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Philip D Stern

About me

I am an active member of member of my local Lions Club and the District. In 2009-2010, I served as District Governor overseeing 46 clubs in three counties.

I believe that each us should do what we can to help those less fortunate. I also believe that we can do so much more by joining with others who feel the same. I call this cooperative altruism. Lions gives me the outlet to pursue these beliefs.

I had the fortunate experience of merging my interest in Lions with my law practice in 2009 when a debt collector cy pres payment was directed by the court to be paid to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), one of the highest regarded charitable foundations in the world. Check out the video when I presented the funds to the LCIF Chairman, Al Brendel.

If you'd like more information on LCIF or Lions, visit or feel free to contact me.


Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Debt Collection: 60%
    10 years, 250 cases
  2. Class Action: 40%
    10 years, 15 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Scott D. Bullock

    Phil's expertise in FDCPA matters is why I refer all clients with possible FDCPA claims to his office.


    Scott Bullock Debt settlement Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Stern•Thomasson LLP

2816 Morris Avenue
Suite 30
Union, NJ, 07083-4870


DCActive 198907/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated - Since 1995Martindale-Hubbell2012
Top Legal MindsInside New Jersey Magazine2012
Progressive Melvin Jones FellowshipMaplewood Lions Club2010
Melvin Jones FellowMaplewood Lions Club2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerStern•Thomasson LLP2015 - Present
OwnerPhilip D. Stern Attorney at Law2009 - 2015
Of CounselWacks & Hartmann, LLC2007 - 2009
OwnerLaw Office of Philip D. Stern1995 - 2007
PartnerStern, Dubrow & Marcus, P.C.1991 - 1995
AssociateStern, Dubrow & Marcus, P.C.1986 - 1991
AssociateWacks, Hersh, Ramsey, Berman & Kimmel, P.C.1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Newark Legal Advice and Resource Clinic for ConsumersVolunteer Attorney2012 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Consumer Protection Law CommitteeMember2011 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2009 - Present
Maplewood Lions ClubMember1995 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Lions District 16-EDistrict Governor2009 - 2010
Maplewood Lions ClubPresident2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Christine M. Nicholas vs. CMRE Financial Services, Inc.Court decision was first in US District Court for New Jersey holding that FDCPA requires the disclosures.
Michael P. Koby, et al. v. ARS National Services, Inc.Class settlement pending
Williams v. Pressler and Pressler, LLPPending class certification
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of PennsylvaniaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LSNJ CLE Training (3/21/2013)FDCPA Panel2013
LSNJ Annual Conference (1/15/2013)Defending Debt-Buyer Collection Cases2013
QuickStart: An Entrepreneurial Training Program for the UnemployedLegal Issues for Small Business2012
LSNJ CLE Training (3/28/2012)Credit Card Defense2012
Fair Debt Collection Training Conference (2/23/2012)Update on Debt Buyer Litigation2012
Debt Collection Practices and Consumer RIghtsDebt Collection Practices and Consumer RIghts2011
Consumer Law Task Force Seminar (10/5/2011)Emerging Defense Strategies in Debt Buyer Collection Cases2011

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