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Derek D Reed

Real estate Attorney at Newark, NJ

4.6   14 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 18 years
    New Jersey - NJ 19 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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Attorney Derek Reed has extensive experience in civil litigation, commercial and multi-family housing issues, landlord/tenant law, rent control issues and Fair Housing matters in all courts in New Jersey and New York. He was selected into the 2013 list of New Jersey Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ and has been recognized as a leading attorney in the real estate industry. Attorney Reed can be contacted for a consultation at (973) 854-6710 or by visiting 


Client's Choice 2014
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Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law
60 Park Place
Suite 1016
Newark, NJ, 071020000
Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law
89 Headquarters Plaza North
Suite 1459
Morristown, NJ, 07960
Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law
555 5th Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY, 10017
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4.6 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Nicholas | November 7, 2014
Perfect counsel in very complex litigation
I have worked with Derek Reed for a number of years, most recently representing us in complex litigation against a municipal ordinance, arguing constitutional and statutory defects. Mr. Reed impressed me by his strategic thinking, organizational abilities, and, of course, his ability effectively to navigate the legal process. Additionally, he showed political acumen and the ability to work nicely with other professionals who were also engaged in the matter. It has been truly a pleasure to work with Mr. Reed and I can sincerely recommend him without any reservations.
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Posted by Albert | June 10, 2014
Great real estate attorney!
I have had the pleasure of working with Derek on multiple occasions. He has been by far one of the best attorneys to work with. He is very talented at explaining complex legal issues to myself and making it simple to understand. I'm looking forward to continuing working with him in the future.
Posted by Manny | March 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sound advice
I called Derek requesting a consultation about a multifamily property that I was about to get under contract. One of the long term tenants had no lease but lots of privileges that the seller was not willing to curtail. Derek helped me see the difference between being risky and irresponsible. I just found my landlord attorney. Derek - I also asked my real estate attorney (Terri Nitti) to refer her clients to you when they have landlord tenant matters. Thank you
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome assistance!
I was truly in a jam with an eviction matter. I had an attorney through a work plan who insisted no evictions were taking place due to covid! Derek gave me a couple of suggestions and it worked and the person left within 4 days. I was thrilled!
Posted by Maureen | July 8, 2015
Derek D. Reed great attorney
Mr. Reed has represented us on numerous landlord cases over the past few years. His skill as an attorney is exceptional. Mr. Reed is very easy to correspond with and he understands the cares and concerns of landlords. His knowledge of the law is extensive. We are extremely satisfied with the service he has provided over the years and would recommend to other landlords.
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Posted by Jude | July 1, 2015
Derek is an excellent attorney
My company is a large regional Commercial Real Estate Property Owner. Derek and his firm have handled numerous Landlord Tenant cases for our company over the past 5 years dealing with issues ranging from basic landlord tenant matters, to major capital improvements applications, to settlement of lawsuits. Derek has been very successful in producing outcomes for our company which have been optimal and he has always been very diligent in handling our case work. We operate our business in a very regulated environment having to deal with municipal, State and federal jurisdictional issues and Derek has always helped us navigate complex regulatory matters. I've had the pleasure of attending a few of Derek's seminars on Fair Housing and the New Jersey Apartment Association convention in Atlantic City and I've found his seminars to be highly insightful. I would highly recommend Derek to handle your case.
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Posted by Dot | June 24, 2015
Review of Derek Reed
Derek Reed has been helpful and supportive above and beyond my expectations. I feel I can trust him in all manners and that with every meeting I am receiving top quality work and incite which helps me to have a higher confidence not only in him but in myself as well.
Posted by Allyson | June 12, 2014
An ethical and knowledgable attorney
Derek has been very responsive to my needs as a landlord. When I was sued by a tenant, the guidance and representation of Derek proved to be very valuable and was instrumental to a judgment in my favor. He has customized a thorough and useful lease for use with my investment properties. And he and his colleagues have provided very good advice regarding matters relating my other small business investments. He was recommended to me by another RE investor and I have in turn recommended him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2014
Derek Reed
Derek was knowledgable and efficient. He handle need my landlord/ tenant issue in a very professional manner. He was able to help evict tenants and recover a portion of the money owed.
Posted by Alberto | June 11, 2014
Landlord/Tenant Law in NJ
Mr. Reed is extremely knowledgeable in Landlord/Tenant law in the state of NJ. He has always been the utmost professional. I recommend him wholeheartedly.
Posted by Melanie | June 11, 2014
Exceptional Counsel for Landlord Tenant Cases
As a senior housing nonprofit, meeting tenants in court is a delicate endeavor. Derek maintained the highest levels of professionalism while successfully resolving a difficult case in our favor after years of failed attempts by others. He is obviously well-regarded in the courtroom, and his knowledge and experience made the difference in our case. Additionally, he was a helpful source of reassurance and support to our staff during a prolonged time of stress. I absolutely recommend him to anyone seeking counsel for landlord tenant issues.
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Posted by Stephen | June 10, 2014
Stephen Grober DMD
Derek was extremely knowledgeable and easy to get a hold of. He was able to obtain all the important information with my issues and rectify them.
Posted by Frederick | June 11, 2014
Recommendation of Derek Reed
Derek Reed was referred to me. I was pleasantly surprised how efficiently my needs were met, while being kept informed from process inception to completion.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very unprofessional
He does not even review the documents I sent and all he cares is to get us to sign retention agreement: what is the point for free consultation if you do not even review material? How do I even know you are right lawyer for our case?
Response from Derek Reed May 23, 2016
I do not know who you are, but I speak with many folks over the phone about their legal issues to gauge whether or not I can be of assistance. Your comment suggests you expected me to also review all your materials and give you a full assessment of your case, in which case I would have to be retained. I regret that you had a different expectation and hope you found someone to handle your issue for you.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)


  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Gettysburg College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • NJ Property Owners Associations
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • NJ Property Owner's Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Associate Member of the Year
  • NJ Apartment Association
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • NJ Super Lawyers
  • 2013


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Breakthrough Collection Strategies in New Jersey
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Sterling Education Services
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2015
  • Rutgers University
  • Continuing Ed - Testifying at Trial & Administrative Procedure
  • 2015
  • NJ Building & Safety Conference
  • NJ Tort Claims Act
  • 2015
  • Rutgers University Continuing Education
  • Trial Testimony and Administrative Procedure
  • 2014
  • Landlord/Tenant Law
  • 2014
  • NJAA Conference and Expo
  • Ethics
  • 2014
  • Sterling Education Services
  • Beyond The Basics In The New Economy - Landlord/Tenant Law
  • 2009
  • Sterling Education Services
  • Commercial Leasing in New Jersey
  • 2008
  • Sterling Education Services
  • Negotiating Commercial Leases
  • 2008
  • Sterling Education Services
  • Advanced Landlord/Tenant Law
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute
  • Breakthrough Collection Strategies
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Real estate Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Derek is extremely knowledgeable in landlord tenant law. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge and practical in his approach. I highly endorse and recommend him for any of your legal needs, especially for landlord tenant matters."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Reed is very knowledgeable and experienced in his field. He is an excellent lawyer and I would not hesitate to recommend his services to my clients."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derek. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Derek is the go-to-guy when you need a tough knowledgeable attorney on your side. He has an excellent command of the law and knows his way around the courtroom. You won't go wrong having Derek on your side in your Matrimonial, Real Estate or Municipal Law matter."
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Newark Real estate Lawyer Derek D Reed
Derek D Reed
Real estate Attorney
Newark, NJ
Licensed for 19 years