PARSIPPANY, NJ-Jones Lang LaSalle is making a big push to establish itself as a major player in New Jersey real estate and has hired three top brokers to accomplish that. The firm, which has its US headquarters in Chicago, has enlisted Sam Buckley and Tom Reilly, SVPs at CB Richard Ellis, Saddle Brook, NJ and Cushman & Wakefield of NJ senior director Jon Meisel to set up and run its operations out of new offices here.

JLL has, in the past, served this market out of its New York City offices. In 2002, the company hired Charles Hatfield away from SJP Properties and established an office in Somerset County. Hatfield has since left the company, hooking up with Trammell Crow’s New Jersey office in Florham Park.

“New Jersey is an important market and we are committed to establishing a deep presence to serve the growth in the area,” says Stephen Schlegel, COO of the firm’s New York office. “This new office has the talent and experience to bring our services to businesses throughout the state.”

“Tom, John and I have worked together for years as friendly competitors in the New Jersey market,” Buckley says. “We are thrilled to be working together.”

Both Buckley and Reilly come with solid resumes tracking more than 20 years each on the corporate rep side. Meisel’s forte has been repping technology-based companies. They’re all expected to bring business with them to JLL, including several current space requirements adding up to some 500,000 sf, according to Buckley.

The longer term plan is to build a shop with upwards of 20 staffers, including at least another four brokers, according to Buckley. David Nenner, VP and head of the firm’s industrial practice in the region, has been added to the New Jersey office. The team will report to Schlegel as part of the firm’s New York operations group, which is headed by Peter Riguardi. “While the New Jersey and New York markets are closely associated, we view New Jersey as a separate market that requires its own highly focused office,” Schlegel says.

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