Law Office of

Sanford D. Brown, L.L.C.





  • Private practice of law for 40 years representing institutional and private clients
  • General practice with an emphasis on not-for-profit, corporate, education, planning and zoning, and estate planning
  • Mr. Brown has been honored to assist his clients over the decades in providing advice and the best possible professional services in an ethical and caring manner
  • AV® Preeminent™ lawyer rating in Martindale-Hubbell* for highest ethical and professional standards



  • Admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court
  • Involved on behalf of governmental, corporate and individual clients in civil matters before all levels of the State and Federal trial and appellate courts, and also in administrative and arbitration proceedings.



  • General corporate counsel to numerous not-for-profit entities
  • Corporate counsel to state-wide United Methodist elder care system for over 25 years
  • Legal counsel to United Methodist Church regional/state organization since 1996, and is counsel to its disaster relief organization
  • Past President of the national organization United Methodist Church Conference Chancellors Association
  • Has served as counsel to numerous churches and religious organizations over the decades, and as special counsel to the YMCAs in Monmouth County as well as to State and County conservation foundations



  • Has served as counsel to numerous corporate clients over the decades
  • International counsel monitoring litigation and transaction matters worldwide
  • Handled federal and state trial and appellate matters in intellectual property rights and contract matters along with arbitration before the AAA
  • Represents numerous smaller corporate entities in transactional, contract and employment matters



  • Representing school districts for over 40 years
  • Involved with many types of civil litigation and transactional matters, including the negotiation of contracts
  • On a team of educators who have developed leading magnet schools
  • Trustee and Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys



  • Representing planning boards and boards of adjustment for over 40 years
  • Municipal attorney, general counsel to a regional sewerage authority, and a municipal prosecutor as a young attorney



  • Providing a broad range of services in commercial and residential real estate matters for over 40 years
  • Former transaction counsel to lending institutions
  • Represented state, regional and national institutional clients in Federal HUD 202 and 811 housing projects for senior citizens



  • Providing advice to clients regarding estate planning, trusts & wills and banking for decades
  • Served as trust and litigation counsel for a regional bank
  • Advisory board of Investors Bank



  • Member, Monmouth County and New Jersey State Bar Associations
  • Served on County Bar committees, including as chair of the education and labor & employment law committees
  • Past panel chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court District Fee Arbitration Committee



  • Attended the Asbury Park School system
  • Graduated from Brown University, BA in History
  • Seton Hall University, J.D., where he was Faculty Research Assistant
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Patrick J. McGann, Jr., J.S.C., Chancery and Law Divisions, New Jersey Superior Court
  • Private practice of law in Freehold for over 20 years
  • Became managing partner of the firm Cerrato, Dawes, Collins, Saker, Brown & Wilder, P.A.
  • Established present firm in 2002



  • Member and past president of the Asbury Park Rotary Club
  • Past Asst. Governor and Legal Advisor for Rotary District 7500, and member of its Foundation
  • Past President and Executive Vice President of Monmouth Council, BSA
  • Past Endowment Chair for multi-state area of BSA councils
  • Panelist at The Kettering Foundation, Dayton, Ohio - including in improving the national judicial system in conjunction with ABA Judicial Section and Justice Center
  • Has served on numerous volunteer and endowment committees
  • Past president of a professional condo association
  • Founding trustee and former corporate counsel to The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore, Inc. - Super-storm Sandy
  • Founding President/Co-President of regional Brown University Alumni Club
  • Has spoken before numerous civic groups on a variety of topics
  • President of high school class and Chair of class reunions for over forty years, establishing a yearly scholarship for high school seniors
  • Coached sports for over a decade.



  • Married, three married children and four grandchildren

*AV® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.