Cory K. Kestner - McKirdy & Riskin, P.A.

Cory K. Kestner
McKirdy & Riskin, P.A.
136 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960


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Cory K. Kestner
McKirdy & Riskin, P.A.

Attorney Profile
Law School

Albany of Union University
2004 - 2008



1. New Jersey United States District Court, District of New Jersey

1. Albany Law School, J.D., 2008
2. Grand Valley State University, B.A., 1998

1. American Bar Association
2. New Jersey State Bar Association

Related Practices:
1. Eminent Domain
2. Real Estate Tax Appeals
3. Redevelopment

“If the government turned “square corners” with property owners, then I would be un-employed. I enjoy being a lawyer, knowing that I help to balance the system.”

As a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence M. Lawson, the Assignment Judge for the Monmouth Vicinage, Cory Kestner gained extensive experience in condemnation and land use law, laying the foundation that today allows him to analyze legal questions with a behind-the-scenes perspective to adeptly target the facts and legal arguments that judges and their clerks find important.

A former private business owner, Mr. Kestner brings both a business and legal understanding of what is at stake when the government acts to condemn or acquire private property in an eminent domain taking. Handling residential, retail, commercial and industrial condemnations, he works with the team at McKirdy &Riskin to maximize just compensation and provide peace-of-mind for property owners of all sizes and types.

Professional Involvement:
1. American Bar Association
2. New Jersey State Bar Association
3. Morris County Bar Association
4. Somerset County Bar Association

1. Law clerk to the Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson, Assignment Judge for Monmouth Vicinage.
2. Intern to New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Virginia Long and the Honorable William J. McGovern, III, J.S.C.
3. David A. Wanger Award recipient for outstanding success and dedication to the moot court program at Albany Law School.
4. Albany Law Environmental Outlook Journal, member.

1. Does the Disparate-Impact Theory Apply to the Fair Housing Act”, New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. 215, No. 4 (January 27, 2014)
2. "Underwater Mortgages: Can Eminent Domain Bail Them Out”; Real Estate Issues, The Counselors of Real Estate, Vol. 38, Number 2 (October, 2013)
3. “Chapter 91: Assessment Tool Turned Litigation Sword”, New Jersey Law Journal , Vol. 210, No. 7 (November 12, 2012); co-author
4. "In Condemnation Actions the Trial Court is Gatekeeper to Expert Valuation Testimony", New Jersey Law Journal, November 14, 2011
5. “The Revival of Due Process Rights in Redevelopment Takings: Recent Developments in Due Process in State Eminent Domain Case Law,” The Urban Lawyer (2010), co-author.
6. “Subpar Subpoena Clauses: Why States Need to Legislatively Amend Their Zoning Subpoena Laws”. 34 Seton Hall Legis. J. 29 (2009)  
7. "SCOTUS+SCONJ+TDRS =New Jersey Highlands Act Litigation Outcomes: Will it all Add Up to a Fair Outcome for Property Owners?” 18 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 399 (2007)

Civic Involvement:
When not practicing law, Mr. Kestner volunteers through Albany Law School’s alumni office as an alumni mentor for Albany Law students, and organizing alumni events in New Jersey. He is also involved in his hometown with the “Save the Mary Jacobs Library” organization. He enjoys playing tennis with his wife and attending shows at the local theaters near his house.