Stephen J. Resnick Attorney Profile

“ Because of the collegial atmosphere at Rutter & Roy, clients have access to numerous attorneys with varied perspectives, legal experience levels and skill sets. By thinking outside the box, sharing ideas and continually interacting, we can offer the best strategies for our clients. ”

— Stephen J. Resnick

Stephen J. Resnick
Stephen Resnick is Of Counsel to the firm who focuses his practice on advising individuals and companies in the solid waste industry with respect to New Jersey regulatory issues and strategies. His extensive experience with the state’s administrative and regulatory frameworks connected with the solid waste industry provides him with a unique, invaluable perspective and a strategic capability few attorneys in the state enjoy.

After initially serving as an Assistant District Attorney and a Prosecutor specializing in cases involving solid waste companies and organized crime, Stephen spent over two decades as a Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey’s Department of Law and Public Safety. In this role, he became intimately familiar with both the myriad regulations the state imposes on solid waste companies as well as the administrative mechanisms for interpreting and enforcing them.

New Jersey has exceptionally stringent, intrusive regulation of both the operation of solid waste companies, and of the individuals who own and manage them. Infractions that would be insignificant in other states can result in large fines, penalties that accumulate over time and potential loss of licensure. Drawing upon his background in the industry, Stephen works with clients to manage the regulatory and enforcement proceedings to minimize their impact and arrive at workable, reasonable dispositions.

Thanks to his in-depth understanding of the regulatory apparatus, Stephen is an exceptionally innovative, effective negotiator and strategist. In addition to the purely legal aspects of a client’s situation, the behavior of regulatory actors is also often affected by administrative, political or personal objectives. As a former industry insider, Stephen understands deeply these issues and develops strategies and negotiating positions that leverage them to his clients’ advantage.

For instance, an administrative hearing officer may prefer to settle cases dealing with certain subjects rather than deal with a prolonged, expensive and resource-consuming trial or hearing. He may also be wary of a potential appeal. By framing his positions to highlight these issues, Stephen can greatly improve his settlement negotiating position and, therefore, outcomes.

Further, Stephen can often accomplish this quickly and cost-effectively, and with a minimum impact on management of the client’s business. Because he understands the interplay of all the forces at work in enforcement of the state’s sold waste regulations, his ability to address and resolve potentially damaging situations is both valuable, and unmatched.

Stephen earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, his M.A. from City University of New York and his B.A. from Brooklyn College. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York.

Reported Cases:

  • State v. Bennett, 194 N.J. Super. 231 (App. Div. 1984)

Bar Admissions:
1974, New York
1975, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1975, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1976, New Jersey
1976, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Steve is a graduate of Brooklyn College (B.A., 1966), City University of New York (M.A., 1969), and Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1973).