Stern Kilcullen & Rufolo, LLC
Herbert J. Stern, Partner

Herbert J. Stern is a partner and founding member in the law firm of Stern Kilcullen & Rufolo.


Stern received a B.A.  degree from Hobart College and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School and holds five honorary degrees: Honorary Doctor of Law from Seton Hall Law School; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Newark State College; Honorary Doctor of Letters from Montclair State College; Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from Bloomfield College; and an Honorary Doctor of Laws, Hobart College.


Stern was an Assistant District Attorney, New York County, Homicide Bureau, and arrested the three men who murdered Malcolm X. He was the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1971-1974 and prosecuted the mayors of Newark, Jersey City, and Atlantic City. He was appointed to serve as United States District Judge in the District of New Jersey, serving from 1974-1987. He served as the United States Judge for Berlin in 1979. He served as Special Counsel for Hon. Lawrence Walsh, Independent Counsel, in the Iran-Contra Prosecution.


Stern was the Co-Director of the Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1980-2001. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Seton Hall Law School and at Rutgers Law School. Stern is an Honorary Trustee at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and member of the American Law Institute. Judge Stern is past-President of the Association of the Federal Bar of the District of New Jersey.


Stern has received numerous awards, including the Torch of Learning Award of the American Friends of the Hebrew University; the Dean's Award for Exceptional Public Service from the Akron University School of Law; named one of America's Ten Outstanding Young Men, The United States Jaycees; the Schwartzer Fellow from the University of Chicago Law School; the Sierra Club Distinguished Public Service Award; and the Bronze Shields of Newark Exceptional Community Service Award of the Society of Black Police Officers. Stern was the winner of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Honor Medal for Excellence in the category of books in 1984 for his book "Judgment in Berlin;" winner of the International Platform Association's Clarence Darrow Award for public speaking.


Stern was the subject of the book, "Tiger in the Court," Playboy Press, Chicago, 1973. He is the author of "Judgment in Berlin," Skyhorse Publishing, and was played in the film version by Martin Sheen. He is also the author of "Diary of a DA," Skyhorse Publishing; "Trying Cases to Win," (5 Volumes), Law Book Exchange; "Trying Cases to Win: In one Volume," ABA Publishing; "Trying Cases to Win: in One Volume," Student Edition, West Academic Publishing; and co-author of novels "Wolf" and "Sins of the Fathers," Skyhorse Publishing.