Over 80 collective years of
environmental and land use issues

John (Jack) Van Dalen


Practice Areas

  • 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

Bar Admissions

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


  • Contributing author to the 2014 and 2019 Editions of the New Jersey Environmental Handbook


  • 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—Earned all required credits

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey Bar Association

Representative Cases

  • Van Note-Harvey Associates v. New Jersey Schools Development Authority (compelled the addition of client to approved bidders list), 407 NJ Super 643, 2009, New Jersey Appellate Division
  • South Camden Citizens in Action v. New Jersey DEP (obtained dismissal of Environmental Justice claims against client ), 254 F. Supp. 2d 486, 2003, District of New Jersey
  • In re Egg Harbor Associates (won broad interpretation of NJDEP powers under CAFRA), 94 NJ 358 , 1983

Classes & Seminars

  • New Jersey Environmental Law, Rutgers Bloustein School of Graduate Studies, 1998 to 2015
  • Inverse Condemnation/Regulatory Takings, Rutgers Bloustein School of Graduate Studies, 1998 to 2015
  • 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
  • N.J. Riparian/Tidelands Law, Stewart Title Guaranty Co, 2016

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Mentor, Trenton Public Schools, 1996 – Present

Representative Clients

  • Fidelity National Title Group Inc
  • Boroughs of Allenhurst and Fair Haven
  • Stewart Title Guaranty CO
  • Spray Beach Yacht Club NJ
  • Corinthian Yacht Club, Cape May
  • 300 Unit Condominium in Edgewater
  • Apartment Building Owner, Long Branch
  • Various single family home or condo owners

Past Positions

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


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