Raymond Barto has been practicing business, corporate and commercial law for over 35 years. He has litigated myriad cases involving the State of New Jersey and its various agencies, including the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and the Department of Community Affairs since 1982.
A major portion of his practice revolves around shareholder, partner and limited liability company disputes. For example, recent matters involved the partition of a 600 unit housing complex in West New York, disputed ownership of Hackensack apartment buildings worth in excess of $160 million dollars, and a family struggle among shareholders of a conglomerate of companies operating various truck stops, multi-family housing and oil delivery businesses.
Mr. Barto also brings and defends collection cases on behalf of both plaintiff creditors and defendant debtors.
Transactional work is another facet of Mr. Barto’s practice. He has particular expertise in multi-family building acquisition and refinancing. In the last five years alone, he has represented his clients in closing nearly $1 billion in loans with HUD and other lenders.
His other areas of practice include environmental law, employment law, including enforcement and defense of restrictive employment covenants and negotiation of employee severance agreements, the purchase and sale of businesses, attorney ethics matters, land use applications, and family business disputes.
Mr. Barto is a 1982 graduate of the Rutgers School of Law. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Peter’s University, having graduated in 1974 as the only student to ever amass sufficient credits to graduate within two years of completing high school.
As a young man he travelled about Europe, working on an archaeology dig in Wales, and with the British Conservation Corp., and National Trust on various conservation projects in and about East Anglia. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Barto, an avid reader, worked for five years as an assistant librarian at a local university before attending law school.
Since 1992 he has been a member of his community’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. He has served continuously as the Board’s Chairman since 2006. He has sat on the boards of various community arts groups, including the Pro Arte Chorale and the New Jersey Poetry Society.
A serious tennis player and an oft published poet, Mr. Barto lives with his wife and terrier, Schubert, in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.