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Stephen J. Edelstein

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Stephen J. Edelstein


Parsippany, NJ





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With his 1960’s idealism tempered by more than forty years of pragmatic experience, Steve Edelstein is a trusted advisor to many of New Jersey’s leaders. He is also a seasoned and successful litigator who succinctly sums up his philosophy: “I always want to be the best prepared person in the courtroom.”

A Wealth of Experience Leads to Great Results

Steve is widely recognized as a leading New Jersey attorney in labor, employment, and public sector matters. His expertise includes the diverse fields of commercial law, complex civil litigation, and election law and finance. Steve’s legal writings have been cited by the United States Supreme Court.

After receiving his law degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he learned to love the law and not to love Duke, Steve joined the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) in Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Appellate Section. While there, he represented the NLRB in matters before the United States Court of Appeals.

Steve has litigated extensively in state and federal courts, as well as before the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. He has practiced before the National Labor Relations Board, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

As Essex County Counsel, Steve supervised the legal affairs of Essex County government from 1991 until 1995. He also served as Chairman of the Essex County Utilities Authority and has served as both Special Counsel to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and General Counsel to Governor Christie’s 2009-2010 Transition Committee.

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Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1972

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1972


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. – 1972
  • Gettysburg College
    • B.A. – 1969

Published Works

  • Employee’s Viewpoint: Litigation Strategies, 109 New Jersey Lawyer 17, 1984
  • Collateral Problems in Obscenity Regulation: A Uniform Approach to Prior Restraints, Community Standards, and Judgment Preclusion (Co-Authored with Kenneth Mott), Seton Hall Law Review 543, 1976
  • Church, State & Education: The Supreme Court and Its Critics (Co-Authored with Kenneth Mott), Journal of Law and Education 535, 1973
  • Racial Imbalance in Public Schools: The Affirmative Duty to Integrate Administrators, 49 North Carolina Law Review 769, 1971

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer, Lexis Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyer in New York and New Jersey, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law-Management, and Litigation Labor and Employment Law
  • New Jersey “Super Lawyer” – Labor and Employment Law, 2005 – 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar Association , Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member

Relevant Experience

  • New Jersey Democratic State Committee, Special Counsel
  • Essex County Utilities Authority, Chairman, 1992 – 1995
  • Essex County Board of Elections, Member and Chairman, 1984 – 1986
  • West Caldwell Democratic Municipal Committee, Chairman, 1979 – 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Governor Christie’s Transition Team, Lead General Counsel, 2009 – 2010
  • Essex County College, Trustee, 1982 – 1986
  • Essex County Board of Elections, Member and Chairman, 1984 – 1986