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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.



Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 20%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Construction: 20%
  4. Land Use & Zoning: 20%
  5. State & Local Law: 20%

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Contact info

Weiner Lesniak LLP

629 Parsippany Road
P.O. Box 438
Parsippany, NJ, 070540438


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyersUS News and World Reports2013
Super LawyerNew Jersey Monthly2013
William M. Cox AwardNew Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Coadjutant Faculty MemberRutgers University1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey Society of Municipal EngineersGeneral Counsel2004 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Local Government Law SectionTrustee1994 - Present
New Jersey Planning OfficialsAssociate Counsel1988 - Present
New Jersey Institute of Local Government AttorneysPresident2004 - 2006
New Jersey State Bar Association, Land Use Law SectionChair1998 - 1998
New Jersey State Bar Association, Local Government Law SectionChair1998 - 2000
New Jersey Institute of Local Government AttorneysTrustee1983 - 2006
New Jersey State Bar Association, Land Use Law SectionDirector1982 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
New Jersey Planning Officials2014 Municipal Land Use Law2014
New Jersey Planning OfficialsThe Complete Guide to New Jersey Planning Boards & Zoning Boards of Adjustment2013
New Jersey Law JournalQuiet Legislative Session Yields Two Major Bills1994
New Jersey Planning OfficialsA Citizen’s Guide to the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law1993
New Jersey Federation of Planning OfficialsA Guide to Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment1990
Local Government Law ReviewAssociate EditorN/A
Institute of Continuing Legal EducationMunicipal Land Use — Practical Skills SeriesN/A
Institute of Continuing Legal EducationABC’s of Zoning and Planning PracticeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Pennsylvania State UniversityRegional PlanningMA - Masters1977
Lafayette CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
April General Meeting of the Society of Municipal EngineersEthics for Engineers2014
65th Atlantic Builders ConventionThe Growin Trend of Mixed-Use Developments2014
New Jersey Annual League of Municipalites ConventionIssues for Municipal Engineers and Attorneys2013
Mt Laurel SeminarMt Laurel--Trust Fund and Municipal Issues2013
Hot Topics in Municipal LawOverview of Current Problems in Municipal Practice2013
Ethics in Government RelationsLand Use Law--A Perpsective from Both Sides2013
Certified Municipal Engineer ProgramThe Municipal Land Use Law for Engineers2013
Annual Meeting of Municipal AssessorsLand Use and Assessing2013
Fall ForumEthics of Engineers2011