Francis J. Brennan, III is a graduate of Dickinson College, cum laude, where he majored in Policy and Management with a concentration in Public Policy and Environmental Studies, was a Nisbet Scholar and elected a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. As an undergraduate, he participated in a semester long program in Public Administration at American University in Washington, D.C. during which he interned with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Mr. Brennan earned his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he was selected as a member of the Jessup Moot Court Team and the American Inns of Court.
During law school and for several years after admission to the bar, Mr. Brennan was associated with the Trenton firm Picco Mack Herbert. Thereafter, he became associated with and rose to Partner and then Managing Partner for the Trenton office of a New York law firm. Since 1996, Mr. Brennan has been the principal of his own three attorney firm in Cranbury, New Jersey. Mr. Brennan is a member of the Federal and State bars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Brennan has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation including disputes involving contracts, commercial leases, real estate and land use disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, business law, insurance coverage issues and employment law. Mr. Brennan is also an experienced environmental litigator having both prosecuted and defended numerous complex matters including insurance coverage disputes, and clean-up cost recovery actions pursuant to the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, New Jersey's Underground Storage Tank Act, and the New Jersey Environmental Rights Act. In conjunction with that environmental practice, Mr. Brennan devotes a substantial portion of his practice to regulatory affairs at the State level including the regulation of underground storage tanks; the New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA, formerly ECRA); Spill Act violations and claims; Site Remediation Reform Act issues; cleanup actions; permitting issues; the Pineland's Protection Act; New Jersey's Farmland Protection Act; and the Right to Farm Act. Finally, Mr. Brennan regularly represents clients in complex real estate and business transactions, including the purchase, sale and leasing of commercial, office and residential properties, farms, Brownfields and undeveloped sites; commercial transactions such as the purchase and sale of businesses; commercial loan transactions, commercial development and financing; and, land use, zoning, planning and historic preservation law. Mr. Brennan authored the briefs in the published Federal Court decisions in Clement v. Conrail, et al, 130 F.R.D. 530 (D.N.J. 1990); and, Clement v. Conrail, 734 F. Supp. 151 (D.N.J. 1989).
A frequent speaker on legal issues, particularly those involving business-related, environmental and transactional matters, and listed in Who's Who in American Law, Mr. Brennan has served on the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Membership Committee and as Vice-President for the Southern Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, Petroleum Equipment Contractors Association of New Jersey, Cranbury Lions Club, Cranbury Historical Society, the Cranbury Business and Professional Association, the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. An Eagle Scout, Mr. Brennan serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 52, on the Finance and Planning Committee for his church, and has served as a youth sports coach.
Robert F. Morris, a partner with the firm, is a cum laude graduate from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School, with concentrations in Finance and Transportation, where he lettered in swimming and participated in Army R.O.T.C. Mr. Morris received his law degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He is licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia.
Following law school, Mr. Morris joined the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and was assigned to the Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky. During his first two years in the JAG Corps., Mr. Morris prosecuted offenses under the Uniform Military Code of Justice in military Courts-Martial, and civilian misdemeanor offenses in U.S. Magistrate's Court. Subsequently, Mr. Morris was assigned to the Administrative Law division where he advised the Chain-of-Command on a wide variety of legal issues, including civilian labor law, equal employment opportunity, military prisoner legal complaints, and military personnel issues. Mr. Morris completed his military service with the rank of Captain, and then was associated with Hoagland, Longo in New Brunswick prior to his affiliation with this firm.
Mr. Morris’ practice focuses on the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts and probate; complex real estate transactions; environmental litigation; complex civil litigation; corporate law including the formation of limited liability companies, partnerships and shareholder agreements; commercial transactions such as the purchase and sale of businesses; and, employment law. Mr. Morris has substantial experience in drafting sophisticated estate planning documents including complex wills, insurance trusts, personal residence trusts, and grantor trusts. He provides counsel to both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all aspects of the probate and estate administration including the litigation of contested estates. Mr. Morris’ real estate practice focuses upon contracts for purchase and sale, leases and environmental issues related to real estate. Finally, Mr. Morris provides legal counsel for several local tax-exempt charities and has successfully created several 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
Mr. Morris is the founder and current chair of the Mercer County Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Probate Committee. His published articles include: “Helping Clients Mitigate Real Estate Fraud" (New Jersey CPA, Jan.-Feb. 2010 ed.); and, "Highlights of Recent Changes in Federal and State Law Related to Estate Planning and Probate" (Mercer County Lawyer, August 2010). He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons in Princeton.
Craig A. Cox is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he majored in Government and was a four year letterman on the wrestling team. He was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society. Mr. Cox received his law degree from the University of Richmond - T.C. Williams School of Law. He is a member of the Federal and State Bars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Following law school, Mr. Cox served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Coleman T. Brennan, J.S.C. and the Honorable Neil H. Shuster, J.S.C., former Mercer County Superior Court Presiding Civil Judge. After his clerkships, Mr. Cox was associated with Capehart and Scatchard. Thereafter, he worked for Kent, Grayer and Rosenberg, where he concentrated in the areas of family law, divorce, civil litigation, bankruptcy, appellate litigation, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Cox served as Public Defender in the Borough of Hightstown Municipal Court for over 15 years. Prior to joining the Brennan Law Firm, Mr. Cox managed his own private practice in Hightstown for many years. Mr. Cox’s practice includes: family law, divorce, and adoptions; bankruptcy, complex civil litigation, workers’ compensation; commercial collections; environmental litigation; municipal court; wills and trust; business transactions; and, commercial and residential real estate.
Mr. Cox is an Elder for the First Presbyterian Church in Hightstown, sits on the Board of Directors for the United Church of Surf City, is Head Coach for his daughter’s travel soccer team, is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 5700, and a member of the Mercer County Bar Association. He is also a member and Past President of the Hightstown/East Windsor Historical Society, a member for the Greater East Windsor Hightstown Improvement (GEWHIP) Project, the Coterie of Hightstown and East Windsor, and the Hightstown Apollo Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons. He has served as Commodore for the Surf City Yacht Club on Long Beach Island and as President of the Hightstown Republicans.
Jennifer L. Cicchetti, a paralegal with the firm, earned her Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences from Middlesex County College, where she majored in Paralegal Studies and was named to the Dean's List. Prior to joining the firm she served as an Assistant Treasurer with 1st Constitution Bank in Cranbury, New Jersey. Ms. Cicchetti is an Associate Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and assists with complex commercial transactions; environmental litigation and regulatory affairs; estate planning; land use, zoning and planning; insurance coverage disputes; and, corporate law.