Robert C. Griffin, Esq.
Robert C. Griffin is a Partner of the firm. His major areas of practice are Community Association Law and Litigation. He also handles Business Start-ups, Commercial Law, Fair Housing and Discrimination issues; Labor Law; Rights of the Disabled; Land Use; Real Estate Transactions; Wills and Trusts; and, Municipal Court.
Mr. Griffin represents community associations, providing guidance through the transition process from developer to homeowner control, and serves as general counsel for community associations. Mr. Griffin appears before Planning and Zoning Boards in support of community association applications, and in opposition to development applications contrary to client interests. He also appears in municipal court when community associations are cited for violations.
A litigator throughout his entire career, Mr. Griffin oversees the firm’s community association construction defect litigation cases; and, large non-community association litigation matters.
Since 2002, Mr. Griffin has served on the Board of Trustees for Community Access Unlimited, a non-profit corporation which assists people with disabilities in living successfully in the community, and was the President of the Board from 2008 - 2010. He is a member of the faculty at the Union County Police Academy; and, he has lectured and written articles for the Community Associations Institute, nationally and for the New Jersey Chapter.
Mr. Griffin is admitted to practice in New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, New York and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Seton Hall University, School of Law (J.D. 1983) and Marist College (B.S. 1977).
Mr. Griffin is a member of the America Bar Association; the New Jersey Bar Association; the New York Bar Association; the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Community Associations Institute - New Jersey Chapter.
Mr. Griffin is also a Mediator through the New Jersey Community Associations Institute (CAI).
News & Announcements
Indoor Gatherings and Association Meetings
November 20, 2020
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy heading into the holidays and especially during the recent rise in COVID‑19 infections.
A lot of states are responding to the current spike in Coronavirus diagnoses by implementing more severe guidelines and restrictions. New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are no different in this regard. Particularly, in recent days, we have seen limits placed on the number of people who can gather in one place instituted in all three states:
NEW LAW: Electric Vehicle Car Charging Stations in Common Interest Communities
October 30, 2020
Our office previously wrote a blog in 2018 about the current status of pending bills in the Senate and Assembly regarding car charging stations in common interest communities. You can read that blog here. The bill NJ S.B. 2421 (2018) was passed by the Assembly and the Senate on January 13, 2020. However, when the bill went before the Governor, it was pocket vetoed on January 21, 2020. This means that the Governor did not directly respond to the bill and point out any objections.
Update on Evictions in Pennsylvania
October 30, 2020
In Pennsylvania, the eviction moratorium was in place until August 31, 2020. Following this, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent lasting until December 31, 2020. However, residents would have to be eligible to fall under these protections, which prevents a landlord from even proceeding with an eviction case (which includes the filing and sending of certain notices), after receiving a declaration from a tenant stating they are experiencing a hardship as a result of the pandemic. However, the state protections in Pennsylvania have lapsed. There are efforts going through the Pennsylvania legislature to extend the eviction moratorium, but they have so far been unsuccessful. There also currently does not exist any order permitting tenants to utilize their security deposit for rent in Pennsylvania.
Update on Evictions in New Jersey
October 30, 2020
As most are already aware of, residential tenants in New Jersey cannot currently be locked out of their homes during the COVID-19 emergency. The New Jersey governor, on October 24, 2020 signed another executive order, Number 186, which extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, and September 25. By the Governor’s Order, there is a moratorium on residential evictions and foreclosures. Commercial tenants are not subject to the moratorium.
EXTENSION ON COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS IN NEW YORK
October 27, 2020
On October 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.70, which further strengthens tenants’ protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, this time for commercial tenants. The Executive Order extends New York State’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through January 1, 2021. Governor Cuomo states that the “extension of this protection gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to get back on their feet and catch up on rent or their mortgage, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward”.
CDC Issues Guidance, Apartment Industry Concerns Heard
October 13, 2020
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document as informal guidance to supplement its Order to temporarily halt residential evictions. The CDC Order, as drafted, contained certain ambiguities that the FAQ has now made clear.
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