Dennis M. Galvin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in Jackson, NJ

The Galvin Law Firm
 | 730 Brewers Bridge Road, PO Box 1138
Jackson, NJ 08527
Phone: 732-364-3011
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Appellate (20%)


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Attorney Profile

Dennis M. Galvin focuses his practice on local government law and land use. As the founder of The Galvin Law Firm, located in Jackson Township, New Jersey, he handles a variety of other matters for clients throughout the state such as property tax appeals, municipal tax foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes, business creation and acquisition, and collections and commercial litigation. Mr. Galvin is also assistant counsel to the New Jersey Planning Officials, a nonprofit organization serving planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment in the state.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Montclair State University in 1980, Mr. Galvin went on to attend Seton Hall University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1986. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Mr. Galvin teaches zoning law and municipal land use law at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and often lectures on topics such as local government law, zoning and ethics. Additionally, he has published numerous articles on topics related to his areas of practice in publications such as Local Government Law Review, New Jersey Lawyer, New Jersey Planner and the State League of Municipalities magazine. Mr. Galvin is also a co-author of three volumes on local government law that are part of the New Jersey Practice Series.

Mr. Galvin was elected to Jackson Township's governing body in the early 1990s. He also served as first vice chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Local Government Section and was later named chairman. Mr. Galvin is a member of several other professional organizations, including the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Ocean County Bar Association and the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Land Use/Zoning (50%)

Business Litigation (30%)

Appellate (20%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Appellate: Appeals


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2018

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About Dennis Galvin

Admitted: 1987, New Jersey

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Honors and Awards:

  • "Super Lawyer", 2012 and 2013
  • "Citizen of the Year Award", May 15, 2002 - Present
  • "Outstanding Service Award", 2008 - Present
  • Jackson Alumni Hall of Fame, October 16, 2011 - Present
  • Recipient of the Michael A. Pane IV Award for Ethics, 2010 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member Institute of Local Government Attorneys
  • Citizen's Campaign Legal Task Force, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association - the Local Government Law Section, Vice Chair, 2009 - 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Attorney and Counselor, September 18, 2008 - Present
  • City of Summit Zoning Board of Adjustment, Attorney, 2002 - Present
  • Borough of Somerville Zoning Board of Adjustment, Attorney, 2006 - Present
  • Point Pleasant Beach Zoning Board of Adjustment, Attorney, 1992 - Present
  • Point Pleasant Beach Planning Board, Attorney, 2008 - Present
  • City of Hoboken Zoning Board of Adjustment, Attorney, 2010 - Present
  • Freehold Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, Attorney, 2003 - Present
  • Fairfield Township, Municipal Attorney, 2009 - Present
  • Panel on Land Use, State Bar Association's Annual Meeting, Moderator
  • Jackson Township, Former Committeeman
  • Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Former President
  • New Jersey Planning Officials, Assistant Counsel
  • Institute of Municipal Attorneys, Member
  • Ocean County Bar Association, Member
  • Middlesex County Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, the Local Government Law Section, Chairman, 2011 - 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2008
  • New Jersey, 1987

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Served on the Citizens' Campaign, Legal Task Force for Developing a Pay to Play Ordinance in Monmouth County, 2006 - Present
  • Served on the Blue Ribbon Ethics Panel in Monroe Twp, 2006 - Present
  • Jackson Memorial High School Scholarship Committee Presiden, 2002 - 2010

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • New Jersey Association for Planning and Zoning Administrators, Cutting Edge Issues
  • "Training Class for Members of Land Use Boards" and he has served for a panelist at many NJPO sessions, at The League of Municipalities Conferences, The New Jersey Planning Officials, 1993 - Present
  • "Ethics for Municipal Attorneys and Representing Zoning" & "Planning Boards in New Jersey", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2010 - Present
  • Instructor for Rutgers State University in the areas of zoning law and municipal land use law, 2003 - Present
  • "Despite Court Opinion, Board Members Should Disclose Reasons for Vote", The New Jersey Planner, Summer, 2004
  • "It Takes Courage to Deny an Inherently Beneficial Use, and Wisdom to be Affirmed", The New Jersey Planner, July/August, 2007
  • "Pay-to-play ordinances: logical, effective, legal", New Jersey Lawyer, August, 2008
  • "Bringing Non-Conforming Uses Into Conformity", The New Jersey Planner, November/December, 2012
  • "Sign of the Times", The New Jersey Planner, September/October, 2013
  • "What to Do When Things Go Wrong" Michael A. Pane IV Award Essay, In Honor of Stuart Koenig, New Jersey Municipalities, November, 2013
  • "The Interpretation of a Zoning Ordinance", Local Government Law Review, July, 2014
  • "Board Members Have Immunity – Absolutely!", The New Jersey Planner, July/August, 2010
  • "It's Time to Have X-Rated Vision", Local Government Law Review, August, 2011
  • "Honor Does Not Come in a Brown Paper Bag", New Jersey Municipalities, November, 2011
  • "Roles of the Zoning Board of Adjustment & the Zoning Officer", The New Jersey Planner, May/June, 2012
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Determining When Personalty is Realty for the Purpose of Real Estate Taxation", Municipal Law Review, September, 1991
  • "Real Estate Taxation of Common-Interest Development in New Jersey", Municipal Law Review, March, 1992
  • "The Effect of a Conviction of a Crime or Offense Upon The Right to Hold Office", Municipal Law Review, June, 1992
  • "The Only Thing That is Certain in Life is Death", Municipal Law Review, September, 1993
  • "Radio Towers Are Not Necessarily Beneficial", New Jersey Municipalities, March, 1997

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • ERETC , LLC v. The City of Perth Amboy, 381 N.J. Super 268
  • 1992 Municipal Elections for City of Perth Amboy, 257 NJ Super 368 (1992)
  • Pinewood Estates of Michigan v. Barnegat Tp., 261 NJ Super 357 (1992)
  • Russell v. Stafford Tp., 261 NJ Super 43 (1992)
  • Lakewood Residents Association Inc. v. Lakewood Housing Authority, 294 NJ Super 146 (1996)

Educational Background:

  • Montclair State University, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1980

Industry Groups

  • Local Governments
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Office Location for Dennis M. Galvin

730 Brewers Bridge Road
PO Box 1138
Jackson, NJ 08527

Phone: 732-364-3011


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Last Updated: 12/11/2017

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