Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Real Estate
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2008
LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1997
J.D., New York Law School, 1992
M.S., Urban Planning, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, 1981
B.A., Columbia College, 1978
Steven Siegel is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. His specialty is appellate practice. Prior to beginning his career in private practice, Mr. Siegel served as a law clerk to Hon. Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Mr. Siegel has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the state and federal courts on matters involving important questions of corporate law, constitutional law, eminent domain, environmental law, land use law, local government law and utilities law. Among the ground-breaking appellate decisions in which Mr. Siegel was on the briefs and/or argued are the following: Smith v. South Brunswick Township and Public Service Electric & Gas Co., 2017 WL 2180669 (App. Div. 2017) (successful appeal by the State’s largest electric utility company wherein the appellate court reversed the decision of the trial court below that had prevented the utility’s completion of an electric substation project); Sterling Laurel Realty LLC v. Laurel Gardens Co-op, Inc., New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, 444 N.J. Super. 470 (2016) (successful appeal involving a novel question of New Jersey corporate law pertaining to quorum requirements at shareholders meetings); Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority v. Kathleen A Donovan, County Executive, New Jersey Supreme Court, 226 N.J. 432 (2016) (successful appeal of various unsettled questions of law concerning the power of county executives under New Jersey law); Township of Wyckoff v. Village of Ridgewood, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1690 (2015) (successful appeal involving a question of law involving municipal water utilities in New Jersey); Bhagat v. Bhagat, New Jersey Supreme Court, 217 N.J. 22 (2014) (successful appeal concerning: (1) the application of the doctrine of judicial estoppel; and (2) the standard governing a court’s determination of an inter vivos giift); New Jersey Education Ass’n v. State of New Jersey, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2011U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142301 (2011) (successful defense of defendant New Jersey Legislature in a constitutional challenge to a statute that made changes to the state retirement system for public employees); Piscitelli v. Classic Residence by Hyatt, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, 408 N.J. Super. 83 (2009) (successful defense of an action brought by a victim of an identity theft against a business that served as the employer of the alleged identity thief); State v. 100 Larch, L.L.C., 2008 WL 2002049 (App. Div. 2008) (successful defense of a condemnation award in an eminent domain case; on appeal the appellate court affirmed a $5.7 million jury award in favor of the condemnee and rejected the condemnor’s challenge to trial court’s jury instructions).
ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Mr. Siegel is the author of numerous published law review articles, including the following:
“The Promise of a Public Commons in New Communities in the United States: Toward a Qualified Constitutional Right of a Subdivision Developer to Dedicate Streets and Parks to a Municipality as a Means to Challenge Local Government Policies Requiring Privatization of New Subdivisions and as a Means to Ensure Public Streets and Parks in New Communities.” 29 J. of Land Use and Environ. L., 279-336 (2014).
“A New Paradigm For Common Interest Communities: Reforming Community Associations Through the Adoption of Model Governing Documents that Reject Intricate Rule-Bound Legal Boilerplate in Favor of Clarity, Transparency and Accountability,” 40 Real Estate L. J. 27-70 (2011).
“The Public Interest And Private Gated Communities: A Comprehensive Approach To Public Policy That Would Discourage The Establishment Of New Gated Communities And Encourage The Removal Of Gates From Existing Private Communities,” 55 Loyola L. Rev.805-838 (2009).
"The Twin Rivers Case: Of Homeowners Associations, Free Speech Rights and Privatized Mini-Governments, 5 Rutgers J. of Law & Public Policy 729-768 (2008) (co-authored with Professor Paula Franzese of Seton Hall University School of Law).
“Trust and Community: The Common Interest Community as Metaphor and Paradox,” 72 Missouri L. Rev. 1111-1157 (2007) (co-authored with Professor Paula Franzese of Seton Hall University School of Law).
“The Public Role in Establishing Private Residential Communities: Toward a New Formulation of Local Government Land-Use Policies that Eliminate the Legal Requirements to Privatize New Communities in the United States,” 38 The Urban Lawyer: The National Journal on State and Local Government Law 859-948 (2006).
“The Constitution and Private Government: Towards the Recognition of Constitutional Rights in Private Residential Communities Fifty Years after Marsh v. Alabama,” 6 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 461-563 (1998).
Mr. Siegel previously was an associate at the law firms of Sills Cummis and Gross P.C. and Sokol Behot and Fiorenzo where his practice focused largely on commercial litigation and appeals. Mr. Siegel also served as an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law (2002-03) and Seton Hall University School of Law (2001).
Professional & Community Activities
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Bretzfelder Constitutional Law Fellow, Columbia University School of Law (2004-06)
- American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure, New York Law School (1991)
- Notes and Comments Editor, New York Law School Journal of Human Rights (1991)