167 Main Street Flemington, NJThe roots of the Dilts & Koester law firm extend deeply in the history and fabric of Hunterdon County, beginning with founding partner George Dilts' family, which settled here nearly two hundred years ago. After a judicial clerkship, George Dilts began the practice of law nearly thirty years ago at the venerable Herr & Fisher law firm in Flemington. Herr & Fisher originally included Lloyd Fisher, an attorney in the "Trial of the Century" Lindbergh baby kidnapping case at the historic Flemington Courthouse. In 1976, Mr. Dilts went on to co-found Bernhard, Durst & Dilts, which became one of the larger law firms in the area. The senior member of the firm, Edmund R. Bernhard, was later appointed Superior Court Judge by Governor Thomas Kean.  In 1992, the firm evolved to become Dilts & Pursel when John H. Pursel, also a former partner of Herr & Fisher, joined the firm. Mr. Pursel was subsequently appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Christie Whitman. In 1999, the firm became known as Dilts & Koester when Tony Koester joined as partner. Mr. Koester brings litigation and trial experience to combine with Mr. Dilts' longstanding real estate development, business and estate practice.

George M. Dilts specializes in commercial and residential real estate and development, having appeared on behalf of private developers before the planning and zoning boards in nearly all the municipalities in Hunterdon County.  Local government law has also been a hallmark of Mr. Dilts' practice, having represented the West Amwell Planning Board for nearly 12 years and the East Amwell Township Committee for nearly 10 years.  Mr. Dilts also has a focus on corporate, business planning as well as trust and estate planning administration.  Mr. Dilts received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. in finance from the School of Business and Public Administration of the University of Maryland.  He is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Florida. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Dilts completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable A. Warren Herrigel, a judge of the Superior Court of Hunterdon County.

Mr. Dilts's recent community activities and achievements include:
 Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years including Chairman
   in 1991, two term on the Board of Directors, and general counsel
 Lions Club of Flemington (over 25 years including three terms as President)
   1989
 Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award, awarded by The George Washington
   Council of the Boy Scouts of America
 Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation

Anthony E. Koester specializes in civil litigation including personal injury, commercial, employment and construction matters. He also has extensive experience in representing police and public officials in litigated matters. Mr. Koester received his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York, where he was Director of Moot Court, was admitted to the Order of the Barristers and received the Dean Barker Award.  He received a B.A. in English Literature from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He is licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York.

From 1996 through 1999, Mr. Koester served as Deputy Township attorney for the Township of Bridgewater, Somerset County, New Jersey representing the Township regarding residential, commercial and litigated issues as well as maintaining a private legal practice in Somerville, New Jersey with a focus on litigation including construction and municipal law.  Previously, Anthony Koester was affiliated with major law firms in New Jersey and New York practicing environmental law.

Mr. Koester's current community involvements include:
 Trustee, Hunterdon Healthcare System
 Trustee, Hunterdon Medical Center
 Board Member, Raritan Valley Community College, Paralegal Study Program
 Civil Practice Committee, Hunterdon County Bar Assoc.
 Vicinage Best Practice Implementation Committee,
   Hunterdon County Bar Assoc
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