Lester Taylor, Partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli, Co-Chairs the firm’s Education Law Practice Group. Lester represents boards of education in matters related to general counsel services, special education, litigation, labor, employment, and workers’ compensation. He also is involved with the firm’s labor & employment, litigation, municipal law, and redevelopment practice groups.
He has significant experience in all facets of education law and has represented a number of urban and suburban school districts throughout New Jersey. Lester presently represents the Camden City School District, Middletown Township Public Schools, Brick Township Board of Education, Union Township Board of Education, Union County Vocational & Technical School District, Long Branch Board of Education, Jersey City Board of Education, West New York Board of Education, Willingboro Board of Education, Elizabeth Board of Education, and Paterson Board of Education.
Lester also represents state, county, and municipal public entities including the Township of Irvington, Willingboro Township, Union County and Passaic County in labor and employment and litigation related matters. He also represents housing authorities including Asbury Park and Phillipsburg.
Additionally, Lester is involved in redevelopment projects for both private and public clients. He negotiates redevelopment agreements and handles related litigation. Lester has a unique experience with Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) which subsidizes the acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income tenants, as well as HOPE IV, program of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that aims to revitalize the worst public housing projects in the United States into mixed-income developments.
Lester served as Mayor of the City of East Orange, New Jersey from 2014-2017. He has received numerous awards and recognition from various civic organizations and often volunteers his time speaking with students on the importance of education and developing leadership skills. Currently, Taylor serves on the Board of Three Doctors Foundation, the Board of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson Counties, the Board of Sustainable Jersey, and the Board of Jersey Water Works. He served as a Trustee for the Northern Region of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys. Lester frequently attends and conducts legal seminars to stay abreast of changes in the law.
Following graduation from law school, Lester served as a law clerk to the Honorable Zinora M. Mitchell-Rankin, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He then worked as an associate at a law firm in Newark, New Jersey in the areas of general civil and criminal litigation, with a focus on representing local boards of education and other public entities.
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