Jamie is a real estate attorney who knows what it's like to be a real estate client. When she and her husband bought their first home, Jamie was trying to make a living as an opera singer, and knew nothing about buying real estate. Fortunately, the real estate attorney they hired was a strong advocate, but she never let her ego get in the way of getting the deal done. She was responsive, knew the law, and knew how to work with the other professionals involved to get the transaction closed. Now, nearly 20 years later, Jamie is deliberate in cultivating these same qualities in her own practice.
Jamie sees herself as a member of her clients' larger real estate team. She spends time getting to know her clients and their properties early in the transaction. She manages each transaction personally, advising her clients on their options at each step of the process and coordinating the efforts of the realtors, title agents, lenders and other professionals involved. Her top priority is making sure the client's goals direct the course of the transaction.
Open communication makes the buying and selling process less stressful for clients. For that reason, Jamie goes out of her way to make sure her clients can reach her directly. She doesn't rush through explanations, and asks the client's other advisors to weigh in on issues, when appropriate.
Jamie also represents experienced real estate clients in commercial and urban redevelopment projects. This complex practice area implicates real property rights, local government powers, environmental and land use regulations, and project financing challenges. Jamie has extensive experience in navigating the public-private partnerships inherent in successful redevelopment efforts. From “area in need of redevelopment” investigations through the negotiation of redeveloper and payment in lieu of taxes agreements, Jamie has assisted clients in achieving their redevelopment goals throughout New Jersey.
Jamie also has broad experience in the acquisition of real property through eminent domain. Over the years, she has represented both public entities and private property owners in condemnation actions, which gives her insight into the task of balancing property owner rights with the public purpose of redevelopment. Jamie has represented clients in all phases of the eminent domain process. She has successfully defended challenges to the jurisdiction to condemn, and represented clients in valuation proceedings before condemnation commissioners and State courts, including Suydam-type environmental cost recovery actions.
Jamie’s practice extends to local property taxation issues as well. She has prosecuted property tax appeals on behalf of commercial and residential property owners before the County Tax Boards and in Tax Court. She also advises clients on property tax issues in connection with redevelopment project site acquisition and demolition, and pursues property tax exemptions, abatements and incentive financing arrangements for redevelopment projects.
Jamie is a 2003 graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law – Newark and Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, where she earned joint JD and MBA degrees. Following her completion of a clerkship with the Honorable Mitchel E. Ostrer, J.S.C. (Mercer Vicinage, Civil Division), Jamie was a commercial litigation associate at Archer & Greiner, where her practice was focused on complex real property disputes and property tax appeals. She later joined Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer’s redevelopment team, where she practiced until Sweet & Bennett was formed in 2014.
Jamie manages the firm’s Freehold office. She is an active member of the Freehold Borough community, where she serves on the joint Planning and Zoning Board and Co-Chairs the Freehold Borough Community Redevelopment Committee. She is also a Trustee of the Freehold Borough Education Foundation, non-profit entity whose purpose is to give students the resources and opportunities they need to be successful. During the decade Jamie and her husband were licensed foster parents, they adopted four fabulous children through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly “DYFS”).