Steven J. Reed concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions, commercial real estate, and commercial litigation.

Steven has a long track record of representing clients in commercial matters in New Jersey and New York. He has counseled businesses through many different stages of development, and drafted documentation for a myriad of business transactions, commercial real estate matters, and financing transactions. Steven has worked extensively with a large corporation developing contract templates used company-wide for all purchases of services and materials. He has also developed several construction contract templates for a large construction firm in New York. Steven has represented parties in the federal courts of New Jersey and New York in separate matters involving futures trading losses, fuel supplies to commercial vessels, and software application development rights.

As an active member of the firm’s Cannabis Law Industry Group, Steven brings his extensive business and real estate experience to provide legal advice in several areas of cannabis law including entrepreneurs preparing for the expected state approval of recreational use of marijuana, investors applying for New Jersey’s Alternative Treatment Centers licenses, and growers, processors, and distributors of cannabis products including hemp.

Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Steven was a member and co-founder of Gregory and Reed LLC in 1995 focusing on business transactions and commercial litigation.  He serves as pro bono counsel representing victims of domestic violence for the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project.  He is also a Master in the John C. Liftland American Inn Court and is affiliated with the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.

Outside of work, Steven enjoys running races and playing tennis and golf, and is a founder and former trustee of the Chatham Athletic Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization.  He also is a former adjunct professor at Seton Hall University for Legal Research and Writing.  He received the Distinguished Service Award from Chatham Chamber of Commerce in 2011 for service to community.

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  • Represented distinguished software application developer on commercial and IP matters, which have included contract and copyright claims in a Federal Court case venued in Southern District of New York.
  • Represented global fuel supplier in fuel supply agreements, financing agreements, and enforcement of fuel supplier’s lien rights against international commercial vessels in Federal Court.
  • Represented prestigious New York City based commercial construction company preparing its template construction contracts.
  • Represented international paint company in commercial leasing, land use, environmental matters, and preparing template supply contracts for company-wide use.
  • Represented national bank on loan restructuring matters and loan sales.
  • Represented national energy supplier in commercial real estate matters, ground leases, leases, easements, property sales, and property purchases including land uses and environmental issues.
  • Represented national commercial real estate investor group on conveyances in New York and New Jersey.
  • Represented a sewer and water utilities authority in land use, easements, and condemnation issues.
  • Represented owner of commercial property with major international retailer on ground lease and corporate governance.
  • Represented horse farm with land use and environmental issues in purchase agreement.

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