Henry L. Kent-Smith, Noted Real Estate Attorney, Joins Fox Rothschild’s Princeton OfficeJune 24, 2009
Fox Rothschild LLP has announced that Henry L. Kent-Smith has joined the firm’s Real Estate Department as a partner, resident in the Princeton, NJ office.
“Henry adds a wealth of knowledge to our Real Estate Department here in Princeton,” said Matthew H. Lubart, office managing partner. “His reputation as a skilled negotiator and deep experience with municipalities will help to expand the Department’s capabilities. We’re extremely pleased he’s chosen to join us.”
Kent-Smith, who joins the firm from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., concentrates his practice in real estate, the land use permitting and redevelopment process and related litigation. He has appeared before more than 150 municipalities and more than 200 land use boards in every county in New Jersey. Kent-Smith has also negotiated development agreements and commercial real estate acquisitions and leases for both landlords and tenants.
Among his many achievements, Kent-Smith successfully secured land use approval for the Raritan Town Square, a 500,000 s.f. redevelopment of the Flemington Fairground and Raceway. He has also negotiated redevelopment agreements in several municipalities, including Rahway, West Long Branch, Waretown (Ocean Township, Ocean County) and Delanco, New Jersey.
Kent-Smith also practices in the area of zoning litigation, including Mt. Laurel affordable housing suits and administrative proceedings before the Council on Affordable Housing. He recently successfully defended the invalidation of a zoning ordinance before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Riya Finnegan v. South Brunswick, 197 N.J. 184 (2008)
An adjunct professor at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Kent-Smith received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in 1988, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1977. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey.