By Joshua Burd
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP has named a new co-chair of its redevelopment and land use department.
Steven G. Mlenak, a partner with the Woodbridge-based firm, steps into the role alongside longtime department co-chair Robert S. Goldsmith. They lead a practice that focuses on all aspects of traditional development, redevelopment, zoning and land use in New Jersey, representing some of the state’s most prominent builders.
“I am incredibly honored to be named as co-chair and excited to serve alongside my friend and mentor Bob Goldsmith,” Mlenak said. “The esteemed reputation of Greenbaum’s real estate, redevelopment and land use practices throughout the firm’s 108-year history continues to humble me, and I hope to honor that legacy going forward by ensuring that we continue to provide quality, efficient and enthusiastic representation for our clients in this area of practice.”
Concentrating his practice in the areas of redevelopment, land use, zoning and real estate development, Mlenak’s services stretch from initial project concept through construction, with expertise that encompasses mixed-use, residential, industrial, office, retail and affordable housing development projects throughout New Jersey, the firm said. He represents developers, property owners and municipalities in all aspects of the redevelopment process, including incentives and tax abatements available at the state and federal levels.
“Steve is an exceptionally talented lawyer with superb judgment,” Goldsmith said. “He has been a valuable asset to our team from day one and is an integral part of the future of the firm. I am very pleased to join forces with him in meeting the needs of our redevelopment and land use clients.”
Mlenak also chairs Greenbaum Rowe’s financial incentives and economic development practice group, according to a news release. He maintains a strong practice in the niche area of community association law, providing guidance and general counseling to condominium and homeowners association clients.
In addition, he serves as redevelopment counsel to the New Jersey Builders Association, as a director and legislative committee chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Land Use Law Section and as a director of the Community Associations Institute’s New Jersey chapter.