Battleground Election Law Panel

Fiercely competitive House and U.S. Senate races have made New Jersey a battleground state for 2018.  In the battleground, New Jersey Republicans will face unique challenges on Election Day.  A team of seasoned Republican election lawyers will be deployed around the state to protect the rights of voters and of Republican candidates and campaigns at all levels.  These four battleground attorneys will give their perspective on election day operations and campaign law basics.

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Timothy Howes

Timothy (Tim) Howes is a partner in the Raritan firm of Howes & Howes, where he focuses on family law and real estate, and is the principal in the Law Office of W. Timothy Howes in Gladstone, where he practices election law. He is a graduate of the Loyola University (New Orleans) School of Law, and Tulane University.

Tim Howes serves as counsel to the NJGOP, Assembly Republican Victory and the Somerset County Republican Organization.  He is a frequent consultant to county and local Republican organizations around the state.  He conducts election law roundtables each year, and frequently conducts challenger training sessions.

Tim’s Election Law experience includes service as election law counsel to several presidential, gubernatorial, and U.S. Senate campaigns, including Romney-Ryan 2012, Fred Thompson for President, Chris Christie for Governor, Tom Kean Jr. for U.S. Senate, Jack Ciattarelli for Governor, Bret Schundler for Governor.  Tim has served as counsel to federal, state, county and municipal election campaigns, including appearing before the N.J. Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Law Division, the N.J. Office of Administrative Law, and the State and County Boards of Election in Election Law litigation including Recounts, Petition Challenges, and Ballot Access.

Tim lives in Gladstone with his wife Katherine.  Their daughter Ashley is a Penn State alumnae, who currently is a Community Leader at WeWork in Bryant Park NY.  Their son William will graduate from Lafayette College in May with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and will begin his career at a major pharma company in June.

Brent Bramnick

Brent Bramnick is the New Jersey Chapter Chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association. Brent graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science and Anthropology from Bucknell University and a JD from Rutgers School of Law – Newark.  After law school he served five years with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor.  In 2013 Brent joined the Law Office of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold and Mangan, LLC where he handles personal injury, workers compensation and criminal matters. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Criminal Trial Attorney.

Chairman Keith Davis

Keith A. Davis is managing partner of Nehmad Perillo & Davis, P.C. and concentrates in real estate development, commercial litigation, environmental law and all aspects of government law, from public procurement/bidding issues and redevelopment to zoning enforcement and liquor licenses. 

Keith is a graduate of St. Augustine Prep in Richland, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and obtained his law degree from Rutgers School of Law. Keith also holds a Master’s degree from Rutgers’ Bloustein School of Policy & Planning.

A law clerk for New Jersey Superior Court Judge L. Anthony Gibson (retired), Keith has primarily practiced in the area of real estate development, establishing himself as a pragmatic and effective advocate for his clients’ interests before local planning and zoning boards and state and county government agencies throughout the State of New Jersey. He is also a New Jersey registered lobbyist with background and relationships throughout executive and legislative branches of state, county and local governments. 

Keith is chairman of the Atlantic County Republican Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic County Economic Alliance. He is legal counsel to the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology/Special Services School Board.  Previously, Keith served as legal counsel to the New Jersey Republican State Committee and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in Atlantic City. 

Keith resides in Linwood with his two sons.

Michael Lavery

New Jersey Republican State Committee Counsel

Michael B. Lavery is a Member in the Municipal Government and Litigation Departments. Mr. Lavery concentrates his practice in local government law, litigation and Land Use law. Mr. Lavery presently represents a number of governmental entities and serves as Special Counsel to the County of Warren for Open Space & Farmland Preservation.

Mr. Lavery serves as Township Attorney for Hardwick, Lopatcong, Mansfield, Oxford and Washington (Warren County) Townships, Special Counsel to Parsippany-Troy Hills Township and Mine Hill Township, as well as Attorney for the Frelinghuysen Township Land Use Board, the Chester Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Warren County Soil Conservation District.

Mr. Lavery earned his law degree from Rutgers University, where he served as a member of the Stratton Moot Court Board and President of the Student Bar Association. He received his B.A. from the University of New Haven where he received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University. Mr. Lavery is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Lavery is a member of the Election Law Committee for the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a former Director of the Local Government Law Section of the State Bar Association.

Mr. Lavery served as the Mayor of Hackettstown for two terms from 2005-2011. He has also served as Republican State Committeeman for Warren County and as Legislative Aide to then-Senator Leonard Lance (R-23), who presently serves as Congressman for the 7th District. Mr. Lavery serves the community as a member of the Hackettstown Medical Center Board of Trustees and is former President of the Hackettstown Medical Center Foundation Board. Mr. Lavery also serves on the Centenary University Board of Trustees.   Mr. Lavery is a past President of the Hackettstown Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a founding member of the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lavery formerly served as Chairman of the District 13 Fee Arbitration Committee.

On June 25, 2015 Mr. Lavery was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve as a Commissioner for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.  In June of 2016 Mr. Lavery was elected Chairman of the Commission.

Mr. Lavery formerly served as a Member of the Executive Board of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and as a member of the Board of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors.