Marc E. Leibman Esq.
Marc E. Leibman Esq.
Marc Leibman is a partner at Kaufman Semeraro & Leibman, LLP and a trial attorney with an extensive background in tax litigation, Federal criminal law, New Jersey state criminal law and commercial litigation. Mr. Leibman heads the firm’s criminal law practice, which includes white collar crimes, big and small narcotics cases, sex crimes, assault and arson. In 2004, Mr. Leibman was appointed by the United States District Court of New Jersey to represent criminal defendants in Federal Court on serious federal offenses. Mr. Leibman has also served as a municipal prosecutor for the Borough of Leonia. Mr. Leibman has defended clients in federal courts in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia.
Aside from criminal law, Mr. Leibman devotes a considerable amount of his practice to land use and zoning matters. Mr. Leibman serves or has served as Board Attorney to zoning and planning boards in Hoboken, Palisades Park, Paramus, Fair Lawn, New Milford, Dumont, River Vale and Woodcliff Lake. Mr. Leibman also represents individual and corporate clients before various zoning and planning boards throughout Bergen and Hudson counties. Mr. Leibman has previously served as Borough Attorney in New Milford (2013-2014).
Mr. Leibman has experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters. Mr. Leibman heads the firm’s real estate tax appeals practice involving properties assessed in tens of millions of dollars. He represents both municipalities and taxpayers in the county tax boards and the tax courts, and has achieved substantial success in this area. Mr. Leibman’s property tax practice is not limited to large commercial properties. He also handles appeals on behalf of condominium unit owners and luxury homes.
Areas of Practice
Education and Previous Professional Experience
- J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
- B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
- Associate with Willis & Young, P.C.
- Southern District of New York
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
- Owners Maintenance Corp v. Fort Lee, 22 N.J. Tax 648, 2005
Honors and Awards
- Rising Star Criminal Attorney by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Super Lawyers 2017
- Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Lee, NJ, Super Lawyers 2018
- Changes to New Jersey Expungement Law, New Jersey Lawyer
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Bergen County Bar Association Criminal Committee
- Bergen County Bar Association Land Use Committee
- New Jersey State Bar Association
Marc E. Leibman Esq.
On June 5, 2017 the Fort Lee Planning Board approved a resolution on an application brought by Marc Leibman for the construction of a 3 story office building on the site of the old Archer’s Restaurant in Fort Lee, adjacent to Horizon House on Palisade …
Kaufman, Semeraro, and Leibman is pleased to announce that partner Marc Leibman and associate Justin Santagata have been selected for the 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. SuperLawyers are chosen based on a selection process that includes nominations by peers, validation by third parties in …
On June 28, 2016, Judge Nugent, sitting in the Tax Court of New Jersey, granted a directed verdict against Mack-Cali Realty Corp. on behalf of the Borough of Roseland. Roseland was defending tax appeals filed by the Brach Eichler law firm contesting assessments for the …
On November 4, 2015 Marc Leibman, Esq. received approval for a 72 unit mixed-use project on Main Street in Hackensack. This development will add one and two bedroom apartments together with approximately 4000 sq ft. of retail space to the former Woolworths building. The project …
On August 11, 2015 Marc Leibman obtained two approvals from the Fort Lee Zoning Board of Adjustment for matching two family homes on Morningside Lane. Likely two of the last undeveloped lots in Fort Lee, this area is zoned for single family use. By presenting …
On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court took an arrow from the quiver of United States Attorney and invalidated, as unconstitutionally vague, language from the armed career criminal statute found at 18 U.S.C. §924(e)(2)(B). Samuel Johnson received a sentence of 15 years in …
Last week, Marc Leibman acquired approval from the Ridgewood Planning Board for improvements made at a Godwin Avenue Church owned by the World Mission Society Church of God. The contractors who completed the improvements to the property in 2011 failed to obtain the proper approvals …
The New Jersey Supreme Court has just rendered a long awaited decision concerning affordable housing in New Jersey. The decision recognizes that the Council On Affordable Housing (COAH) has abdicated its responsibility to approve housing plans that provide a realistic housing opportunity for low and …
On January 27, 2015, partner Marc E. Leibman, Esq. obtained variances to permit the construction of a three-family townhouse project in a single-family zone on Jane Street in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Working with our regular team of professionals, Mr. Leibman presented testimony from an …
In mid-December 2014 the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee reported favorably upon legislation which would shorten expungement of criminal convictions. Importantly, this proposed legislation will permit Drug Court graduates to expunge their entire criminal record. This will provide a significant incentive for Defendants to enter …