Stuart Reiser

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Hackensack, NJ

Shapiro Croland Reiser Apfel & Di Iorio, LLP
 | Continental Plaza II, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-488-3900
Fax: 201-488-9481
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)


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    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Stuart Reiser is a partner with the Hackensack, New Jersey, law firm of Shapiro, Croland, Reiser, Apfel & Di Iorio, LLP. At the firm, Mr. Reiser concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, municipal and local government law, real estate and commercial transactions, probate litigation and entertainment law.

    Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey and certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, Mr. Reiser provides exceptional legal service and counsel to commercial clients and local government entities with matters related to contracts, environmental law, intellectual property, land use and zoning, municipal matters, partnerships/shareholder disputes and many other related areas.

    A 1977 cum laude graduate of Rutgers, Mr. Reiser obtained his Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1980. That same year, the New Jersey State Bar Association admitted him to practice, and in 1981, he received his license from the New York State Bar Association.

    He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Along with being an effective litigator, Mr. Reiser has an extensive amount of training and experience in mediation and arbitration. He has held a number of court appointments and served as a special fiscal agent, administrator, fiduciary, provisional director, guardian ad litem and more.

    Widely recognized as one of the top attorneys in the region, Mr. Reiser holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he is a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America. He is also active in a number of other state, local and national bar associations, and he once served as the District IIA Fee Arbitration Committee chairman.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Business Litigation
    • 30%Civil Litigation
    • 10%Real Estate


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020

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    About Stuart Reiser

    Admitted: 1980, New Jersey

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    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • New Jersey Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel (2009-2016)
    • “AV” Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • New Jersey Super Lawyer (2005-2017)
    • New York Area’s Top Lawyers (2007-2016)
    • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2016)
    • New Jersey Top 100 Super Lawyer (2016)
    • Bergen County 201 Magazine Top Lawyers (2012-2016)

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Trial Attorney – New Jersey Supreme Court, 1994

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New Jersey, 1980
    • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
    • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
    • New Jersey Supreme Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution (2013-2015; 2015-2017 term) 
    • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Former Chairman, District IIA Fee Arbitration Committee
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Passaic County Bar Association
    • New York, 1981
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • Master, Justice Robert L. Clifford American Inns of Court
    • Member, Bergen County Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum
    • President, Jewish Family Services Foundation

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presenter, Depositions: Nuts and Bolts, NJ Approved CLE Seminar , 2010
    • Mediation of Complex Commercial Litigation Cases, NJSBA Midyear Convention, Rome, Italy (November 2013), Annual Convention, Atlantic City (May 2014), NJSBA Midyear Convention, Paris, France (November 2014), Panel Participant
    • NJ Board on Continuing Legal Education Approved Seminar, Passaic County Bar Association. “Survival in the Courts:  General Equity, Chancery Division”. (June 2012) Chancery Practice: Justice Robert L. Clifford Inns of Court (April 2011) ICLE Business Law Symposium: Ethical Ramifications in Doing Business with a Client (April 2011)
    • NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Pamelist, Masterful Mediation, 2016
    • Guardianships and Guardian Ad Litem Appointments, Panelist, Probate Litigation: A Jumbalaya of Issues, LA, New Orleans, NJSBA Midyear Convention, 2015
    • Receiverships and Other Court Appointments, Panelist, Atlantic City, NJ, NJSBA Annual Convention, 2014
    • Hot Topics in Chancery Practice, NJSBA Annual Convention, Atlantic City, NJ (May 2016)
    • Madrid,  Spain, Speaker, Arbitration Agreements: Negotiation, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2017


    • National Realty Counselors v. Ellen Tracy, Inc., 313 N.J.Super. 519 (App. Div. 1998) (unauthorized practice of law)
    • Marzetta v. Tassev, 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 635 (jury trial is not available in a general equity matter if the relief sought at the outset of the case is primarily equitable and the legal relief requested is ancillary to the equitable claims presented);, 2018
    • In re Estate of Byung-Tae Oh, 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1892 (Ancillary probate; settlement of Estate action; principles of comity and collateral estoppel; award of fees), 2018
    • A&S Check Cashing, Inc. v. Rapid Check Cashing, Inc. 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2305 (interpretation of contract; extrinsic evidence precluded; collection of judgment), 2018
    • FOP v. City of Newark, 216 N.J.Super. 461 (App. Div. 1987) (constitutionality of drug testing of police officers)
    • Saddle River v. 66 East Allendale, 424 N.J.Super. 516 (App. Div. 2012),  2013 NJ LEXIS 1089 (2013) (Eminent domain; probability of grant of variance and impact on fair market value of subject property)
    • St. George’s Dragons, LP v. Newport Real Estate Group LLC, 407 N.J.Super. 464 (App. Div. 2009)(right of first refusal; specific performance of real property)
    • Alan Klarik Enterprises, Inc. v. Viva Optique, Inc., 2006 WL 2423552 (Cal. App.2d Dist. 2006) (successful defense of substantial commission claim)
    • Steiger v. Lenoci, 323 N.J.Super. 529 (App. Div. 1999) (enforceability of neighborhood land use restrictions of record)
    • Reno Auto v. Prospect Park S & L., 243 N.J.Super. 624 (App. Div. 1990) (application of entire controversy doctrine)
    • Koch v. Troma, 2010 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4925 (Partial Summary Judgment on breach of distribution agreement of video library)
    • Shaler Properties v. Borough of Ridgefield, 2007 WL 3982513 (Law Div. 2007) (constitutionality of rent control ordinance)
    • PNE Media, LLC v. Cistrone, 741 N.Y.S.2d. 405 (N.Y.A.D., 1st Dept. 2002) (partnership dispute relating to outdoor advertising industry)
    • Irani v. K-Mart Corp., 281 N.J.Super. 383 (App. Div. 1995) (land use dispute; dismissal of action)
    • National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab, 489 U.S. 656, 109 S.Ct. 1384, 103 L.Ed.2d 685, 49 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 38,792, 4 IER Cases 246, 1989 O.S.H.D. (CCH) P 28,589 (U.S. La., Mar 21, 1989) (Amicus Brief)
    • Troma v. Centennial Pictures 729 F. 3d 215 (2nd Cir. 2013) (personal jurisdiction under NY CPLR re: copyright infringement)
    • Jersey York Apparel, LLC v. Ronald Platovsky, 2008 WL 2164287 (Ch. Div. 2008) (liquidating receiver for limited liability company)
    • Cooper v. Tomback, 798 N.Y.S.2d 708 (N.Y. Sup. 2004) (partnership dispute regarding New York City apartment building)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court.

    Educational Background:

    • Rutgers College, Rutgers University, cum laude, 1977
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    Office Location for Stuart Reiser

    Continental Plaza II
    Hackensack, NJ 07601

    Phone: 201-488-3900

    Fax: 201-488-9481

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