Brian M. Block is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, where his general litigation practice includes commercial, corporate, intellectual property, banking, employment, False Claims Act disputes, as well as related appellate work. He represents individuals and businesses in both state and federal court. Brian also chairs the firm’s charity committee and leads the firm’s charitable endeavors in the community. And since 2021, Brian has served as an appointed attorney member of the Supreme Court District V-B Ethics Committee.

Prior to joining the firm, Brian served as a Law Clerk to Justice Anne M. Patterson on the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Camden, where he earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, and served on the editorial board of the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy.

From 2021 to 2023, Brian has been recognized as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers.*
*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A description of the standard or methodology used by Super Lawyers can be found on its website.

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association

Justice Anne M. Patterson – Supreme Court of New Jersey

  • The Law Against Discrimination’s ‘Sole Harasser’ Loophole, 229 N.J.L.J. 1271 (May 29, 2023)
  • When Enforcing Restrictive Covenants, Timing is Everything, 228 N.J.L.J. 39 (Jan. 24, 2022)
  • Reviewing the Entire Controversy Standard of Review, 225 N.J.L.J. 3114 (Nov. 25, 2019)
  • Insureds’ Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count, 225 N.J.L.J. 583 (Mar. 4, 2019)
  • Remediating CERCLA’s Contaminated Statute of Limitations, 13 RUTGERS J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 388 (2016)
  • Collecting Attorneys’ Fees Under the Lanham Act: The Shifting Definition of “Exceptional Case”, 12 SETON HALL CIR. REV. 30 (2015) (co-authored by Kevin R. Miller, Esq.)
  • Fourth Circuit Tips Its Hand: Only § 113(f) Contribution Claim Available for PRPs That Resolve Liability, ABA Superfund & Natural Resources Damages Litigation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 10 No. 1 (Nov. 2014)
  • The Rutgers-Rowan (Non-)Merger: An Avoidable Legal Debacle, RUTGERS J.L. & PUB. POL’Y REGION IN REV. BLOG (Feb. 20, 2013)

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • Rutgers School of Law – Camden, J.D., 2014
  • The College of New Jersey, B.A., 2011

Partners Raj Gadhok and Brian Block Successfully Defend Client in Federal Court False Claims Act Lawsuit

March 20, 2023

The Firm congratulates our partner, Raj Gadhok, on securing a unanimous jury verdict for the plaintiff on counts of fraud, abuse of process, malicious prosecution and related civil claims following a six-day trial before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris Vicinage. The case involved a long-running dispute between family members, heirs to a multi-million dollar estate, and Mr. Gadhok obtained a compensation damages award, as well as a substantial punitive damages award, for his client. The court also granted Mr. Gadhok permission to submit an application for all legal fees and costs incurred by his client in the case which application is pending before the court at this time.

Partner Brian Block Scores Big Appellate Victory for Caldwell and Taxpayers Across New Jersey

November 11, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC litigation partner Brian Block prevailed on appeal on behalf of our client, the Borough of Caldwell. In a published decision, the Appellate Division reversed the trial court and granted summary judgment to the Borough. The plaintiff was a former borough administrator who sued the Borough after he was removed, to recover over $100,000 in severance […]

Joel MacMull and Brian Block are celebrating a significant win in recovering attorneys’ fees in connection with a contempt proceeding brought on behalf of one the firm’s clients.

April 7, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s Intellectual Property, Brand Management and Internet Law Practice Group is well-positioned to assist clients in a variety of cutting-edge intellectual property and brand management issues.

Appellate Division Victory by Commercial and Corporate Litigation Partners Brian Block and Michael Bevacqua

February 14, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Commercial and Corporate Litigation partners Brian Block and Michael Bevacqua prevailed on appeal on behalf of our clients in a complex insurance dispute against an insurance company. The Appellate Division vacated summary judgment and several discovery orders that the trial court had entered in favor of the insurance company and remanded to the trial court.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Achieves $1.9 Million Settlement in National Overtime Class Action Against Major Telecommunications Company

October 26, 2020

Mandelbaum Barrett PC, PC announces that, after six years of litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, it settled a nationwide overtime collective and a New York Rule 23 class action brought against a major telecommunications company.

Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block Receive Favorable Judgement on Behalf of National Bank Client

March 7, 2019

We are pleased to announce that attorneys Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block recently prevailed in the New York Appellate Division, First Department, on behalf of their national bank client. The appeals court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the bank, resulting in the complete dismissal of the plaintiff general contractor's six-figure claim against the bank for payment of two checks related to a construction project in New York City.

Litigation Department Obtains $6.7 Million Award On Behalf Of Client

February 14, 2019

On February 14, 2019, Michael Saffer, Co-Chair of the Firm's Litigation Department and Arla D. Cahill, a Member of that Department, obtained an award of $6.7 million in a complex commercial arbitration proceeding before the American Arbitration Association in New York City in which they represented an anesthesiology group that asserted numerous claims against a surgery center. The Arbitrator, following 10 days of hearings with numerous witnesses and hundreds of trial exhibits created by our team, awarded the entire amount requested in the Demand for Arbitration.

No Express Waiver Needed in Arbitration Clauses Between Sophisticated Parties

February 9, 2023

In a groundbreaking published decision, County of Passaic v. Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., a New Jersey appeals court held that where parties to a contract “are sophisticated and possess relatively equal bargaining power,” an arbitration clause does not need to contain an express waiver of the parties’ right to seek relief in court. Until now, […]

State Law Overrides Contractual Severance for Borough Administrators

November 11, 2022

When it comes to public employment in New Jersey, the terms and conditions of employment are not merely a matter of private contract. Statutory law often governs public employment and supersedes or invalidates any contractual arrangement to the contrary. Such was the case in the recent published decision in Carelli v. Borough of Caldwell, __ […]

Exercising Free Speech Rights Does Not Support a Pierce Claim

June 17, 2022

On May 20, 2022, the New Jersey Appellate Division held in a published opinion that an employer is free to terminate an at-will employee based on the employee’s racially insensitive remarks made on the employee’s private social media. An employee cannot bring a Pierce claim premised on the employee’s right to free speech under the Free Speech […]

Court Decides What Level of Educational Benefit Schools Must Deliver to Educationally Disabled Students

April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017 By Arla D. Cahill and Brian M. Block On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. The case posed the following question: what is the level of educational benefit that school districts must confer on children with disabilities to […]

Disabled Students Can File ADA and Section 504 Discrimination Claims Without Administrative Exhaustion Under the IDEA

April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017 By Arla D. Cahill and Brian M. Block On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of a disabled student, Elena, and her family in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, by reversing and remanding the case back to the appellate court. Fry upheld a disabled student’s right to […]

Brian Block, Esq. authors article for the New Jersey Law Journal titled “The Law Against Discrimination’s ‘Sole Harasser’ Loophole”

May 26, 2023

“Judges and attorneys frequently tout New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) as one of the most protective anti-discrimination laws in the nation. While that is undoubtedly true, the LAD’s liability scheme appears to contain a gaping loophole that enables “sole harassers” to avoid liability.” In the May 26, 2023 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal, Mandelbaum […]

21 Mandelbaum Barrett PC Attorneys Named to 2023 New Jersey Super Lawyers Lists

May 11, 2023

Congratulations to the Mandelbaum Barrett PC attorneys selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers & Rising Stars lists that were just announced today. We think our team is pretty super too! Learn more about this award and the methodology used by Thomson Reuters here. No aspect of this award or advertisement has been approved by […]

14 Mandelbaum Barrett PC attorneys named to the 2022 Super Lawyers List as well as 4 named Rising Stars

March 17, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is pleased to announce that fourteen of our attorneys have been selected by their peers as New Jersey Super Lawyers* for 2022. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state of New Jersey are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, the Firm is excited to announce that four of our attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list for 2022, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys age 40 or under or who are in practice for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Steven Adler and Brian Block co-author article for New Jersey Law Journal titled "How Not to Handle the Trial of an Employment Case"

March 14, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Partners Steven Adler and Brian Block have co-authored an article in the March 9, 2022 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal titled "How Not to Handle the Trial of an Employment Case"-- A hypothetical case provides a crash course on employment litigation, including the after-acquired evidence doctrine, the cat's paw doctrine, stray remarks and the same actor inference.

Brian Block authors article for The New Jersey Law Journal titled "When Enforcing Restrictive Covenants, Timing is Everything"

January 21, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Litigation and Employment Law partner, Brian Block, Esq. has authored an article in the January 21, 2022 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal titled "When Enforcing Restrictive Covenants, Timing is Everything." In this analysis, Brian details a New Jersey case as an example to answer the question, "What point in time should a court focus on when assessing whether an employer has legitmate interests to protect?"

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Named to NJBIZ's 2019 Best Places to Work

March 4, 2019

We are excited and honored to announce that we have been named to NJBIZ's 2019 Best Places to Work! Whether through scholarship programs for our employees to continue their education, recognition events, health and wellness initiatives or fun team building activities, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible culture and environment for our employees.

Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block Co-authored Article for NJLJ Entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count"

February 28, 2019

Michael Bevacqua, Co-Chair of the Firm's Banking Litigation and Consumer Finance Defense Practice and Brian Block, an Associate in the group, co-authored an article for the New Jersey Law Journal entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count."