The firm’s Business law group provides a comprehensive package of legal services to our clients. Some of our attorneys handle transactions and are considered “deal” lawyers; others serve as outside general counsel to national and international companies headquartered in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Our lawyers are problem solvers and “big picture” strategic thinkers.4957150 Litigation Group Litigation /practice-areas/Litigation
Our Litigation group possesses extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in a broad variety of matters in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. We value attention to detail and appreciate how critical it is to efficiently protect our clients’ interests in any litigation.4957153 Real Estate Group Real Estate /practice-areas/real-estate
The firm’s Real Estate group handles a broad variety of matters, representing developers, borrowers, investors and lenders in all types of asset classes. Our real estate lawyers think creatively and provide practical advice, based on deep experience.4957156 Succession Planning, Trusts and Estates Group Succession Planning, Trusts and Estates /practice-areas/succession-planning-trusts-and-estates
Our Succession Planning, Trusts and Estates group assists individuals and families in connection with estate planning, financial and tax planning services, family business succession planning and charitable giving. We work with executors and beneficiaries to efficiently administer estates, and we advise corporate and individual trustees and other fiduciaries on issues involving trusts, estates, family settlement agreements and other related actions. In the event litigation is necessary, we provide legal representation in connection with any disputes.4957134 Business-Business Operations and Counseling Business Operations and Counseling /practice-areas/business-operations-and-counseling 4957132
Our Business law group advises a large variety of commercial enterprises in diverse industries. We represent companies in all stages of governance, management and operations, including start-up companies, established businesses and entities in transition. Our work includes:
Our Business law attorneys work closely with our real estate, estate planning and tax lawyers to provide a comprehensive approach to organizational structure and succession planning issues.
We also draft and negotiate almost every conceivable form used in the operations of most manufacturing, distribution and service businesses, including:
Hyland Levin has experience handling complex shareholder, member, and asset acquisition transactions, mergers and dispositions. Our corporate transactional practice includes:
Our Business law group counsels clients on food product safety, warranties, food labeling, approved supplier programs, codes of conduct, corporate responsibility, compliance programs, supply chain transparency issues, quality assurance policies and transportation matters. We routinely advise clients on trade secret and confidentiality matters, and prepare and negotiate executive compensation, non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements.
We regularly draft and negotiate:
Our franchise and distribution clients vary from start-up franchise and distribution systems to large private and public multi-national companies. We also regularly advise private investors contemplating franchise and distribution system investment opportunities.
Our franchise law counseling and compliance work includes:
Our distribution and licensing law practice includes:
The firm’s Immigration group represents a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from private matters for individual clients to companies operating on a global scale.4957137 Immigration-Corporate Compliance Corporate Compliance /practice-areas/corporate-compliance 4957148
Our Immigration group regularly assists employers regarding compliance and investigations involving U.S. immigration laws. Corporate restructuring may require contract and due diligence considerations regarding immigration compliance, and we are able to provide strategies to respond and defend against unlawful hiring, IRCA violations, civil penalties and criminal charges. We counsel on the following matters:
Our Immigration group is experienced in processing every type of immigration benefit filings, including all areas covered under employment or family-based sponsorships, such as:
Our clients span a variety of industries, including steel fabrication, retail loss prevention, biotechnology, manufacturing, banking, shipping, healthcare, entertainment and hospitality. In addition, we represent numerous universities, religious organizations and other non-profit entities, as well as individuals.4957133 Litigation-Business Litigation Business Litigation /practice-areas/business-litigation 4957150
Our litigators aggressively represent our clients’ legal interests and focus on results so they can tend to their business. We regularly handle disputes arising out of:
Our Litigation group handles matters that can jeopardize an entire business and the owner’s livelihood. Examples of such issues are:
We understand the importance of timely action with respect to terminations of relationships. Our Litigation group has represented numerous entities seeking immediate injunctive relief in Court and the subsequent pursuit of damages when appropriate. We regularly handle matters involving:
Our real estate litigators have significant experience and a reputation for excellence in:
We serve as outside general counsel for many condominium and homeowner associations. Given ongoing relationships with residents and vendors, we assist our clients with day-to-day issues that frequently arise. Our lawyers are skilled at applying a practical approach when needed. Below is a list of the services we provide for our clients:
We also have significant experience in handling transition matters to successful conclusion. When control shifts from the developer to the unit owners, we appreciate the challenges for members of the board, and we provide the experience and support needed for associations to work their way through this process. We are “in the trenches” with our associations every step of the way. Our firm analyzes whether the developer and contractors complied with their obligations with respect to construction, establishment of reserves and assessments. We aggressively pursue claims to address construction defects and related damages and, if appropriate, develop creative solutions to resolve the claims.4957139 Real Estate-Eminent Domain Eminent Domain /practice-areas/eminent-domain 4957153
Our Real Estate group handles condemnation matters on behalf of condemning authorities, property owners and tenants. We assist our clients with:
Our environmental law practice covers a wide spectrum of issues relating to our client’s use, acquisition, development and disposition of real property, such as:
Our clients’ projects have included diverse projects such as nuclear electric generating facilities, quarries, dams, marinas, golf courses, shopping centers, medical facilities, day care centers and houses of worship.4957149 Real Estate-Liquor License Regulation Liquor License Regulation /practice-areas/liquor-license-regulation 4957153
Our attorneys have experience handing a variety of liquor license matters in New Jersey, including:
We have represented national restaurant chains, liquor stores, hotels, business owners and amusement parks in liquor license transactions and regulatory compliance matters. Because of our knowledge of New Jersey’s complex alcohol beverage laws, we also advise clients on entity structuring and management issues.4957151 Real Estate-Multifamily Multifamily /practice-areas/Multifamily 4957153
Our Real Estate group has significant experience representing rental and for-sale housing owners, developers and private equity investors in multifamily transactions in New Jersey and nationwide.
We represent owners, developers and investors in connection with all aspects of multifamily transactions, including:
We also regularly represent owners in acquisition financings and re-financings, including financings with qualified lenders providing funding through the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs. We routinely prepare, negotiate, issue and deliver legal opinions on formation, authority, execution and delivery and enforceability matters, as well as providing non-consolidation opinions for securitized transactions.
Given our experience, we are skilled at closing multi-property, multi-jurisdictional transactions in an efficient, focused and timely manner.4957152 Real Estate-Property Taxation Property Taxation /practice-areas/property-taxation 4957153
We represent all types of property owners in challenges to real property tax assessments before County Boards of Taxation and the New Jersey Tax Court. The deadline for contesting a tax assessment in New Jersey is generally April 1 of the current tax year.
We also work with developers to negotiate the assessments on new development projects. We routinely advise buyers, sellers and foreclosing lenders on realty transfer fee issues. Our attorneys also provide property valuation counseling and litigation advice to partnerships, limited liability companies and other entities involved in valuing real property and interests in the entities that own real property, including for succession and gifting purposes.4957155 Real Estate-Real Estate Leasing Real Estate Leasing /practice-areas/real-estate-leasing 4957153
Our Real Estate group has extensive experience in retail, industrial, commercial and office leasing in New Jersey and nationwide.
We represent both landlords and tenants and believe that our appreciation of the issues from both viewpoints allows us to expedite negotiations and pragmatically resolve issues to achieve a prompt and efficient finalization and execution of a mutually acceptable lease.4957157 Real Estate-Transactional Real Estate and Finance Transactional Real Estate and Finance /practice-areas/transactional-real-estate-and-finance 4957153
Our Real Estate group assists local, regional and national developers, owners and investors in all stages of the development process, from land acquisition through permanent financing.
We regularly draft and negotiate:
Our practice includes handling transactions involving vacant land, residential, healthcare, office, hotel, special purpose, industrial, shopping center, retail and multi-family properties, of all sizes, in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and nationwide.
We also have extensive experience representing both borrowers and lenders in a variety of financing transactions, including:
Members of the Real Estate transactional group also work with attorneys in our Succession Planning, Trusts and Estates group, as well as our Litigation group, to provide clients with coordinated, business-minded legal advice and practical solutions.4957159 Real Estate-Zoning and Land Use Zoning and Land Use /practice-areas/zoning-and-land-use 4957153
The firm’s land use practice is almost exclusively applicant-based representation on behalf of national, regional and local clients on a recurring basis. We regularly assist our clients in obtaining all required development approvals and permits, including:
When necessary, we will also undertake challenges to the denial of development applications and defend approvals and permits obtained when appealed by objectors.4957135 Succession Planning, Trusts And Estates-Business Planning Business Planning /practice-areas/business-planning 4957156
A significant part of the group’s practice consists of providing estate and business planning for owners of closely held businesses and, in particular, family-owned businesses.
We handle all phases of estate administration.
We have a special interest in preserving and protecting wealth.
Our Litigation group has experience in the field of trusts and estates and consults seamlessly with our Succession Planning, Trusts and Estates group.
Megan Knowlton Balne, an associate with the firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, zoning and land use, and real estate development and finance. Prior to joining Hyland Levin, she clerked for the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Chief U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey and for the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, Assignment Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court for Burlington County.
Megan is a graduate of Ramapo College (B.A., summa cum laude, 2007) and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She won the award for Outstanding Scholarship from the New Jersey Women and Gender Studies Consortium and served as President of Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honor Society. She was also awarded a fellowship as a History Scholar Finalist at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
At Rutgers, Megan was Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, and served as a Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant and was an Academic Success Fellow. Megan also participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she represented victims of domestic violence who filed for temporary restraining orders in Camden County.
Megan is admitted to practice in New Jersey (2010) and Pennsylvania (2010). She is a member of the Burlington County Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association. Megan is also a member of the Community Associations Institute and serves on the New Jersey Law Journal’s Young Lawyers Advisory Board.
In addition to the law, Megan has a passion for the arts. She remains active in community theater and regularly participates as actor, director or stage manager in different productions throughout South Jersey. Megan also serves the community as a board members of both Haddonfield Plays and Players and Maternity Care Coalition.
“Judicial Opinion Writing,” Vermont Law School, November 2016
Panelist, “The Benefits of Non-Profit Board Service as a Young Professional,” Emerging Young Leaders Conference, Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, August 2015
“Enforceability of Letters of Intent,” Hyland Levin Commercial Broker Seminar, November 2014
“Successful Writing for a Judicial Internship,” Rutgers School of Law-Camden, January 2013
“Beyond the Lease: Practice Points for Landlord’s Counsel” New Jersey Law Journal, 220 N.J.L.J. 660 (June 1, 2015), co-authored with Lauren A. Beetle, Esquire
“N.J. Economic Opportunity Act: Changing the Game with New Incentives,” New Jersey Law Journal, 215 N.J.L.J. 923 (March 31, 2014)
“The Eucharist: An Expressive Sacrament or a Political Tool,”10 Rutgers J. of L. & Relig.5, 2008
“Religious Discrimination over the Internet: Protected or Prohibited,” 10 Rutgers J. of L. & Relig. 6, 2008