Donna M. Jennings is a shareholder in the Land Use and Environmental groups at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Ms. Jennings has successfully handled litigation related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) on behalf of individuals and institutions who were discriminated against by unfair zoning codes and landmarking laws. With regard to her affordable housing practice, both public and private entities benefit from Ms. Jennings’ advice on compliance and regulations issues in connection with complex projects, ranging from site acquisition, through construction and permanent financing.
For over 20 years, Ms. Jennings has represented clients in land use approvals at all governmental levels, as well as in environmental and regulatory matters, including site plan approvals, subdivisions, variances, rezoning applications, environmental permits, access permits, and negotiations of agreements with governmental entities related to land development. She also handles litigation in both State and Federal Courts related to Right to Farm and Prerogative Writs matters. A selection of projects she has worked on include healthcare facilities, distribution centers, office parks, hotels, religious institutions, electric generating facilities, petroleum terminals, refineries, service stations, automotive dealerships, fast food restaurants and solar farms, in addition to a variety of residential, commercial, manufacturing, and other industrial projects. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Quackenboss, Chancery Division, Middlesex County.
Ms. Jennings is a frequent speaker in professional forums, including ICLE, Lorman Education Services, NBI, and the Atlantic Builders Convention. She has also published numerous articles and is a contributing author to the Land Use Chapter in Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey (ICLE 2003, 2006 & 2010).
In 2017, Ms. Jennings received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Since 2015, she has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers in the field of Land Use and has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of Land Use since 2014. In addition, she has been distinguished with a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating. Ms. Jennings has been recognized twice as one of 50 Women of Influence in the New Jersey commercial real estate sector by Real Estate New Jersey and has been named one of the top forty attorneys under forty by New Jersey Law Journal.
In 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court appointed Ms. Jennings to serve a 4-year term on the District VIII Fee Arbitration Committee and in 2017 she was appointed to serve as Chair.
Also of Interest
- February 6, 2019 Donna M. Jennings to Present in NJICLE Webinar “Avoiding Pitfalls in the Land Use Notice Process”
- June 1, 2018 Donna Jennings to Present at NJICLE’s Keeping the Faith: The Latest Mosque Opposition, Zoning Laws and Religious Discrimination in New Jersey
- June 1, 2018 Donna Jennings to Serve as Moderator at NJICLE’s Introduction to New Jersey Land Use Practice
- May 16, 2018 Wilentz Attorneys to Present at the New Jersey State Bar Association 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention