Brian G. Steller

Partner

Brian G. Steller is a certified Civil Trial Attorney. He focuses his practice on insurance defense and coverage, professional and product liability and corporate liability matters. Steller is a trial attorney, with a peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell of “Preeminent.” The courtroom is his office. Super Lawyers first designated him as such in 2005 and that status remains.

Mr. Steller has tried to verdict well over 60 matters in both state and federal courts. He is an accomplished Appellate attorney, having argued before the New Jersey Court of Appeals on more than 30 occasions and before the New Jersey Supreme Court on four occasions for his clients.

Mr. Steller has led a busy professional life and is currently the Immediate Past President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization and is a Life Fellow of its Foundation. He is also the Creator, Academic Administrator, and Dean of the ABOTA Trial College. The inaugural college was held on the campus of Princeton University from June 5 through June 10, 2010 with a national faculty of 20 plus ABOTA members (including five former national presidents) and 35 “students” (practicing attorneys with four to six years of trial experience) from around the country. The 2012 ABOTA National Trial College was held at Harvard Law School and continues to be conducted at Harvard Law every other summer.

Mr. Steller is also an active member of the New Jersey State and Essex County Bar Associations. In April of 2003, Mr. Steller was elected President of the Essex County Bar Association and was sworn into his post by then-New Jersey Supreme Court Associate Justice, James R. Zazzali. As early as 1995, Mr. Steller was recognized for his trial skills having received the Civil Trial Attorney Achievement Award from the Essex Bar Association that year. During the past 25 years, Mr. Steller has also served as a moderator and panelist for numerous ABOTA, NJ State, and Essex County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education programs.

During law school, Mr. Steller clerked for the Newark, New Jersey firm of former Chief Justice, James R. Zazzali. He began his legal career in 1982 as the law clerk to one of New Jersey’s finest trial judges, the Hon. Murray G. Simon.

Honors and Awards:

  • “John B. LaVecchia” Achievement Award for outstanding efforts to elevate the quality of Trial Advocacy and Image of the Bar, ABOTA (2015)
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" as seen in Inside Jersey magazine (2012)
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation (2005-2006, 2008-2017)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (20 plus consecutive years)

Affiliations:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Society of Barristers 
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Master, William J. Brennan American Inn of Court
  • Member, NJ State Golf Association and its Caddy Scholarship Foundation
  • Former President and current Officer, College Men's Club of Westfield, a civic organization dedicated to providing college scholarship funds to deserving high school graduates
  • Former Trustee, Greater Elizabeth New Jersey Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for low-income families

Speeches:

  • Panelist, "The Art of Advocacy," Seton Hall Law Review Symposium (October 1, 2014)
  • Panelist, "Civility in the American Justice System: Promoting Public Trust and Confidence," National Judicial College, 50th Annual Symposium on Civility, Philadelphia, PA (April 8, 2013)
  • Presenter, "Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims,” National Business Institute Seminar; Princeton, New Jersey (July 9, 2008)

 

  • Pinto v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, 183 N.J. 405, 874 A.2d 520 (2004)
  • Green v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, 160 N.J. 480, 734 A.2d 1147 (1999)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company v. Breen, 153 N.J. 424, 710 A.2d 421 (1998)
  • Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund Board v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, 138 N.J. 185, 649 A.2d 1243 (1994)
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  • Seton Hall Law School (J.D., 1982)
  • Villanova University (B.A., Political Science, 1978), Pi Sigma Alpha
  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for  the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of  International Trade
  • United States Supreme Court