Brian M. Nelson

Brian is the managing partner of Archer’s Red Bank office and Chair of the firm’s State and Local Law Government Group. Brian principally represents public, private and non-profit corporations in relation to redevelopment, public-private partnerships, economic development, and governmental and regulatory affairs matters throughout the State of New Jersey.

Prior to joining Archer, Brian managed his own law firm, Nelson Supko & Hanlon. Before establishing his own firm, Brian practiced at Gibbons where he focused on redevelopment, governmental and regulatory affairs matters. Over the last decade, Brian has served as Township Attorney to the Township of Middletown, the largest municipality in Monmouth County, Director of Law to the Borough of Tinton Falls, Special Redevelopment Counsel to the City of Hackensack, Special Redevelopment Counsel to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, and as a Special Redevelopment Counsel to the City of Newark on certain public-private partnership projects.

Brian currently serves as a Trustee on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board, a Trustee on the 180 Turning Lives Around Board, and as a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Center for Real Estate at the Rutgers University School of Business. He previously served as a member of the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and as a member of both Governor Chris Christie’s and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s transition teams.

The New Jersey Law Journal recognized Brian as one of 50 “New Leaders of the Bar” under age 40 for his already distinguished career in law and public service as counsel to major public and private sector clients, as well as his extensive involvement in public policy matters statewide. Brian has also been named to NJBiz’s 40-Under-40 list of New Jersey’s most accomplished young businesspeople, and been recognized by the Gannett newspaper group as one of New Jersey’s “Rising Stars” in government and politics likely to emerge as the next generation of leaders in New Jersey.

Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Bill Mathesius, JSC after having received his law degree from the Rutgers School of Law in 2002 and graduating a year early, magna cum laude, from Stockton University in 1999. While in law school, Brian was the recipient of the Raimondo Legislative Fellowship from the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Also, as editor of his undergraduate newspaper, the Anti-Defamation League awarded Brian the Albert Finkelstein Memorial Fellowship.

Awards and Recognition

  • Named “Top Attorney” for Government Law and Redevelopment Law by SJ Magazine (2021)


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