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I am licensed to practice before the State Courts of New Jersey and New York, the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. I was awarded a J.D. degree in 1980 from Rutgers School of Law where he was elected to the Appellate Moot Court Board. I graduated with an A.B. degree in Economics in 1977 from Rutgers College, and was honored with induction into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honor Society.


I served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Warren Brody and the Hon. John J. Callahan of the Superior Court of New Jersey for the 1980-1981 Court Term. I am very proud to be peer-review rated "5 of 5" "AV PREEMINENT" (the highest rating) by the internationally recognized "Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory". I am included in the "Inside New Jersey" 2012 edition and the "New Jersey Legal Leaders" 2013 and 2014 editions of "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" in the areas of Bankruptcy and Debtor and Creditor. I have been listed as a "NEW JERSEY SUPER LAWYER" and have been designated as a "MASTER" in the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court. Additionally, I served for many years as an appointed member and Vice-Chair of the Randolph Township Economic Development Committee.


My insolvency law experience and practice extends to representing Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy trustees, corporate, individual and non-profit Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession (including the YMCA of Newark & Vicinity, Harvard Industries, Inc., and Union Nursing Home), and unsecured creditors' committees in Chapter 11 reorganization and orderly liquidation proceedings, as well as secured and unsecured creditors including lenders, equipment lessors and landlords.  I have also represented many individuals and businesses in connection with out-of-court debt settlement and restructuring.


I am a faculty member, have written a number of articles on a variety of bankruptcy-related topics and have spoken to various groups and organizations, including:


  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, Annual Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference

  • New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association

  • Lorman Education Services

  • New Jersey League of Municipalities

  • Essex County Bar Association

  • Turnaround Management Association (New Jersey Chapter)


I am also attorney of record in a number of reported Federal and New Jersey State court decisions.


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Practice areas


  1. Debt Settlement: 40%
    29 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 40%
    29 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    35 years



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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    I have known Stu for over 40 years, first as a friend and classmate and then, professionally. He has consistently exhibited a level of intensity and commitment to the task at hand that few practitioners possess. I have frequently sought his counsel during the course of my representation of clients. In one particular instance, I needed help in understanding how a Chapter 7 proceeding in which my client's debts were discharged might impact his personal injury case. Stu gave me practical, concise information that I was able to understand and guided me through the maze of Bankruptcy Law. In another instance, I needed his assistance in collecting on a debt. Again, I got a straight answer to my questions and was able to handle the matter. Stu's passion for the law in general and specifically in representing his clients is palpable. After nearly 32 years of practice, that is quite an accomplishment.


    James Toll Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of Stuart G. Brecher, LLC

400 Morris Avenue
Suite 208
Denville, NJ, 07834


NYCurrently registered 198703/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
New Jersey Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine, Publishers of New Jersey Monthly, Super Lawyers Magazine2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
New Jersey Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine, Publishers of New Jersey Monthly, Super Lawyers Magazine2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
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AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberLaw Offices of Stuart G. Brecher, LLC2000 - Present
MemberJacobson & Brecher, LLC1998 - 2000
Partner/MemberLum, Hoens, Conant, Danzis & Kleinberg1990 - 1997
Associate attorney (1987 - 1990), Member (1990)Kleinberg, Maroney, Masterson & Schachter, P.C1987 - 1990
Associate attorneyBrach, Eichler, Rosenberg, Silver, Bernstein, Hammer & Gladstone, PC1983 - 1987
Associate attorneyRavin, Davis & Sweet, P.A.1981 - 1983
Judicial Law ClerkThe Hon. Warren Brody and The Hon. John J. Callahan1980 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration facultyFaculty Member2012 - Present
Randolph Township Economic Development CommitteeFormer member and Vice-Chair1997 - 2005
New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of CourtMaster1993 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Top Grade Sausage, Inc., 227 F.3d 123 (3d Cir. 2000)Decision below affirmed
In re Dale Jackson, 249 B.R. 373 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2000)Motion for summary judgment granted.
In re 2435 Plainfield Avenue, Inc. (2435 Plainfield Avenue, Inc. v. Township of Scotch Plains), 78 F.Supp.2d 482 (D.N.J. 1999)Relief sought by Township of Scotch Plains granted. Affirmed by District Court and then Third Circuit Court of Appeals
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Publication nameTitleDate
New Jersey Law Journal - 155 N.J.L.J. 496 (Bankruptcy Law Supp.)Determining Tax Liability Under Section 505(a)1999
New Jersey Law Journal - 154 N.J.L.J. 669Creditors' Committees in Chapter 11 Proceedings1998
ECBF ChronicleDetermination of Tax Liability Under Section 5051998
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationUnraveling The Mysteries Of Municipal Taxes And Their Treatment In Bankruptcy Proceedings1997
NJSBA Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter, Vol. XIV, No. 2The Qualifying Trust Exemption (Exclusion?) Provisions of N.J.S.A. 25:20-1: Do They Deliver?1995
New Jersey Law Journal - 140 N.J.L.J. 106 (Trusts and Estates Supp.)New Jersey's Qualifying Trust Exemptions: Can State Bankruptcy Protections Withstand Federal Supremacy?1995
NJSBA Creditor and Debtor Relations Section Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 1Corporate Authority for Filing a Voluntary Petition1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - NewarkLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Rutgers University, New Brunswick/PiscatawayEconomicsOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate webinar"Your P.I. Client Has Filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy - Navigating The Minefields"2012
Lorman Education Services SeminarBankruptcy in New Jersey: A Creditor’s Perspective2005
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education SeminarUnraveling the Mysteries of Municipal Tax Treatment in Bankruptcy Proceedings1997
Third Annual Bankruptcy Bench-Bar ConferenceEnvironmental Issues1994
Second Annual Bankruptcy Bench-Bar ConferenceConflicts/Ethics1993
NJTMA and NJSCPA Insolvency and Reorganization Committee ProgramHighlights and Potential Ramifications on Business Bankruptcies of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission’s Recommendations for Amending the U.S. Bankruptcy CodeN/A
New Jersey Turnaround Management Association (NJTMA)ProgramTurnarounds of Not-For-Profit OrganizationsN/A
New Jersey League of Municipalities and ECBF (Debtor/Creditor Committee) SeminarBankruptcy’s Impact on MunicipalitiesN/A
New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association SeminarIdentifying and Protecting Your Company's Rights and Interests as a Creditor of a Debtor and Debtor-in-Possession in a Chapter 11 Reorganization ProceedingN/A
ECBF (Debtor/Creditor Committee) and NJSPCA Insolvency and Reorganization Committee SeminarTo Be Or Not To Be...A DebtorN/A