Our Attorneys

John Wiley Jr., Esq.

John Wiley’s practice focuses on land use and real estate development projects, and commercial transactions and litigation. With his experience as mayor of Metuchen, borough councilman, planning board member, and with more than 30 years practicing law, Mr. Wiley is able to guide clients smoothly through land-use procedures toward approval of their projects, whether the development is commercial, office, retail, residential, agricultural, industrial, warehouse, hotel, or restaurant.

In addition, he provides representation and counsel in transactions involving structuring and negotiating agreements, financing, acquisition, sales, commercial leasing, and construction contracts. He regularly advises clients on appropriate entity formation and has negotiated and drafted numerous leases, condominium documents and purchase agreements.

James B. Dudley, Esq.

Besides the New Jersey Bar, James B. Dudley is admitted to the United States District Court for the State of New Jersey, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Dudley has more than two decades of experience in providing expert legal advice and services to clients in New Jersey and overseas.

He is a former police-academy instructor and lecturer for Lorman Educational Services on landlord and tenant law in New Jersey. Mr. Dudley has appeared in municipal, state, and federal courts representing individuals in both civil and criminal matters. As a municipal court practitioner, he has appeared throughout the state fighting for his clients.

Larry A. Lavender Jr., Esq.

Larry A. Lavender Jr., a former judicial law clerk, is admitted to the New Jersey Bar. He has more than a decade of experience in litigation, corporate and business law. Whether the client is a corporation or an individual, Mr. Lavender provides personal attention to his client's concerns.

His MBA from Rutgers Business School and LLM in Taxation from Temple University, Beasley School of Law, as well as his years in the corporate world enhance Mr. Lavender's effectiveness in providing legal services to business people and companies throughout the state.

Pankaj Maknoor

Pankaj Maknoor is a member of the New Jersey Bar. Mr. Maknoor has a double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He received his Juris Doctrate from Rutgers University Newark School of Law. Mr. Maknoor has extensive experience in pretrial litigation support and is lead attorney for the Wiley Lavender, P.C. Bankruptcy practice. Mr. Maknoor's practice also includes real estate, property tax appeals, landlord tenant disputes, collection matters, and commercial litigation.

Staff of paralegals

The efforts of the Wiley Lavender attorneys are supported and augmented by our hard-working staff of expert paralegals. They are Holly SourNilufer Bharda, and  Erica Sepcsik.