James P. Wyse
PartnerJanuary 31, 1951 - October 11, 2021 350 Mount Kemble Avenue
P.O. Box 1917
Morristown, NJ 07962
Direct (973) 631-6030
Fax (973) 267-6442
P.O. Box 1917
Morristown, NJ 07962
James Wyse is a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Group.
He practices in the areas of real estate, corporate, contract and business law, and has extensive experience with open space and conservation transactions, farmland and historic preservation, and nonprofit governance and compliance issues.
Mr. Wyse represents clients in connection with the formation of new business companies and in the negotiation of commercial agreements including technology services, consulting and employment contracts, and business sales and acquisitions. He counsels landlords and tenants with respect to commercial leases and has handled numerous major real estate transactions involving a mixture of private and public funding sources. He recently closed on the acquisition of the Giralda Farms property in Chatham Township, NJ, helping to solve a variety of complex problems among parties with widely disparate interests so that the land could become a new public park.
Mr. Wyse is a frequent lecturer and author on topics related to conservation easements, qualified conservation contributions, real estate transactions, and related federal tax law. His charitable clients include New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Open Space Institute, The Trust for Public Land, the Nature Conservancy, Raritan Headwaters Association, Harding Land Trust, Tewksbury Land Trust, Lamington Conservancy, and The Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum, among others.
Mr. Wyse has argued appeals before the federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the New Jersey Appellate Division, and the New Jersey Supreme Court. In a case of first impression, he successfully established the constitutional right of public libraries to remove persons who engage in intimidating behavior toward staff and other patrons or who’s personal hygiene is intolerable. Representing the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, he also won a Supreme Court decision that the state can bar elected officials from using campaign funds to defend against criminal corruption charges.
- Represented the purchaser in connection with the largest open space parkland acquisition in Morris County.
- Handled the acquisition for open space protection of 9,600 acres of land in the New Jersey Pinelands, one of the largest remaining tracts of privately held land in New Jersey, involving complex public funding and private financing arrangements and resolution of pending environmental violations.
- Successfully represented the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission in suit brought by Senator Wayne Bryant seeking to compel the agency to allow him to use campaign funds to pay for his legal defense against fraud and corruption charges.
- Represented the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township in the successful defense of its patron conduct policy in a suit alleging violation of civil rights brought by a homeless man who persistently engaged in lewd and harassing conduct.
- Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., with honors)
- Bucknell University
- United States Tax Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- State of New Jersey
Frequent lecturer and speaker at state-wide and national conferences on conservation-related law, charitable contribution benefits, and 501(c)(3) organizations.
Awards and Honors
AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest rating for legal ability and general ethical standards.
Assisted in the formation of the Dierdre O’Brien Child Advocacy Center in Morristown, NJ
Trustee of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters
Volunteer high adventure leader for the Boy Scouts of America
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, The Land Trust Alliance