SOMERSET, HUNTERDON & WARREN COUNTIES
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.