Drew Kapur practices in the area of real estate law known as land value litigation. The primary focus of his practice is on the areas of eminent domain and condemnation, relocation assistance, and highway access management and control.
Mr. Kapur represents private property owners whose property has been taken for transportation right of way and urban redevelopment projects, as well as representing private and public sector clients in condemnations involving environmentally sensitive properties. Mr. Kapur also represents property owners in ad valorem tax appeals.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Kapur served for more than 16 years as Deputy Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, for the State of New Jersey, in which capacity he represented the state on several significant condemnation cases. He also advised the New Jersey Department of Transportation on state highway access issues.
Mr. Kapur has served as Special Condemnation Counsel for local and county governments in New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in connection with the Pennsylvania Convention Center expansion project.
Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia, Mr. Kapur is a member of the American, New Jersey and Camden County bar associations as well as the International Right of Way Association, and is an affiliate member of the Appraisal Institute. He is a 1981 graduate of Loyola University School of Law and a graduate, with honors, of North Carolina State University.
- Represented a property owner in connection with a condemnation instituted by a local redevelopment agency in Camden County, NJ. The redevelopment agency offered the property owner $110,000 for the property, which it rejected. Mr. Kapur settled the case for $550,000.
- Mr. Kapur represented a landmark diner in Burlington County, NJ in a condemnation matter instituted by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in connection with a highway project to eliminate a traffic circle and create a grade separated intersection. As a result all access to the diner from adjacent state highways was to be eliminated. The State’s offer of $117,000 was rejected by the property owner. The matters was tried before an eight-member jury which returned a verdict in the amount of $995,000.
- Mr. Kapur represented a single purpose LLC in the sale of a contaminated 30-acre former General Dynamics site in Essex County, NJ to Atlantic Realty Development Corp., which will build a 500-unit, mixed use transit village-style development and arts center called Avenel Arts Village.
- Mr. Kapur represented the owner of a closed gas station property located on a state highway (Route 35) in Middlesex County, NJ. The New Jersey Department of Transportation took the property owner’s right of direct access to Route 35, plus 9,601 square feet of land. The State originally offered the property owner $143,500 as just compensation for the taking and damages to the remainder, which was based upon the assumption the property would continue to have reasonable access after the Route 35 driveways were closed. Eventually, NJDOT agreed that reasonable alternative access could not, in fact, be provided to the site. Mr. Kapur settled the case at trial for $875,000.
- Mr. Kapur represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in connection with the acquisition of three properties in Philadelphia needed for the $700,000,000 expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The properties were improved with office, retail and condominium buildings, as well as surface parking lots. The aggregate of the estimated just compensation for these properties was $50,000,000.
- Mr. Kapur represented a property owner when Rowan University condemned a site fully approved for large-scale retail development in Gloucester County, NJ. Rowan initially offered the retailer $2.85 million for the site. The case was settled for $5,550,000.
- Mr. Kapur tried a condemnation action instituted by the NJDOT against a local Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Camden County, NJ. The State offered the property owner $274,000. An eight-member jury returned a verdict for the property owner in the amount of $772,000.
- Mr. Kapur represented the owner of an Cape May County, NJ retail property that was taken by NJDOT in connection with bridge replacement project. NJDOT had offered the property owner $725,000 for his entire property. Mr. Kapur settled the case for $1,055,000.
- American Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Camden County Bar Association
- International Right of Way Association (IRWA)
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