• Edward J. Trawinski, an attorney since 1975, joined Schenck Price in 1990 just after serving Governor Tom Kean as Assistant State Commerce Commissioner, where he directed programs and departments designed to promote job growth and economic development. He led negotiations for entities seeking to move into New Jersey development areas and promoted economic development of enterprise zones.

    As a partner and past member of the firm’s management committee, Ed’s practice centered on all types of real estate, leasing, managed districts law, land use and corporate transactions, financing, construction, environmental matters and, as a licensed pilot himself, he also practices aviation regulatory law. His practice afforded him an expertise which led him to serve in many capacities such as: Bergen County Condemnation Commissioner; a founding member and past Chairman of Morris County Economic Development Corporation; special counsel to Boonton, Fair Lawn, Hasbrouck Heights, Bergenfield, Teaneck planning boards; counsel to Peapack Gladstone Land Use Board, Passaic River Coalition, NJ Managed Districts Association, the Ironbound Business Improvement District; Assistant Counsel to the NJ Planning Officials; etc. Ed has also published and lectured extensively on corporate and land use topics.

    Beyond his law practice, Ed had a desire to be involved in his community, as his father before him. He became a Councilman, Deputy Mayor and then Mayor of his hometown, Fair Lawn. He served as Trustee and member of the Finance Council of St. Anne’s Church. Then in 2011, Ed accepted the position of Bergen County Administrator and Director of Administration, a role that allowed him to utilize all his previous experience and knowledge to help an even larger community before ending his full-time career. Ed returned to Schenck Price in 2014 and continues his law practice serving as of counsel to the Firm.

    • Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine’s 2018 “Top Lawyers” in Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation
    • Repeatedly selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine
    • AV® rated, the highest rating conferred by Martindale-Hubbell® for legal ability and professional ethics, based upon a peer review of the Bar and the Judiciary
    • Recognized by the American Registry as an AVVO rated excellent rated attorney
    • Recognized in NJ Monthly Magazine as one of of the top 40 Real Estate Attorneys in NJ

    Award Methodology

    • Speaker and instructor at Bergen County Bar Association Land Use Committee’s annual seminar to all Zoning and Planning Boards in Bergen County
    • Recipient Meritorious Service Award, New Jersey Department of Commerce, Division of Development for Small, Women and Minority Owned Businesses
    • Author “The Corporate Opportunity Doctrine” New Jersey Lawyer, May/June 1991
    • Co-Author New Jersey’s Urban Enterprise Zones:  “A Program that Works”, The Urban Lawyer published by the Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law, American Bar Association, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • Co-Author “Striking a Balance with NIMBY Critics”, Tri-State Real Estate Journal, published by the Adler Publishing Group
    • Co-Author, “Kelo: Eminent Domain Revisited”
    • Co-Author, “Mansion Tax Amendments; Assembly Bill No. 4701”
    • Author:  “Eleven Years Down the Redevelopment Road’ Defective Notice Pushes Harrison Back to the Starting Line”
    • Co-Author, Highlands Legislation  “Summary of Relevant Provisions Effecting Developers”
    • Member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Land Use Drafting Committee
    • Member and Pro Bono Counsel, Fair Lawn Economic Development Corporation
    • Former Trustee and Finance Council Member of St. Anne’s Parish, Fair Lawn, New Jersey
    • Member Bergen County Bar Association, current Member of Municipal and Real Estate Committees
    • Former Member New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Former Member American Bar Association
    • Founding Member, Director and former Chair of the Morris County Economic Development Corporation
    • Former Member of the Bergen County Economic Development Corporation
    • Former Member of Morris County Bar Association Land Use Committee
    • Instructor and Lecturer for New Jersey Planning Officials
    • Former Member and Secretary-Treasurer of New Jersey Association of Counties
    • Member and Panel Attorney, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and its Legal Services Plan
    • Former Chairman Bergen County Bar Association Student Loan Committee, Bergen County Association Judicial Selections Committee and New Jersey State Bar Association Aviation Law Committee
    • Former Member Regional Advisory Board of Directors National Community Bank of New Jersey
    • Former Chairman New Jersey Interagency Procurement Committee
    • Former Chairman New Jersey Interagency Procurement Committee
    • Former Treasurer New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Development Commission
    • Former Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Minority Business Development, Small Business Development and Women Owned Business Development
    • Former Member, Governor’s Hudson River Waterfront Development Committee
    • Leadership New Jersey Graduate
    • Former Member, Community Builders Association and State Builders Association
    • Former Member, New Jersey League of Municipalities
    • Former Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Council Member, Borough of Fair Lawn
    • Former Planning Board Member, Borough of Fair Lawn
    • Former Member, Fair Lawn Open Space Advisory Committee
    • Former Member, Fair Lawn Shared Services Committee
    • Former Planning Board Attorney, Boroughs of Hasbrouck Heights and Bergenfield, Township of Boonton and Borough of Fair Lawn
    • Former Public Advocate, Borough of Paramus Zoning Board
    • Former Special Counsel, Teaneck Planning Board
    • Former Special Counsel, Peapack Gladstone Planning Board
    • Former Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Commerce, Energy and Economic Development under Governor Tom Kean
    • Former Bergen County Administrator and Acting County Executive
    • Former Treasurer, Aide and Counsel to Assemblyman and Speaker pro tem Nicholas R. Felice
    • Currently assisting a client in developing several properties in NJ for environmentally friendly car washes
    • Currently representing pilots in FAA enforcement proceedings
    • Advised a client in converting an office building to mixed use condominium ownership
    • Represented clients in the purchase and sale of multi-entity tax free exchanges of real estate both within New Jersey and interstate
    • Represented client in acquisition, development and structuring of multi-entity ownership condominium development project with various types of assets
    • Represented numerous clients, both governmental and private developers, as well as objectors in Prerogative Writs cases contesting or defending Land Use matters and Development matters
    • Represented clients in procuring financing and structuring of various commercial real estate transactions
    • Represented clients in major and complex commercial office park developments
    • Represented client in major and substantial Subdivision and Land Development applications involving substantial tracts of land