Robert S. Baranowski, Jr.
Partner

Robert S. Baranowski, Jr.

Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D. 2000)

  • Rutgers University (B.A. 1993)

Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey District Court

Robert S. Baranowski, Jr., a partner, concentrates his practice on environmental and land use matters. Bob represents clients in connection with development applications, zoning and land use litigation, appellate matters, redevelopment, eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions, and administrative proceedings. Bob is also experienced in handling title insurance claims and general commercial litigation.

Those who have worked with Bob describe him as a lawyer who practices at the highest levels performing like “a Swiss army knife”. Versatile, pragmatic and determined, Bob is a fierce advocate for his clients and constantly considering ways to proactively solve clients’ problems.

Before entering private practice, Bob served as Deputy Attorney General with the State of New Jersey in the Division of Law, where he represented the Department of Environmental Protection.  His environmental background along with his two decades of experience in land use law is a significant benefit to developer clients.

A past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Land Use Section Bob is also a member of the Southern New Jersey Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey.  A speaker at numerous seminars and workshops, Bob has presented programs on land use, zoning and environmental topics at NJICLE, ALI-ABA, the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the National Business Institute and the Burlington and Camden County Bar Associations.  He has been selected to the NJ Super Lawyers List for Environmental Law from 2020 to 2022 and selected to NJ Rising Stars List: 2011 and 2012.  Bob has also received an “AV®” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Bob’s experience in land use matters includes obtaining approvals for residential subdivisions; retail centers; manufacturing facilities; entertainment and amusement facilities; self-storage, warehouse and distribution facilities; medical facilities; and religious facilities, including an approval for development of a Buddhist temple.

In the area of eminent domain, Bob has recently served as head commissioner in a Camden County condemnation matter; obtained a jury verdict of $3,000,000 in favor of the property owner in a Camden County matter where the initial offer from the condemnor was $180,000; and negotiated a settlement of $12,650,000 in compensation for the property owner in a Mercer County matter where the initial offer from the condemnor was $5,700,000.  Bob has also served as an expert witness on land use in a commissioners hearing.

Bob is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University (B.A. 1993) and Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D. 2000). He is an active parishioner of St. Joan of Arc Church in Marlton and a Board member of Family Promise of Burlington County, an interfaith organization that helps homeless and low-income families to achieve sustainable independence.

“Prerogative Writ Actions: Challenging And Defending Local Government Actions,” Burlington County Bar Association, May 2022

“Land Use Update 2022,” NJICLE, March 2022

“Land Use And Zoning Issues 2021,” NBI, June 2021

“Spotting Hidden Dangers In Appraisal Reports, Environmental Reports, Title Commitment And More,” NBI, April 2021

“2020 Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2020

“Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2019

“The Land Use Institute,” NJCLE, December 2018

“Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2018

“Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning,” NBI, November 2017

“Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2017

“Advanced Issues for the Zoning Practitioner,” NJICLE, April 2016

“Applying the Rules of Civil Procedure in New Jersey,” NBI, April 2015

“Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2015

“The Due Diligence Process,” Hyland Levin, May 2014

“Land Use Basics,” NJICLE, May 2014

“Land Use Update,” NJSBA, March 2014

“Toxic Torts and Environmental Law,” Defense Research Institute, DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, February 2014

“The Land Use Institute,” American Planning Association, November 2013

“Land Use for Commercial Brokers,” Hyland Levin, September 2013

Understanding Permit Extensions,” NJICLE Webinar, April 2013

“Complex Environmental Litigation – Creative Settlement and Trial Strategies and Avoiding Penalties and Lawsuit Through Compliance:  What the Law Books Don’t Teach You,” National Business Institute Webinar, April 2013

“How SRRA and the LSRP Program Affect ISRA,” Lawlines Webinar, December 2012

“Ethics in Zoning and Land Use Law,” National Business Institute Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law Seminar, November 2012

“Environmental Provisions in Real Estate Transactions,” National Business Institute Environmental Liabilities in Real Estate Transactions Webcast, November 2012

“Role of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals and Why You May Need One Now,” Hyland Levin Seminar, May 2012

“2012 Land Use Update,” Moderator and Speaker, NJICLE, March 2012

“Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Solar Energy Projects and Zoning,” National Business Institute, November 2011

“Land Use Basics,” NJICLE, June 2011

“2011 Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2011

“Land Use and Environmental Regulation in New Jersey,” NJICLE, October 2009

“New Jersey Land Use, Planning and Zoning,” The Sharper Lawyer, December 2010

“2010 Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2010

“Land Use and Environmental Regulation in New Jersey,” NJICLE, October 2009

“Land Use & Real Estate: The Basics,” Camden County Bar Association, October 2009

“Privatizing The Cleanup Of Hazardous Sites: How the New Jersey Approach Transforms the Field,” ALI-ABA, May 2009

“2008 Land Use Update,” NJICLE, March 2008

“How to Get Your Site Plan or Variance Approved… And What to Do If It Isn’t,” NJICLE, October 2007

“Environmental Update,” Atlantic Builders Convention, 2006, 2007

“Legal Aspects of Air Enforcement and the Role of the Agency Witness,” Rutgers, 2003

New Jersey Legalizes, Decriminalizes Recreational Cannabis,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP e-Alert, February 2021

Burlington County Tax Assessment Calendar Change,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP e-Alert, November 2020

New Executive Order 136 Extends Various NJDEP Regulatory Time Periods,” Author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, May 2020

NJ Non-Essential Construction Activity Shut Down and Retail Limitations,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, April 2020

“What LSRPs Need to Know About the MLUL,” Co-author, The Chronicle, March 2020

New Jersey DEP Sets Registration Deadlines for Soil, Fill Recycling Businesses,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, March 2020

“Real Estate and Zoning Hurdles Facing Legalized Recreational Marijuana Retailers,” Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal, April 13, 2018

“DEP Beach Access Rules:  An Empty Shell?”, The Chronicle, Summer 2016

“Legislature Flips DEP’s Flops on Regulation of Beach Access,” New Jersey Law Journal, July 18, 2016

“Use it or Lose It:  Unused Sewer Capacity May be Subject to Recapture by Municipalities,” New Jersey Law Journal, July 14, 2015

“The First ‘Waive’:  DEP Issues Its First Waiver Rule Approval,” New Jersey Law Journal, November 20, 2014

“Will Wastewater Regulations Hold Water?  Regulatory Changes Could Dramatically Impact Sewer Service,” New Jersey Law Journal, August 24, 2007

Education
  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D. 2000)

  • Rutgers University (B.A. 1993)

Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey District Court