John (Jack) Van Dalen

John (Jack) Van Dalen

Trenton, New Jersey

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental Land Use Permitting
  • Environmental Penalty Defense
  • Tidelands Ownership Matters
  • Eminent Domain and Takings Cases
  • General Administrative Law Matters
  • Appellate Cases
  • Real Estate Title Disputes
  • State Government Contracting
  • Pollution Remediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
  • George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Merit Scholarship
    • Major: History
    • Major: Russian
    • Major: Political Science
  • Continuing Legal Education—32 CLE credits on various legal topics--2014-2016

Published Works

  • New Jersey Environmental Law Handbook, 8th Edition (author-CAFRA and Waterfront Development sections), 2014

Representative Clients

  • Fidelity National Title Group Inc
  • Borough of Sea Girt NJ
  • Stewart Title Guaranty CO
  • Ocean City Yacht Club NJ
  • Corinthian Yacht Club, Cape May
  • Heritage Building Group, PA and NJ
  • One of the largest retailers in US (name withheld at client’s request)
  • Various single family home or condo owners


  • New Jersey Environmental Law, Rutgers Bloustein School of Graduate Studies, 1998 - Present
  • Inverse Condemnation/Regulatory Takings, Rutgers Bloustein School of Graduate Studies, 1998 - Present
  • N.J. Riparian/Tidelands law, Copland School of Real Estate, 2008
  • N.J. Riparian/Tidelands Law, Stewart Title Guaranty CO, 2007
  • N.J. Riparian/Tidelands Law, Sothebys Realtors, Monmouth County, 2012
  • CAFRA Permitting, Rowan University, 2011 - Present
  • N.J. Riparian/Tidelands Law, Stewart Title Guaranty Co, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Chief Counsel, 2000 - 2002
  • Senior Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Attorney General Office, 1972 - 1999
  • Hon. John J.Gibbons, US Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, Judicial Clerk, 1970 - 1971

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mentor, Trenton Public Schools, 1996 - Present


  • English