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James J.
Garrity

Partner

As Chair of the Municipal Law practice group, Mr. Garrity focuses his practice on the representation of commercial developers in land development matters in Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: jgarrity@wispearl.com
Assistant
Judy Johnston / Denise Foster
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Since clerking for Commonwealth Court Judge Theodore Rogers, Mr. Garrity has spent his entire legal career at Wisler Pearlstine. He chairs the Municipal Law practice group and was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Municipal Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for the second time in three years. His practice is divided between the representation of commercial developers in land development matters (particularly shopping center, office and multi-family development) in Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties, and his responsibilities as the Solicitor to three Montgomery County Townships (Lower Gwynedd, Lower Salford, and Springfield). His commercial work includes the representation of owners and developers in numerous large land use appeals which required argument before the Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He has also been retained to act as Special Counsel on zoning ordinance validity challenges and curative amendments in numerous municipalities within Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties.

A past Chairman of the Montgomery Bar Association Committees on Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use, and Municipal Law, Mr. Garrity is frequently called upon to speak at Continuing Legal Education and Township Supervisor/Commissioner seminars on a variety of land use, zoning and real estate development topics. A graduate of Villanova University Law School, and one of the editors of its Law Review, Mr. Garrity received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Georgetown University.

Representative Matters
  • Coordinated several public/private partnerships to assist municipalities in obtaining significant capital improvements with minimal use of taxpayer funds.
  • Represented the successful appellant in a highly controversial, eight year long land use battle called “the most significant municipal bad faith case in many years.” Highway Materials, Inc. v. Whitemarsh Township (Commonwealth Court of PA).
  • Represented municipality in successful rejection of one of the longest (over 50 hearings) curative amendment challenges in the history of the Commonwealth. Goodman Properties v. Lower Gwynedd Township (Commonwealth Court of PA).
  • Represented developer throughout the rezoning and approval process for over 200 acres to permit the construction of a 550,000 square foot shopping center, 5 apartment buildings with over 250 units, a single family home subdivision of houses, a hotel, and a large restaurant.
  • Assisted a large school district in locating its bus parking facility on a new site notwithstanding several land use appeals and an equity action commenced by neighboring property owners.
  • Assisted a corporate landowner in the rezoning and development of over 100 acres in two townships to permit two shopping centers totaling in excess of 300,000 square feet, 126 carriage homes, and a 15 acre township park.
  • Helped a township negotiate through five years of litigation involving eight separate law suits to successfully acquire and develop a 76 acre park for both passive and active recreation.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Municipal Land Development Agreements.” With Andrew R. Freimuth, Esquire and J. Edmund Mullin, Esquire, co-presenters. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. December 8, 2016.
  • “Solicitor’s Roundtable: Ten Signs That Someone May Be About to Litigate With the Township.” 91st Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners. June 24, 2016.
  • Frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Montgomery Bar Association, the State Association of Township Commissioners, the State Association of Township Supervisors, and the Montgomery County Association of Township Officials on Zoning, Land Development and Municipal Law topics.

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August 22, 2018

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Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Villanova University School of Law (J.D.)

Georgetown University (B.A., cum laude)

Professional and Civic Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Montgomery Bar Association

  • Past Chairman, Committees on Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use, and Municipal Law
Honors and Awards

Included in The Best Lawyers in America (2013 – 2019) for Municipal Law and Zoning and Land Use

Named Best Lawyers® 2017 and 2019 Municipal Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia

Named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for Zoning and Land Use (2003 – 2019)

 

James J.
Garrity

Partner

As Chair of the Municipal Law practice group, Mr. Garrity focuses his practice on the representation of commercial developers in land development matters in Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: jgarrity@wispearl.com
Assistant
Judy Johnston / Denise Foster
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Since clerking for Commonwealth Court Judge Theodore Rogers, Mr. Garrity has spent his entire legal career at Wisler Pearlstine. He chairs the Municipal Law practice group and was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Municipal Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for the second time in three years. His practice is divided between the representation of commercial developers in land development matters (particularly shopping center, office and multi-family development) in Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties, and his responsibilities as the Solicitor to three Montgomery County Townships (Lower Gwynedd, Lower Salford, and Springfield). His commercial work includes the representation of owners and developers in numerous large land use appeals which required argument before the Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He has also been retained to act as Special Counsel on zoning ordinance validity challenges and curative amendments in numerous municipalities within Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties.

A past Chairman of the Montgomery Bar Association Committees on Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use, and Municipal Law, Mr. Garrity is frequently called upon to speak at Continuing Legal Education and Township Supervisor/Commissioner seminars on a variety of land use, zoning and real estate development topics. A graduate of Villanova University Law School, and one of the editors of its Law Review, Mr. Garrity received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Georgetown University.

Representative Matters
  • Coordinated several public/private partnerships to assist municipalities in obtaining significant capital improvements with minimal use of taxpayer funds.
  • Represented the successful appellant in a highly controversial, eight year long land use battle called “the most significant municipal bad faith case in many years.” Highway Materials, Inc. v. Whitemarsh Township (Commonwealth Court of PA).
  • Represented municipality in successful rejection of one of the longest (over 50 hearings) curative amendment challenges in the history of the Commonwealth. Goodman Properties v. Lower Gwynedd Township (Commonwealth Court of PA).
  • Represented developer throughout the rezoning and approval process for over 200 acres to permit the construction of a 550,000 square foot shopping center, 5 apartment buildings with over 250 units, a single family home subdivision of houses, a hotel, and a large restaurant.
  • Assisted a large school district in locating its bus parking facility on a new site notwithstanding several land use appeals and an equity action commenced by neighboring property owners.
  • Assisted a corporate landowner in the rezoning and development of over 100 acres in two townships to permit two shopping centers totaling in excess of 300,000 square feet, 126 carriage homes, and a 15 acre township park.
  • Helped a township negotiate through five years of litigation involving eight separate law suits to successfully acquire and develop a 76 acre park for both passive and active recreation.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Municipal Land Development Agreements.” With Andrew R. Freimuth, Esquire and J. Edmund Mullin, Esquire, co-presenters. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. December 8, 2016.
  • “Solicitor’s Roundtable: Ten Signs That Someone May Be About to Litigate With the Township.” 91st Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners. June 24, 2016.
  • Frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Montgomery Bar Association, the State Association of Township Commissioners, the State Association of Township Supervisors, and the Montgomery County Association of Township Officials on Zoning, Land Development and Municipal Law topics.

Three Wisler Pearlstine Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 22, 2018

Wisler Pearlstine, LLP is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys were included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. • Hon. Mason Avrigian was included for Arbitration • Amy P. De Shong was included for Family Law • James...
Read More >>