Attorneys & Staff

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    Lawrence P. Stern

    Partner

    Lawrence P. Stern has practiced law in New Jersey as a trial lawyer for over 30 years. During his first decade of practice, he concentrated his efforts in defense work on behalf of insurance companies representing defendants in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He also served as a mediator in the municipal courts of Essex County.

    For more than 20 years, he has handled a variety of cases ranging from commercial litigation and will contests to family law and personal injury with an emphasis on plaintiff's personal injury and medical malpractice. Mr. Stern is also a strong and experienced negotiator, having spent decades negotiating personal injury claims.

    His vast experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and serving the courts as a mediator gives him an insightful advantage to maximize a client's recovery.

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    Susan Stern

    Partner

    Susan Rubin Stern specializes in transactional matters. She has extensive experience in all areas of real estate law, including both residential and commercial real estate sales, purchases and leases. Additionally, a large part of her practice is devoted to assisting clients with their personal planning needs such as the drafting of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills. She also allocates time for Stern & Stern LLP's small business and corporate clients.

    While raising her four children, Mrs. Stern served on numerous school and community committees in her home town and continues to be active in several local theater groups. She is active in her synagogue and serves as a vice-president of the sisterhood.

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    Dwight D. deStefan

    Of Counsel

    Dwight D. DeStefan concentrates on all types of litigation with an emphasis on all forms of personal injury claims. He has extensive experience with complex cases as well as Chancery matters. He is familiar with municipal law, having served many years as a Borough Attorney for Northvale and three years as an Assistant Bergen County Counsel. He has also served as Mayor and Councilman for River Vale. Currently in addition to his extraordinary work here at Stern & Stern LLP, he also serves as a Judge for the Palisades Interstate Parkway Municipal Court.

    An amateur historian, Mr. DeStefan is the author of two books on the history of Italian settlement in Bergen County and the history of River Vale.

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    Rosa Malanga

    Legal Secretary

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    Cecibeth Solano

    Legal Secretary