Stephen Colianni is an accomplished trial attorney who joined the firm in 2021. His primary focus is on litigation in all concentrations of law including the specialties of Criminal & White-Collar Law, DWI Law, Contract Law, Business Litigation, Educational Law, Timeshare Law, Municipal Law, and Employment Law.
Stephen prides himself on his strategic approach to the litigation process. Litigation by its nature is complex, costly, and time-consuming. Stephen stands ever ready to litigate any controversy through to a verdict, yet he is always cautious that diving straight into the “deep-end” without a plan can serve to exacerbate the rigors of the judicial process. By tackling every case with an evolving strategy tailored to each individual client’s goals, Stephen helps to mitigate the headaches of unnecessary, prolonged litigation. Through effective planning and identification of the client’s goals, Stephen can provide a results-based approach that focuses on maximizing client satisfaction. In the alternative, Stephen can readily identify when a client’s goals can only be accomplished by way of a thorough judicial campaign and, where required, can formulate the necessary strategies to secure the most favorable outcome.
Prior to joining the firm Stephen worked at a local office focused on providing diverse legal services to the central New Jersey area. Stephen was a fixture in the Criminal Divisions of the Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington, and Atlantic County Vicinages of the New Jersey Superior Court. Stephen applied his experience in defending a myriad of serious criminal allegations including Murder, Reckless Manslaughter, Drug “Kingpin” Crimes, Official Misconduct, and Hurricane Sandy related Insurance Fraud. Stephen was equally at home in the Civil Division advocating for his clients in matters ranging from causes of action for breaches of Home Improvement Contracts to defending workplace harassment claims. Stephen also worked diligently as an advocate for Police Officers in conjunction with the Police Benevolent Association. Stephen was a staunch ally to the dedicated men and women of the Law Enforcement community when they were subject to investigations into the use of deadly force in the exercise of their daily functions as honorable servants of the local communities.
During his previous tenure, Stephen was similarly at home in the local Municipal Courts. Often disregarded as venues that lack matters of significant consequence, Stephen was invested in his client’s circumstances and recognized that these matters can have resounding effects on the daily lives of any individual. Though the consequences of Municipal Court matters may pale in comparison to those of the higher Courts, Stephen, nonetheless, understands the personal magnitude of potential liabilities his clients face in Municipal Court and continues to zealously advocate to ensure nothing but the best outcomes. No matter is too small to warrant anything less than the deployment of Stephen’s full attention and diligent action.
Stephen, a life-long resident of Ocean County, was raised in Barnegat, New Jersey, before graduating from Southern Regional High School. Thereupon, Stephen attended the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and graduated as a member of the International Economics Honor Society. After graduating from undergraduate school, Stephen obtained his law degree from the Hofstra University School of Law as a recipient of the Justice Hubert L. Will Social Justice Award. Stephen is an active member in his local community offering his time and efforts toward helping local veterans organize community events to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Stephen’s passions outside of the law include sports, information & computer technology, the culinary arts, cinema, and automobiles.
Stephen, and the rest of the Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks family are committed to serving our clients and stand ready to address every client’s individual needs to the fullest of the firm’s unparalleled commitment to excellence.