Our Attorneys

Gertner & Gertner

Sean D. Gertner ESQ


Areas of Practice:

  • Land Use, Zoning and Local Government Law
  • Urban and Environmental Planning
  • Real Property, and Commercial and Liquor License Transactions and Litigation
  • Condominium and Homeowners Association Law
  • Estate Litigation and Planning
  • Matrimonial and Family Law
  • Probate, Elder Law and Guardianship planning and litigation
  • Workers Compensation and Personal Injury

Sean Gertner has more than 27 years of experience handling a wide array of civil, commercial and administrative matters for his clients. He currently focuses his practice on issues involving municipal zoning, commercial transactions and litigation and elder law.

Born and raised in Lakewood, he has devoted his career to serving the citizens of Ocean and Monmouth counties. 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.

Sean 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.

Admitted to bar 1990 New Jersey and Virginia; 1991 Maryland and the District of Columbia; 1994 United States Supreme Court.  Education: University of Virginia (B.C.P. 1987); University of Virginia (J.D. 1990Member: American, New Jersey and Ocean County Bar Associations.


  • Ocean County Young Lawyer of the Year
  • Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
  • Virginia Citizens Planning Association Achievement Award

Selected Activities:

  • Chair, Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services
  • Member, Sunrise Lodge #288, Free and Accepted Masons
  • Past Chair, Lakewood Head Start Program
  • Past Member, Georgian Court University Board of Advisors
  • Past District Fundraising Chair, Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Past Member, Hispanic Association of Ocean County
  • Past Dinner Committee, Lakewood-Ocean County NAACP
  • Past Member, University of Virginia Advisory Committee on the Master Plan
  • Past Member, University of Virginia Search Committee for the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

Ryan J. Murphy, ESQ 


Areas of Practice:

  • Civil Litigatio
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence

Ryan J. Murphy is a seasoned litigation attorney with experience prosecuting and defending all types of litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Following the receipt of his law degree, Mr. Murphy was privileged to serve as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Barbara Stolte, J.S.C., in the Middlesex County Family Part. Thereafter, Mr. Murphy began his career as a litigator. Immediately prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Murphy owned and operated his own boutique Law Firm, the Law Office of Ryan J. Murphy, LLC, providing legal representation to injured persons in Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability matters. Ultimately, Mr. Murphy determined that he preferred working as part of a team and merged his practice with the Firm.  The diversity of Mr. Murphy’s practice history has proved to be a unique and valuable asset to the Firm’s clients as he possesses the knowledge and experience to provide advice in a wide array of legal practice areas.

Mr. Murphy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Siena College in 2007 and a Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in 2010.

Mr. Murphy, a native of Somerset County, now resides in Howell Township, Monmouth County. In his free time, Mr. Murphy can be found spending time with his five-year old son, Liam, attending a sporting event, taking in a concert, or relaxing on the beach.

Jerome A. Gertner ESQ


Areas of Practice:

  • Municipal, Land Use, Zoning and Local Government Law
  • Wills & Probate
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Personal Injury
  • Estate Planning
  • Landlord-Tenant

Jerome Gertner was born Elizabeth, N.J. and was admitted to bar in New Jersey in 1962 and to the United States Supreme Court in 1994.

He was educated at Rutgers University (B.A. 1959) and the University of Virginia (B. Laws. 1962). Jerome is the former President of the American Judges Association (1989).  He is also a retired Municipal Court Judge, Ocean County (1978-2000) and the former State Commander Jewish War Veterans (1973).

In addition, Mr. Gertner served as Notes Editor, Court Review. He is a member of the New Jersey and Ocean County Bar Associations.