Elizabeth M. Durkin

Elizabeth M. Durkin

Livingston, New Jersey
Ms. Durkin has considerable commercial real-estate experience and represents either the purchaser or seller in the acquisition, financing and land-use approvals of real property in New Jersey, inclusive of handling 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges. She also represents institutional lenders in multiple types of transactions. Moreover, she has represented, and continues to represent, municipal land-use boards. Ms. Durkin also has extensive experience in assisting clients with their estate planning, inclusive of inter vivos and testamentary trusts, as well as estate administration. She has represented executors, trustees and beneficiaries in litigated matters. Further, Ms. Durkin has extensive experience in the horse industry and on all equine-related issues. She lectures on equine liability issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Land Use
  • Banking, Finance & Secured Transactions
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Equine Law
  • Estate Planning, Preparation of Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Residential Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Tax Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Manhattanville
    • B.A. - 1984


  • Rutgers Co-Op Extension, Short Course for Horse Owners and Barn Managers, Equine Liability Issues, April, 2004
  • Rutgers Co-Op Extension, Short Course for Horse Owners and Barn Managers, Equine Liability Issues, April, 2005
  • New York County Lawyer's Association Sports Law Forum, March, 2009
  • Rutgers Equine Science Center, Winter Short Course for Developing Future Leaders for the Equine Industry, Legal Issues Important to the Equine Industry, January, 2012
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Convention, Panelist on Animal Law, May, 2012
  • Rutgers Equine Science Center and Northeast SARE, Equine Business Planning for NJ Horse Businesses, February, 2013
  • Rutgers Equine Science Center, Developing Future Leaders for the Equine Industry Management and Leadership Methods, January, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, Animal Law Committee
  • Fund for Newark Abbey, Trustee
  • Development Council of the Archdiocese of Newark, Board Member
  • Rutgers University for Equine Advancement, Board Member and Vice Chair