James J. Cleary, Principal Partner

Mr. Cleary has extensive experience in all areas of legal services required by County government and is currently serving as Special County Counsel for Monmouth County for over fifteen (15) years. Mr. Cleary also has significant municipal law experience, having served as the Municipal Attorney for the Borough of Matawan, Assistant Law Director for Old Bridge Township, and Special Counsel for the Borough of Keyport. Mr. Cleary is a practiced real estate and land use attorney, previously serving as Planning Board Attorney for Millstone Township, Union Beach, and Upper Freehold Township. By way of litigation, Mr. Cleary oversees the litigation of a large number of Monmouth County municipalities in his capacity as the Fund Attorney for the Monmouth County Joint Insurance Fund. Mr. Cleary has considerable background with Utility Authorities having represented the Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority, the Western Monmouth Utilities Authority, and the Manasquan River Regional Sewerage Authority. Finally, Mr. Cleary has substantial meeting procedure knowledge, having served as Parliamentarian for the New Jersey State Senate from 1998-2002.

Rutgers University, 1964
Seton Hall University School of Law, 1968

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