Steven K. Warner
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Location:
Summit, NJ
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908-277-1374
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Mr. Warner's practice encompasses all facets of civil litigation in federal and state court at both
the trial and appellate levels, and he specializes in complex commercial and estate and trust
litigation. He is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of both New Jersey and
New York, as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
He also has extensive experience and particular expertise in all facets of zoning and land use law.

Mr. Warner also has extensive experience and particular expertise in all facets of zoning and
land use law, representing real estate developers and homeowner applicants, objectors and
municipal land use boards. He has represented several municipalities and local government
agencies. Mr. Warner currently serves as the Attorney for the Zoning Boards of Adjustment for
the Townships of Warren, Bernards, Bridgewater, Berkeley Heights, and Readington, and the
Borough of Watchung. He serves as the Attorney for the Planning Boards for the Townships of
Branchburg, Morris, and Chatham and the Boroughs of Bernardsville and New Providence. Mr.
Warner also serves as Redevelopment Attorney for the Borough of Manville and the Attorney for
the Historic Preservation Commission in the Town of Dover.

Mr. Warner has been named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list every year since 2011. He is
a former member of both the District XIII Fee Arbitration and Ethics Committees. Mr. Warner has
been appointed to various fiduciary positions by, and has served as a Special Master for, the
Superior Court in Union, Morris, and Somerset Counties. He serves on the Early Settlement
Panel for probate cases pending in Union and Morris County Superior Court.

Mr. Warner is a frequent lecturer in the areas of zoning and land use law, estate litigation, and
chancery litigation. He has authored articles published in the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and
New Jersey Law Journal, among other publications.

Mr. Warner is a graduate of Clark University (B.A. cum laude 1985) and Boston University
School of Law (J.D. 1988), where he received the Best Brief Award at a National Moot Court
competition. He is a member of the New Jersey, Union County, Somerset County, and City of
Summit Bar Associations. Mr. Warner is a Director of the Land Use Law Section of the New
Jersey State Bar Association and a Member of its Judicial Administration, Equity Jurisprudence,
and Business and Commercial Litigation Committees. He is also an Associate Counsel of the
New Jersey Planning Officials (NJPO) organization and a frequent lecturer for the NJPO. Mr.
Warner is also a Trustee and the Second Vice President of the Somerset County Bar
Association, and is a former Trustee of the Somerset County Bar Foundation. He also is a
Somerset County delegate to the New Jersey State Bar Association General Council and has
served as a Judge for the Vincent J. Appruzzese Mock Trial Competition.

Mr. Warner previously served as a Councilman for the Borough of Metuchen and as a Somerset
County District Committeeman. He argued the landmark case of Brennan vs. Orban before the
New Jersey Supreme Court (145 N.J. 282 (1996)), establishing the parameters for jury trials in
marital tort cases.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Zoning & Land Use
  • Land Use and Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Estate And Trust Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1988
  • New York, 1988

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1988
  • Clark University
    • B.A. - 1985
    • Honors: cum laude

Representative Cases

  • Brennan vs. Orban, 1996, New Jersey Supreme Court, (145 N.J. 282 (1996))

Honors and Awards

  • Best Brief Award at a National Moot Court competition

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Land Use Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Director, Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Judicial Administration, Member, Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Equity Jurisprudence, Member, Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Business Litigation Committee, Member, Present
  • New Jersey Planning Officials (NJPO) organization, Associate Counsel, Present
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Trustee and Secretary, Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association General Council, Somerset County delegate, Present