The New Jersey Senate on Monday voted to confirm Sean D. Gertner, a Jackson Township attorney who grew up in Lakewood, to become a Superior Court judge.
Gertner has nearly three decades of experience in real estate law, and aside from his government positions, has been hired in numerous high-profile land dispute cases, including many in Lakewood.
Sean has served as the Municipal Attorney for Lakehurst Borough since 2001 and the Zoning Board Attorney for Jackson Township since July 2006, roles where he finds his degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia quite useful. He has also served as the Municipal Attorney for Point Pleasant Beach and has served as a Public Defender and Conflict Public Defender in several Jersey Shore municipalities.
He also serves as the Patient Advocate for Ocean County and is an approved defense attorney for the Municipal Joint Insurance Fund and has served as defense counsel. He often serves as a temporary guardian or court-appointed counsel for those in need of guardianship services and elder law and is well acquainted with the needs of such clients for estate planning and litigation. When advising on commercial transactions on behalf of business entities and individuals, he is well versed in the complexity of issues faced and focuses on liquor license transfers with his knowledge of state and local government.
Throughout his career, Sean has been able to not only provide these entities with general legal services, but also defend their interests in civil claims and assist in administrative actions. He has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants regarding workers compensation, personal injury and contractual claims. Serving the community, he currently chairs the Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services.
His father, Jerome Gertner – the son of former Lakewood Mayor Michael Gertner – was a longtime judge in Lakewood. He presided over the Lakewood Municipal Court for 22 years – from 1978 to 2000. He passed away last December at the age of 88, with his levaya taking place at the Sons of Israel on 6th and Madison.