Russell Bershad is a senior Director in the Gibbons Real Property Department. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Department, which he led for over 15 years. Mr. Bershad continues to lead the transactional real estate practice within the Real Property Department. The transactional real estate practice is ranked in Tier 2 nationally and in Tier 1 in New Jersey by US News & World Report/Best Lawyers.

Mr. Bershad is one of fourteen "Band 1" real estate attorneys in New Jersey recognized by Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Law Firms. He is listed in NJBIZ magazine's 2016 "Power 75 Real Estate List" of leading individuals in real estate in New Jersey. In addition, Mr. Bershad is named by New Jersey Super Lawyers as the "Real Estate Lawyer of the Year" of the Newark Region for 2017 and has been included in its list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in real estate for over a dozen years. He has been listed in Best Lawyers® for many years and is one of a select group of New Jersey lawyers elected for membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Mr. Bershad has practiced exclusively as a real estate attorney for over 35 years focusing on acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing, development projects, and tax abatements.


  • Rutgers School of Law - Camden (J.D.)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)

Professional Activities

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Seton Hall University Law School
Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Finance Law

New Jersey State Bar Association

Florida State Bar Association

National Association Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law secretary to the Honorable Herbert Horn, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, 1977-1978


Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate

Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Real Estate
Top 100 Attorney in New Jersey

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Real Estate
Named Newark, NJ "Lawyer of the Year" - Real Estate Law, 2017 

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell 

Selected to the Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine's "Essex County Top Lawyers" list, Real Estate, 2018

Named to the NJBIZ Real Estate Power 75 list, 2016

Named one of the top 5 real estate attorneys in New Jersey by The News Funnel2013

Listed as an industry leader by Real Estate Weekly, Fall 2010 

Selected to "Meet the Lawyers" edition of Real Estate New Jersey, May/June 2009

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