Stephen Orlofsky leads the Firm’s appellate practice and is the administrative partner of Blank Rome’s Princeton, New Jersey, office.
Steve concentrates his practice in the areas of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He counsels clients throughout the United States in federal and state civil and criminal courts, both at the appellate and trial level. He has experience litigating, arbitrating, mediating, and serving as a special master in a wide variety of matters, including:
- appellate litigation in state and federal courts
- commercial disputes
- patent and intellectual property
- malpractice and professional ethics
- legal ethics
- electronic discovery
- white-collar criminal defense
- class actions in state and federal courts
- internal investigations
Steve has extensive experience with regard to appellate matters, both as a litigation attorney and federal judge. He is a former United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, who served in that capacity from 1996 to 2003. He also served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey from 1976 to 1980.
Prior to leaving the federal bench in 2003, Steve served as one of three federal judges on a 13-member Judicial Assessment Team, which traveled to Iraq to evaluate the Iraqi judicial system to assist the Coalition Provisional Authority in reconstructing the Iraqi court system.
In 2005, he was appointed by the president-elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association to serve as the vice-chair, South Jersey, of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. He served in that capacity from 2005 to 2007. Steve was also appointed by the chair of the ABA Litigation Section to serve as a member of its Ethical Standards for Mediation Task Force. He currently serves on the Uniform Law Commission, the national body that considers the adoption of uniform state laws, where he is one of New Jersey’s three Uniform Law Commissioners.
In 2008, Steve was honored by the Camden County Bar Association with the Hon. Peter J. Devine Award for distinguished service.
Steve was selected in 2000 as one of the “50 of the Finest” graduates of the Rutgers–Camden campus during the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Rutgers University–Camden.
Steve served as a captain in the U.S. Army, Field Artillery, from 1966 to 1970. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Artillery OCS Hall of Fame (Durham Hall) on May 21, 1999.
From 2009 to 2011, Steve served as the president of the recently formed Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit.
Steve is a member of the Panels of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution ("CPR"). He has been named to CPR's National, Judicial, New Jersey, and Philadelphia Panels. CPR's Panels are a source of the most qualified neutrals for the alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") of significant business and public disputes.
Chambers USA ranks Steve as a leader in the field of general commercial litigation, stating that he receives “extensive praise" from market sources and plaudits for his “extraordinary judgment, great courtroom presence, and excellent client skills.” Chambers has also noted that “he manages to combine a masterful presence in the courtroom with a talented, scholarly outlook" and calls him a "tremendous legal talent." Sources say "he has seen everything one possibly can in terms of litigation and gives great advice."