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DAVID L. GANZ,, is an accomplished lawyer, a dynamic author, and speaker. He is the youngest person ever appointed by the President of the United States (Nixon) to the annual Assay Commission (1974). He has done Continuing Legal Education lectures and speaking engagements on an ongoing basis on topics that range from Z to A, zoning law to African literature, and many topics in between.
He is also managing partner and principal litigator in the law firm of Ganz & Sivin, L.L.P. of Fair Law


DAVID L. GANZ,, is an accomplished lawyer, a dynamic author, and speaker. He is the youngest person ever appointed by the President of the United States (Nixon) to the annual Assay Commission (1974). He has done Continuing Legal Education lectures and speaking engagements on an ongoing basis on topics that range from Z to A, zoning law to African literature, and many topics in between.

He is also managing partner and principal litigator in the law firm of Ganz & Sivin, L.L.P. of Fair Lawn, N.J. and Ganz & Hollinger, P.C. in New York City, ( focusing his practice on municipal law and lands use, litigation, general commercial transactions and numismatic law.

He is also (since 2003) an elected Freeholder (at large) in New Jersey’s largest and most populous County, Bergen, where he chairs the Committee on Budget & Finance of a $360million annual budget ( Freeholder is similar to a County Supervisor or County Commissioner. He served as the 29th Mayor of the Borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey (the 4th largest municipality in Bergen County) (, for seven years, 1999January 2006.

Widely respected by his peers, he is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory with an a-v rating (highest rating), and his accomplishments are listed in Who's Who of American Law, and other Who's Who publications. He is listed in Who’s Who in America (Millennium edition, 2000) and subsequent years.

He served as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for Fair Lawn, N.J., appointed by the Mayor and Council from 1988-1997, and as Chairman of the Zoning Board from 1993-96 for an unprecedented four consecutive terms. In 1997, he was elected to a four year term on the Borough Council (1998-2001). During that time he wrote the first Public Advocate Ordinance in Bergen County, designed to provide representation for consumers, homeowners and tenants before the planning and zoning boards and worked hard to restore the Borough infrastructure.

He became Fair Lawn’s 29th Mayor in January, 1999, at the start of its 75th anniversary jubilee year, and was re-elected to successive one year terms, leaving office on January 3, 2006 as the first person in more than 35 years to serve for more than five years as Mayor.

In 2002, he became Attorney to the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Borough of Paramus and served until his installation as Freeholder in January, 2003. He served as the Rent Leveling Board attorney for the City of Hoboken in Hudson County.

A prolific author in a variety of different fields, his books include A Critical Guide to Anthologies of African Literature (African Studies Ass'n, 1973) (, which 35 years after publication is still considered the definitive guide to anthologies of African Literature and is found in most university research libraries. He also authored 14 Bits: A Legal & Legislative History of America’s Bicentennial Coinage 31 USC §§324d-i (1976), The World of Coins & Coin Collecting (first published in 1980, 3d revised edition, 1998), Planning Your Rare Coin Retirement (Bonus Books, 1998), The 90 Second Lawyer (Wiley, 1996) ( , The 90 Second Lawyer Guide to Buying Real Estate (Wiley, 1997), How to get an Instant Mortgage (Wiley, 1997), The Official Guide to Commemorative Coins (Bonus, 1999), and  The Official Guidebook to America’s State Quarters, a Random House Fall, 2000 mass market paperback. A completely revised edition is due out from Random House in OCtober, 2008. In 2008, he wrote smithsonian Guide to Coin COllecting (Harper Collins), "Profitable Coin COllcting" (Krause, July, 2008) and "wrongful death in claims against emergency service workers," 101 Proof of Facts 3d 1-281 (2008). He is also the author of a number of law review articles, and book chapters in important works on real estate, and other areas.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    38 years
  2. Unspecified: 15%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    38 years
  4. Administrative Law: 10%
    28 years
  5. Other: 15%
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Hourly ($375-675/hour), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (2%)

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Contact info

Ganz & Hollinger P.C.

1394 3rd Ave
New York, NY, 10075-0538

Ganz & Sivin, L.L.P.

5 Ryder Road
Fair Lawn, NJ, 07410-3306



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Investment Book (Precious Metals)Numismatic Literary Guild2012
Freedom Fund Award (Bergen County)NAACP -(National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)2012
Courage Award (14th annual)Care Plus NJ2012
James U Blanchard Lifetime Achievement AwardIndusry COuncil for Tangible Assets2009
Certificate of Special ThanksKorean American Senior Citizens Assn. of NJ2008
Numismatic AmbassadorKrause publications2006
Token & Medal SocietyPresidential medal (service)2006
Leadership AwardBoard of Chosen Freeholders2006
Meritorious ServiceBorough of Fair Lawn2005
Zoning Board Leadership AwardParamus Board of Adjustment2002
Chief AssayerOld TIme assay Commission Society (OTACS)2001
Extrasordinary MeritNumismatic Literary Guild2001
Listee, Who's WHo in AmericaMarquis WH=o's Who2000
Certificate of REcognitionBoard of Adjustment Boro of Fair Lawn1997
Medal of Merit (highest award)Token & Medal Society1997
Glen Smedley AwardAmerican Numismatic Association1995
Commander Order of St. AgathaRepublic of San Marino1995
Clement F. Bailey Memorial Award (1991) (highest honor)Numismatic Literary Guild1991
awardee Who's Who in American LAwN/A1985
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerGanz & Hollinger P.C.1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Board of Chosen Freeholders, Bergen CountyChairman of the Board (Freeholder Director)2013 - Present
Board of Chosen FreeholdersFreeholder2003 - Present
US Dist Ct. federal mediation program NJCertified federal mediator, U.S. Dist. Court (New Jersey)1995 - Present
Neutral Evaluator, US D.Ct. EDNYCharter panel member1992 - Present
Industry Council for Tangible assetsDirector & member Executive Committee1985 - Present
Phi Sigma AlphaLife Member1973 - Present
American NUmismatic SocietyLife Fellow; earlier Fellow; Assoc. Member1973 - Present
Board of CHosen Freeholders of Bregen CountyChairman pro tempore2010 - 2010
Board of Estimate, Bergen Community CollegeChairman2004 - 2010
Token & MEdal SocietyPresident2004 - 2006
Board of Chosen Freeholdersvice chairman2003 - 2005
BIalystoker Nursing HomeBoard of Direcors, Member2000 - 2005
Boroughof Fair Lawn NJMayor1999 - 2005
Borough Council-Fair Lawn NJCouncilman1998 - 1999
BOro of Fair LawnCommissioner of Insurane1998 - 1998
American Numismatic ASsociationPresident1993 - 1995
Citizens COmmemorative Coin Advisory CommitteeAppointed by the President of the U.S.1993 - 1996
Board of Adjustment Boro of Fair LawnChairman1992 - 1996
Fair Lawn Board of AdjustmentMember1988 - 1998
Board of Adjustment Boro of Fair LawnSecretary1987 - 1991
Draft Board Bergen COuntyMember & Vice chair1986 - 2006
American Numismatic AssociationBoard Member1985 - 1995
Local Draft Board #126 NYCMember1984 - 1986
Token & Medal SocietyBoard Member1983 - 2006
Flushing Lawyers ClubPresident1980 - 1982
Assoc. of the Bar of the City of NYLegislation COmmittee1980 - 1983
American Numismatic AssociationLegislative Counsel1978 - 1995
Flushing Lawyers ClubOfficer, Teas., Secy, VP1978 - 1982
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember Committee on State Legislation1977 - 1980
NYState Bar AssociationCPLR Committee Member1977 - 1980
U.S. Assay CommissionMember (appointed by President Nixon)1974 - 1974
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gonzalez v Rite aid of NYcase settled
In re Newboldguardianship granted
Rivas v City of Passaicsettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
125 Am Jur Trials 363-571 (2012)"Guardianships"2012
(Aspatore-West Publishers) (book)Small Claims Court Defense2012
121 Am Jur Trials p189-350Small Claims COurt Defense2011
book: Krause PublicationsThe Essential GUide to Investing in Precious Metals2011
119 American Jurisprudence Trials 439-564 (2011),"Government liability for Alleged Civil Rights Violations [§1983] resulting in injury by Government Employees (including police, emergency medical technicians, firemen, prison guards, school board members, and others)"2011
114 Am Jur Proof of Facts 3d p1-273Proof of Entitlement to Relief before Planning or Zoning Boards2010
Proof of Facts 3rdProof of Liability for Police Actions resulting in claims of serious personal injury or wrongful death" 113 Am. Jur. POF3d 305-638 (2010).2010
Proof of Facts 3rdRent Control: Proof of Tenant's Entitlement to Benefits and Landlord's Right to Terminate,” 108 Am. Jur. POF3d 113-214 (2009)2009
Proof of Facts 3dWrongful death and EMT Liability2008
Smithsonian GUidebook SeeeeeriesGuide to COIn COllecting2008
Book: Profitable Coin CollectingProfitable Coin COllecting2008
Proof of Facts 3dValuation of Coin Collection2007
New Jersey Municipalities"Citizens Need an ADvocate at Planning and Zoning Metings"2003
N.J. MUnicipalities"Economic and Environmental Partnership Beautifies Fair Lawn,"2003
The 90 Second LawyerThe 90 Second Lawyer (book)1998
The 90 Second LAwyerGuide to Buying Real Estate1997
Coin World"Law & Collectibles", column in Coin World weekly (1993-961996
Annual Report of the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (by its members) as required by 31 USC §5135.Report to COngress1994
The Numismatist"Government Regulation of the Coin Industry," 106 The Numismatist 64 et seq. (Jan. & Feb. 1993)1993
America's Coinage Law (1792-1891)America's Coinage Laws (1792-1891) (Book)1991
USA Today"Drop dollar bills; we need $1 coins," May 23, 19901990
Coin World Almanac"Numismatics and the Law" 6th ed.1990
NJLJ"Legal Ethics: When A Lawyer's Obligation Begins (and Ends)," 125 N.J. Law J. 1742 (June 28, 1990).1990
The Numismatist"When is a Dollar Not a Dollar" (Legal Tender Laws) (February 1990)1990
Book Coinage Laws of the U.S. 1792-1894"COinage Laws ofe the US 1792-1894"1990
Proof of Facts 3dValue of Coin Collection1989
Handbook of Propery Management"Rent COntrol & REgulations"1986
Congressional Record"A New Silver Coin from the U.S. Mint" Congressional Record, August 8, 1984, p. 10064 (daily ed.).1984
The World of Coins & Coin COllectingWorld of Coins & COin COllecting1980
COinWorld Almanac 3d ed"Numismatics & the Law"1978
NYS Bar JournalCurrency Dating for Income with respect to a decedent1978
Cleveland State L.Rev.Toward a revision of the minting & coinage laws of the u.s.1977
Intl & Comp L.Q.The UN & The Law of the Sea1977
14 Bits A Legal & Legislative history of 31 USC §324i14 Bits A Legal & Legislative history of 31 USC §324i (book)1976
Congressional Record"Proposing the Authorization of a Gold Coin: Writing a Final Chapter to the Bicentennial," June 11, 1975 Congressional Record p. S-10330-1 (daily ed.).1975
The Numismatist"The Coinage Act of 1873 & The demonetization of Silver" (1973)1973
African Studies AssociationA Critical Guide to anthologies of African Literature1973
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Georgetown UniversityInternnational AffairsOther - Bachelors1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BOCF-Bergen COPartition of Real Property2012
Flushing LawyersReal Estate CLosing-CLE Credit COurse2006
Flushing Lawyers CLubZoning Law: CLE approved2005
ICTA Telemarketing ConferenceTelemarketing rules & regulations1990
Central States COnventionTreasury Regulation 6045 (Enforcement and its Meaning1990
ANA Educational ForumDollar Coin Initiative-Coinage Law1989