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Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, 1988
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 1984

    Managing Research Editor, Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal

    Law Clerk, Hon. Nicholas Scalera, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Section on Real Property & Probate Section Council Member; former Group and Committee Chair (Group Chair, Estate And Fiduciary Litigation, Ethics And Malpractice Group)

Member, Governing Council, ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Section

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (New Jersey State Chair; Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee)

Member, National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries

Gerard G. Brew

Partner
  • T: 973.639.6976
    F: 973.297.3956
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102
    • Worldwide Plaza
      825 Eighth Ave., 31st Fl.
      New York, NY 10019

Mr. Brew represents clients in disputed matters involving estates, trusts, fiduciaries, guardianships, family issues, and closely held family businesses. Drawing on his experience in those litigated matters, he also counsels fiduciary and beneficiary clients in complex fiduciary matters and handles related estate planning and administration matters. Mr. Brew seeks to achieve the desired result in a cost-effective manner, whether through litigation in the Probate, Surrogate’s or Chancery courts, or various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Mr. Brew has handled numerous litigated and non-litigated family disputes in New Jersey and New York involving estates, trusts and guardianships, including estates as large as one billion dollars. He has represented both beneficiaries and corporate and individual fiduciaries (executors, trustee or guardians) in matters involving estate, trust and guardianship administrations. His work also involves contested family law matters, particularly those relating to estates. Mr. Brew has participated extensively in the resolution of these disputes through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and has been appointed by courts to mediate such disputes. Mr. Brew has also represented numerous clients in the complex appeals relating to these matters, resulting in a significant number of reported decisions. 

Mr. Brew counsels charitable and non-profit organizations (including universities, hospitals and national organizations) in matters involving fiduciary decisions—such as mergers, affiliation, and the disposition of charitable gifts—and, when necessary, in related litigated proceedings. He also advises on claims to enforce charitable provisions made by will, trust or gift, and handles regulatory matters involving such agencies as the Office of the Attorney General and State Banking or Insurance regulators. 

Mr. Brew devotes substantial time to advancing legal issues, legal education and pro bono work. He is the author of the New Jersey Probate Probate Procedures Manual—Navigating a New Jersey Estate Administration (NJ ICLE 2008). He is a contributing editor to The New Jersey Estate Litigation Manual (authored by Steven K. Mignogna, Esq., NJ ICLE 2006) and The New Jersey Estate Planning Manual (authored by Glenn A. Henkel, Esq., NJ ICLE 2007). He is an adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School (teaching New Jersey Estate Administration) and has lectured and written extensively on estate and trust matters. He has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer (including as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New Jersey in 2010) and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, in every one of its 2006-2020 editions. He was also named 2012, 2018 – 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in the Newark Litigation-Trusts & Estates category. In 2013, he was awarded the New Jersey State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for his work in representing victims of domestic violence. In 2016, Mr. Brew was listed in Chambers USA High Net Worth 2016, which covers private wealth management work and related specialisms in key jurisdictions around the world. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. 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. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners.

News

08/15/19
03/19/19
10/22/18
10/19/18
08/15/18
10/18/17
08/15/17
02/08/17
08/15/16
08/17/15
08/18/14
05/06/14
08/15/13
02/11/13
01/23/13
07/27/12
10/04/11
09/06/11
08/11/10
03/22/10
07/29/09
03/31/09
09/25/08
09/25/07

Speaking

10/10/18
Advanced Estate Administration Program - New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education
09/20/18
05/11/18
30th Annual American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section Spring Symposia
05/09/18
30th Annual American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section Spring Symposia
03/30/17
06/01/16
New Jersey Bankers Association
11/19/15
New Jersey State Bar Association – Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
05/22/14
Graham-Pelton Consulting Program
05/15/14
05/02/14
The Future of Estate and Trust Practice - Panel
American Bar Association Real Property Trust & Estate Section Spring Symposium
05/01/14
National Fiduciary Risk and Recent Developments Seminar
American Bankers Association
04/29/14
Estate Planning Update
New Jersey Senior Lawyers Conference
05/02/13
Speaker at the American Bankers Association Telephone Briefing on "Developments and Trends in Fiduciary Litigation"
American Bankers Association
07/08 - 07/13/12
05/17/12
Speaker at the New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting on “Probate Litigation 2012: Planning and Trial Techniques”
Atlantic City, NJ
05/10/12
Decedents’ Accounts: A review of the NJ estate tax lien, waiver documentation requirements, and procedures for closing a decedent’s account
New Jersey Bankers Association, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, NJ
05/04/12
Speaker and Moderator at the American Bar Association Spring Symposium (NYC) on "Don’t Try This at Home: Doom of Do-It-Yourself Planning"
05/03/12
Speaker on a Fiduciary Litigation Panel at the American Banker’s Association Annual Fiduciary Risk Update Telephone Briefing Series
American Bankers Association, ABA 2012 Trust and Estate Planning Telephone Briefing Series
05/05/11
Panelist at the Annual American Bankers Association Current Issues in Fiduciary Litigation and How to Minimize a Trustee's Exposure to Litigation
10/31/10
Panelist on a program sponsored by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) on "Recent Developments in Fiduciary Liability"
10/16/10
Speaker at the National Meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel program called "Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Inside Out-- What Every Estate Lawyer Needs to Know" in Baltimore, MD, October 16, 2010.
09/25/10
Speaker at the Annual Joint Meeting of the American Bar Association Section on Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Section in Toronto on "Fiduciary Liability in Administration of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts"
09/15/10
Webinar speaker for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education called the "Digital Estate" involving technological issues relating to estate administration and litigation.
04/23/10
Decedents’ Accounts: A review of the NJ estate tax lien, waiver documentation requirements, and procedures for closing a decedent’s account
New Jersey Bankers Association, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, NJ
09/12/09
Speaker on "New Jersey Trust Planning and Administration Issues" at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Northeast Regional Meeting
09/11/09
Speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Regional ACTEC Conference regarding "Current Tax and Non-Tax Issues in New Jersey Estate Administration and the Role of Revocable Trusts in New Jersey Estate Planning and Administration," September 11, 2009.
05/07/09
Speaker at the American Banker's Association telephone briefing called "Working with Trust Professionals: The Views of Experts and Beneficiaries," attend by some 800 or more bankers in trust and fiduciary departments around the country.
04/02/09
Decedents’ Accounts: A review of the NJ estate tax lien, waiver documentation requirements, and procedures for closing a decedent’s account
New Jersey Bankers Association, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, NJ
09/01/08
Speaker at Annual Joint Meeting of the ABA Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and the ABA Section of Taxation. Gerard spoke on "Navigating the Trustee's Duty of Disclosure under the Uniform Trust Code" and "Conflicting Duties of Trustees, Officers and Directors with Respect to the Management of Closely-Held Business Entities"
12/04/07
Decedents’ Accounts: A review of the NJ estate tax lien, waiver documentation requirements, and procedures for closing a decedent’s account
New Jersey Bankers Association, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, NJ
10/05/07
Speaker at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Mid-Altantic Regional Meeting captioned: "Who Moved my Trust -- When, Whether and How to Move a Trust from State to State"
09/29/07
"Protecting Your Own Assets -- Avoiding and Defending Ethics and Malpractice Claims in the Estate and Trust Matters" for the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law annual joint meeting with the Section on Taxation.
09/20/07
Co-Speaker with Sharon Klein, Esq., Vice President and Counsel at Fiduciary Trust Company International at the BNA/Tax Management Annual Editorial Board Program regarding "Disaster Management and Recovery Issues in Estate and Trust Administration" in New York City.
10/31/06
Decedents’ Accounts: A review of the NJ estate tax lien, waiver documentation requirements, and procedures for closing a decedent’s account
New Jersey Bankers Association, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, NJ

Publications

07/02/18
ABA Probate & Property Magazine, Volume 32, No. 4
12/01/16
06/27/16
05/30/16
05/02/16
04/11/16
New Jersey’s Trust Code: Creation, Validity and Types of Trusts
New Jersey Law Journal, Volume 222, No. 15
03/21/16
12/17/15
07/01/14
05/01/14
04/24/14
03/17/14
12/24/13
12/21/12
05/01/12
The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege
May/June 2011 Issue, American Bankers Association Trust and Investments Magazine
02/15/12
Trusts and Divorce: Not Always Happy Bedfellows Analysis of the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision in Tannen v. Tannen
New Jersey Law Journal, Volume 207, No. 8
08/05/11
An Introduction to Estate and Trust Litigation
The ABA Practical Guide to Estate Planning
01/31/11
01/01/10
M&E Private Client Alert
08/14/06
No Separate Residences; Cohabitation is required for a viable palimony claim
New Jersey Law Journal