Jamie’s practice is focused on helping clients implement urban redevelopment projects. This complex practice area implicates real property rights, local government powers, environmental and land use regulations, and project financing challenges. Jamie employs a strategic, results-oriented approach to managing redevelopment issues, and 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, giving her particular 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 and liabilities in connection with redevelopment project site acquisition and demolition issues, 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 became associated with the law firm of Archer & Greiner as a commercial litigation associate, 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 currently manages the firm’s Freehold Borough office. She is an active member of the Freehold Borough community, where she was recently appointed to serve on the Planning Board. She also serves on the Freehold Borough Education Foundation, non-profit entity independent from the local Board of Education whose purpose is to give students the resources and opportunities they need to be successful. Jamie is also a New Jersey licensed foster parent. She and her husband have adopted four children through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly “DYFS”).
Selected for inclusion to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Ms. Sweet is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Since July 2013, Ms. Sweet has served as the Chair of the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit real estate industry organization devoted to the responsible use of land and preservation of natural resources. She formerly served two terms as a Director of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a frequent lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
A contributing author of “Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey,” (ICLE 2006, 2010), Ms. Sweet obtained her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark. From 2001-2002, Ms. Sweet served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur N. D’Italia, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, Hudson County. She previously practiced law with the firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, PA, located in Woodbridge, New Jersey.