A tireless and dedicated litigator, Stefan brings years of experience as a defense attorney for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. In that capacity, he maintained a high-volume caseload representing indigent community members charged with serious felonies in all phases of the criminal justice system, from pre-indictment procedures and hearings to jury verdicts, sentencings and appeals. Stefan is an adept researcher and regularly drafts and edits effective documents and motions in defense of his clients.
Stefan also has advocated for clients in post-conviction civil proceedings across New Jersey, addressing issues with state-wide importance and helping present defenses before numerous appellate courts, up to and including the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
In addition to his work for clients, Stefan has mentored interns and junior attorneys, both formally and informally. He also has presented seminars and trainings for lawyers and law enforcement agents on topics related to Megan’s law and other issues.
Aside from his fluency in English, Stefan is conversational in French and Haitian Creole.
Stefan has significant trial and motion practice experience at all levels, having had cases dismissed outright and before going to trial, through successful arguments in motion practice.
FOR THE PROFESSION
Stefan is a member of the Heckel Inn of Court. Immediately following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. James Hely of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, Law Division. Prior to that, he was a judicial intern to the Hon. Noel L. Hillman of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
FOR THE COMMUNITY
As part of his commitment to advocacy and to the community, Stefan serves as a board member for the Union Township Board of Health. He also volunteers as a Union County election lawyer, representing individuals barred from voting on election day. While in law school, he completed a fellowship for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, through which he taught courses in constitutional law and oral advocacy to high school students. Additionally, Stefan created a community gardening initiative whose purpose was to assist low-income residents in Camden, New Jersey. This initiative was recognized by National Jurist Magazine in 2011.