Robert B. Bourne

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Fiduciary Litigation


  • Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1959)
  • Harvard College (A.B., 1953)
  • New Jersey State Bar Admission 1960
  • American, New Jersey, Union County and Summit (President, 1984-1985) Bar Associations
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Superior Court Probate Early Settlement Panel for Union County
  • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law (1997-2012)
Biographical Information:
Bob’s practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration and related tax matters and fiduciary litigation.  Prior to embarking on his legal career, Bob served as a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  After law school at Harvard University and serving as an associate with Riker, Danzig & Marsh (now Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti) in Newark, New Jersey, he served as a staff attorney and as Acting Chief of the Administration of Justice Section at the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.
Bob taught estate and tax planning at the Summit Area Community School for over 20 years and has served as an instructor for the New Jersey Skills and Methods Course in wills and estates.  He has also served as a trustee and president of Family Service Association of Summit, as trustee of the Summit Area YMCA, The Unitarian Church in Summit, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Atlanta University and as General Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Summit and New Providence.  Bob has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the editions for 2006 through 2019.
"Serving our clients since 1936"
382 Springfield Avenue, Suite 507, Summit, New Jersey  07901
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