Steven C. Stern


Steven C. Stern is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated lawyer, SuperLawyer, and founding partner of Sokoloff Stern LLP. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1992 and obtained his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1995. He is admitted to practice before the New York State courts, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Stern is a prominent federal litigator, who represents hundreds of municipalities, school districts, public authorities, and public officials throughout the State of New York. While he concentrates largely in the defense of civil rights, employment discrimination, police liability, free speech and religion, land use, municipal, and education matters, he also defends the interests of private clients in complex commercial matters and advises companies on best practices in the employment context.


Mr. Stern began his career in private practice, litigating general liability, employment, malpractice, and commercial disputes before joining the New York City Law Department’s Special Federal Litigation Division. As Assistant Corporation Counsel, he handled some of the City’s most high profile federal civil rights and employment cases. After being promoted to Senior Counsel, he became a supervisor overseeing a team of attorneys, each handling a substantial caseload of civil rights cases, primarily for the NYPD and NYC Department of Correction. Mr. Stern was also one of the City’s recruiters and Continuing Legal Education instructors, teaching courses on techniques for conducting effective depositions and ethical issues pertaining to the representation of municipal officials and employees.

Mr. Stern continues to lecture in the areas of federal practice, civil rights, and municipal liability to attorneys, insurance companies, police departments, and school districts. He is often asked to speak before the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, the Federal Bar Council, and at Stony Brook University.