Ronald J. Uzdavinis
B.A. 1970, St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, PA
J.D. 1973, Villanova University
Real Estate and Land Use Law
Business Organization and Employment Law
Estate Planning and Administration
Litigation in above areas.
U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 1974
U.S. Court of Appeal 3rd Circuit 1998
U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
RONALD J. UZDAVINIS is a shareholder in in the firm concentrating his practice in the areas of real estate and land use law including complex commercial, industrial, and residential site plan and subdivision applications; business organization formation including corporations, LLC's and partnerships; estate planning including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, and representation of personal representatives in the administration of decedent's estates, as well as litigation in these areas.
Mr. Uzdavinis graduated from St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, PA in 1970 and obtained his Juris Doctor from Villanova University Law School in 1973. He was admitted to the New Jersey-Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1974, He was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1998, and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990.
He served as Solicitor for various public bodies, including the Franklin Township Board of Education, the Woodbury Planning Board, and the West Deptford Township Planning Board and has served as Assistant Counsel for the County of Gloucester. He has been the Solicitor for the Burlington Board of Island Managers, the oldest continuously operating educational trust in the United States, from 1995 to 2015.
Mr. Uzdavinis has conducted seminars on Land Use Planning for the National Business Institute and for the Gloucester County Legal Education Association. He has also made estate planning and litigation related presentations for various private sector institutions.
He was named to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Gloucester County in 1990, became President in 2003, and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2009. He also sits on the Board of Main Street Woodbury, Inc., and other private sector organizations.
Mr. Uzdavinis has served on the Gloucester County Ethics Committee, and the District IV Fee Arbitration Committee as a Member and Chair. In 1985, he was as appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to that Court's Committee on Character which screens all incoming candidates for admission to the bar, and chaired a Statewide Panel until 1999 when he was appointed Statewide Chair of the Character Committee where he served until 2003. The Supreme Court then appointed him to its Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics where he has served since 2004. He was appointed to the Supreme Court Skills and Methods Committee, and has served on several Litigation related Committees and Task Forces at the request of the New Jersey Supreme Court, including those involving Civil Practice and the Use of Technology in the Courtroom.
He has been a member of the Gloucester County Bar Association since 1974, serving on its Board of Trustees in various capacities from 1985 to the present. He was the founding President of the Gloucester County Bar Foundation in 1989-1990, and President of the County Bar Association that same year. He has served on and chaired the County Bar's Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, among others.
A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association since 1974, Mr. Uzdavinis twice served on the Association's Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1994 and again from 2012 to the present. He has chaired the Computer-Related Law Committee and Amicus Committee. He was elected first President and Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Lawyer Weekly Newspaper from 1991 to 1993 and continued to serve on the paper's Board of Directors until 1999. He was a Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation from 2001to 2008. Having served on several State Bar Association committees, including the Nominating Committee, he now is a member of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law, Land Use Law, and the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the State Bar Association.
Mr. Uzdavinis has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1974, and a member of its litigation section for many years. He is also a member of the Labor and Employment as well as the Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections of the American Bar Association.
He was named by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as Professional Lawyer of the Year in Gloucester County in 1999. He received the Caulfield Distinguished Service Award for public service enhancing the Legal Profession and furthering the Administration of Justice in May 2003. He was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2015. He has held a Martindale Hubbell A-V peer rating (highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards) for over 25 years.
Mr. Uzdavinis concentrates his practice in Real Estate and Land Use Law, Business Organization and Employment Law, and Estate and Administration, including Litigation in those areas.