Department: Zoning and Land Use Law; Municipal Law; Litigation

Position: Shareholder

Qualification: Clark University (B.A. cum laude 1985) and Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1988)

Email: swarner@summitlawyers.net

Shareholder.  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 also has extensive experience and particular expertise in all facets of zoning and land use law.  Mr. Warner 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.

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 and he also is a Superior Court appointed mediator and arbitrator in Union, Somerset, Middlesex, and Morris Counties. 

Mr. Warner has represented several municipalities and local government agencies.  He currently serves as the Attorney for the Zoning Boards of Adjustment for the Townships of Warren, Bernards, Bridgewater, Readington, and the Borough of Watchung.  He also serves as the Attorney for the Planning Boards for the Townships of Morris and Chatham and the Boroughs of Bernardsville and New Providence. 

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 Secretary 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 annually serves as a Judge for the Vincent J. Appruzzese Mock Trial Competition.

Mr. Warner previously served as a Councilman for the Borough of Metuchen and currently serves 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.