NJILGA - New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys


Thomas W. Dunn

Thomas DunnThomas W. (Tom) Dunn is a Senior Trustee and retired counsel to the firm of Beattie Padovano in Montvale.  He began practice in 1966 and enjoyed representing many local government entities including governing bodies, planning boards, boards of adjustment, library boards, boards of education and redevelopment agencies.  In the private sphere, his primary interests were in commercial real estate and appellate practice.   He has argued cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Appellate Division and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.   He developed, and continues to teach, the course in Local Land and Buildings Law in the NJILGA sponsored ICLE program leading to a Diplomate in Local Government Law.  Although retired, he is the Editor of the Local Government Law Review of NJILGA and serves on the Amicus Committee.

Bruce Schragger
 Bruce M. Schragger is Managing Director of Schragger, Schragger & Lavine in Lawrenceville.  A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Mr. Schragger joined the firm in 1961 after serving as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur S. Lane of the United States District Court for the District of new Jersey.  He is admitted to the New Jersey and New York State Bars and the United States Tax Court.

Mr. Schragger has held many appointed positions in the State, among them:  Mercer County Prosecutor, President of the New Jersey Prosecutors Association, and Attorney for Ewing, West Windsor and Hopewell Townships.  He has served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Medical Center, as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee for ten years and on the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Lawyer.  He also served as a member and Vice Chairperson of the New Jersey Health Care Administration Board.

Mr. Schragger is a Senior Trustee in the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys.  He has served as parliamentarian of the New Jersey League of Municipalities for the past twenty-five years.

William J. Kearns Jr.
William Kearns Jr. Mr. Kearns is a graduate of Saint Peter's College [Jersey City NJ] where he received his B.S. in American History & Political Science and of the School of Law [Newark NJ] of Rutgers University where he received his Juris Doctor degree.He is admitted to practice before the Courts of New Jersey as well as before the US District Court, US Court of Appeals, US Tax Court and US Supreme Court.

Mr. Kearns is Senior Partner in the firm of Kearns, Vassallo, & Kearns, located in Willingboro, Burlington County, New Jersey. He is the General Counsel for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and is the Municipal Attorney for Florence Township. He has served as Municipal Attorney for Willingboro Township and as Special Counsel and as Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment attorney for several municipalities. He is the attorney for two Municipal Joint Insurance Funds. Mr. Kearns serves on the Privacy Study Commission mandated by the Open Public Records Act, and is Chair of the Commission's Technology Subcommittee.

He was elected to three terms as a member of the Township Council in Willingboro, where he has also served twice as Mayor and has served on the Planning Board. He has served as Chair of both the Local Government Law Section and the Women's Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He served on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Task Force on Women in the Courts. He is a Past President of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and a Senior Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys.

Mr. Kearns is a Past President of the Burlington County Bar Association, the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, the Burlington County United Way, and Family Service of Burlington County. He has received numerous awards and honors for his community service. He is one of nine attorneys from across the country to be the first to received the designation as a “Local Government Fellow” of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He has been awarded the “Diplomate in Local Government Law” by the New Jersey Institute of Municpial Attorneys and is the recipient of the 2001 Fred G. Stickel Award for excellence in Local Government Law.

He has lectured and written on a number of local government and legal topics for the Rutgers Center for Government Services, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey Municipal Law Review, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Continuing Education Program. He serves on the Curriculum Committee and teaches courses in Land Use and Municipal Procedure for the Diplamate in Municipal Law program. In addition, he has been the author of a wine column and a classical music column.

Dennis A. Estis
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Dennis A. Estis is a partner in the Litigation Department and Chair of the Local Government Practice Group. He has extensive experience in municipal law representing towns and authorities. Mr. Estis has served as counsel to numerous New Jersey municipalities, one of the major sewerage authorities in the state and a private school. He served as lead public entity counsel in the largest landfill case ever conducted in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Mr. Estis’s practice focuses on complex litigation, particularly relating to construction, local government law, general business disputes and alternate dispute resolution (ADR). Mr. Estis is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys and is listed in The Best Lawyers In America in the Construction Law category. Mr. Estis is a charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a former President of the Middlesex County Bar Association. Mr. Estis received his BA in 1969 from Johns Hopkins University and his JD in 1972 from New York University School of Law.

Vincent L. Lamanna Jr.
Vincent L. Lamanna Jr. recently served as Treasurer of NJILGA and is now a Senior Trustee of NJILGA. Mr. Lamanna Jr. practices law in Avalon, Cape May County with emphasis on local government and real estate law. He is a graduate of Villanova University and Rutger’s Law School (Newark). Mr. Lamanna has served as County Counsel for the County of Cape May, Solicitor for the Borough of Avalon, Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority, Avalon Utilities Authority, Sea Isle City Zoning and Planning Boards and Wildwood Joint Planning and Zoning Board. He has served as Special Counsel to the Cape May County Health Department, Cape May County Planning Board and the City of Longport and serves as Special Counsel to the Borough of Cape May Point. He has served as Municipal Judge for the Boroughs of Stone Harbor, Avalon, Woodbine, the City of Sea Isle City and the Township of Lower. He is currently a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and Member and former Trustee of the Cape May County Bar Association. He holds a Diplomate in Municipal Law from the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys and has previously served as an instructor in that program.





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