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Jay J. Freireich

Tax Attorney at Livingston, NJ

4.7   14 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 13 years
    New Jersey - NJ 36 years
    Florida - FL 38 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 36 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1986
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1987
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jay

Learn Jay’s areas of practice.

I am a member of the firm of Freireich L.L.C. and work in the areas of tax, estate planning, estates, and corporate.  I handle a wide variety of matters in these areas and also handle the litigation of these areas.  Having my LL.M. in Taxation allows me to apply my understanding of relevant tax laws to each situation.  Personally, I am an avid tennis and table tennis player who enjoys running and playing golf.

Photos and videos

Jay Freireich has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" in a segment involving the innocent spouse tax law. He also appeared on CNN in a feature story on general income taxation.


Freireich LLC
354 Eisenhower Parkway
Plaza II, Suite 2400
Livingston, NJ, 07039


4.7 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Danielle | October 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney!
I had not met Jay Freireich, yet had a good "gut" feeling about him during a brief telephone conversation: he was intelligent and direct. He then proved this with an honest and reliable character, in communicating facts of the case readily, keeping me involved, being accessible, and meeting established timeframes. His actions are to listen, understand, persevere, work hard, and be forthright, Jay Freireich is an ethical person, and a gem of an attorney -- May he always be blessed, and have the ability to bless his clients! Thank-you from the bottom of my heart!
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Posted by Bettina | August 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
He cares even when you stop being a client
Jay stayed the course and kept the costs as low as his could as he settled my very complex case. He told me his hourly rate would be lower than the contingency fee. HOW MANY LAWYERS would do that…. VERY FEW!!!! He offered a ear or shoulder whenever I needed it in order to get me to the next step. My case has been closed for two years, and guess what - he is still there for me and my family. I can’t say enough about Jay except he is an pit bull when he needs to be - but FIRST AND FOREMOST a HUMAN BEING, unlike other attorneys I have had the displeasure of dealing with. Thank you JAY!
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Posted by Julie | June 30, 2021
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5 Star Attorney!
Mr. Freireich is an excellent lawyer. He represented me on a tax case for about a year and half. The potential financial impact of this case on my family was significant. Mr. Freireich's technical and legal expertise led us to a very favorable settlement. I was extremely confident of his handling of this case and his extensive knowledge of Tax Law. Not only was he legally sharp, but he managed his affairs with the highest ethical standards. I am sure I was not his only client but he understood how important this case was to me and he always retuned phone calls and emails in a timely fashion. He kept me updated on our progress during each phase of the legal process. I was very grateful for his help, his legal expertise, and his genuine concern for his clients. I would highly recommend Mr. Freireich for his expert legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2020
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Mr. Freireich
Mr. Freireich is dynamic and no nonsense. He gave me sensible, clear-cut advice and clarified my thoughts. He steered me right, and kept me on track.
Posted by Matt | June 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A top gun in his field
I was impressed with Jay right out of the gate. When we met to discuss my case, he had already formulated a plan of action based on our initial phone call. That’s when I knew I had made the right decision. I was also impressed to learn he had previously argued and won before our highest court in the land! His expertise and precise methods proved to be spot on, b/c shortly thereafter, I won my case. My advice, hire Jay and don’t look back.
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Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
Thanks, Matt. So glad I could help you!
Posted by Dee | July 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
I never needed a lawyer before, so I was a little nervous when I first spoke to Jay. He immediately made me feel comfortable and sounded confident that he could help me win this case. He followed my suggestions but did so much more, and very thoroughly, and got very favorable results. He made this ordeal as painless as possible.
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Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
So happy I could assist you with your legal needs, Dee!~
Posted by Michael | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney meeting the highest standards
At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, (It’s not), the following is a real world experience with this Atty, Attorney Freireich truly is one of those rare attorneys that is a complete package: Profession, Loyal, Tack Sharp and Knowledgable, Accountable, Fair -Professionalism: One who encompasses complete professionalism... always, even in the face of opposing councel who is a lying, disrespectful, abomination. Will not lower his standards by lying, cheating in any way shape or form, will not cross the line and break rules (so don’t ask!) -Loyalty: Loyalty to the client way beyond the call of duty, When I have to come into town to be present, he will not allow me to stay in a hotel, but welcomes me into his home and guest room, and to eat at his table. . Law: Just a brilliant tactician, who I’ve experience 1st hand have deeper knowledge of the law than some judges... Actually lobbied in front of US Congress to change a long withstanding (and unfair) Law... and WON. (That law is now changed) Accountability: Atty Freireich exudes confidence, accountability, and strength through the entire case. Communication: Like it or not, I’ve experienced communication 7 days/week, when (he’s) on vacation.. Clear concise, sometimes to a fault, and I sometimes get lost in the weeds, but I’d rather have more than less. Conclusión: This guy is the real deal, I’m thankful and feel forutnate to have him on my team... and would highly recommend him to anyone, If he will take your case. ... he also plays a mean game of chess! :)
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Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
Thanks, Michael. I am so glad I was able to try this case successfully for you!
Posted by Dominic Certo | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An "A" List Professional
Jay was corporate counsel in all areas of business and tax planning for my firm, (and for me personally), for over 25 years. As the CEO of my own company we grew from a regional struggling firm to a publicly traded entity and all during that period I relied on the counsel and wisdom of Jay. He was always knowledgeable and responsive, in every aspect of business and personal challenges that I faced and guided me to the right finish. I can't say enough good things about Jay and his professional experience.
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Response from Jay Freireich April 12, 2017
Thanks, Dom!
Posted by Nick | April 16, 2014
Inheritance Attained
Superb lawyer, extremely knowledgeable, informative. Would not have attained the outcome we did without him. I would recommend to anyone. Used his knowledge of inheritance issues to achieve a very favourable settlement.
Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
Glad I was able to help you Nick!
Posted by General Manager | February 8, 2011
Effective negotiator
Jay effectively handled a large acquisition made by my company. The negotiations were complex with a lot of personality issues to contend with. In addition, the legal issues were complex and numerous. Jay's no nonsense approach to this matter was extremely helpful and without a doubt played a key role in identifying the salient issues and closing this deal for us. We highly recommend Jay.
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Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
Glad I was able to help with this complex commercial matter.
Posted by Gary | January 13, 2011
A Lawyer You Can Count On
Jay Freireich is definitely a lawyer you can count on. He has outstanding skills as a tax lawyer, and in the area of estate planning.
Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
Love working with you, Gary!
Posted by Jacob | September 22, 2010
Good working relationship
Jay has represented me for multiple issues over the years and I have always found him to be knowledgeable, detailed and professional. He listens well and I have confidence in the options and recommendations he proposes. I would strongly recommend Jay to my friends, family and colleagues.
Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
I have always enjoyed helping you through your legal issues over the years, Jacob!
Posted by Len | August 27, 2010
Satisfied Client
Jay handles many matters for me involving complex tax issues and civil litigation. He is thorough, knowlegable and most importantly effective.
Posted by Gina | July 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will and Probate
I hired this attorney on Oct.24,2018 and ended this contentious, frustrating, unprofessional experience on Jan.9,2019. It had to do with probatingmy Dad's estate. He transferred Deeds no issues. My sister sued me over the estate. He basically worked with my sister's attorney against me. He did not file the appropriate papers and I had to hire an attorney giving him a $20,000 retainer to do what he did not, in three weeks. His last month fees were outrageous and I took him to arbitration. The arbitration was in his county and he knew 1 attorney. They only took off @ $1,000. I appealed it but did not hear back. He is taking me to court. I called him to negotiate, split the bill 50/50, he wants no less than 80%. My court date is in August 2020.
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Response from Jay Freireich July 17, 2020
I regret that you and I did not agree on the best and most efficient way to handle your case. I am usually known for my exceptional legal service at a fair price and I regret that I didn’t live up to those expectations here. If you’re open to discussing this further, please call me at 973-845-2050 and speak with me directly. I’d greatly appreciate the opportunity to make things right and work toward earning back your business.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Freireich L.L.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Member
  • Brach Eichler LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Poe & Freireich, P.A.
  • 1987 - 2010


  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1986
  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD
  • 1985
  • York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lerman v. Lerman
  • won reversal on appeal
  • In re Estate of Stancheck
  • won affirmance of NJ Superior Court ruling
  • Ronson v. Talesnick
  • Pioneered this type of damages in a case of first impression in NJ
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  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Temple Emanu-El Mens Club
  • President
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Temple Emanu-El Men's Club
  • Vice President - Programming
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Temple Beth El Men's Club
  • Co-President
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Hebrew

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Marzi Doats Award
  • Florida Bar Journal and News
  • 1994
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  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Warning: Double Check Deadlines Provided by IRS
  • 2017
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Wealth Management: Foreign Assets: To Disclose or Not To Disclose
  • 2014
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Using the Foreign Nongrantor Trust to Avoid Capital-Gain Income
  • 2013
  • New Jersey Business
  • Understanding Estate and Inheritance Taxes in New Jersey
  • 2013
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • 2012 Estate Planning: The Greatest Year Ever? Strategies to Consdier Before the "Sunset" Begins in 2013
  • 2012
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • Tax Court Extends Period of Limitations for Seeking Equitible Innocent Spouse Relief
  • 2011
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • How to Avoid the Currency Transaction Trap
  • 2010
  • Lawyers Weekly USA
  • Innocent Spouse Claims Skyrocket Since July 1998 Rule Change
  • 2000
  • Wall Street Journal
  • A Special Summary and Forecast of Federal and State Tax Developments
  • 2000
  • Wall Street Journal
  • When You Come Up Short - Don't despair. You may be able to pay your taxes over time - or even cut what you owe
  • 2000
  • New York Times
  • For Better, for Worse at the I.R.S.
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • NJ Independent Electrical Contractors Association's Meeting
  • Succession Planning
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Conference
  • The Standard of Care in Estate Tax Planning Malpractice Claims Against Attorneys
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse Jay
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jay knows his stuff."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jay is an effective litigator that maintains a high level of professional responsibility. I endorse this lawyer for all tax related and estate related issues."
Tax Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's efforts to educate the public on tax law."
Tax Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is a highly regarded tax practitioner. He has demonstrated to me technical expertise combined with a practical approach to problem-solving that clients should find very attractive."