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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: contractual disputes, 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 hundreds of complex environmental matters, particularly those related to cleanup cost recovery and insurance coverage. 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. He also has extensive experience in representing clients in the petroleum industry, and serves as Counsel to the NJGCA (New Jersey Gasoline-Convenience-Automotive Association). A detailed list of his areas of practice and regulatory affairs at the state level can be found below. A frequent speaker on legal issues, 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. An Eagle Scout, Mr. Brennan serves 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 Spaniels, or tooling around historic Cranbury in his ’48 Chevy Pickup.


  • Cleanup Cost Recovery Litigation Pursuant to the NJ Spill Act
  • Purchase/Sale/Leasing of Commercial Properties, Farms, Brownfields, and Undeveloped Sites
  • Purchase and Sale of Businesses
  • Commercial Loan Transactions
  • Petroleum Law and Litigation including all matters related to Gas Retailers
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Regulatory Matters related to Underground Storage Tanks
  • Complex Real Estate and Business Transactions
  • NJ Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) Compliance
  • NJ’s Farmland Protection Act, and the Right to Farm Act
  • Land Use, Zoning, Planning, and Historic Preservation Law
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-Member of Environment, Energy, & Resources Law Section
  • 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