Steven SternMiranda & Sokoloff Attorney Bio
...Steven C. Stern
...Mr. Stern graduated with honors 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 law before the New York State courts, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York and the United States Supreme Court
.Mr. Stern focuses in the areas of civil rights and employment law, having represented dozens of municipalities and school districts throughout Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties.He
has won a number of cases in the state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in his
tenure with the firm.In May 2006, he won a 7-day jury trial on behalf of a school district that was accused of racial discrimination by the only African American teacher ever employed in the history of the District.Mr. Stern joined the firm in 2003, after nearly five years with the New York City Law Department's Special Federal Litigation Division.
As an Assistant Corporation
handled some of the City's most high profile civil rights and employment cases in federal court.In Marsh v. Safir, he defended the former police commissioner and his closest advisors in an employment discrimination case in which a former deputy commissioner claimed retaliation for the exercise of her First Amendment rights.
The litigation involved serious issues pertaining to the scope of the attorney-client privilege between public officials and their general counsel.2000 WL 460580 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 20, 2000).In Caldwell v. Davis, Mr. Stern tried an excessive force case against a police officer in federal court, in which the plaintiff claimed that the officer had directed a canine officer to bite him after he was seized.
After obtaining a jury verdict for the defendant, the judge set the verdict aside and ordered a new trial.Mr. Stern
tried the case a second time and again secured a verdict for the defendant, which survived appeal.In Davis v. City of New York, 142 F. Supp.2d 461 (S.D.N.Y. 2001), Mr. Stern
was successful at trial in demonstrating the constitutionality of the New York City Department of Correction's policies pertaining to the accommodation of certain religious-based dietary requests.Mr. Stern also was also counsel for the City in all of the cases in federal court stemming from wilding incidents in Central Park following the 2000 Puerto Rican Day Parade.In June 2002, Mr. Stern was given Senior Counsel status and promoted to supervisor.He
oversaw a team of ten attorneys, each with a substantial caseload of federal civil rights cases, and a smaller team of attorneys defending a landmark class action brought by the Legal Aid Society
challenging the alleged pervasive use of excessive force at Riker's Island.Mr. Stern
was also one of the City
's Continuing Legal Education instructors, teaching courses on techniques for conducting effective depositions and the ethical issues pertaining to the representation of municipal officials and employees.Prior to his work with the New York City Law Department, Mr. Stern was an associate with the law firm of Wolfe & Yukelson for four years, where he litigated a variety of general liability, employment, malpractice, and commercial disputes.Mr. Stern
has argued many cases before the New York State and United States District Courts yielding the following positive cited decisions, among others:
Chesney v. Valley Stream UFSD, 2006 WL 2713934 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 22, 2006): Summary judgment was granted with respect to a host of allegations of disability discrimination and constitutional violations.