Douglas J. Steinhardt


Phone (908) 454-8300

Doug Steinhardt is a named partner at Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader.  Doug has extensive experience in all aspects of family law, land use, labor and employment, commercial transactions, and government law and legislative affairs, at the local, county, state and federal levels.

Doug brings to the Firm a strong record of favorable verdicts and settlements.  His family law experience includes complex and general divorces, child custody disputes, alimony and child support matters, domestic violence, protection from abuse, paternity and adoptions.  His family law practice takes him throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

Doug also provides counsel to several large and small businesses, corporations and limited liability companies.  Whether in a board room or court room, his twenty plus years of legal experience make him an invaluable advisor and advocate to his many clients.

Doug began his legal career as a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey before joining his father, Joseph W. Steinhardt, in their Belvidere, NJ law practice.  In addition to deep roots in family law, commercial transactions, land use and general litigation, Doug has extensive experience in government law and legislative affairs.

Among Doug's many public clients, he represents the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  In addition to managing a successful family law practice, where he concentrates on complex and high asset divorces, Doug serves as outside counsel to several corporations, as defense counsel to various insurance companies and joint insurance funds, and has represented numerous elected and appointed officials throughout the State.  For four years he served as the Warren County Adjuster, where he prosecuted the involuntary civil commitments of patients to State psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities.

As a public servant, Doug was the first, five term Mayor in Lopatcong, New Jersey history, serving from January 2000 through December 2014.  Since January 2005, he has served as the Chairman of the Warren County Republican Committee and Vice-Chairman of the New Jersey Republican County Chairmen's Association.  He is a former Trustee to the New Jersey State Bar Association, where he served as the liaison to the School Law Committee.  For six years Doug served on the Board of Directors of DARE, NJ, Inc. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the State's leading drug and alcohol education program for children, before becoming the corporation's General Counsel in 2013.  He also serves as general counsel to LEAD, Inc. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs).  He was a member of the Legislative Committee of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, where he still serves as an associate counsel.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  An Eagle Scout, Doug served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Central New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

In October 2010, Doug was appointed by Dean Linda Ammons to the National Advisory Council of Widener University School of Law.  The University awarded Doug an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in May 2013, when he returned to deliver the commencement address to his Harrisburg, PA alma mater.  Then, in May 2015, Doug was selected to the Law School’s Board of Overseers, which advises the Trustees, president, dean, and faculty on various matters relating to the operation and development of the law school.

In May 2011, Doug was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the NJ Hall of Fame Advisory Commission, where he serves with former NY Giant Bart Oates, former NY Yankee Al Leiter, Sopranos star Vince Curatola, NY Times best-selling author Harlen Coben, and a handful of others, overseeing the NJ Hall of Fame and selecting such NJ greats as Clara Barton, Danny DeVito, Thomas Edison, Toni Morrison, Jack Nicholson, and Bruce Springsteen for induction into the Hall.

In May 2014, Doug was recognized as the Mayor of the Year by the DARE NJ Board of Directors, at the annual NJ Conference of Mayors.  In October of that year, he was awarded the “Future of New Jersey” for “providing leadership to ensure New Jersey children lead drug and violence free lifestyles.”  In August 2015, Doug was selected to the Warren County Hall of Fame in recognition of his business, political and community leadership.

While at Gettysburg College, Doug was a four-year member of their NCAA Division III football team.  At Widener University Law School, Doug was a member and, later, associate editor of the Law Review.