Local Counsel

We frequently serve as local counsel in a variety of matters, ranging from intellectual property litigation to criminal litigation, administrative matters, toxic torts, and all aspects of corporate and business litigation, including in class action and MDL matters.  Our respected attorneys offer more than a familiar face in the courtroom; as local counsel, we provide unique insight in approaching and developing case strategies for state and federal matters throughout New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.

Our attorneys take pride in having earned recognition from their peers as leaders within the New Jersey Bar.  Most recently, Justin Walder was selected to receive the 2014 Daniel J. O’Hern Award, the highest award given by the New Jersey State Bar Association. Justin has served as Designated Special Counsel to the New Jersey Supreme Court and as Counsel to the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts and is a former member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Professional Conduct, the New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Trial Attorney Certification, and a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Fee Arbitration and is a former President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. In 2011, Justin represented a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court in a successful challenge as to the constitutionality of increases of pension and health care costs for judges and justices of New Jersey.

Mike Stein, managing partner of the firm, is routinely engaged as counsel and local counsel by major multinational Amlaw 100 firms, to meet their regional litigation needs. He was recognized in 2016 as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation Guide.  He has been ranked regularly as a Leader in their Field lawyer by Chambers USA since 2013, and has been recognized annually as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation practice since 2012.

In May of 2014, Joe Hayden received the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, which honors those whose contributions to the law deserve special recognition as part of the legacy of Justice Brennan. Joe has also served as a trustee, an officer and ultimately the President of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.  Joe was previously honored as Professional Lawyer of the Year in the area of Criminal Law by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law.  Additionally, he served as a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the District of New Jersey and the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Justice Gary Stein joined Pashman Stein after serving for more than 17 years on the New Jersey State Supreme Court.  As a Justice, he wrote more than 365 published opinions during his tenure, the sixth longest in the State Supreme Court’s history.  Prior to that, he served as Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Planning from 1982 to 1985, during the Kean Administration.

Our attorneys are regularly peer-selected as New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Rising Stars and Best Lawyers in America.  In 2016, 16 of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers and Rising Stars As local counsel, we provide conscientious and professional guidance in navigating our New Jersey courts.


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