Peter A. Chacanias
Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., Riccio Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, 2014

  • Seton Hall University, B.A., magna cum laude, Dean’s List, Presidential Scholarship Award, 2011

Admissions
  • New Jersey, 2015
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 2015

Peter A. Chacanias, an associate with the firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of land use and environmental.

Peter’s experience includes representing commercial real estate developers and property owners on all aspects of the land development process, appearing before planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment and other municipal governing bodies in connection with site plan approvals, subdivisions, variances, rezoning applications, environmental permits, and access permits.  He has specific experience with waterfront development and tidelands matters.

Prior to joining Hyland Levin Shapiro, he handled land use, environmental, redevelopment, tidelands matters and related litigation at two prestigious law firms in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, respectively.  Peter previously served as Board Solicitor for several municipal bodies throughout New Jersey, including the Point Pleasant Beach Planning Board, and the Zoning Boards of Adjustment for the municipalities of Little Egg Harbor, Toms River and Summit.

Peter is a member of the Monmouth Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.  He earned his undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University (B.A. 2011), where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Presidential Scholarship Award.  He was also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society.  Peter received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 2014) where he received the Presidential Scholarship and the Riccio Scholarship.

Peter resides in Matawan Township with his fiancé.  In his spare time, Peter enjoys reading and is an avid outdoorsman and athlete.  When he is not working, you can usually find him hiking along some wooded trail or training for his next long distance run, and he hopes to rekindle his love of acting – a hobby he picked up in college and managed to continue throughout law school.

“Peter’s prior experience has been on both sides of the development table, enabling him to cogently understand and respect the government’s perspective in processing each application”

said partner, William F. Hyland, Jr.

Advise clients on complex title disputes of all types, including boundary line disputes, quiet title actions, foreclosures and tidelands matters.

Appear before the Tidelands Resource Council to present applications for riparian grants.

Appear before state agencies in connection with applications for Waterfront Development Permits and CAFRA Permits.

Testified before the New Jersey Senate’s Judiciary Committee and the Community & Urban Affairs Committee regarding the legal and practical effects of proposed legislation on title practice in New Jersey.

New Jersey Land Title Ass’n v. Rone, 241 N.J. 113, 226 A.3d 54 (2020)

“The Hidden Cost of a Dream Home on the Water”, Jersey Sporting News, December 2019

Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., Riccio Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, 2014

  • Seton Hall University, B.A., magna cum laude, Dean’s List, Presidential Scholarship Award, 2011

Admissions
  • New Jersey, 2015
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 2015