Mr. Kienz's practice is focused in Real Estate law and specifically zoning, planning and land use development and redevelopment, along with environmental and municipal law.
With over 30 years of complex litigation experience in the land use, zoning and redevelopment areas, Mr. Kienz has tried cases before Judges in the State and Federal Courts. He holds an AV rating in Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized by New York Magazine as one of the “New York Areas Best Lawyers” as well as by New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the area of zoning and planning along with being designated as a “Super Lawyer”. He was named by US News and World Report as a “Best Lawyer” in the field of Land Use and Zoning Law.
Mr. Kienz regularly represents public entities, developers and citizens in all legal and litigation matters concentrating primarily in redevelopment and land use applications for industrial, commercial and residential developments. He has appeared before over 100 different agencies.
Mr. Kienz is admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court. He serves as a condemnation commissioner, as Associate Counsel to the New Jersey Planning Officials and is Counsel to the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers. He has also been qualified as an expert in Land Use before the New Jersey Courts. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University, and regularly teaches for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers, and the NJ Society of Professional Land Surveyors courses in government, ethics and land use and is frequently requested to speak at conferences and seminars. He has edited and written numerous articles and, “A Guide to Planning and Zoning Boards of Adjustment" (1990, 2000, revised 2013). He also is the editor of the “Municipal Land Use Law” published by the New Jersey Planning Officials, and is an associate editor on the “Local Government Law Review.” He is the past Chair of both the Land Use Section and Local Government Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association and a past President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. Mr. Kienz was also a recipient of the William F. Cox Award issued by the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.
Licensed since 1981
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyers||US News and World Reports||2013|
|Super Lawyer||New Jersey Monthly||2013|
|William M. Cox Award||New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys||2004|
|Coadjutant Faculty Member||Rutgers University||1986 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys||President||2004 - 2006|
|New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers||General Counsel||2004 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Land Use Law Section||Chair||1998 - 1998|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Local Government Law Section||Chair||1998 - 2000|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Local Government Law Section||Trustee||1994 - Present|
|New Jersey Planning Officials||Associate Counsel||1988 - Present|
|New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys||Trustee||1983 - 2006|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Land Use Law Section||Director||1982 - 1999|
|New Jersey Planning Officials||2014 Municipal Land Use Law||2014|
|New Jersey Planning Officials||The Complete Guide to New Jersey Planning Boards & Zoning Boards of Adjustment||2013|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Quiet Legislative Session Yields Two Major Bills||1994|
|New Jersey Planning Officials||A Citizen’s Guide to the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law||1993|
|New Jersey Federation of Planning Officials||A Guide to Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment||1990|
|Local Government Law Review||Associate Editor||N/A|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Municipal Land Use — Practical Skills Series||N/A|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||ABC’s of Zoning and Planning Practice||N/A|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Pennsylvania State University||Regional Planning||MA - Masters||1977|
|Lafayette College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|April General Meeting of the Society of Municipal Engineers||Ethics for Engineers||2014|
|65th Atlantic Builders Convention||The Growin Trend of Mixed-Use Developments||2014|
|New Jersey Annual League of Municipalites Convention||Issues for Municipal Engineers and Attorneys||2013|
|Mt Laurel Seminar||Mt Laurel--Trust Fund and Municipal Issues||2013|
|Hot Topics in Municipal Law||Overview of Current Problems in Municipal Practice||2013|
|Ethics in Government Relations||Land Use Law--A Perpsective from Both Sides||2013|
|Certified Municipal Engineer Program||The Municipal Land Use Law for Engineers||2013|
|Annual Meeting of Municipal Assessors||Land Use and Assessing||2013|
|Fall Forum||Ethics of Engineers||2011|