Real Estate and Land Use

Real solutions.

In the fast-paced real estate arena, timing is often of critical importance. Coughlin Duffy prides itself on always being available for our clients and responsive to their needs and concerns.

We offer a full range of real estate legal services and have the ability to understand and work with the details and fine points of the simple to most complex and sophisticated real estate transactions. In addition, through the use of an experienced paralegal staff assisting our skilled attorneys, we are able to offer the finest quality legal services in a cost-effective manner.

Areas of expertise include:

Acquisition and Sales

Whether involving the acquisition, sale, or development of commercial, industrial or residential real estate, we are extremely skilled in negotiating purchase and sale agreements, conducting due diligence investigations as appropriate, addressing title issues and environmental concerns, and bringing transactions to a close.


Assisting clients with their financing needs is a strength. With experience in securitized loans, including real estate loans, we have worked with clients in negotiating and closing their financing transactions. Having represented lenders on many occasions, we bring a unique understanding of the financing process to our representation of the borrower in a loan transaction.


From simple to complex leases, we are skilled in drafting and negotiating commercial, industrial, and residential leases, both from the perspective of the landlord as well as the tenant.

Land Use

Facilitating the development of our client's projects from inception through the governmental approval process, we are experienced in handling land development, zoning, planning, and permit proceedings before governmental agencies and boards to obtain approvals for site plans, subdivisions, variances, and related permitting. In connection with that process, our experience in assessing the impact of environmental issues and facilitating effective solutions is invaluable to our clients.

Real Estate Litigation

Experienced in analyzing the issues and developing effective strategies for working with those issues, we have been involved in prerogative writ actions, disputes arising out of the sale and purchase of real estate, property right disputes, leasehold disputes, and a multitude of other real-estate related litigation.

Whatever your real estate needs, and regardless of the size or complexity of any transaction, our experience and expertise will guide and advise you while delivering cost-effective, personal, and prompt service.

  • August 15, 2019 6 Coughlin Duffy Partners Recognized in 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®

    Coughlin Duffy LLP is pleased to announce that 6 of the firm's partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in...

  • March 4, 2019

    Partner, Jim Wyse will be presenting at the 23rd Annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally on April 12, 2019 at the...

  • January 17, 2019 Kevin Coughlin and Thomas Cohn Recognized in U.S. News - Best Lawyers

    Coughlin Duffy Partners Kevin Coughlin and Thomas Cohn have been recognized in U.S. News - Best Lawyers in Insurance and in...

  • November 1, 2018 Coughlin Duffy LLP Ranked Among 2019 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report

    Coughlin Duffy LLP is pleased to announce that the firm is ranked in the U.S. News & World Report and...

  • October 13, 2018

    James Wyse will be co-presenting a seminar at the National Land Conservation Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, October 13,...

  • March 2, 2018

    On March 2, 2018, James Wyse will present a workshop session entitled “Tools to Firm Up Landowner Commitments” at the...

  • January 30, 2018

    James Wyse will speak on January 30, 2018 at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Land Protection Cooperative Group, an...

  • December 7, 2017

    James Wyse will speak on December 7, 2017 at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Land Protection Cooperative Group, an...

  • April 21, 2015 Technology Center at Princeton Land Acquisition

    Our Real Estate Group recently concluded the acquisition of all undeveloped land at the Technology Center at Princeton, in a...

  • Historic New Jersey Venue Agreement

    In November 2018, Coughlin Duffy LLP successfully completed a substantial transaction for our client, a popular and historic New Jersey hotel and venue, in a complex real estate agreement worth nearly $4M. 

  • Giralda Farms Acquisition

    Coughlin Duffy recently handled the purchase of the remaining undeveloped land at the Giralda Farms office park in Chatham Township. At $14.1 Million, most of which was funded by County agencies, this was the largest open space acquisition in the history of Morris County’s Open Space Trust Fund.