Harvey Johnson practices in the area of real estate law and litigation. Mr. Johnson has handled a wide variety of litigation matters, ranging from administrative law issues to jury trials at which millions of dollars were at stake for his clients.
He represents major developers and assists them in obtaining the necessary government approvals for large housing-development projects, electrical cogeneration plants, solar energy and wind energy projects, and commercial developments.
He also provides counsel to government entities throughout the state of New Jersey on real estate issues. Mr. Johnson also represents developers in connection with the development of affordable housing projects that use federal low income housing tax credits and state and federal subsidy programs.
Mr. Johnson previously served as general counsel to the South Jersey Port Corporation, where he helped the state agency acquire numerous parcels of land and buildings to expand the port.
He routinely assists both public and private clients in obtaining various approvals and permits from the Pinelands Commission and from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. He also previously represented Deptford Township and the Camden City Board of Education.
- Represented Tryko Holdings, an operator of affordable housing developments and nursing homes on the east coast, in obtaining a $4,101,250 Grow NJ Award to construct a new office building in Brick, NJ.
- Obtained land use approvals for HighMark Schools to develop a $20 million charter school in the former Trenton Times building, in Trenton, New Jersey and a $14 million charter school in Pleasantville, New Jersey.
- Representing Highmark Schools, the developer of a proposed project to turn a former water treatment factory into a new home for the Vineland Public Charter School.
- Represented TD Equipment Finance, Inc. in the negotiation of a $21.5 million lease-purchase agreement for energy-saving equipment to the Trenton Housing Authority.
- Represented Camden Lutheran Housing, Inc. in an appeal of the property tax assessment for the Cooper Waterfront Homes. Obtained decision from the Camden County Board of Taxation reducing the property tax assessment for the development from $3,030,400 to $2,230,400.
- Represented the board of education of a large New Jersey city in all its procurement matters, including reviewing bid specifications, participating in bid openings and advising on awarding of contracts.
- Represented Cogen Technologies in obtaining a ruling from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities that a cogeneration plant was not a regulated utility and thus could operate a steam loop in Camden, New Jersey for up to 12 clients without being regulated.
- Represented Pennrose Properties in obtaining planning-board and zoning-board approvals for their $50 million Hope VI housing development in the Centerville area of Camden, New Jersey.
- Representing the City of Trenton as special counsel for the acquisition of land and for handling eminent domain actions.
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1969
- University of Delaware, B.A., 1966
- New Jersey
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Camden County Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- First President of the Black People’s Unity Movement
- Former Member, Board of Trustees, Rutgers University
- Member, Board of Directors, First Colonial National Bank
- Former Member, Board of Directors, U.S. Vision, Inc., which was third largest optical company in the U.S.
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