Gerard Brew

Gerard Brew serves on CFNJ’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Brew is a Partner at McCarter & English where he represents clients in disputed matters involving estates, trusts, fiduciaries, guardianships, family issues, and closely held family businesses.

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 also 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. He is a contributing editor to The New Jersey Estate Litigation Manual and The New Jersey Estate Planning Manual.

Mr. Brew is an adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School and has lectured and written extensively on estate and trust matters. He has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in every one of its 2006-2017 editions, including as Best Lawyers’ 2012 Newark Litigation-Trusts & Estates “Lawyer of the Year.”

Mr. Brew is the New Jersey State Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Chairs and is a member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Section on Real Property Trust and Estate Law.

In 2013, Mr. Brew was awarded the New Jersey State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for his work in representing victims of domestic violence.