Edward D. McKirdy

Phone: 973-539-8900
Fax: 973-984-5529
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Admitted
  • 1962 New Jersey
Education
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1962
  • Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 1958
Member
  • Morris County (Trustee);
  • New Jersey State and American Bar Associations;
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.
Related Practices

Eminent Domain 

Noted author, lecturer and litigator, Edward McKirdy ranks among New Jersey’s finest and most trusted eminent domain attorneys, winning millions of dollars in judgments and settlements for his varied clients—from major corporations to small businesses to individuals.

“I don’t like bullies. Too often when government takes property, it uses its superior position in a way that’s too reminiscent of the schoolyard. It’s usually bureaucratic indifference rather than actual malice, but that doesn’t make much difference to the people at the receiving end. I like to think that we level the playing field.”

With over 40 years frontline experience, Mr. McKirdy has successfully argued before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the appellate and trial courts and helped construct some of the most important principles of New Jersey condemnation law. He’s authored key books and articles on eminent domain, helped educate other attorneys, lectured to professional organizations, and served as special counsel to city, county and township jurisdictions throughout the state, winning selection as a top lawyer by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and New York Magazine. 

He takes greatest pride, however, in helping his clients navigate complicated and sometimes counter-intuitive eminent domain procedures and garnering for them significantly greater compensation. Says McKirdy, “We’ve learned to guide our clients through the process knowledgeably and successfully.”

Representative Cases

In one recent case, a farm family came to him with a $4.3 million offer from the condemning government entity. His efforts helped win a pending judgment of more than $20 million.

Frustrated by government stalling on negotiations for a condemned family property until the market bottomed, allowing for a greatly reduced offered price, the owner employed Mr. McKirdy. He worked successfully to get the date of valuation changed and obtain fair compensation for the property.

Reported Opinions

  • New Jersey Transit Corporation v. Cat in the Hat, LLC, 177 N.J. 29 (2003) 
  • Casino Reinvestment Development Authority v. Hauck, 162 N.J. 576 (2000)
  • Township of West Windsor v. Nierenberg, 150 N.J. 111, (1997) and
  • Village of South Orange v. Alden Corp., 71 N.J. 352 (1976).
  • Township of Piscataway v. South Washington Avenue, LLC, 400 N.J. Super. 358 (App. Div. 2008)
  • City of Trenton v. 222 West Associates, 350 N.J. Super. 600, 796 A.2d 913 (App. Div. 2002)
  • Township of West Windsor v. Nierenberg, 345 N.J. Super. (App. Div. 2001)
  • Litton Business Systems, Inc. v. Borough of Morris Plains, 8 N.J. Tax 520 (Tax Court 1986), aff. 9 N.J. Tax 651 (App. Div. 1988)
  • New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency v. Moses, 215 N.J. Super 318 (App. Div. 1987)
  • Borough of Rockaway v. D'Onofrio, 186 N.J. Super 344 (App. Div. 1982)
  • Schnack v. State, by Dept. of Transportation, 160 N.J. Super 343 (App. Div. 1978)
  • Paterson Redevelopment Agency v. Bienstock, 123 N.J. Super 457 (App. Div. 1973)
  • State by State Highway Commissioner v. Buck, 94 N.J. Super 84 (App. Div. 1967)

Professional Involvement

  • Morris County Bar Association (Trustee)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.

Publications

  • Is Fair Market Value Fair
  • The New Eminent Domain: Public Use Defense Vanishing in Wake of Growing Privatization of Power
  • New Jersey Condemnation Practice (with partners Harry Riskin and John Buonocore, Jr.)
  • How to Value a Leasehold in an Eminent Domain Case
  • Tax Appeals in a Depressed Market: A Reply
  • Condemnation in New Jersey: Some Practical Applications of Current Law
  • Numerous articles published by the Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, ALI-ABA, and NJICLE

Noteworthy

Recognized by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, as one of New Jersey's top 100 attorneys, he was selected by his peers as a “New Jersey Super Lawyer.”  

Best Lawyers has named Edward D. McKirdy as the “Newark Area Best Lawyers Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year” for 2011.

136 South Street Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-539-8900     Fax: 973-984-5529
Email: adellapelle@mckirdyriskin.com