Calvin Souder

Of Counsel

Calvin Souder stands as a seasoned legal professional, dedicated to guiding corporations and government entities through intricate corporate transactions and complex legal matters. His expertise lies in providing invaluable assistance to developers as they navigate the intricacies of municipalities, offering guidance in the drafting and negotiation of redevelopment agreements, Long Term Tax Exemptions (PILOTS), and tax appeals. Moreover, Mr. Souder is known for his adeptness in developing comprehensive strategic plans and providing consultation to clients, assessing the potential impact of policy and regulatory shifts.

One of Mr. Souder's notable strengths is his ability to provide clients with direct access to both federal and state legislators. This has a significant impact on various industries, including real estate, education, healthcare, energy, the environment, and insurance. His involvement in shaping legislation underscores his commitment to fostering positive change and influencing key decision-making processes.

Beyond his legal prowess, Mr. Souder's community engagement exemplifies his dedication to creating meaningful impact. He has served as the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Essex County College and held the position of Vice-Chairman at Newark Now, an organization founded by Senator Cory Booker. His dedication is further reflected in his role as a former trustee of the Mental Health Association of New Jersey. Recognized as one of the State of New Jersey’s future leaders, Mr. Souder's influence extends to leadership roles in state-run institutions, including his involvement in the merger of UMDNJ and Rutgers and the initial investigation into the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission.

Mr. Souder's commitment to community growth is evident in his role as Vice-Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, as well as his membership on the Newark Public Library's Foundation Board. His legal journey began at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 2007. Following his academic accomplishments, he embarked on a path of professional growth, including clerkships with New Jersey Superior Court Judge John A. O’Shaughnessy of Hudson County Superior Court, Civil Division, and the Honorable District Judge Susan D. Wigenton of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

As an esteemed leader and trusted legal practitioner, Calvin Souder's impressive track record and unwavering commitment align seamlessly with the values and mission of Hamilton Clarke, LLP. His multifaceted expertise, community engagement, and dedication to making a positive impact solidify his position as an invaluable addition to the firm.