Yeshiva University/Benjamin N.
Cardozo School of Law (JD, 1983)
Hamilton College (BA, 1980)
New Jersey State Bar Association
Bergen County Bar Association
Federal Communications Bar Associations
International Council on Shopping
Ridgewood Planning Board (1990 –
2002; Chairman, 1997 – 2000)
Mr. Follender’s deep 30 year experience includes representing commercial and residential developers, financial institutions, municipal boards, mid-sized corporations and real estate brokers in all facets of development, land use, financing, zoning, planning, and all forms of commercial leasing, including retail, office and industrial complexes. In addition, Mr. Follender works with the telecommunications industry to review and consult for telecommunications related contracts, including VoIP, prepaid calling cards, telephone bill analysis, regulatory compliance, DSL line agreements, co-location agreements, riser line agreements, satellite agreements, and related matters.In addition, Mr. Follender regularly appears in litigation to resolve partnership disputes and other matters not chiefly directed to obtain money damages such as specific performance of a contract and quiet title actions.Mr. Follender served as General Counsel to the Poskanzer Tulp Company, where he assisted in the development, acquisition, sale, financing and leasing of approximately five million square feet of office, industrial, and retail space. He also served as Vice President and General Counsel to Total-Tel USA Communications, Inc., a publicly traded long distance telephone company, where he was involved with overseeing regulatory compliance, political lobbying for the 1996 Telecommunications Act and all other legal affairs of this $100 million company.
Representative matters include large scale real estate transactions such as the $600,000,000 Mack-Cali acquisition of the Gale Companies and the $750,000,000 financing of an electric transmission facility in Ridgefield, New Jersey and the successful challenge to the Division of Taxation in the matter Mack-Cali Realty, LP v. Clerk of Bergen County, 25 N.J. Tax 243 (NJ Super. Tax 2009) regarding realty transfer taxes.
While a partner at Scarinci Hollenbeck, Mr. Follender served as chair of the Property Tax Appeal section and in that capacity oversaw the representation of municipalities and private property owners for real property tax appeals. In his private practice, Mr. Follender regularly works through complex asset based financing issues in conjunction with large scale mergers and acquisitions as well as sophisticated real estate financing arrangements on behalf of borrowers and lenders. Mr. Follender also provides these same sophisticated services in a cost-efficient manner to small and medium-sized businesses in general corporate matters and represents commercial property owners in leasing, financing, purchase, sale, condemnation, environmental and land use matters and of course, real property tax appeals. In addition, he has represented various national and regional financial institutions and private lenders for commercial real estate and asset-based loan review. Mr. Follender served as a member of the Ridgewood Planning Board from 1990-2002 (Chairman 1997-2000), as attorney for the Fort Lee Planning Board from 1993-2000, the South Hackensack Board of Adjustment (1993), and was involved with the Hackensack Economic Development Committee (1997-2001). Mr. Follender is the former attorney for the Woodcliff Lake Planning Board (2013-2014).
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