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Guliet D. Hirsch

Guliet concentrates her practice in the area of land use law in local planning/zoning boards and in the state and federal courts. She previously served as in-house corporate counsel for The Hills Development Co. and H. Hovnanian Industries. She has significant experience in pre-acquisition analyses for development potential and constraints, contractual and other legal support for land acquisition, and for all government approvals including:

  • Municipal development approvals for complex planned development and condominium projects
  • DOT access permits
  • Homeowners association documents and DCA registration
  • State and county environmental approvals
  • Exclusionary zoning litigation, settlements and land use applications
  • Highlands Council reviews and litigation
  • Sewer and water approvals
  • Historic preservation approvals

Representative Experience

  • General Counsel and Vice President, The Hills Development Company (development of large planned developments in Bedminster, Bernards and Morris Township).
  • General Counsel to H. Hovnanian Industries (development /management of large retirement communities in Ocean County, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, shopping centers, along with related litigation).
  • Private practice, representing property owners and builders in local land use boards and in subsequent successful appeals.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • New Jersey Builder’s Association, Environmental Committee
  • Hunterdon County YMCA, Strong Kids Campaign

Awards and Recognition

  • Named to New Jersey Super Lawyers list for Land Use/Zoning (2005, 2006, 2008 – 2011, 2013-2017)
  • Named to Top 50 Female Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers Magazine

Articles and Presentations



New Jersey Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Ranks 33 Archer Attorneys

Quarter Notes; COAH Ramps Up The Controversy

Legislative and Regulatory Update: 2012 Permit Extension Act Seminar