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Michael S. Stein

Chair and Managing Partner


Michael S. Stein is the firm’s chair and managing partner. He specializes in general commercial litigation, chancery litigation, legal ethics, and appellate advocacy. He has substantial trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts, concentrating his practice primarily on complex and sophisticated corporate, business and probate disputes. He also serves as an advisor to the firm’s corporate clients on a wide variety of matters, including partnership and shareholder disputes, intellectual property rights, antitrust matters, professional malpractice, chancery litigation, legal ethics, land use and restrictive covenants.

Clients come to Mike for matters big and small, knowing that he will roll up his sleeves, sweat the details, always make himself available to offer careful and thoughtful counsel from beginning to end, and be fully prepared to aggressively try the case should settlement efforts prove unsuccessful. In addition, Mike is routinely engaged as counsel and local counsel by major multinational AmLaw 100 firms to meet their regional litigation needs. The combination of Mike’s years of experience, his work ethic, his knowledge of New Jersey’s judicial culture, and, most importantly, the depth and strength of the Firm’s litigation bench, puts him at the forefront of our state litigation bar and makes him one of the go-to litigators in New Jersey for major “bet the business” litigations.

From Chambers USA Guide 2022:

"Mike Stein has tremendous client dedication work ethic, which is unsurpassed by any others in my experience." "An excellent lawyer and a very good litigator."


Reported Decisions

  • Sipko v. Kroger, Inc., 251 N.J. 162 (2022)
  • In the Matter of Robertelli, 248 J. 293 (2021)
  • Deborah Heart & Lung Center Virtua Health, No. MER-L- 1865-11 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div.), No. A-002307 (App. Div.) and No. 083422 (Supreme Court)
  • In re Earle Asphalt Co., 198 N.J. 143, 966 A.2d 460, 461 (2009)
  • Kiken v. Kiken, 149 N.J. 441, 694 A.2d 557, 557 (1997)
  • Sipko v. Koger, Inc., 214 N.J. 364, 70 A.3d 512, 514 (2013)
  • In re Estate of Payne, 186 N.J. 324, 895 A.2d 428, 429 (2006)
  • Strahan v. Strahan, 402 N.J. Super. 298, 953 A.2d 1219, 1222 (App. Div. 2008)
  • Sun Coast Merch. Corp. v. Myron Corp., 393 N.J. Super. 55, 922 A.2d 782, 784 (App. Div. 2007)
  • Puder v. Buechel, 183 N.J. 428, 430, 874 A.2d 534, 534-35 (2005)
  • Syncsort Inc. v. Sequential Software, Inc., 50 F. Supp. 2d 318, 321 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • Fancaster, Inc. v. Comcast Corp., 832 F. Supp. 2d 380, 388 (D.N.J. 2011)


Honors & Recognitions

Selected for inclusion in the list of :

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star - Litigation, 2016
  • Best Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2023, Appellate Practice, 2023
  • Chambers USA, Leading Individual New Jersey Litigation: General Commercial, 2013-2022
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2012-2022
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent lawyers

The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings list is issued by Martindale-Hubbell. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.martindale.com/Products_and_Services/Client_Review_Ratings.aspx.

The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.

The Best Lawyers list is issued by Woodward/White, Inc. A description of the selection methodology can be found at https://www.bestlawyers.com/About/MethodologyBasic.aspx.

The Chambers USA ranking list is published by Chambers & Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found at https://chambers.com/about-us/methodology.

The Local Litigation Star list is published by Benchmark Litigation. A description of the selection methodology can be found at https://benchmarklitigation.com/Methodology/UnitedStates

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Community & Professional

  • Member, Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal
  • Member, Vineyard Power Cooperative’s Advisory Committee
  • Past Member, Professional Responsibility Rules Committee
  • Past Member, Civil Practice Rules Committee
  • Past Chair, District II-B Ethics Committee
  • Supreme Court Approved Mediator
  • Past Chair and Member, Montclair Cooperative School, Board of Trustees

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


B.A., Duke University, 1984

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 1989

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