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

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


He received a B.A.  degree from Hobart College in 1958 and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1961. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1961 and the New Jersey bar in 1971. He is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the District of New Jersey (President from 1971-1972).


Judge Stern was an Assistant District Attorney, New York County, Homicide Bureau, 1962-1965. He served as Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the U.S.  Department of Justice from 1965-1969. He served as Chief Assistant in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey beginning in 1969, and became Acting United States Attorney in that Office, serving from 1970-1971. He was the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1971-1974. 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.


Judge Stern has been Co-Director of the Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia School of Law, from 1980 to 2001. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Seton Hall Law School from 1976-1986, and at the Rutgers School of Law from 1980-1986.


Judge Stern was the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Law from Seton Hall Law School in 1973; an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Newark State College in 1973; an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Montclair State College in 1973; an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from Bloomfield College in 1973; and an Honorary Doctor of Laws, Hobart College, 1974. 


Judge Stern has received numerous awards, including the Dean's Award for Exceptional Public Service from the Akron University School of Law in 1986; one of America's Ten Outstanding Young Men, The United States Jaycees, 1973; the Schwartzer Fellow from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985; the Sierra Club Distinguished Public Service Award in 1973; the Bronze Shields of Newark Exceptional Community Service Award of the Society of Black Police Officers in 1973. Judge 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 in 1985. He has been the recipient of the Torch of Learning Award of the American Friends of the Hebrew University in 1987, and the Medal of Excellence from Hobart College in 1990.


Judge Stern was the subject of the Book, "Tiger in the Court," Playboy Press, Chicago, 1973. He is the author of "Diary of a DA," Skyhorse Publishing, New York, 2012; "Judgment in Berlin," Universe Books, New York, 1984 and "Trying Cases to Win," (5 Volumes), Wylie, New York, 1991, 1992, 1993. Special Counsel for Hon. Lawrence Walsh, Independent Counsel, Iran-Contra Prosecution, 1988. Trustee, Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Fellow: American Bar Foundation; American Law Institute.