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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;
  • COAH approvals and exclusionary zoning litigation ;
  • 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, Highlands Committee
  • Hunterdon County YMCA, Strong Kids Campaign

Awards And Recognition

  • N.J. Monthly, Super Lawyers, Land Use / Zoning
  • Top 50 Female Super Lawyers
  • Named as “Super Lawyer” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2005 – 2006, 2008 – 2011, 2013, 2014


  • SMART GROWTH IN THE HIGHLANDS REGION“, Dimensions Newsletter, New Jersey Builders Association, February/March 2014.
  • Cluster Development Law Offers New Opportunities For Flexible Planned Development“, Dimensions Newsletter, New Jersey Builders Association, November 2013.
  • Development Moratoria Resurrected in the Highlands“, New Jersey Law Journal, June 2013.
  • Author of Municipal Land Use, 2004 Edition, published by New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
  • “Public Costs Reallocated: New Jersey to Require Developers to Pay for Schools, Parks, Police and Fire Stations”, N.J. State Bar Association, Land Use Law Section Newsletter.
  • “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Innocent Questions Which Can Bury a Land Use Application”, New Jersey Lawyer
  • “The Highlands Model Ordinance: A Template For Regulation in the Highlands Region”, published by N.J. Chapter of the American Planning Assoc.
  • “The Highlands Build-Out Reports Project Deflated Growth”, Cutting Edge Newsletter, New Jersey Builders Association.
  • “Highlands Conformance: 21 Down, 38 To Go!”, Cutting Edge Newsletter, New Jersey Builders Association.


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