Susan Marra brings over thirty years of experience in virtually all aspects of real estate, business and trusts and estates law. She has built her reputation as a trusted counselor by providing legal advice and practical solutions to address her clients’ personal and business objectives.
Susan routinely represents real estate investors, developers, lenders, and buyers in all types of real estate matters from simple to complex, including contract drafting and negotiation, acquisitions, sales, financing, workouts, assignments, like-kind exchanges, zoning, and land use issues. Susan’s clients include regional banks and other institutional lenders, businesses of all sizes, professionals, brokers, builders, developers, and individual landowners and purchasers. Susan also has extensive experience with commercial leases. She regularly negotiates, drafts and reviews commercial leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants with respect to leases of all types, including leases for retail space, professional offices, apartments, industrial parks, mixed-use properties, strip malls, shopping centers, and multi-family dwellings.
Susan is well-versed in the specialized area of condominium and planned real estate development law, including the conversion of rental properties to the condominium form of ownership, mixed-use developments, commercial condominiums, and the registration of planned real estate developments with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. She has also acted as general counsel to the boards of condominium associations assisting them with day-to-day issues and policies.
Susan serves as general counsel to many corporate clients who rely on her for general business issues, including business planning, choice of entity decisions, corporate governance, shareholder agreements, business purchases and sales, and entity reorganizations.
In addition to real estate, corporate and transactional practice, Susan also assists clients with their estate planning, including, including the preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance directives for healthcare. She also handles the administration of estates and counsels fiduciaries on their duties.
1983, New Jersey and New York
Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1982)
Rowan University (B.A., 1976)
Memberships and Professional Activities:
Member, Bergen County Bar Association
Member, Women Lawyers in Bergen
1992-1995 Board Attorney for the Planning Board of the Town of Secaucus
2005- 2009, served on the District IIA Ethics Committee
Former mediator on the New Jersey Superior Court’s roster of civil mediators;
Former mediator for New Jersey’s Foreclosure Mediation Program