Thomas S. Dolan is a partner in the firm’s Property Tax Appeal and Litigation practice groups, where he represents corporate and individual clients in real estate tax matters and commercial litigation.
Tom has broad experience advising taxpayers and governmental entities on complex real property tax issues and has litigated the value of virtually all property types, including office buildings, retail stores, shopping centers, apartment buildings, industrial facilities, hotels, and unique special purpose properties. He also has extensive experience litigating complex commercial matters in state and federal courts, including class actions, franchise litigation, state tax controversies, commercial contracts, and real estate disputes.
As a valued advisor on Long Term Tax Exemptions and Payment In Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreements, both redevelopers and municipalities seek Tom’s counsel for all aspects of the PILOT approval process, from obtaining the proper redevelopment area designation and drafting the redevelopment agreement to negotiating and finalizing the terms of the tax agreement.
Additionally, Tom has considerable expertise advising non-profit organizations on obtaining and litigating real estate tax exemptions, including arguing before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, where he successfully represented a group of national and local mental health organizations in preserving property tax exemptions for housing for residents with developmental disabilities.
Prior to joining the firm, Tom was a commercial litigator at the prominent national law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP, where he litigated a wide array of complex commercial matters in state and federal courts across the country. He was also selected as the Alan V. Lowenstein Fellow for Essex-Newark Legal Services representing low-income tenants in eviction and termination of federal public assistance matters. Tom later worked at Skoloff & Wolfe, PC, where he represented taxpayers and municipalities in property tax litigation and advice.
Tom began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph C. Small, Presiding Judge of the Tax Court of New Jersey, where he gained invaluable insight into the workings and decision making process of the State’s Tax Court. Tom also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Tom received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law, where he was selected as Articles Editor for the Rutgers Law Journal, and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University, where he received the highest honor for his thesis on the history and development of the Gateway Center in Newark.
Tom enjoys playing guitar and performing wherever he can. He lives with his wife, Damaris, and daughter, Keira, in Verona, New Jersey.
Rutgers School of Law, J.D.
Rutgers University, B.A., summa cum laude