clients quickly identify an attainable goal and develop a strategy to achieve it within each individual circumstance.

“The right to protect private property is a fundamental constitutional principle.  Sometimes our local and state governments overreach in exercising their power to tax real estate and the awesome power to take private property through eminent domain and that is where we come in.  We are committed to ensuring that our clients achieve just results; that they are taxed fairly; that their property is not wrongfully taken; and in the event where the power to acquire property through eminent domain is properly exercised, that our clients receive just compensation”

Representative Cases »
  • In 2008, Mr. De Angelis successfully appealed the dismissal of a client’s challenge to a blight designation, which had subjected the property to acquisition by condemnation, filed nine years after the statutory deadline. Under the precedent-setting decision in Harrison Redevelopment Authority v. DeRose, a property owner is now entitled to full and complete notice at the time of the blight designation and before the property may be acquired through eminent domain.
  • In a taking by a Morris County municipality of a property improved with a small professional office building, Mr. De Angelis successfully negotiated relocation assistance in the amount of $350,000 to relocate a dental office.  In addition, Mr. De Angelis was able to keep his client in the building for nearly one year after the initial threatened eviction date.
  • In a commercial property tax appeal, on the eve of trial, Mr. De Angelis successfully negotiated a settlement of a multi-year tax appeal that resulted in more than $80,000 in tax refunds to his client involving a unimproved parcel of land in an industrial area of Passaic County  The agreement included also a negotiated reduction in the assessment for the year following the last year under appeal that reduced the tax liability on the lot by 26% and resulted in an additional savings of nearly $18,000 per year going forward.
  • In a multi-year tax appeal for a property improved with a 74,000 sf retail building in Mercer County, Mr. De Angelis negotiated a settlement that resulted in a refund of more than $200,000.  The reduction in the final year under appeal was 22% that carried forward for an additional tax savings of approximately $69,000 per year.
  • In a taking by the NJ Department of Transportation (DOT), Mr. De Angelis successfully negotiated $160,300 in temporary relocation assistance for a property owner to compensate for the interruption of business operations as a result of the taking of a part of the owner’s property and the associated on-site improvements to cure the damage caused by the taking. In that same case, where the DOT’s offer of just compensation was $220,000 for the partial taking of a ten foot strip along a state highway, Mr. De Angelis successfully negotiated a settlement of $525,000 on the morning of the scheduled jury trial.
Professional Involvment »
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association; Land Use Section
  • Lecturer and panelist for New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and New Jersey Redevelopment Authority

 

Noteworthy »
  • Special Counsel for real property tax appeals for the Township of Randolph in Morris County  (2003-2010), and the Borough of Roseland in Essex County (2010-2011).
  • Past service as associate municipal attorney in Phillipsburg (Warren County), Lyndhurst (Bergen County) and Jefferson (Morris County) handing land use, condemnation, licensing, and real property tax appeals.
  • Special Counsel to Acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco of New Jersey in 2001, advising on legal issues related to government ethics, employee conduct and communications. Also participated in vetting prospective cabinet nominees.
Reported Opinions »
  • Harrison Redevelopment Authority v. DeRose, 398 N.J. Super. 361 (App. Div. 2008)
  • Trebour Trs. v. Randolph Tp., 25 N.J. Tax 227 (Tax 2009)
Publications »
Civic Involvment »
  • Member, Board of Directors, Community Options, Enterprises, Inc.
  • President, Board of Directors, Parsippany Soccer Club

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