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  • Excellent attorney” John Brescher has a “wealth of knowledge in the area of trusts, pensions and tax law,” according to sources, who also recognize his supporting expertise in ERISA and estate planning.
    - Chambers USA
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
    5.0 out of 5  


  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1976
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1972
  • B.S., Lehigh University, 1969

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association - Section of Taxation; Employee Benefits Committee; Member of Task Force on Fringe Benefits; Employee Stock Ownership Plans Subcommittee

Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section (Employee Benefit Tax Problems and Fiduciary Issues Committees)

New Jersey State Bar Association, Taxation Section, Chair - 1990 to 1991; Taxation Section Newsletter, Editor, 1977 to 1979

ESOP Association

WEB Network

Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey

Small Business Council of America 

Pingry School Board of Trustees, Chairman

New Jersey Historical Society, Board of Trustees

John B. Brescher, Jr.

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  • T: 973.639.2012
    F: 973.297.3851
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Brescher maintains a practice in tax, estate planning, employee benefits, ERISA and related tax and labor law matters. This includes the preparation of documents and advising with respect to the design and administration of benefit plans, such as pension, profit sharing, cash or deferred and employee stock ownership plans; welfare plans such as health, life disability and flexible benefit plans; and deferred compensation plans such as qualified and nonqualified stock options, supplemental executive retirement plans as well as funding mechanisms such as Rabbi trust and annuities for taxable and tax exempt entities. He provides advice regarding estate planning, fiduciary issues and other administrative matters regarding ERISA plans as well as tax, employment and ERISA advice regarding the treatment of benefits in mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Brescher's extensive experience includes advising on executive compensation plans for non profit organizations; representing in administrative investigations regarding fiduciary issues; negotiating and reorganizing closely held businesses among adverse shareholders; and counseling on employee benefits during mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Brescher was recently the Contributing Editor to New Jersey Transactions, a text being published by Matthew Bender & Co.; Co-Author of "Fiduciary Duties of Directed Trustees," Property and Probate, July/August 2002; Co-Author of "Allocation of Plan Expenses," Journal of Compensation and Benefits, September/October 2003; and Co-Author of "Mandatory Rollover Distributions and Location of Former Participants," Journal of Compensation and Benefits, January/February 2005.

Mr. Brescher has been recognized as a Chambers USA "Leaders in Their Field" lawyer from 2006-2019 and as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2006-2009, 2012-2014 and 2017-2019. He is also listed in the 2007-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and has been named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Newark Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year." Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World ReportMartindale-Hubbell is published by Internet Brands, Inc. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

Establishment of Mirror Retirement Plan
Advice regarding executive compensation plan for non profit organizations
Representation in administrative investigations regarding fiduciary issues
Negotiated reorganization for closely held businesses among adverse shareholders


DWS Scudder Distributors Management
DWS Scudder Distributors Management meeting
Current Legal Developments
ESOP Association of New York/New Jersey
Institute for Continuing Legal Education: numerous topics
Employee Benefit Topics and Related Fiduciary Issues
New Jersey Bankers Association