Charles H. Sarlo, Esq.
General Counsel, Partner
Charles came on board the DMR team as General Counsel in 2001, and was later named a partner of the firm.
With a unique set of qualifications that includes an engineering degree, an MBA in Finance and a law degree, Charles brings 40 years of engineering, legal, corporate affairs and management experience to the firm. He is particularly skilled in real estate development/redevelopment, land use and environmental matters.
At DMR, Charles leads strategic and tactical legal initiatives, handling a broad spectrum of legal affairs including contracts, insurance, risk management, employment and regulatory requirement adherence. In addition, he provides expertise on land use and environmental issues to the architectural staff during land use planning and feasibility studies, which provides a value-added service to the clients of DMR.
Charles has been an advocate and frequent lecturer on the public-private partnership (P3) business model, a service that has recently advanced in New Jersey due to legislation enacted in February 2019. He is also a proponent of the benefits associated with the newly enacted Federal Opportunity Zone Act.
Charles maintains a legal practice where he has two principal focuses: land use, real estate, construction and environmental matters; and general corporate legal affairs for business entities. He argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in the matter of Piscatelli v. City of Garfield Board of Adjustments, et al., a land use matter involving conflict of interest issues.
Licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York, Charles received his Juris Doctorate from the Pace University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pace International Law Review. He also has an Environmental Law Certificate from Pace’s highly ranked Environmental Law program, an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. A member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) board since 2004, he currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Board’s Real Estate Committee, while also serving as a Member of the Executive Committee, Policy Committee and Audit Committee.
Outside of his professional life, Charles is an avid sports enthusiast, having enjoyed his own college sports career. He spends most of his spare time coaching youth travel and rec baseball, softball and basketball teams for his son and daughter. He is interested in the area of youth sports liability and amateur athlete matters, ultimately translating this interest into a position on the Board of Directors of his local baseball/softball organization.