Cole Schotz P.C.



Wendy M. Berger
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6203 / C: 201-707-0467 / F: 201-678-6203
Legal Practice Assistant: Debbie Hilcher
T: 201-489-3000 ext. 5084


Wendy M. Berger is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Wendy counsels developers, real estate equity and opportunity funds, real estate investment trusts, investors, developers, owners and tenants in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Her practice emphasizes the representation of commercial, retail, industrial, restaurant, hotel, religious, educational, medical and residential developers before government agencies and local boards in both New York and New Jersey for land development approvals, construction-related issues, and liquor license transfers.

Wendy is experienced with all state and federal land use regulations and has represented corporations on zoning issues of first impression before the New Jersey courts. Her professional focus includes representation of clients in the acquisition, due diligence, sale and financing of commercial and residential properties. Wendy also concentrates in the formation of condominium and cooperative public offering statements for both residential and commercial properties, condominium and cooperative conversions, construction law and the acquisition and sale of liquor licenses in both New York and New Jersey. In addition, she represents commercial property owners in pursuing real property tax appeals throughout New Jersey before the County Board of Taxation and the New Jersey Tax Court.

A Member of the firm since 1989, Wendy has played a prominent role in representing an array of real estate entities including:

  • A hospital in the development and continuing expansion of its facility to meet ongoing community needs in Edison, N.J.;
  • A developer in the acquisition and development of a ski resort in Vernon, N.J.;
  • A car dealership in the development and remodeling of several of its dealerships;
  • A national restaurant chain in the establishment of its first eatery in New Jersey;
  • A church in the establishment of its headquarters on a 100-acre campus;
  • A national phone carrier in the expansion and development of its retail stores throughout New Jersey and New York; and
  • A cellular telephone carrier in the expansion of its cellular antenna and tower network;
  • National hotels, supermarkets, and restaurants in acquiring and transferring liquor licenses. 

Wendy has been awarded an AV rating for her professionalism and the quality of her legal work from Martindale-Hubbell, publisher of the premier directory of legal professionals.  Wendy has garnered professional accolades from Real Estate Weekly, 201 Magazine’s list of top lawyers in Bergen County, Super Lawyers and the prestigious Best Lawyers in America.  No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  See Award Methodology.

Wendy teaches Real Estate Law as an Adjunct Professor at Baruch University.  A featured speaker for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Bergen County Bar Association and the Bergen County Board of Realtors, Wendy has been a frequent guest lecturer for the International Council of Shopping Centers. She was former treasurer and board member of CREW New York. She has also served a three-year membership on the Bergen County Judicial Appointments Committee, Judicial Performance Committee, the Ethics Committee and the Nominating Committee and the Bergen County Bar Association's Land Use and Real Property Committees (former chair).

Wendy earned her B.A., cum laude, from Syracuse University and her J.D. from Syracuse University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New Jersey (1979), New York (1985), the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (1985) and the U.S. Supreme Court (1985).


Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1979Syracuse University, B.A., cum laude, 1976

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1979U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985New York, 1985U.S. Supreme Court, 1985



Invictus closes $89M construction loan for TOD

As published in: Real Estate Weekly December 17, 2020

Congratulations to Wendy Berger, J. Kate Stickles and Lori Wolf

As published in: Best Lawyers Business Edition 2019: Women in the Law Summer 2019

Congratulations to Wendy Berger, J. Kate Stickles, Ilana Volkov, and Lori Wolf

As published in: Best Lawyers Business Edition 2017: Women in the Law Spring 2017

Best Lawyers® Recognizes Thirty-Six Cole Schotz Attorneys

As published in: Best Lawyers August 18, 2014



New Jersey COAH Regulations on Hold

Real Estate & Construction Law Monitor

Wendy M. Berger

For Important Legal Updates and Resources on the Coronavirus Click Here.