Thomas M. Olson

Thomas M. Olson

NJ Real Estate Tax Appeals  Attorney

McKirdy & Riskin, P.A.


About Me

1. 1982, New Jersey

1. Seton Hall Law School, J.D., 1982
2. St. Peter's College, B.A., cum laude, 1979

Related Practices:
1. Eminent Domain
2. Real Estate Tax Appeals

With over 25 years of legal experience, Tom Olson has helped dozens of property owners achieve a fair and proper result when faced with condemnation or real estate tax assessment disputes and appeals. Offering aggressive, practical legal counsel, focused exclusively on condemnation, eminent domain and property tax, he works with property owners, their agents or their general legal counsel to maximize the outcome.

“Property disputes are never easy. They can be time consuming for property owners and disruptive to business operations or personal finances. I offer clients not only expertise, but also peace of mind. I treat their matter in a professional manner, keeping them informed every step of the way.”

Mr. Olson likes satisfying his clients with attentive service and good results in property condemnations and property tax appeals—helping owners of commercial, industrial and residential properties of every size and value. He shepherds the details of each case, bringing clients in on the major decisions.

His extensive knowledge of the law and local real estate matters puts him in demand around the state as the go-to guy for critical real property tax issues. In fact, he’s served as real property tax counsel for a number of municipalities and private businesses and as special counsel for the New Jersey communities of Allamuchy, East Brunswick, Hackettstown, Jackson, Morris Plains, Morristown and Roxbury.

Professional Involvement:
1. American Bar Association
2. New Jersey Bar Association
3. Morris County Bar Association

1. Mr. Olson’s concentration in the areas of condemnation and real estate tax appeals frequently places him at the podium of many law and real estate seminars and events.
2. He has lectured and served as a panelist at forums sponsored by bar associations and real estate appraisal organizations.
3. Selected as a "New Jersey Super Lawyer" as published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine on multiple occasions and recognized by that magazine as one of New Jersey's Top 100 attorneys for 2012 and 2013.
4. Law Clerk, The Hon. John J. Hopkins, J.T.C., New Jersey Tax Court, Newark, New Jersey, 1983.

Reported Opinions:
1. Twin Oaks Associates v. Town of Morristown, 9 N.J. Tax 386 (Tax Ct. 1987), Aff'd 11 N.J. Tax 94 (App. Div. 1989), certif. den. 117 N.J. 155 (1989);
2. Town of Morristown v. Woman's Club, 10 N.J. Tax 309 (Tax Ct. 1989), rev'd 242 N.J. Super 654 (App. Div. 1990), aff'd 124 N.J. 606 (1991);
3. Town of Morristown v. L.F. Associates, 12 N.J. Tax 87 (Tax Ct. 1991);
4. Magliochetti v. State of New Jersey, 276 N.J. Super.361 (Law Div. 1994);
5. Tower Center v. East Brunswick, 286 N.J.Super 433 (App. Div. 1996); and
6. Livingston Mall Corp. v. Livingston, 17 N.J. Tax 18 (Tax Ct. 1997).

1. “Does the Disparate-Impact Theory Apply to the Fair Housing Act”, New Jersey Law Journal, Vol. 215, No. 4 (January 27, 2014)
2. “Chapter 91: Assessment Tool Turned Litigation Sword”, New Jersey Law Journal , Vol. 210, No. 7 (November 12, 2012); co-author
3. "Environmental Impacts In Real Estate Valuation Litigation," (New Jersey Law Journal, March 23, 2009), co-author.
4. “The Perils of Chapter 91,” (New Jersey Law Journal, March, 1998), author.


About the company

At McKirdy & Riskin, we're focused on helping New Jersey property owners—large corporations, family-owned businesses or individuals—in eminent domain, redevelopment, property tax and other real estate valuation matters. Since 1967, we've earned a reputation for knowledgeable and aggressive representation, fighting for our clients' Constitutionally-guaranteed property rights in many of New Jersey's landmark cases. We've helped hundreds of private individuals and businesses successfully challenge the government in eminent domain takings, property tax appeals and redevelopment issues. With McKirdy & Riskin you get unequalled know-how, experience and litigation prowess in these property rights matters.

Contact Information



136 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
United States