Michael D. Sullivan


973-239-8800 (office)


Mr. Sullivan has extensive experience in municipal, land use, real estate law and property tax appeals and has received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He has served as counsel to a number of planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment including the Hanover Township Planning Board, Mountain Lakes Zoning Board of Adjustment and Montclair Zoning Board of Adjustment for over 25 years. He also represents developers and individuals before land use boards throughout the state and has obtained approvals for a variety of commercial, industrial and residential developments.

Practice Areas

  • Municipal
  • Land Use
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • Real Estate


  • Villanova University, B.A., Cum Laude, 1980
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D. Editor, Seton Hall Legislative Bureau,1983

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1983
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1991
  • United States Supreme Court, 1998

Representative Published Opinions

New Jersey Transit Corp. v. Borough of Somerville, 139 N.J. 582 (1995), New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 10 year statute of limitations for actions commenced by the State or its agencies did not apply to a property tax appeal filed by a State agency as the filing deadline imposed in contesting local property tax assessments applies to taxpayer government entities as well as private litigants.

Green Meadows v. Planning Bd., 329 N.J. Super. 12 (App. Div. 2000), reviewed the requisite variance proofs pursuant to “c(1)” and “c(2)” in the context of a major subdivision and held a “c(2)” variance is not necessarily unavailable because the applicant has created the condition which requires the variance.

Ketcherick v. Bor. of Mountain Lakes, 256 N.J. Super. 647 (App. Div. 1992), holding that a successor in title to a prior owner who created an isolated substandard lot was not entitled to a “c(1)” variance due to the self imposed hardship rule.


New Jersey State Bar Association, Land Use Law Section

Essex County Bar Association

New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys