Carl R. Woodward, III

Carl R. Woodward, III

Carl Woodward, III has been practicing law for over 50 years and has been with Carella Byrne since 1990. His practice focuses on environmental, municipal, zoning and planning, real estate, insurance, and criminal law matters, as well as litigation in state and federal courts.

Carl was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in 1971 and served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division. Carl’s municipal law experience is varied and extensive, making him a trusted advisor for local governments throughout New Jersey. Among his many roles, he has 45 years of collective experience serving as the Municipal Attorney in the Township of Chatham, Borough of New Providence, and the Township of Cranford. A leader in the field, he currently serves as Associate League Counsel for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and is a Senior Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. He also served for three years as a member of the District VB Ethics Committee for New Jersey.

A sought-after authority on municipal law topics, Carl has lectured on various municipal law issues and taught zoning and planning at Seton Hall Law School as an adjunct professor.

Outside of his practice, Carl has been actively involved in his community, including his service as President of the Rutgers Alumni Association, Alumni Trustee of Rutgers University, Board Chair of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Board member of the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Board member of The Trumpeter Swan Society, President of Lyrica Chamber Music, and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association

Practice Areas



Practice Areas

Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us

Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

Chrysler Owners Win Cert. Of 6M Class In Takata Airbag MDL

A judge has certified a class of roughly 6 million Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners who assert fraud claims against FCA US in sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing automakers of hiding the risks associated with allegedly explosive Takata airbags.
The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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