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John M. Marmora

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John Marmora concentrates his practice of over 35 years in all aspects of real estate law, with an emphasis on zoning and land use matters, including commercial, industrial, Brownfields, and retail projects, as well as residential and affordable housing developments. He is also engaged in commercial and retail leasing, conveyance and financing transactions, and real estate-related litigation. The latter includes zoning appeals, brokerage claims, lease disputes, commercial mortgage foreclosures, and eminent domain. He has appeared before various governmental agencies for development projects in both New Jersey and New York and served as general counsel to the Holmdel Township Planning Board from 1994 to 1999.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2013-2019
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Land Use and Zoning, 2006-2009

Professional/Civic Activities

  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Speaker)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Director – Land Use Law Section, 1999 - 2009)
  • Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., Board of Advisors and Pro Bono Counsel (2002 to present)

Additional Information

  • “Upgrading the Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use: Subtleties and Land Mines,” New Jersey Law Journal, July 8, 2019.
  • “Area in Need of Redevelopment Designations since 62-64 Main v Hackensack,” NJICLE Redevelopment Law Institute, February 8, 2019
  • “The Redevelopment Plan and the Zoning Ordinance: A Quick Primer,” NJICLE Redevelopment Law Institute, 2006 (co-author).
  • “Commercial Lease Negotiations Should Include All Land Use Issues,” Real Estate Special Supplement of the New Jersey Law Journal, March 18, 1996. 
  • “How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Cross Easements,” Real Estate Special Supplement of the New Jersey Law Journal, March 13, 1995.
  • “Must a Municipality Follow Its Own Zoning Ordinance,” Land Use Section Newsletter, New Jersey State Bar Association, April 1994.
  • “Planning Board Approval Resolution: An Overlooked But Often Critical Transition Document,” Community Trends, October 1992.
  • “Should the Association Advise Prospective Purchasers of Serious Construction Defects?,” Community Trends, April 1992.