Title: Distributorship


Steven E. Brawer



Steven Brawer

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Address:65 Livingston Avenue
Roseland, New Jersey 07068
United States of America
Fax:+1 973 597 2400
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Local Time:Mon. 17:15
Web site: Direct Page


In decades of representing many of New Jersey’s premier general contractors, subcontractors and building materials suppliers, Steve Brawer has become passionate about the capabilities, competitiveness and business success of his clients. He has guided these entrepreneurs and their enterprises, both large and small, through a wide range of construction and surety litigation, arbitration and mediation; public contracting and public bidding disputes; construction-related administrative proceedings; and a myriad of financial, corporate and commercial matters. His zeal and skill have earned him a reputation as one of the state’s leading construction lawyers.

The most important services Steve provides to clients are focused insight about the details of their businesses and a keen appreciation of how individual matters relate to each client’s “big picture.” His long-term representation of clients and his broad network of construction contacts reflect his almost instinctive understanding of what these construction businesses are about, what they need, what their challenges are and what they want to accomplish. A highly experienced courtroom advocate, Steve has pursued important cases to precedent-setting decisions in the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Steve’s involvement with the New Jersey construction industry is underscored by his longtime service as legal counsel for three preeminent trade groups: the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey, the Drywall and Interior Systems Contractors Association of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Building Materials Dealers Association. He is an active member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and a former chair of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.


Areas of Practice


  • Construction Law & Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate


Professional Career


Professional Associations

  • New Jersey Executive Study Commission on Public Procurement Law

    • Member (1985-1986)

  • American Arbitration Association

    • Panelist, Construction Industry Arbitration

  • Master; Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inn of Court
  • Master; Founding Member, Executive Board, Justice Marie L. Garibaldi; American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution

    • Founding Member, Executive Board

  • American Bar Association

    • Construction Industry Forum, Public Contract Law Section
    • Occupational Safety and Health Subcommittee

  • New Jersey State Bar Association

    • Construction and Public Law Section
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, (Past Chair)

  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Passaic County Bar Association


    25 Years and Still Going Strong, February 2011
    A Dose of Common Sense for Unknown Subsurface Conditions, December 2000
    A First Class Choice, August 2000
    A Simple Fix for a Chronic Problem, February 2005
    A Sound Principle Re-Affirmed, February 2001
    A Tough Case Makes Good Law, August 2002
    A Victory for Open Competition, June 2002
    An Expensive Lesson: Take MBE/WBE/DBE Requirements Seriously, June 2011
    CCA Treated Wood - What's Next?, June/July 2002
    Checks and Balances, December 2001
    Contractors Beware - Recent Decision May Mean Personal Liability For Faulty Construction Work, August 2011
    Court Settlement Heralds Revolutionary Changes in State MBE/WBE Programs, August 2003
    DAM IT ALL!!, April 2004
    Determining Where To File Suit In Construction Matters - Part I, August 2004
    Determining Where To File Suit In Construction Matters - Part II, October 2004
    Emergency Regulations Implement Changes in the State's Set-Aside Programs, October 2003
    Go Forth And Build - If You Can!!, February 2003
    Improper Notice Leads to Spoliation, March 5, 2001
    It’s Time To Re-Examine Arbitration As The Process Of Choice To Resolve Construction Disputes, October 2010
    Job Documentation Made Easy, August 2005
    Knowledge Is Good, April 2003
    Landmark Appellate Decision Considers Impact of Bidder Financial Ratings Where Alternates are Involved, December 2003
    Looking Back, Looking Ahead, June 2001
    Material suppliers and the Public Works Contractor Registration Act - Changes on the horizon?, March 31, 2002
    Mischief On The Waterfront, April 2004
    More Than The Law Provides, April 2002
    Navigating New Jersey's Residential Construction Lien Process, April 2005
    New Claims, Old Policies: Understanding and Maximizing Your Company's Insurance Coverage for Asbestos Claims, March 2003
    New Jersey Construction Law 2008 Case Law Round-Up, February 2009
    New Jersey Contractors, Real Estate and Clean Fill Reuse: Saving Money and the Environment, March 2005
    New Jersey Enacts Unprecedented Public School Construction Program, Summer 2002
    New Jersey Supreme Court Holds Corporate Officers Not Personally Liable for Alleged Negligence, February 2002
    New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Landmark Bidding Decision: Non-Bidder Held to Have Standing to Challenge Bid Specifications, March 2009
    New Legislation Provides For Withdrawal of Mistake Bid Proposals, April 2011
    Nine Years After Boston Harbor, Public Sector Project Labor Agreements Are Permissible In New Jersey, October 2002
    Nowhere For "Pay-To-Play" in a "Low Bid" World, April 2005
    Pre-Qualification By The Rules, June 2003
    Quality Assurance in Public Procurement, June 2005
    Recent Construction Defect Case Highlights Importance of Handling Physical Evidence With Care, March 2001
    School Construction Program Puts Low Bid System at Risk, June 2000
    Settle It Now!, October 2000
    Strength Through the Rule of Law, October 2001
    T.N. Ward, Inc. v. South Jersey Transportation Authority Issues Important Reminder to Bidders: Be Aware of Bidding Scheme Nuances, March 2011
    The Public Contractors Registration Act -- Politics and Government Bureaucracy at Its Worst, December 2004
    The Public School Construction Program: What Is It and How Does It Affect You?, January 2002
    There's No Substitute for a "Positive" Experience, April 2000
    When Even A Low Bid Isn't Enough, December 2002
    Why Not Provide Project Budgets and Engineer’s Estimates?, June 2004
    Working With NJDOT, April 2001
    Workplace Injuries: OSHA's New Multi-Employer Work Site Doctrine, November 6, 2000
    You Can't Beat Competition!!, August 2001

Bar Admission

    New York, 1981
    New Jersey, 1974
Court Admissions
    1974, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    1981, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
    -2147483648, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit



    George Washington University Law School (J.D. , 1974 ), with honors
    University of Pennsylvania (B.A. , 1970 ),