Heather Kumer, a LEED-Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, practices primarily in the areas of real estate, land use, environmental/sustainable development, municipal, regulatory, and cannabis law. With over 10 years of practicing in both the private and public sector, she provides a unique perspective for clients and guides them in making their project’s vision a reality. Described by some clients as a “Policy Wonk”, Heather excels in developing creative strategies to tackle complicated issues to develop policies, legislation, municipal ordinances, grant applications, licensing applications. She was named a Rising Star in Land Use for 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers.
For real estate development projects, Heather has worked on projects from 3 story single homes to 27 story mixed-use developments. As part of her practice, she regularly works to obtain approvals in front of planning boards, zoning boards and historic preservation boards, as well as provides counsel on redevelopment agreements and redevelopment plan amendments.
Heather works on a wide array of cannabis and hemp matters including, state and local licensing applications, policies, regulatory compliance, zoning and land/use issues, and business startup strategy. She represents a broad spectrum of clients including: hospitals, non-profits, large corporations, municipalities, and interested individuals new to the industry. She is passionate about providing a voice to her clients and guiding them through this newly legal and regulated market.
Over 17 years ago, Heather first became involved with drug policy reform and cannabis legislation in 2004 as a student member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy during her undergraduate studies. Considered an expert in the cannabis industry field, Ms. Kumer has been invited to speak at various conferences including the American Planning Association NYC Chapter Planning Conference, New Jersey Association of Planning and Zoning Administrators and Rutgers University Center for Government Services 19th Annual Current Issues in Planning and Zoning, and American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter Planning Conference. Additionally, She continues to work in cannabis industry advocacy as the Policy Advisor for the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association.
Prior to joining Prime & Tuvel, Heather was an Associate at Connell Foley since 2016, and an in-house counsel and sustainability coordinator for the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency for over five years, where she worked closely with the general counsel on legal matters. As part of this work, Heather was involved in public private partnerships, redeveloper designations and agreements, as well as large scale projects related to the redevelopment of the City of Jersey City, including the construction of Berry Lane Park, a 17 ½ acre former brownfield site. While working in the public sector, Heather secured and implemented federal, state, county and private grants, including Major League Baseball Grant, Tony Hawk Grant, Hudson County Open Spaces Grant, NOAA Resiliency Grant, and the NJDEP Post Sandy Resiliency Grant.
Heather received her B.A. in Law & Society from American University and her J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law.
When not at work, Heather enjoys the outdoors traveling, skiing, hiking, surfing, and spending time with her dog. You can also find her relaxing at her lake house in the Catskills near the site of the original Woodstock.