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Michael J. Ash

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Florham Park, NJ

Carlin & Ward, P.C.
25B Vreeland Rd, Suite 203
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Phone: 201-546-4046
Fax: 973-377-5626
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain (20%), General Litigation (20%), Real Estate: Business (20%), State, Local & Municipal (20%), Tax: Business (20%)


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Attorney Profile

Michael J. Ash is an attorney at the boutique law firm Carlin & Ward, P.C., in Florham Park, New Jersey. Results-driven and passionate, he has been assisting his clients for over 15 years with matters such as eminent domain, land use and zoning, condemnation, real estate, general real estate litigation, and business and commercial law. 

Validated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a certified civil trial specialist, Mr. Ash has negotiated hundreds of favorable settlements. He litigated cases on behalf of municipalities, property owners, gas companies and more. He also has experience handling condemnation cases, eminent domain acquisitions, tax appeals and other matters before the tax courts, appellate courts and the Supreme Court.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University in 2001, Mr. Ash pursued his legal education and received his Juris Doctor from New England Law | Boston in 2004.

Admitted to practice in the state of New Jersey since 2014, Mr. Ash is also licensed to practice in New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Serving the community is important to Mr. Ash. He often provides pro bono services to those in need. He is a member of Real Estate Executives – Jewish Federation and served as general counsel for the New Jersey Parking Institute. He is also a member of the Westfield Planning Board and the International Right of Way Association.

Mr. Ash has earned the respect of his past clients and colleagues for his contributions to the eminent domain field. He has received many testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients. He frequently appears at many conferences and seminars as a presenter and panel speaker, and has written several scholarly articles for prominent journals.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Eminent Domain
  • 20%General Litigation
  • 20%Real Estate: Business
  • 20%State, Local & Municipal
  • 20%Tax: Business
Focus Areas

Litigation, State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Tax Law


3 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

About Michael J. Ash

First Admitted: 2004, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Westfield Planning Board, Member
  • REX - Real Estate Executives, Jewish Federation, Member
  • New Jersey Parking Institute, General Counsel
  • International Right of Way Association, New Jersey Chapter 15, Chapter Treasurer; Member, Executive Committee; Co-Chair, Planning Committee
  • New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Trustee

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey


  • Recognized as “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in the field of Eminent Domain
  • Recognized as Super Lawyer for 2020 in the field of Eminent Domain


  • Borough of Somerville v. Pathmark Stores, Inc., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, June 24, 2008 (WL 2492252)
  • Parking Authority of the City of Camden v. Estate of Milton Rubin, Appellate Division, February 11, 2020 (WL 635701)
  • State of New Jersey, by Department of Environmental Protection v. N. Beach 1003, LLC, 451 N.J. Super. 214 (App. Div. 2017)
  • M-C Properties Co. Rlty (Mack-Cali) v. Cranford Township, Tax Court (June 2, 2017)
  • County of Essex v. Rubin, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, August 02, 2017 (WL 3271931)
  • City of Newark v. ORR Investments, Inc., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, April 06, 2016 (WL 10580522)
  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority v. Milford Realty Associates, LLC Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, August 24, 2017 (WL 3623148)
  • New Jersey Transit Corporation v. Franco, 447 N.J.Super. 361 (2016)
  • Texas Eastern Transmission, LLP v. 9.41845 Acres of Land, In the City of Jersey City, cv-12-3499-SRC-CLW (April 1, 2015)
  • Marina District Development Co., LLC v. City of Atlantic City, 27 N.J.Tax 469 (2013)
  • County of Essex v. Rubin, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. June 24, 2011 (WL 2496222)
  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority v. Witt, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. July 15, 2010 (WL 2795077)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Takings for Pipeline Projects Are Subject to Challenge by Property Owners to Ensure Public Benefits" , Westlaw Environmental Journal , Volume 37, Issue 24, 2017
  • Co-presenter, Hotel Valuation for Tax Appeals, NJ Assessor’s Association, 2019 NJ League of Municipalities
  • Instructor for Local Government Officer Ethics Training, 2019 NJ league of Municipalities
  • Moderator and Panel Speaker - International Right-of-Way Association, Region 6, Spring Forum – Easement Acquisition, March 2019
  • Co-presenter, Tree Valuation in Temporary Takings for International Right of Way Association, March 2018
  • Panel Speaker at the Appraisal Institute NJ Metro Chapter Spring 2017 Princeton Conference
  • Panel Speaker for International Right of Way Association, Easement Valuation, December 2015
  • Panel speaker at the Appraisal Institute NJ Metro Chapter Spring 2014 Princeton Conference
  • Faculty for CLE International - Eminent Domain Update, Relocation Assistance – January 2014
  • Instructor for New Jersey Redevelopment Authority’s “Redevelopment Training Institute”, Case Law Update – October 2013
  • Featured Quarterly Columnist on issues related to Law and Real Estate for the "The Parking Professional", International Parking Institute
  • "Laws, Regulations and Related Policy" a chapter in "A Guide to Parking", International Parking Institute, Spring, 2018

Educational Background

  • Rutgers University, B.A., Major: Political Science - 2001

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New Jersey, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2015
  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2004
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Office Location for Michael J. Ash

25B Vreeland Rd
Suite 203
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Phone: 201-546-4046

Fax: 973-377-5626

Last Updated: 10/14/2021

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