I always knew I would end up working as a lawyer in New Jersey.  I grew up in the state, went to college and law school here, and clerked for a federal judge in the District of New Jersey.  I’m proud to practice law right here at home.

Ms. Reckord's litigation practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. Her representation of clients includes matters in the areas of banking, employment, family law, trusts & estates, class action defense, consumer fraud, construction and commercial real estate.  

Ms. Reckord represents secured creditors in all aspects of asset recovery and foreclosure. Her experience also includes defending financial institutions from claims and counterclaims alleging lender liability based upon fraud, breach of contract, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

In the area of trusts and estates litigation, Ms. Reckord's experience encompasses will contests based upon lack of mental capacity and undue influence, the prosecution and defense of applications for the disqualification of executors and trustees, the attack and defense of prenuptial agreements, and claims involving a spouse's right to an elective share of an estate.  Her work in the area of family law includes matters related to divorce, alimony, child support, equitable distribution, custody and parenting time, as well as post-judgment modification and enforcement.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion by the New Jersey Law Journal on the 2016 list of "New Leaders of the Bar," the publication's annual listing of outstanding attorneys under the age of 40 and practicing in New Jersey
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (2017)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers - New Jersey Rising Stars (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Business Litigation practice area (2013 - present)
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Whipple Scholar at Seton Hall University School of Law (2005 – 2006)

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Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a lender in connection with enforcement of commercial loans and mortgages, and defense of lender liability counterclaims and defenses, resulting in full recovery including litigation costs and attorney's fees
  • Representation of financial services clients in connection with environmental claims arising out of mortgage transactions and Other Real Estate Owned properties

  • Representing a major bank, successfully defended a case which resulted in the first published opinion under New Jersey’s Elder Financial Abuse Statute. The plaintiff filed suit against the bank and its employee alleging that the statute required financial institutions to report suspicions of elder abuse to state authorities. At trial, the Court determined that the statute imposes no duty on financial institutions to make such reports, and that the statute provided no private cause of action against financial institutions for failing to make such a report 
  • Represented the plaintiff, a leading developer of residential properties, in litigation related to a multi-million dollar real estate deal.  Ms. Reckord’s work on the matter involved a successful application to the Appellate Division regarding the pre-mature grant of summary judgment for the defendants by the trial court, which resulted in a reversal 
  • Successfully represented an insurance brokerage firm in litigation related to an exclusive insurance agency agreement.  This case involved both injunctive relief in the District Court of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and a 9-figure damages claim in arbitration
  • Successfully defended a leading auto finance lender in a class action litigation regarding its actions in connection with the repossession of vehicles.  The case involved technical claims under the Uniform Commercial Code, Consumer Fraud Act and Truth in Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act

Uniquely NJ

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Board of Trustees and Past Chair, Women in the Profession Section
  • Member, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Member, Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, New Jersey Business & Industry Association Women Business Leaders Network 
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More Activities & Experience

  • Former Comments Editor, Seton Hall Law Review
  • Former intern, Civil Litigation Clinic of the Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Departments

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006

Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2006
  • New York, 2008

Clerkships

  • Former law clerk to The Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo, United States Magistrate Judge

Stephanie G. Reckord Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent



A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found HERE. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.