Robert B. McBriar Counsel

Robert B. McBriar represents numerous public and private clients in a variety of legal areas including Insurance Defense, Government Law, Property Taxation and Land Use.

As part of the Insurance Defense Group, Mr. McBriar assists in handling all aspects of insurance defense litigation from initial case evaluation and strategy through trial.    He is experienced in defending public entities and officials in litigation involving professional liability and property/casualty coverage.

As part of his government law practice, Mr. McBriar regularly counsels public entities regarding legislation, regulation and general administration.  In addition, he assists with substantive legal issues involving public contracts, elections, OPMA, OPRA, code enforcement, land use, eminent domain, redevelopment and property taxation.

Mr. McBriar frequently appears before the New Jersey State Tax Courts and County Tax Boards on behalf of taxing districts and property owners in defending and litigating real property tax appeals.

Mr. McBriar earned his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School where he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Francis Alessandro, New York City Civil Court, Bronx County. Prior to attending law school, Mr. McBriar graduated from Boston College with a BS in Biology, Pre-Medical Program and a BA in English.  Mr. McBriar also attended St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University where he studied philosophy and literature.

In 2012, Mr. McBriar was appointed to the District XB Ethics Committee serving West Morris and Sussex Counties.  He is  President of the Sussex County Bar Association and Trustee of the 200 Club of Sussex County. Mr. McBriar is also member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Sussex and Warren County Bar Associations, New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and frequently volunteers for Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey.

Areas of Concentration

Public entity liability, insurance coverage disputes, government legislation and regulation, state and local property taxation, municipal land use

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented New Jersey municipality in complex premises liability action.  All claims against municipality were dismissed on summary judgment pursuant to the immunities set forth in the New Jersey Tort Claims Act.
  • Successfully represented New Jersey municipality, its land use board and zoning officer in defense of prerogative writ action.  After trial, the Court affirmed the decision of the land use board thereby upholding the grant of variance relief which ended a six year long dispute.
  • Successfully represented New Jersey municipality and records custodian in Law Division action brought under the Open Public Records Act.  Claimant’s case, seeking attorney’s fees in excess of $15,000 was dismissed on summary judgment.