Cecilia I. Lassiter, Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross State and Local Incentives Practice, focuses on state and local public incentives and real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on redevelopment, zoning and land use. Ms. Lassiter has extensive experience in redevelopment matters, including the designation of areas in need of redevelopment or areas in need of rehabilitation, and the negotiation and preparation of complex redevelopment agreements, purchase and sale agreements, easements, licenses, lease agreements and occupancy agreements. Ms. Lassiter has worked on several large-scale mixed use redevelopment projects throughout the State of New Jersey, including Teachers Village in Newark, ON3 Campus – the 118-acre former Hoffmann-LaRoche site located in Nutley and Clifton, and the 89-acre parcel known as Parcel B in the now-closed Fort Monmouth military base. Ms. Lassiter has extensive experience in the Grow NJ Program and its successor the Emerge Program, and has been successful in obtaining several multi-million dollar tax credits awards for clients in both programs. In addition, she has experience in Garden State Growth Zones PILOTs, Long Term Tax Exemptions PILOTs, Redevelopment Area Bonds, and the Aspire Program.

Ms. Lassiter currently serves on the Rutgers Center for Real Estate – Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for University Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, the Advisory Board of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and the Board of Trustees of the NJ Sharing Network.


  • Real Estate

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Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


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Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in:
  • The Best Lawyers in America®* 2021-2024, Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • NJBIZ®* "Best 50 Women in Business" 2020
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers®* "Rising Stars" 2018-2019, Real Estate: Business
  • ROI-NJ* "ROI Influencers: People of Color" 2021-2023
  • ROI-NJ* "ROI Influencers: Power List" 2023
  • ROI-NJ* "ROI Influencers: Women in Business" 2023-2024
  • Received Civil Practice Award from the Essex County Bar Association in 2024.

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  • Member, Board of Directors and Past President, Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey (CREW NJ)

  • Former Member, Nominating Committee, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network

  • Advisory Board Member, Rutgers Center for Real Estate

  • Member, NAIOP NJ

  • Board of Trustees, Foundation for University Hospital

    – Chair, Program Committee

  • Board of Trustees, NJ Sharing Network

  • Member, Judging Committee, New Jersey Business and Industry Association’s 2018 New Good Neighbor Awards Program

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

  • Member, New York State Bar Association

  • Member, National Hispanic Bar Association

  • Member, Advisory Board, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey


  • J.D., New York Law School
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York