Jay J. Freireich, Esq.

NJ Estate Planning Attorney Jay Freireich

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As a highly recognized attorney of over 30 years, Jay Freireich focuses on tax, estate planning, estates and business, and is skilled in both planning and litigation in these areas – a rare combination.

With a passion for his profession as a lawyer and a larger than life competitive spirit, Jay embraces challenge with a laser focus on achieving results for his clients.

As a top-rated attorney, Jay is easily accessible and eagerly providing help and transparency to his clients whether handling legal cases involving sensitive family dynamics or complex tax issues.

As an estate planner, Jay is experienced in minimizing the risk of litigation. On the other hand, he also has the ability to identify exposure to drive litigation on behalf of his clients.

Jay leverages an advanced degree in taxation as well as a tax and planning background to litigate estate, trust and shareholder disputes as well as complex business issues.

Notable Legal Work in the Courts

Jay successfully assisted in a Bill, the Innocent Spouse Tax Law, co-sponsored with Senators D’Amato and Roth which relieved his client of the tax obligations for a spouse’s underlying liability.

He has successfully argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals and has filed tax cases in the United States Supreme Court and aided many clients in successfully resolving or winning outright multimillion-dollar tax issues.

Jay handles disputes administratively before the Internal Revenue Service and the New Jersey Division of Taxation. He has successfully argued cases before the United States Tax Court, New Jersey State Tax Court, the United States Court of Appeals for both the Second and Third Circuits, and has successfully filed certiorari briefs to the United States Supreme Court.

Some of the cases that Jay has been involved with have set a strong precedent throughout the United States. He has also represented clients testifying before Congress.

Jay welcomes requests for free initial legal consultations.  Call our law firm today to learn how he can help you get results in the areas of tax, business, estates and estate planning.

Attorney Jay Freireich in the Media

Many cases that Jay has handled have garnered media attention with publication in the Wall Street Journal, New York TimesNew York PostNewark Star-LedgerNew Jersey Law Journal, The National Law Journal, and New Jersey Newsroom.

He appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” discussing the innocent spouse tax law which he was involved in getting changed to permit his client relief from her husband’s tax transgressions (as mentioned above). After passing Congress and being signed into law by the President, the decision was made retroactive to his client’s taxes.

Jay has also appeared on NJTV News on “Estate Tax Will Begin Phase Out on January 1, 2017.”  Jay also appeared on CNN in a feature story on general income taxation.

Other Jay Freireich Media appearances include:

Top-Rated Estate Planning & Litigation Attorney

AV Preeminent  – Jay  J. Freireich has earned a  peer review of  AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.  An AV Preeminent rating signifies that a large number of Jay Freireich’s peers have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings allow attorneys to complete anonymous peer reviews where they rate fellow lawyers on a 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) scale in five categories demonstrating legal ability: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience. In addition, attorneys answer whether or not they believe a lawyer has very high ethical standards. A description of the selection methodology for the AV Preeminent rating can be found at www.martindale.com/ratings. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

New Jersey Super Lawyers  – Jay Freireich has been named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017.  No more than 5% of lawyers are named to Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers employs a selection process that represents small, medium and large law firms across the United States and spanning over 70 practice areas.

Super Lawyers has a patented four-step selection process for identifying lawyers who exhibit excellence in the practice of law.  The four-steps of the Super Lawyer selection process are nominations, independent research, peer evaluations and final selection. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters.  A description of the Super Lawyers selection process can be found at https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

ALM Top Legal Leader for New York and New Jersey, 2015 – Jay Freireich has been named Top Legal Leader for New York and New Jersey, 2015.  ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM’s brands include The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, GlobeSt.com, Insight Conferences, Law.com, Law Journal Press, LegalTech, The National Law Journal and Real Estate Forum.

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10.0 rating by AVVO – Jay J Freireich has received a 10.0 Rating from AVVO.  AVVO is an online marketplace that provides lawyer referrals and access to a database of legal information. Lawyer profiles may include client reviews, disciplinary actions, peer endorsements, and lawyer-submitted legal guides.  AVVO is also a  review site that allows former clients to review and rate their attorney’s performance. A description of the AVVO rating process can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Call Jay Freireich to schedule a free initial consult with a top rated attorney in New York and New Jersey.

Areas of Practice:

  • Tax Planning
  • Tax Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estates
  • Business Planning
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1987
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Florida, 1986

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Federal Claims


  • Nova University School of Law, Davie, Florida
    • J.D. – 1985
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
    • LL.M. in Taxation – 1986
  • York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • B.A. – 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Essex County Bar Association, Member
  • Morris County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Brach Eichler L.L.C., Member 2010-2017
  • Poe & Freireich, P.A., Shareholder and Associate, 1987-2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club, Livingston, New Jersey, Member and Incoming President, July 2018
  • Temple Emanu-El of West Essex Men’s Club, Livingston, New Jersey, eight years including two years as President; and 4 years  as Vice President
  • Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough, NJ, President of Brotherhood, 10 years including two years as President; and 4 years as Vice President