Paul C. Kaufman, Esq.

Paul Kaufman is the founding partner in Kaufman Semeraro & Leibman, LLP. Mr. Kaufman has been practicing law since 1974 in the Fort Lee area and specializes in land use and zoning matters and commercial real estate and banking law. For decades he has represented developers and banks in some of the largest and most complex development and redevelopment projects in northern New Jersey. Mr. Kaufman represents several banks as lenders counsel with regard to the closing of commercial loans, loan modifications and extensions. Additionally, Mr. Kaufman has decades’ worth of litigation experience handling complex litigation involving land use, affordable housing issues and real estate disputes.

Mr. Kaufman also has many years’ experience representing public entities. He presently serves, amongst others, as general counsel to the Bergen County Utility Authority and Municipal Counsel to the Borough of Paramus.

Mr. Kaufman has previously served as Mayor and Councilman of the Borough of Leonia. Mr. Kaufman served as Parliamentarian and Counsel to the Bergen County Democratic Organization for over a decade.

Involved in his community, Mr. Kaufman also served as President of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia and many years on its Board of Trustees. He also serves as a member of the Board in the townhouse complex in which he resides. Following law school, Mr. Kaufman served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Sherwin D. Lester in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Mr. Kaufman is a member of the American, New Jersey and Bergen County Bar Associations.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1974


  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • J.D., New York Law School, New York, NY


  • Judicial Clerk, the Hon. Sherwin D. Lester in the Sup. Court of New Jersey

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association
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