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Russell M. Woods


Russell M. Woods is an attorney with Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC who has been engaged in the resolution of business disputes for more than 35 years. He represents individuals involved in a wide variety of conflicts, including corporate governance and ownership issues, unfair competition, fraudulent conveyances, issues arising out of business sales, and all manner of contract disputes. A significant portion of his practice also involves probate litigation, including will contests, accounting disputes, and claims about the conduct of estate representatives.

Mr. Woods has been at the forefront of the development and implementation of alternatives to litigation, including mediation, arbitration, and proceedings under New Jersey’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Act. He is often asked to serve as a neutral mediator or arbitrator and has lectured frequently on ADR topics for the N.J. Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other educational programs.

His experience and reputation in the area of business dispute resolution has led to a number of court appointments, including assignments as receiver, special fiscal agent, and condemnation commissioner. He has served in the past on the N.J. Supreme Court Arbitration Advisory Committee and CDR Advisory Committee. He is currently a panel chair for the District XII Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee.

Mr. Woods began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable George B. Francis, J.A.D., New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County, Appellate Division.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
    • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
    • Shareholder Oppression
    • Unfair Competition
    • Fraudulent Conveyances
    • Contract Disputes
    • Issues arising out of business sales
  • Probate
    • Will Contests (Lack of Capacity and/or Undue Influence)
    • Accounting disputes
    • Breach of fiduciary duties by estate representatives
    • Claims by estate creditors
  • Construction Law
    • Disputes between property owners and contractors
    • Construction liens
    • Consumer fraud violations
    • Construction defects
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
    • Umpire services under the N.J. Alternative Dispute Resolution Act
  • Real Property
    • Property Damage
    • Commercial Tenancies
    • Foreclosures
    • Partition
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) suits
  • Non-Litigation
  • General Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982
  • Third Circuit, Court of Appeals, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991


  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
    • Juris Doctor
  • Institute for Court Management, Washington D.C.
    • Graduate Fellow
  • Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
    • Master of Arts
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University,  Emmitsburg, Maryland
    • Bachelor of Science

Representative Cases

  • Elmora Hebrew Center v. Fishman, 125 N.J. 404 (1991)
  • Conway v. 287 Corporate Center Assoc., 187 N.J. 259 (2006)
  • Walensky v. Jonathan Royce Int., 264 N.J. Super. 276 (App. Div. 1993)
  • Martin v. Cooper Electric Supply Co., 940 F.2d. 896 (3d Cir. 1991)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Richard J. Hughes, American Inns of Court, Master/Treasurer, 1989 to present


  • NJICLE, Arbitration and Civil Practice, Panel Speaker
  • Law Line, Chancery Practice, Effective Use of ADR Modalities
  • Annual Superior Court Mediation Seminar, Union County College (19 years), Coordinator & Panel Speaker


  • Effective Use of Non-Binding Arbitration, 230 New Jersey Lawyer Magazine 150 (October, 2004)
  • Arbitration Agreements: Easing the Way Through Arbitrable Disputes, 257 New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (August 2004) Co-Author with Ellen Lewis Rice



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