Scott Carlson is a partner at Carlson Siedsma Warner LLP who has a diverse practice focused on real estate and land use, local government law, appellate and prerogative writ litigation, commercial and general litigation, administrative law and regulatory compliance. A former chief of staff in the New Jersey Senate and associate with one of New Jersey’s largest and most-reputable law firms, Scott’s unique experience gives him an understanding of the implications that New Jersey law, politics, and public policy have on the goals of both private and public clients.
Scott is an experienced practitioner in nearly all New Jersey courts, including local municipal courts, the New Jersey Superior Court’s Law, Chancery, and Appellate Divisions, Federal District Court, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He has considerable experience preparing and presenting both routine and controversial development applications before local planning and zoning boards. Scott also litigates on behalf of and against governmental entities in land use and compliance matters, and frequently represents clients seeking permits and approvals from a wide-array of public agencies.
In addition, Scott works closely with corporate clients in navigating New Jersey’s campaign contributions and public contracting laws. He also represents public and private clients in bid disputes and counsels public agencies on the development of bid documents and award of contracts.
Scott’s experience in the State legislature enables him to assist private and public clients in navigating complex statutory enactments, including the State Highway Access Management Act, the Open Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Off-Track and Account Wagering Act and other racing-related laws, and the Casino Redevelopment and Reinvestment Act.
Thompson Reuters has included Scott on the New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list annually since 2009.
Scott received his law degree from the Rutgers School of Law with Honors, and served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Review. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.