Cory K. Kestner

Cory K. Kestner is an Associate in the firm’s Princeton office. Mr. Kestner specializes in eminent domain, local property taxation and redevelopment. He devotes a substantial part of his practice to handling a variety of condemnation/eminent domain matters, advising clients regarding property tax issues and liabilities, and pursues property tax exemptions, abatements, and other incentives for real estate development projects. He also has extensive experience representing clients in local government, affordable housing and land use issues.

Prior to joining Archer & Greiner, Mr. Kestner was an Associate with Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. Previous to that, he was an Associate with McKirdy & Riskin, P.A. In both roles, he focused on real estate tax litigation and prerogative writ litigation.

Mr. Kestner earned his J.D. from Albany Law School where he was a member of the Albany Law Environmental Outlook Journal. During his time at Albany Law School, he completed internships with the Hon. Virginia A. Long (Ret.) and the Hon. William J. McGovern, III, J.S.C. Upon graduation, he served as a New Jersey Superior Court law clerk for the Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson, A.J.S.C. (Ret.) where he gained valuable insight into complex and novel litigation issues involving zoning, condemnation, and other civil matters.

Mr. Kestner is a frequent author on topics related to real estate valuation litigation, redevelopment, eminent domain, and zoning and land use.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Ewing Township Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney, 2015-2016

Awards and Recognition

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2011 – 2016
  • Honorable David A. Wanger Memorial Moot Court Award Recipient, 2006 – 2007


  • How Reasonable is Reasonable? Using a Different Highest and Best Use in Real Estate Valuation Litigation., Zoning and Planning Law Report, May 2016, Vol 39, No. 5.
  •  Redevelopment Under the Disparate Impact Cloud: What should municipalities do now that the Mount Holly case has settled?, Zoning and Planning Law Report, January 2014, Vol 37, No. 1. 
  • Underwater Mortgages: Can Eminent Domain Bail Them Out?, Real Estate Issues, Volume 38, Number 2, 2013. 
  • Chapter 91: Assessment Tool Turned Litigation Sword, New Jersey Law Journal, Local Government & Public Finance Law Special Issue, November 12, 2012. 
  • Creative Valuation Approaches for Difficult Properties, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, March 2012. 
  • In Condemnation Actions, Trial Court is Gatekeeper to Expert Valuation Testimony, New Jersey Law Journal, Local Government & Public Finance Law Special Issue, November 14, 2011. 
  • Recovering Business Goodwill in Condemnation Cases, Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Winter 2011, Vol 14, No.1. 
  • The Revival of Due Process Rights in Redevelopment Takings: Recent Developments in Due Process in State Eminent Domain Case Law, 42 URBAN LAWYER 581 (2010). 
  • Subpar Subpoena Clauses: Why States Need to Legislatively Amend Their Zoning Subpoena Laws, 34 SETON HALL LEG. J. 31 (2009). 
  • SCOTUS + SCONJ + TDRs = New Jersey Highlands Act Litigation Outcomes: Will It All Add Up to a Fair Outcome for Property Owners?, 18 FORDHAM ENVTL. L. REV. 399 (2007).



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