J.D., Pace University School of Law
Environmental Law Certificate, Pace University School of Law
B.A., American University
Heather Kumer serves as counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLP, working in the firm's New Jersey office. A LEED-Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, she 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 sectors, 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. In 2020, Heather was named a Rising Star in New Jersey Land Use by Thomson Reuters 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 cannabis 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 a thought leader in the cannabis industry, she 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, 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.
Before joining VS, Heather gained experience as an associate at Connell Foley and as 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 her work with Jersey City, 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.
- Co-author, "Summary of New Jersey’s Adult Use Cannabis Regulations," August 24, 2021
- Speaker, Vicente Sederberg LLP, "Growing Greener: Navigating Environmental Laws,” Webinar, September 22, 2021
- Moderator, Vicente Sederberg LLP, "Cannabis Policy & Your New Jersey Community: Municipal Working Session,” Webinar, June 24, 2021
- Speaker, NJCI Live, "How Your Attorneys Work with Towns,” Online, June 09, 2021
- Speaker, NJ Planning & Redevelopment Conference, "What the Zone? Cannabis in NJ and the Transition to Adult Use,” Online, June 04, 2021
In the Media
- WeedWeek, "New Jersey Releases REC Rules," August 19, 2021
- Cannabis Business News, "Vicente Sederberg LLP Strengthens NJ, NY Operations with Addition of Land Use and Real Estate Attorney Heather Kumer," July 20, 2021