Calvin Souder is an attorney whose practice entails commercial/residential real estate, tax, general complex litigation, toxic torts, product liability, fraud and commercial matters, corporate governance and compliance, and insurance.
Mr. Souder represents corporations and government entities on a wide variety of complex matters. He assists clients in developing strategies to defend themselves from claims while effectively managing potential statutory and regulatory pitfalls brought about by litigation. Mr. Souder also aids clients in developing comprehensive strategic plans and consultation regarding the potential impact of policy and regulatory changes. In addition, Mr. Souder provides clients with access to both federal and state legislators who fashion legislation affecting a variety of industries including: real estate, education, health care, energy, the environment and insurance. Moreover, Mr. Souder aids developers and multi-family property owners navigate New Jersey’s multiple municipalities to draft and negotiate redevelopment agreements, Long Term Tax Exemptions (PILOTS) and taxes. He also provides clients with invaluable aid in landlord/tenant and municipal courts. Mr. Souder also advises clients on identifying and pursuing potential funding sources.
Mr. Souder’s community roots also run deep. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Essex County College, New Jersey’s largest community college servicing approximately 15,000 full time students and an additional 10,000 part-time students. In addition, Mr. Souder formerly served as the Vice-Chairman of Newark Now, founded by Senator Cory Booker. Newark Now has been nationally recognized for its Financial Empowerment and Fathers Now programs. Also, as a trustee of the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, Mr. Souder has taken on the challenge to bring mental health awareness to bear in minority communities. Once a year, Mr. Souder travels to Abetifi-Kwahu in Ghana as a Board member of Adopt-one-Village to secure life-sustaining provisions such as water, electricity, food and education to the village’s youth. In 2011, Mr. Souder participated in Leadership New Jersey after being identified as one of the State’s future leaders. On multiple occasions Mr. Souder has been called upon by the Governor and various State Legislators to provide leadership to State run institutions such as the during the merger of UMDNJ and Rutgers, and the initial investigation into the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. In 2013, Mr. Souder completed the Masters of Distinguished Leaders program, geared toward identifying and educating the next generation of Civil Rights Leaders, in Washington, DC. In his latest leadership venture, Mr. Souder joined the Corporate Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey. In his spare time, he serves as a member of the Newark Public Library’s Foundation Board.
Mr. Souder was formerly an associate of one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms prior to founding Souder’s Law LLC. Before that, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in the District of New Jersey from 2008-2009 and New Jersey Superior Court Judge John A. O’Shaughnessy of Hudson County Superior Court, Civil Division, from 2007-2008.
Mr. Souder holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University School and his bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross.