NJILGA - New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys

Trustee Biographies

Richard J. AllenDonald J. Sears
Donald J. Sears graduated from the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, and from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, in 1986 with a Juris Doctorate degree. He became a member of the New Jersey State Bar and admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in 1986. After working as an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor both during law school and through April 1988, he entered private practice at the law firm of Busch and Busch in New Brunswick, where he immediately began representing several municipal clients. He was admitted to practice in the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1996. While in private practice he also worked as an Adjunct Professor/Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University in the Administration of Justice Department, New Brunswick, teaching courses related to the criminal justice system as well as issues confronting police officers. He is the author of a Criminology text book entitled To Kill Again: The Motivation and Development of Serial Murder (Scholarly Resources, 1991) and is a contributing author to a second textbook entitled Critical Issues in Crime and Justice, Albert R. Roberts, Editor (Sage Publications, 1994).

In 1997 Mr. Sears was appointed as the part-time Assistant Township Attorney for South Brunswick. In 2001 he was elevated to the position of part-time Township Attorney. In 2004 he left private practice to create and oversee an in-house Law Department for South Brunswick, becoming its first full-time, in-house Director of Law, a position he continues to hold today. He has been a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys since 2001 and is also a member of the Local Government Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He also successfully completed the Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law course of study in January 2008.


Richard J. AllenRichard J. Allen

Mr. Allen has been a practicing attorney since 1981. He graduated with honors from Seton Hall University in 1978, received his law degree with honors from Seton Hall Law School in 1981 and received post-graduate training in administrative law and constitutional law at Harvard Law School.

Mr. Allen is a managing partner in the law firm of Kipp & Allen, L.L.P.  In addition to serving his private clients, Mr. Allen is currently Municipal Attorney to the Borough of East Rutherford, attorney to the Carlstadt Planning Board, Attorney to the Rutherford Planning Board and attorney to the Trustees of the Lyndhurst Free Public Library.  He formerly served as Municipal Attorney to the Borough of Midland Park, attorney for the East Rutherford Board of Adjustment and attorney to Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch, an innovative governing body of a shared services entity among 3 Bergen County communities.  Mr. Allen has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Mr. Allen is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association where he is a director of the Local Government Law Section.

Mr. Allen was twice elected to the office of Councilman in his hometown, also serving as Council President.

Mr. Allen was a trustee of Downtown New Jersey, a statewide group promoting downtown redevelopment and a founder of the Rutherford Downtown Partnership, a Special Improvement District 501(c)3 management entity.  He has been serving as a director of the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce since 1999 and was President of the Chamber from 2003 through 2005 and again in 2012.  Mr. Allen was a Trustee of the Rutherford Senior Housing Corp., including 2 years as President.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of St Mary High School in Rutherford.

While practicing law, Mr. Allen was an instructor in business law for nine years at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey.


Jonathan E. Drill, ESQ.
Jonathan E DrillJonathan E. Drill, Esq. of the firm Stickel, Koenig, Sullivan & Drill, LLC. Cedar Grove, New Jersey, received his A.B. from Brown University in 1980 and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1983.  He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable David Landau, J.S.C. in Newark in 1983-84. 

Mr. Drill’s practice includes representation of municipal land use boards and general municipal law practice, including but not limited to Mount Laurel and affordable housing matters, and issues arising out of the Highlands Act and the Right to Farm Act. He currently represents the following land use boards: Raritan Township Board of Adjustment (Hunterdon County); Clinton Township Board of Adjustment and Clinton Township Planning Board (Hunterdon County); Greenwich Township Joint Land Use Board (Warren County); Bernards Township Planning Board (Somerset County); Lebanon Borough Planning Board / Board of Adjustment (Hunterdon County); and Readington Township Planning Board (Hunterdon County).  He is special counsel for affordable housing matters to: Alexandria Township (Hunterdon County); Clinton Township (Hunterdon County); Borough of Milford (Hunterdon County); Union Township (Hunterdon County); Borough of Saddle River (Bergen County); and Town of Westfield (Union County).  He also serves as special counsel to various municipalities on an as-needed basis for appeals and land use issues. 

He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Planning Officials, and New Jersey League of Municipalities Legislative Committee.  He is also a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.

Mr. Drill is the author of numerous articles on land use and zoning matters and currently serves as co-author of Cox & Koenig, New Jersey Zoning and Land Use Administration(Gann), which is considered the “bible” of publications for applications before municipal land use boards.  He has represented local government clients in numerous land use litigation matters and is reported in a broad spectrum of published cases in New Jersey, including current litigation in the Trial and Appellate Divisions of Superior Court, and in the New Jersey Supreme Court.


William Hamilton
William HamiltonWilliam J. Hamilton, Jr. has been City Attorney of New Brunswick, New Jersey since 1986. A native of New Brunswick, Mr. Hamilton attended local schools, received his B.A. Degree from Rutgers University in 1954, a J.D. Degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1960 and a M.A. Degree in History from Monmouth University in 2009. From 1954 to 1958 Mr. Hamilton was on activity duty as a Naval Aviator with the United States Naval Reserve. Following his release from active duty, Mr. Hamilton continued his affiliation with the Naval Reserve and ultimately retired as Captain, United States Naval Reserve. After completing his naval service and law school, he practiced law in Florida from 1960 to 1967, serving as First Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern and later Middle Districts of Florida. In 1967 he returned to practice law in New Brunswick and in 1970 established his own firm. In 1971 he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly and reelected in 1973 and 1975. In 1976 he served as Majority Leader and in 1977 as Speaker of the General Assembly. From 1978 to 1982 he was a member of the State Senate. In 1976 he was appointed as Township Attorney for the Township of South Brunswick and, thereafter, beginning in 1979, has served as Municipal Attorney for various municipalities and specializing in municipal law.

Doug Heinold
Doug Heinold, Partner in the firm Raymond Coleman Heinold & Norman, LLP (Moorestown), has been practicing in the field of local government law for over 15 years.  He currently serves as Township Attorney for Delanco Township and Shamong Township, and he and his firm service numerous other municipalities at the governing body and land use board levels.  He also has extensive practice representing applicants before land use boards, and has served as Special Counsel for municipalities on employee hearings, OPRA, special assessments, historic preservation, and land preservation projects.  Prior to becoming a partner with his current firm, Mr. Heinold worked for twelve years for the firm of Parker McCay (Mt. Laurel).  He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. (1996-97).  Mr. Heinold has been the Chair of the Local Government Section of the Burlington County Bar Association since 2005.  He is also a past President of the Burlington County Bar Foundation (2010-11) and a current Trustee of both the Burlington County Bar Association and Foundation.

Jolanta MaziarzJolanta Maziarz

Jolanta Maziarz is a principal of the Somerville law firm, Woolson Anderson Maziarz, P.C. and represents and advises local government bodies and boards in a variety of areas including municipal law, zoning and land use, property tax appeals, and affordable housing. She is the appointed Planning Board Attorney for the Boroughs of Rocky Hill and Hightstown and for the Township of East Windsor.  She also currently serves as affordable housing counsel to East Windsor Township. Ms. Maziarz has been appointed special counsel and special conflict counsel to serve various municipalities in matters involving litigation and land use board representation.  She also assists in the firm’s representation of Branchburg Township and serves as the alternate attorney for the Hillsborough Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Union Township, Hunterdon County, Planning Board.

Ms. Maziarz has been appointed by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Board to serve as the Deputy Chairperson of the Land Use, Environment, and Community Development Legislative Subcommittee and has served in this capacity since 2012.  She also serves as counsel to the Somerset County Governing Officials Association, a nonprofit organization that offers informational programs to elected and appointed officials.  In addition to her work with and on behalf of local government, Ms. Maziarz, with her husband, is the owner of a successful real estate investment business and regularly represents clients in commercial and residential real estate matters.


Katelyn McElmoyl

Ms. McElmoyl concentrates her practice in the area of municipal and government relations.  She has extensive experience handling matters that concern all facets of local government law including tort defense for various New Jersey municipalities, government contracts, Local Public Contracts Law, Open Public Records Act, and representing municipalities on property tax appeals at the state and county levels.
While attending Widener University School of Law, Ms. McElmoyl interned at the Widener Law Criminal Defense Clinic, a legal organization which assists indigent clients with matters in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  In 2012, she received an award from the Clinical Legal Education Association for her work with the clinic.
Before joining Parker McCay, Ms. McElmoyl was an associate attorney for the Law Offices of Saponaro & Sitzler in Mount Holly where she practiced criminal law and matrimonial law and discovered a passion for advising and advocating on behalf of local governmental entities such as municipalities and improvement authorities.


Gregory McGuckinGregory P. McGuckin

Gregory P. McGuckin is a 1983 graduate of Providence College, where he received his Bachelors Degree in History.  In 1987 he graduated from the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was named Student Director of the schools’ Juvenile Justice Clinic and was a Finalist in the Frederick B. Lacey, Trial Moot Court Competition.  He served an Internship with the Honorable John Bissell, in the United States District Court, before being selected for a Superior Court Clerkship in Ocean County. Following his Clerkship he became associated with the Forked River law firm of Dasti, Murphy & Wellerson. He was subsequently named a partner in the firm which is now known as Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, Ulaky, Cherkos & Connors.

As an attorney, McGuckin's professional highlights include stopping an adult bookstore from opening in Waretown, NJ, fighting against the closure of Point Pleasant Hospital, and defending and ultimately prevailing on appeal, in a number of important land use law decisions on behalf of local planning boards. He was appointed by the N.J. Supreme Court to serve on the District IIIA Ethics Committee and serves as Municipal Solicitor for Ocean Township as well as Planning Board Attorney for Jackson, Berkeley, Toms River, North Hanover and Plumsted Townships. 

In 2003 McGuckin was first elected to the Toms River Township Council where he served as Council President from 2004-2011.  In November, 2011 he was elected to New Jersey General Assembly where he currently represents the 10th Legislative district.  He is the father of three teenage girls, all of whom he has coached in travel soccer as a long time coach in the Toms River Soccer Association.


Michael PasqualeLeslie Parikh

Leslie Parikh concentrates on the representation of municipal and county governments.  She is attorney for the Borough of Washington and the Township of Independence, both in Warren County. Ms. Parikh has been involved in all aspects of municipal law, including land use and affordable housing issues.  In her role as municipal attorney, she is also routinely involved in resolving conflict of interest issues and Open Public Meeting Act issues. 
As a member of this firm’s Municipal Group, Ms. Parikh also assists in the firm’s representation of several other municipalities, including the Town of Clinton (Hunterdon County), the Borough of Hampton (Warren County) and the Township of Knowlton (Warren County).

Ms. Parikh also concentrates on the representation of public entities when they are sued in the state and federal courts.  She has developed a concentration in Title 59 and §1983 litigation, the laws allowing for and regulating claims and suits against municipalities.  She has represented public entities in suits involving alleged civil rights violations, dangerous condition liability and has successfully defended various public entities in connection with the immunities available to municipal bodies for the exercise of their decision-making authority. In this regard, Ms. Parikh has successfully defended the Townships of Weehawken, Manalapan, and Parisppany-Troy Hills, among others.  

Ms. Parikh’s practice also includes employment law, which also comes into play on a routine basis in connection with her representation of municipalities. Ms. Parikh is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, the Hunterdon Bar Association, the New Jersey Defense Association and the Institute of Local Government Attorneys. She also serves as a member of the Vicinage XIII Ethics Committee and is an adjunct professor at the Raritan Valley Community College where she teaches a class in Tort Law.


Michael PasqualeMichael J. Pasquale

Michael J. Pasquale has served as Municipal Attorney in the Borough of Hawthorne since 1999 and Planning Board Attorney in the Borough of North Haledon since 1993.  He previously served as Planning Board Attorney in Hawthorne from 1993 to 1999 and currently serves as Counsel to the Little Falls Ethics Committee.  Mr. Pasquale is a Trustee of the Passaic County Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute of local Government Attorneys, the St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and is Chairperson of the District Ethics Committee for Passaic County.  He is past Chairperson of the Passaic County Bar Association Municipal Attorneys Section, past President of the Hawthorne Lions Club and Hawthorne High School Cooperative Education Program Advisory Committee, Parish Counsel to St. Anthony’s R.C. church and Chapter Counsel for the North Jersey Football Officials Association, the Bergen-Passaic Baseball/Softball Umpires Association and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.  Mr. Pasquale is a graduate of Colgate University and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.  He lives with his wife, Helen, and three children in Hawthorne.


Edward Purcell
Edward Purcell, Esq. practices at DiFrancesco Bateman Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum, PC law firm in Warren.  He is a former Staff Attorney to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  He advises and represents local governments in general municipal, land use and tax matters, and serves as special counsel to numerous municipalities in telecommunications matters.  He is a graduate of Rowan University and Rutgers School of Law.  He is also an Associate Editor of the NJILGA Local Government Law Review.





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