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Meet Leslie Farber

Leslie A. Farber, Esq. has been practicing law since 1991. She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Drew University, and her Law Degree from Pace University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Pace Law Review and participated in Pace's Appellate Litigation Clinic.


Ms. Farber has been living and working in northern New Jersey for more than 20 years.  She has represented individuals and businesses in many areas of litigation in state, federal and municipal courts from initial consultation through discovery, mediation, arbitration or trial and appeal when necessary.


Ms. Farber lectures and publishes in a variety of areas.  Several of Ms. Farber's cases have resulted in published, precedent-setting decisions of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


She is a prolific writer and has published dozens of blogs over the years.


Leslie Farber Attorney, Montclair, NJ

Leslie Farber discusses former client, Lily McBeth, with NPR.

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Avvo rates more than 95% of licensed attorneys in the United States.  Leslie Farber scores 9.9 out of 10.

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1991

  • New York, 1992

  • Pennsylvania, 2014

  • U.S. District Courts: District of N J - 1991; Southern District of NY - 1996; Northern District of NY - 2011; Eastern District of PA - 2015; Eastern District of NY - 2015

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Third Circuit) - 1993

  • U.S. Supreme Court - 2015

Published Works

  • The Discriminatory Use of Lewdness Laws Against the LGBT Community, Newsletter Of The GLBT Rights Section (NJ State Bar Association, New Brunswick, N.J.), June 2011

  • A Primer to Transgender Legal Issues and Practice, NJ Lawyer Magazine (NJ State Bar Association, New Brunswick, N.J.), April 2006

  • Products Liability Practice Guide (Matthew Bender, 1995). Revised Chapter 45 B “Household Products”


  • National Employment Lawers Association - NELA/NJ 

  • Essex County LGBTQ Advisory Board

  • New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce

  • New Jersey State Bar Association

  • National LGBT Bar Association

  • Essex County Bar Association

  • New Jersey Association of Justice

Seminars/Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist - Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, “Making a Federal (or State) Case Out of It: Using the Civil Rights Complaints Processes,” Philadelphia, PA, June 12, 2014

  • Panelist - Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ Youth Conference, Rutgers Institute for Professional Education, Newark, N.J., October 18, 2013

  • Keynote Speaker - LGBT Awareness Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), “Be Yourself – Change the World,” Newark, N.J., July 14, 2011 

  • Panelist - NJ State Bar Association Annual Meeting - “Criminal & Immigration Issues Affecting GLBT Clients,” Atlantic City, N.J., May 19, 2011

  • Panelist - Harvard Lambda Legal Advocacy (HaLLA) Conference (Harvard Law School) - “TransLaw,” Cambridge, MA, March 1, 2008 

  • Legislative Testimony - An Act Concerning Hate Crimes and Bullying: Hearing on A. 4591 Before the New Jersey Assembly, Judiciary Committee, 2006-2007 Legis. Session (2008).

  • Panelist - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law 2007 (Fordham University School of Law) - “The Role of Bar Associations in LGBT Rights,” New York, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2007

  • Panelist - Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review Annual Symposium (Temple University Beasley School of Law): States as Laboratories for Social Change - “Same Sex Marriage,” Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 20, 2007 

  • Panelist - LGBTQA Annual Leadership Conference (William Paterson University) - “Same Sex Marriage,” Wayne, N.J., October 5, 2007

  • Keynote Speaker - NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, Second Annual GLBT Diversity Day – “Moving Forward Together! The Journey Continues,” Trenton, N.J., June 21, 2007 

  • Panelist - Annual Conference of National Association of Social Workers- NJ - “LGBT Issues in Psychotherapy and Their Relevance to Current Law Surrounding Equality and Discrimination,” Atlantic City, N.J., May 9, 2007

  • Moderator - NJ Bar Foundation - “Education Issues & GLBT Law,” New Brunswick, N.J., April 12, 2007 

  • Moderator - NJ Bar Foundation - “Transgender Rights Law in New Jersey," New Brunswick, N.J., Feb. 28, 2007

Representative Cases

  • Lewis v. Harris, 188 N.J. 415 (2006) (co-authored brief on behalf of amicus curiae Garden State Equality)

  • Weber v. Jolly Hotels, 977 F. Supp. 327 (D.N.J. 1997) (authored brief on behalf of the plaintiff)

  • 292 N.J. Super. 349 (App. Div. 1996), Princeton Ins. Co. v. Chunmuang (1997) (argued before Appellate Division and authored brief before Supreme Court on behalf of plaintiff)

  • Doto v. Russo, 140 N.J. 544 (1995) (authored briefs before Appellate Division and Supreme Court on behalf of plaintiff)

  • Venetsanos v. Zucker, Facher & Zucker, 271 N.J. Super. 459 (App. Div. 1994) (authored brief on behalf of plaintiff)

  • Komninos v. Upper Saddle River Bd. of Educ., 13 F.3d 1994 (3rd Cir. 1994) (authored brief on behalf of plaintiff)


  • Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, J.D., 1991

  • Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, B.A., 1986

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