Andrew M. Grenell
In our ever-complicated legal system, clients deserve more than just a mouthpiece-for-hire. They deserve a true advocate who will fiercely protect their interests in the most efficient and economical way possible. They deserve practical, ethical, and compassionate advice through all phases of a case. I am very proud to know what my clients know: that my practice begins and ends with them.
- Business/Corporate Law
- Family Law
- Creditors Rights
- State of New Jersey
- State of New York
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Career & Education
- Sussex County Community College, Associate of Arts, 2007
- Montclair State University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 2010
- Rutgers School of Law: Newark, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2015
- New Jersey State Bar Association Member
Andrew M. Grenell is an associate in FSKS’s Litigation Department. Andrew’s practice is broad and encompasses matters in civil, chancery, family, and appellate courts in both New Jersey and New York. Whether representing corporate clients, families, or individuals, Andrew develops long-term relationships with his clients by adhering to a basic tenet of our practice, namely, to always strive for the best and most economical results for his clients.
Andrew is a true “homegrown” legal talent whose broad experience is fueled by his deep intellectual curiosity and tremendous work ethic. In addition to graduating law school with honors in 2015 while working for FSKS as a full-time paralegal, Andrew was inducted into the Order of the Coif, a national legal academic honor society reserved for those students graduating in the top 10% of their law school class.
Before joining FSKS as an associate in 2016, Andrew spent the 2015-2016 judicial term as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas R. Vena, J.S.C., a judge in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Essex County. During his tenure as a law clerk, Andrew added to his skillset by assisting the court with researching, analyzing, and recommending the appropriate outcomes in a variety of civil matters and serving as a mediator in the Essex County Special Civil Part.
At FSKS, Andrew has become a point person for a variety of legal issues. Andrew’s general civil litigation practice includes representing both corporate and individual clients in connection with litigating and resolving business disputes, commercial and residential landlord-tenant disputes, commercial and residential real estate disputes, employment discrimination claims, breaches of contract, and executive-level severance agreements.
Andrew’s chancery and family law practice includes divorce but does not stop there. Andrew has also handled guardianships for incapacitated and special needs adults, step-parent adoptions, name changes for minors and adults, applications to modify spousal and child support orders, child custody applications, and drafting and negotiation of prenuptial agreements.
When these matters go to court, Andrew represents clients at both the trial and appellate levels.
Andrew is also dedicated to giving back to the community. Several times a year, Andrew enjoys taking cases from Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a non-profit organization in Newark, New Jersey that connects economically-disadvantaged individuals with attorneys who volunteer their time to provide pro bono advice and representation. Through his pro bono work, Andrew has obtained valuable experience in the areas of expungements, municipal court appeals, paternity issues, and complex name changes for children.
- Obtained permanent dismissal of problematic and potentially costly commercial lawsuit against client on procedural grounds.
- Obtained authority from court to change names of client’s minor children without notice to abusive parent.
- Obtained reinstatement of client’s driver’s license on appeal following client’s guilty plea in municipal court.
- Obtained and collected judgment including double damages and attorneys’ fees on behalf of residential tenant who was improperly denied return of security deposit.
- Successfully obtained temporary restraining order against client’s former employee who was attempting to poach client’s customers and employees and successfully negotiated a voluntary final restraining order.
- Defeated appellate challenge to final judgment awarded to bank in a contested foreclosure action. (Reported at PNC Bank, N.A. v. Salcedo, 161 A.D.3d 571 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. 2018))
- Successfully negotiated settlement of a bitter inter-family dispute involving family member’s misuse of minor’s funds days before what would have been a complicated and costly trial.
- Successfully negotiated settlement of claims against an upscale shopping mall tenant who failed to return and continued to sell client’s branded merchandise without authority.
- Obtained emergency guardianship over client’s family member who became suddenly incapacitated so client could have access to accounts needed to pay family expenses.
- 2015: Rutgers School of Law – Newark, G.A. Moore Jr. Prize for excelling in the field of equal employment opportunity law during legal education