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Mr. Brennan’s passionate engagement with policy and the environment was nurtured as a student. Before starting his own law firm, he learned the ropes in various other forums, including growth at several law firms. He then opened the doors of the Brennan Law Firm, in Cranbury, NJ, serving as principal of the three-attorney firm since 1996. Mr. Brennan’s substantial experience encompasses a range of complex commercial litigation, including: disputes involving contracts, commercial leases, real estate, 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 cleanup cost recovery actions. Mr. Brennan has a wealth of experience handling complex real estate transactions including the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of commercial and industrial properties, particularly those involving environmental issues. A detailed list of his areas of practice and regulatory affairs at the state level can be found in below. As a frequent speaker on legal issues and Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Mr. Brennan keeps his fingers on the pulse of the legal world by being a dynamic leader in many different capacities. A detailed list of his memberships and affiliations can be found below. As an Eagle Scout, Mr. Brennan acts as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 52. He also serves on the Finance and Planning Committee for his church, and has coached quite a few youth sports teams. On weekends you might find him plying his boat through the salt marshes of the Barnegat Bay, grilling up fresh seafood and Jersey corn with his wife, two grown children and their not-so-grown Brittany Spaniel, or tooling around historic Cranbury in his ’48 Chevy Pickup.


  • Clement v. Conrail as follows: 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)
  • Cleanup Cost Recovery Actions Pursuant to the Spill Compensation and Control Act
  • Regulatory Matters involving Underground Storage Tanks
  • NJ Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA, formerly ECRA) Compliance
  • Spill Act Violations and Claims
  • Site Remediation Reform Act issues
  • Complex Real Estate and Business Transactions
  • Purchase/Sale/Leasing of Commercial, Office and Residential Properties, Farms, Brownfields, and Undeveloped Sites
  • Purchase and Sale of Businesses
  • Commercial Loan Transactions / Commercial Development and Financing
  • NJ’s Farmland Protection Act, and the Right to Farm Act
  • Land Use, Zoning, Planning, and Historic Preservation Law
  • Mr. Brennan authored 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 (DN.J. 1989)

Bar Admissions
  • 1989, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
  • 1989, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • 1989, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • 1999, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Law School
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary,
    Class of 1989, J.D.
  • Dickinson College,
    Class of 1986, B.A., cum laude.
Associations & Memberships
  • Federal and State bars in NJ and PA
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Mercer County Bar Association
  • Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inns of Court
  • New Jersey Gasoline C Store Automotive Association NJGCA-General Counsel
  • Petroleum Equipment Contractors Association of NJ PECA- frequent presenter
  • Petroleum Equipment Institute
  • Cranbury Historical Society
  • Cranbury Business and Professional Association
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation