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Timothy P. McKeown – Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Attorneys at Law

Timothy P. McKeown concentrates his practice on a variety of civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on commercial real estate related matters, centered on real estate contract disputes, contractor disputes, construction lien and title issues, partition actions, and access issues under New Jersey environmental statutes. Tim has extensive experience handling commercial lease negotiations and related disputes and has tried scores of bench trials, as well as jury trials, throughout his career on behalf of commercial landlords, tenants, and others.

In addition to his litigation practice, Tim has extensive experience representing sellers and purchasers in commercial real estate transactions.

Tim maintains New Jersey Commercial Real Estate Disputes, a blog on the firm’s website that provides businesses and individuals with timely information about the law as it pertains to the commercial real estate industry.

One of Tim’s favorite quotes is: “Service to others is the rent we pay for our time here on earth.” To that end, Tim has served on the Board of ARC of Somerset County, including two terms as President of the organization. The ARC serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from birth through the senior years of life through its many programs and services in Somerset County. Tim has also served on the Board of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity.

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Blog - Location Litigation

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No Rent Abatement for Small Businesses in New Jersey: Landlord/Tenant Trials Remain Suspended Through June 14, 2020

Operational Guidance for Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Can My Commercial Landlord Lock Me out During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Property Tax Appeals Can Save You Money in 2020

License or Easement?

Waiver of Breaches of Lease Covenants

In Deed

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Is Marital Real Estate Beyond a Creditor’s Reach in New Jersey?

Property Tax Appeals Can Save You Money

Constructive Eviction

Why Waive Subrogation?

Time to Change The Locks

Lease Assignments Are Not Guaranteed

What Exactly is Privity?

Lease Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence – Notice and Evidence Are Key

Landlord Pre-Lease Execution Checklist

Intervening In Tax Sale Foreclosures

Termination of Easements

Lease v. License – What’s the Difference?

My Tenants’ Lease is Up – Why Can’t I Just Kick Them Out?

Consent Judgements: Not Always What They Appear To Be

It’s All About Performance, Specifically

Love Is In the Air In Deed – Legal Rights When Purchasing Property As An Unmarried Couple

Flag On The Play: Tortious Interference

The Effect Of A Judgment For Possession On Other Potential Lawsuits Between A Landlord And A Tenant

Notice Requirements For Eviction (N.J.S.A 2A :18-53)

What Good Is a Good Guy Guarantee?

What Is a Chapter 91 Request?

Acceptance of Rent in Default Situations

How A Letter of Credit Can Facilitate Commercial Lease Deals

The Landlord’s Liens

Access to a Neighbor’s Property for Remediation Purposes

What is A Partition Action?

The Need for Exit Strategies in Your Commercial Lease

What Is a Notice to Quit?

Deed In Lieu Transaction in the Commercial Real Estate Setting

Beware of the Ordinary Wear & Tear Clause in a Commercial Lease

Lender/Tenant Concerns When a Landlord Defaults on Its Mortgage

Primer on Tax Sale Certificates

The Distress of Distraint

The Interstate Land Development Act – Does It Apply to Commercial Developers?

Entities May Still Transfer Real Property to Related Entities for Nominal Consideration and Claim Benefit of Exemption Under Realty Transfer Fee Act

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Reported Cases

  • Ryan v. State Health Benefits Commission, 260 N.J. Super 359 (App. Div. 1992)
  • Duffy v. O’Connell, 279 N.J. Super 672 (App. Div. 1995)
  • Kowalski v. L&F Products, 82 F.3d 1283 (3rd Cir. 1996)
  • 2nd Annual Legal Eagle Night, Metropolitan Real Estate Investors Association, February 18, 2008

Some recent matters Tim has handled include:

  • Successfully defended Tenant manufacturer, supplier, and marketer of herbal extracts and specialty fine chemicals in claims by Landlord for breach of contract and diminution of value of leased premises.
  • Successfully defended Tenant Corian manufacturer in breach of contract claims brought by Landlord as to condition of premises upon surrender.
  • Successfully defended major refiner, transporter, and marketer of transportation fuels in New Jersey Spill Act claim in which client subleased equipment and premises to alleged polluter.
  • Represented restaurant owner in business dispute negotiating a buyout of client partner, negotiated commercial lease of restaurant premises.
  • Successfully represented national hotel chain as landlord in summary dispossess and breach of contract actions against Tenant nightclub.
  • Successfully defended commercial tenant and guarantors by reducing landlord’s claim at trial from approximately $300,000 to $11,500.

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