Katharine A. Coffey


F: (973) 206 6343
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Katharine "Kate" Coffey, co-chair of the Real Estate and Environmental practice, is a dirt lawyer, with over ten years of experience representing developers and property owners in all aspects of commercial, industrial, and multi-family development and redevelopment, including land use and zoning; rezoning; acquisitions and dispositions; financing; financial incentives, such as long and short term tax exemptions and redevelopment area bonding; and leasing. This experience has afforded her hands-on knowledge of the many nuances that make development in New Jersey so challenging, including affordable housing litigation and compliance, Highlands compliance, liquor license transfers and real estate-related litigation. Kate also focuses on reciprocal easement agreements and condominium sponsorship and conversion, and she serves as outside general counsel to commercial and residential condominium associations.


Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Represented national luxury fitness chain in variation of General Development Plan and Planning Board subdivision and site plan approval, and associated development approvals

Represented redeveloper in amendment to redevelopment plan, negotiation of redevelopment agreement and PILOT, site plan approval for luxury 160-unit multi-family development, Waterfront Development Permit, Tidelands License and Riparian Grant, and associated development approvals, joint venture agreement with equity partner, over $40 million in financing, and acquisition of property

Represented redeveloper in negotiation of redevelopment plan; redevelopment agreement; and PILOT, site plan, subdivision and lot consolidation approvals for 140 multi-family units and acquisition of assemblage of over 10 lots with diverse ownership

Represented multi-family developer in negotiation of rezoning of property to permit multi-family development, site plan approval and associated development approvals


Education and Credentials

Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2007
Washington & Lee University, B.A.,

cum laude

, 2003
State of New Jersey
State of New York
Morris County Bar Association, Land Use Committee, Co-chair, 2014-Present
New Jersey Builders Association, Highlands Committee, 2012-2017
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2010-Present
Rutgers Real Estate Center Emerging Leaders Council, 2016-Present

Recognition and Community


Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.) Real Estate Law, 2024

Named PulteGroup's Land Consultant of the Year for the Northeast

Selected to "Forty under 40" by NJBIZ for "commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community," 2020

Selected to the list of "Recognized Practitioners" in Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use in New Jersey, 2019

Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) of recognized practitioners for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use in New Jersey, 2018-2023

Selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate, 2022-2023

Selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate, 2013-2021

Chosen as one of the New Jersey Law Journal's 2016 New Leaders of the Bar

Morris County Bar Association Young Lawyers Mock Trial Competition winner, 2008

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Washington and Lee University Alumni Association, Northern New Jersey Chapter, President

International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood, 2002-Present