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Thomas W. Dunn

Thomas W. Dunn
Counsel to the Firm

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Counsel to Beattie Padovano, Thomas W. Dunn had most of his practice experience in the area of Land Use and Local Government Law. He currently serves as the Ringwood Planning Board Attorney and edits “The Local Government Law Review”, published by the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.  He also teaches “Local Land and Buildings” for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, in the Diplomate Certification program for local government attorneys.  

Over his career he served at various times as the attorney for the Borough of Upper Saddle River, the Upper Saddle River Planning Board, the Saddle River Board of Adjustment, the Weehawken Planning Board, the Teaneck Redevelopment Agency, the Bergen County Library System, and the Boards of Education for Closter and Alpine. He has also been an Associate Counsel to the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

From 1992 - 2004 Mr. Dunn was a member of the Board of Trustees of Ramapo College of New Jersey and for three years served as Chair. In 2000 he was honored as the College’s Distinguished Citizen by the Ramapo College Foundation and currently serves on the Foundation Board.  Mr. Dunn is a past President of the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce, the Hackensack Rotary Club, the Mahwah Board of Education, and the Mahwah Museum. He is a Senior Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys and has been honored with that Institute’s "William M. Cox Award" for excellence in land use practice and the “Fred G. Stickel Award” given to an attorney who has contributed time and effort to advance the interests of municipal law. 

Mr. Dunn served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for Bergen County.  He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association.

Mr. Dunn graduated from Columbia University School of Law, cum laude, in 1965 and received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1962.

Representative Matters

  • City of Auburn v. The United States Government and The Surface Transportation Board, 527 U.S. 1022, 119 S. Ct. 2367, 144 L.Ed. 2d 771 (1999) on petition for certification from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, (Amicus Curiae for the International Municipal Lawyers Association)
  • United States v. Bamberger, 456 F.2d.1119