Charles S. Lorber

Charles S. Lorber

Senior Counsel

Charles Lorber is formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Mandelbaum Barrett PC as well as a former member of the Executive Board. He is an experienced litigator and represents clients in all forms of commercial disputes. Additionally, he has extensive experience as a planning board and zoning board attorney and often litigates real estate related issues. His work before the planning and zoning boards includes representing individuals, corporations and real estate developers. He has had significant success involving major developments throughout Northern New Jersey.

Charles has tried dozens of civil matters before the Superior Court of New Jersey (both jury and non-jury) including Shareholder disputes, complex corporate disputes, contract disputes and real estate and land use matters.

Charles spent a decade at the Essex County Public Defender’s Office, completing his tenure as the First Assistant Public Defender. During his stint as a public defender, he tried more than 100 criminal cases (20 homicides), including the landmark decision, State v. Kelly, which established “Battered Women’s Syndrome” as a defense to homicide.

Charles has been the Zoning Board of Adjustment attorney in Lincoln Park, New Jersey for over 40 years and formerly was the Municipal Prosecutor of Mt. Olive Township for 11 years. He has also served as a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey District Fee Arbitration Committee for 8 years and as a member of the District V-C Ethics Committee.

Charles has been named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list by New Jersey Magazine from 2005-2017. Additionally, he has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell from 1994-2019. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey and is a former officer of the Essex County Running Club.

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These stories are successful case results from our attorneys. Please note that results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

These stories are successful case results from our attorneys. Please note that results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

He has tried personal injury cases and obtained verdicts in excess of $1 million.

One of his commercial disputes resulted in an award of $13.5 million to his client as a result of a complicated shareholders matter that took 2 months of trial time.

  • State of New Jersey 1969
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1969
  • Supreme Court of the United States 1973

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey School of Law, J.D., 1969
  • University of Virginia, B.S., 1966

Lorber and Gorsky Complete Yearlong Approval Process for 50-unit Apartment Building

July 13, 2020

Senior Counsel Charlie Lorber and Associate Josh Gorsky recently completed a yearlong approval process before the Mine Hill Planning Board for a 50-unit apartment building. Charlie and Josh’s involvement in this matter involved both a zoning change and a site plan application (which included design waivers). The zoning change occurred first, and once that was […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Charlie Lorber Discusses New Plans to Be Filed for the Lorraine Project in Montclair, NJ

July 7, 2017

Charlie Lorber, a Senior Counsel in the Firm's Real Estate Department was recently interviewed by on a mixed-use project on Lorraine Avenue in Montclair, NJ.