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Steven Backfisch
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53 Cardinal Dr
Westfield, New Jersey 07090

Steve Backfisch concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation and appeals.

Steven Backfisch has more than thirty-eight years of experience, he regularly handles all types of civil litigation including employment discrimination claims on behalf of employers, defense of civil rights claims, catastrophic personal injury claims, and product liability claims on behalf of defendants. He regularly represents clients in civil litigation in the Superior Court of New Jersey, the United States District Courts in New Jersey and New York, and in the state and federal appellate courts.


J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law , 1980
Cum Laude

B.A., St. Bernard College, 1977
Summa Cum Laude

Admissions New Jersey, 1980
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1983
United States District Court District of New Jersey, 1980
Supreme Court of the United States, 1989
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation - Labor and Employment (2020-2021);
    (No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Selection methodology is available here)
  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV)
  • Super Lawyers©, General Litigation (2007, 2020)
    (No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Selection methodology is available here.)
Representative Experience
  • Gilbert v Seton Hall University, 332 F.3d 105 (2d Cir. 2003)
  • Waldorf v. Shuta, 896 F.2d 723 (3d Cir. 1990) (he obtained a reversal of an $8.2 million dollar judgment)
  • PT&L Constr. Co. v. Madigan & Hyland, 245 N.J. Super. 201 (App. Div. 1990), certif. denied, 126 N.J. 330 (1991) (he obtained a reversal of a $1.5 million dollar judgment)
  • Welter v. Seton Hall Univ., 128 N.J. 279 (1992) (Appellate Division opinion reported at 243 N.J. Super. 263 (App. Div. 1990))
  • Paul v. Nat'l Educ. Assn, 195 N.J. Super. 427 (App. Div. 1984), affirming 189 N.J. Super. 265 (Law Div. 1983)
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Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court
Master, 1988-2013
President, 1999-2000