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James E. Morgan

James E. Morgan


James E. Morgan is an attorney in private practice as a partner in the firm of Galvin and Morgan in Delmar, New York, after retiring from many years of practice with the State of New York. He is litigating many cases involving private property rights and conservation easements. He received his J.D. from Albany Law School and earned a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY, Albany. He has handled litigation of virtually every nature related to the State of New York as Assistant Attorney General, Hearing Officer for the Department of Social Services, Senior Attorney for the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Senior Attorney for the Department of Equalization and Assessment. He is admitted to practice in New York State Courts; the Southern, Eastern and Northern U.S. States District Courts; and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Morgan is now also a cooperating attorney with LandGuard, a nationwide legal service to assure high quality legal advice to protect private property rights. LandGuard is affiliated with the American Land Foundation, Taylor, Texas.

He is representing property owners in the Long Island Pine Barrens, where their land is zoned by the Long Island Pine Barrens Act for zero use, but no compensation has been offered for the taking of their property and their assessments have not been reduced. In addition, with three separate lawsuits he is litigating in both State and Federal Court on the behalf of multiple groups of plaintiffs, he is challenging the unequal treatment of similarly situated landowners. He has been representing the Town of Hardenburgh (population 198, where the State owns 58 percent of the land) in Ulster County in Federal Court in pursuit of equity on its State-owned forest preserve assessments. The 200 property owners of Hardenburgh contribute $885,000 in one year to the school district but only three students.

Contact information:

James E. Morgan, Esq.
Galvin & Morgan, Attorneys
217 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-7734
fax: (518) 475-1810

Conference Speeches
"The Practical Difficulties of Land Use & Building Regulations" - Speech from the Fourteenth Annual Conference
"Conservation Easements and the Adirondacks" - Speech Summary from the Thirteenth Annual Conference
"Conservation Easements and TDR's: Fifth Amendment Takings through Zoning" - Speech from the Tewlfth Annual Conference
"The Eminent Domain Crisis" - Speech from the Tenth Annual Conference
"The Eminent Domain Battleground-Panel Introduction" - Speech from the Ninth Annual Conference
"Eminent Domain - Current Status, Future Directions"
- Speech from the Sixth Annual Conference
"Surmounting Tourism's Zoning Hurdles" - Speech from the Fourth Annual Conference
"Balancing the State's Regulation of Resources" - Speech from the Fourth Annual Conference
"Introduction—Regaining Our Private Property Rights" - Speech from the Third Annual Conference
"Federal Lawsuit on State Forest Preserve Assessments" - Speech from the Second Annual Conference
"Keeping Zoning Local and Constitutional" - Speech from the First Annual Conference

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