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Brendan Judge

Chair, Commercial Litigation

Overview

Brendan Judge, Chair of Connell Foley’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, is an experienced litigator with a focus on banking, commercial, construction, subrogation law and trust and estates litigation. His in-depth knowledge of these areas enables him to identify the key issues early on and create favorable, tailored solutions for his clients.

Highly knowledgeable about bank fraud issues, Brendan has represented financial institutions in more than 150 cases involving check fraud, unauthorized banking transactions and other banking issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

In addition to his fraud work, Brendan’s varied practice includes serving as class action counsel for national corporations, trade associations and financial institutions on matters involving constitutional issues, lender liability claims and alleged violations of consumer fraud and other consumer protective statutes. He also serves as national counsel for insurance clients in banking related cases, as well as general counsel for multiple construction companies, where he manages all of their litigation needs.

With considerable experience in land use and trust and estates litigation, Brendan also represents clients in contract, intellectual property, UCC, fraud and product liability issues before various federal and state courts on behalf of public and closely held corporations and national banking associations. In addition, he has argued Fifth Amendment takings issues before the Court of Federal Claims; Commerce Clause issues in a class action before the New Jersey Tax Court on behalf of trucking industry clients; and inherently beneficial land use issues before the Supreme Court of New Jersey on behalf of a homeless shelter.

Pro Bono:

  • Counsel to the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • President and Chairman, of the Samaritan Center At The Jersey Shore in Manasquan, New Jersey

Experience

Representative Experience

  • TD Bank, N.A.
  • Dow Jones & Company
  • George Harms Construction
  • Pfizer
  • Cosi, Inc.
  • Walgreens
  • National Amusements, Inc.
  • A&P
  • Bauch & Lomb
  • Market Street Mission
  • GE
  • Microsoft
  • PNC Bank
  • Zurich American Insurance

Decisions

  • Adkins v. Sogliuzzo, 2013 U.S. Dist. Lexis 140145 (D.N.J. 2013)
  • Morris Indus. v. Trident Steel Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 73680 (D.N.J. 2011)
  • Market Street Mission v. Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2010 NJ Lexis 2396 (App. Div. 2010)
  • Upperline Equip. Co. v. J&M, Inc., 724 F. Supp. 2d 883 (E.Tenn. 2009)
  • Bianchi v. Lazy Days R.V. Ctr., Inc.,2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 84689 (D.N.J. 2008)
  • 820 Ridge Rd. Assocs., LLC v. Dow Jones & Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 64000 (D.N.J. 2008)
  • Prescription Counter v. AmerisourceBergen Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. Lexis 84102 (D.N.J. 2007)
  • Component Hardware Group, Inc. v. Trine Rolled Moulding Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. Lexis 5490  (D.N.J. 2007)
  • Component Hardware Group, Inc. v. Trine Rolled Moulding Corp., 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 32276 (D.N.J. 2005)
  • Heritage Minerals, Inc. v. United States, 71 Fed. Cl. 710; 2006 U.S. Claims Lexis 195 (Ct. Fed. Cl. 2006)
  • American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. State of New Jersey, 180 N.J. 377 (2000)

Activities

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Councilman, Borough of Spring Lake (2012-present)
  • Member, Spring Lake COAH Advisory Committee (2007-present)
  • Member, Notre Dame Law Association, Board of Directors (2005-present)
  • Founding President, Spring Lake Educational Foundation (2007-2011)
  • Spring Lake Municipal Prosecutor (1998-2006)
  • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall Law School (1994-1995)
  • Teaching Fellow, Notre Dame Law School (1990-1991)
  • Editor, Notre Dame Law Review (1989-1991)
  • NJBankers, New Jersey Bankers' Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Banking Law Section
  • New Jersey Federal Bar Association

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Representing Your Client in Federal Court,” National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, Newark, NJ (May 2016)
  • Panelist,"Hot Topics in Checking Fraud, Electronic Payments & Banking Law,"  New Jersey Bar Association Annual Convention, Atlantic City (May 2014)
  • Moderator, Panel Discussion: Rebuilding Jersey Shore Businesses One business At A Time (April 2013)
  • “In House Legal Symposium: Best Practices for In House Lawyers,” for HB Litigation (December 2011)
  • “Working with Corporate Legal Departments,” for the National Business Institutes (November 2011)
  • “Technology in the Courtroom” (March 2011)

News & Insights

Honors

New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers, Inside Jersey magazine (2012)

AV Peer Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Clerkships

  • Hon. Clarkson S. Fisher, Senior Judge, United States District Court District of New Jersey

Education

Notre Dame Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991)

University of Notre Dame (B.A., Philosophy, cum laude, 1988)

Admissions

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