Our Attorneys

John Wiley Jr., Esq.

John Wiley, Jr., focuses his practice on land use/zoning, commercial real estate, and business law.

John, one of Central New Jersey’s best-known and experienced real estate lawyers, appears before planning and zoning boards approximately 40 times per year.  John guides clients smoothly through land-use procedures toward approval of their commercial, office, retail, residential, mixed-use, agricultural, industrial, warehouse, hotel, or restaurant development projects.  He is the attorney who prevailed in the often-cited land use case, TWC Realty Zoning Board of Adjustment, 315 NJ Super 205 (Law Div. 1998) aff’d o.b. 321 NJ Super 216 (App. Div. 1999). 

In his commercial real estate practice, John represents clients in transactions involving the structuring and negotiating of agreements, financing, acquisition, sales, commercial leasing, and construction contracts. He advises real estate clients on entity selection and formation, and drafts and negotiates leases.  He also prepares condominium documents.

John also provides day-to-day legal advice to small business owners and clients in the retail, hotel and hospitality, investment and building trade industries.  For these clients, he handles contracts, entity formation, strategic planning, and buying and selling of businesses,

John is a practical and experienced lawyer who is focused on devising solutions to the various legal situations involving transactions, litigation, and regulatory matters.  He views success as minimizing liability for his clients while working hard to create the best chances for a positive outcome.

John received his undergraduate degree from LaSalle College and his law degree from Seton Hall University.  A resident of Metuchen for his entire life, John is an active member of the community where he served as the borough’s Mayor, councilman, and planning board member.


James B. Dudley, Esq.

James B. Dudley focuses his practice on municipal court and juvenile criminal matters.

In just the past five years, Jim has appeared in 17 of New Jersey’s 21 counties and over 85 municipal courts.  He has appeared in 24 of Middlesex County’s 25 municipal courts numerous times regarding traffic violations.  Other municipalities in which he appeared include Jersey City, Newark, Trenton, Union Beach, Morristown, Annandale and Wall Township.

Jim routinely defends those accused of traffic violations, DUI/DWI, drug possession and offenses, expungements and other crimes.  Jim is a tireless fighter whose goal is to have criminal charges reduced or outright dismissed.

When children are in trouble, Jim focuses on the parents and is often a liaison between the parents and court. He cares about the kids and knows they are not bad people but may have done bad things. He is committed to doing everything possible to obtain a result that does not derail the child’s future.  In other words, a child’s mistake should not be a life sentence. Jim handles criminal matters such as shoplifting and theft, bullying, alcohol, tobacco and drug offenses, disorderly conduct, driving without a license and other traffic offenses, assault, and vandalism for his juvenile clients.  He also handles a wide range of school and Board of Education issues when his young clients get into trouble.

With more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, Jim uses his knowledge, analytical abilities, inventiveness and determination to obtain the best result for his clients.  He says, “Every client is, first and foremost, a human being who, regardless of the charges against them, is entitled to respect as a person and a vigorous defense as a client.  No one is beyond redemption and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  I care about every person who I represent and strive to defend and advocate for them to the utmost.”  Jim defines success when, at the end of every case, the client goes home to his or her family.

Jim received his B.S. in Political Science and International Relations from Elmira College and is J.D. from Pace University School of Law.   Jim is a former police-academy instructor.


Larry A. Lavender Jr., Esq.

Larry A. Lavender Jr., focuses his practice on personal injury litigation, corporate law, and real estate law. 

Larry works closely with individuals and families during claims of personal injury.  He guides each client through the litigation process explaining the law with simple, everyday terms.  His goal is to collect as much money as possible for each client by seeking compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death and loss of companionship.  Larry’s clients unfortunately have been injured in auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slips and falls, boating accidents, construction site accidents, dog bite injuries, and accidents at school.  He fights for victims and their families throughout New Jersey.  He has appeared in courts in the Counties of Middlesex, Monmouth, Essex, Bergen, Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, Ocean, Morris, Passaic, Mercer, and Hudson. 

In his corporate law practice, Larry handles the day-to-day legal needs of businesses.  For family-owned and mid-sized businesses, he works on business contracts and agreements, business formation, buying and selling of companies, joint venture, financing, tax issues, franchising, and business succession.  His clients come from varied industries; however, he has ample experience working with owners of gas stations, laundromats, restaurants, retail stores, day cares centers, auto repair stores, convenience stores, medical practices, and construction companies.   Before entering private practice, Larry worked in the corporate world, so he understands how businesses operate and what they need to do be successful.

Larry represents the key players in the real estate industry including real estate developers, contractors, landlords, tenants, homeowners’ associations, and buyers and sellers of real property.  He routinely handles land use and zoning matters, residential and commercial transactions, leasing matters, landlord/tenant disputes, land development, construction, foreclosures, and financing.

Larry is kind, genuine and accessible when working with individuals, families or business clients.  He breaks down each issue, ensuring every client understands what he is doing and why.  He defines success for his clients when they are happy with the outcome and would recommend his firm to others. 

Larry received his B.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he studied music performance as a drummer.  He received his MBA from Rutgers Business School, his JD from Rutgers Law School and his LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University, Beasley School of Law.  Larry, a former judicial law clerk, is admitted to the New Jersey Bar.

A resident of Metuchen for almost twenty years, Larry is an active member of the community.  He provides pro bono services to several charitable organizations.  He is on the Board of Pitties and Pals, a non-profit animal rescue group. Its mission is to rescue dogs and educate the public. Although the main focus is the bully breed, they are committed to all dogs in need.

Pankaj Maknoor

Pankaj Maknoor focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation and landlord/tenant disputes.

As a trial lawyer, Pankaj appears in Federal and State Courts throughout New Jersey. He routinely handles matter in the Counties of Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Bergen, Hudson, Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, Sussex, Mercer, Burlington, and Warren.  He handles a wide range of litigation matters including disputes between business partners, disputes over contracts for services, consumer fraud claims, real estate disputes, franchise disputes and commercial collections.  His clients come from a variety of industries, but he has particular experience representing those in hospitality and building trades, as well as the owners of small businesses, liquor stores, and convenience stores.

Pankaj represents both landlords and tenants in various disputes. These disputes range from non-payment of rent, issues over security deposits, and violation of lease terms. He has a deep understanding of the rules and regulations that landlords must follow in the State of New Jersey including the New Jersey Eviction Act, the New Jersey Security Deposit Act, the New Jersey Abandonment Property Act, and the Landlord Identify Law.  He also represents motel owners throughout Central Jersey with issues concerning overstay/non-compliant guests.

Pankaj makes himself available to clients and takes the time to discuss any potential issues that may arise in a case, outline realistic goals, and the means for achieving these goals. Success for his clients is obtaining a positive result, and if not, knowing the clients claims, or defenses, were put forth in a vigorous manner.

Pankaj his B.A. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Rutgers University Newark School of Law.  He is a member of the New Jersey Bar.

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.