Stephen P. DeNittis is the managing partner of DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C. An experienced consumer fraud class action litigator and catastrophic personal injury litigator, Mr. DeNittis has recovered millions of dollars for victims of severe injury or corporate fraud in federal and state courts across the country. He currently serves as lead or co-lead counsel in many class actions currently pending in federal and state court. Since 1998, Mr. DeNittis has successfully served as lead or co-lead counsel in over one hundred and fifty (150) class actions involving consumer fraud, false advertising, food mislabeling, construction defects, wage and hour violations, RESPA violations and mass tort litigation throughout the country.
Mr. DeNittis’ notable cases include:
- France v. Merrill Lynch, where Mr. DeNittis served as co-lead counsel in a wage an hour violation action and obtained final approval in 2009 of a $43.5 million class action settlement on behalf of a class of 22,000 Merrill Lynch stockbrokers in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
- Jones v. Empire Beauty Schools, where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a $6.75 million common fund settlement on behalf of 300,000 consumers who received services and were allegedly overcharged at one of Empire’s 28 beauty school clinics located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- Ingling v. Ryder Truck Rental, where he worked with his former partner Norman Shabel to obtain a $7 million dollar settlement on behalf a client who suffered a devastating brain injury as a result of a slip and fall that occurred in a parking lot in 2005. The settlement was recognized by The New Jersey Law Journal as the largest slip and fall settlement in the State of New Jersey for the year 2007 and still stands as the largest recovery for an individual in the State involving a person injured by a slip and fall;
- DeMarco v. National Collector’s Mint where Mr. DeNittis was lead counsel and obtained a settlement valued at $9 million dollars on behalf of a class of 176,000 class members who were defrauded into purchasing a fake coin allegedly issued by the U.S. Mint to commemorate the “9/11” Terrorist Attack. The case was a matter of first impression in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York under the Hobby Protection Act 15 U.S.C. § 2101(b) and is now a published opinion in the Federal Reporters. 229 F.R.D. 73 (S.D.N.Y. 2005).
Mr. DeNittis was also plaintiffs’ trial counsel in Barkers v. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) where he obtained an order for PSEG to install excess flow valves or place cement protective bollards to approximately 2,800 residential and commercial gas meter sets located throughout the State of New Jersey. PSE&G negligently placed meters in a dangerous condition, in close proximity to persons’ driveways, garage doors or parking areas. As a result of Mr. DeNittis’ efforts in the case, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities proposed and adopted new rules and regulations in December of 2004 prohibiting any new or existing gas meters from being installed in the State of New Jersey within 3 feet of any garage door, driveway or parking area. Mr. DeNittis was also lead trial counsel in Schmoll v. J.S. Hovnanian, a class action that settled after four days of trial which resulted in J.S. Hovnanian repairing a construction defect found in 995 homes in the Holiday East development in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.
He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and before the United States Supreme Court and many other federal courts. In 2013, he was designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a high honor of achievment as only 1.5% of attorneys in New Jersey hold such a designation. He is also rated AV, the highest rating given by Martindale Hubbell, the country’s foremost legal directory. He has also been named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” in 2013-2017 (and previously a “New Jersey Rising Star” from 2006 thru 2011) by Law and Politics Magazine and New Jersey Monthly where he was recognized in the top 2.5% of attorneys practicing in New Jersey. Also he has been recognized in 2011, 2012-2017 by SJ Magazine as Top Class Action lawyer and South Jersey Magazine as an “Awesome Attorney” in the field of Personal Injury.
Aside from his work, Mr. DeNittis financially sponsors and coaches his two daughters’ soccer and softball teams. He also is a lifelong rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan and has been a season ticket holder since 1997. Mr. DeNittis is also an officer of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House – Southern New Jersey charity.
- New Jersey, 1997
- Pennsylvania, 1997
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1997
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2006
- U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2012
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
2013 Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Attorney per R. 1:39-1
- Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1997
- Rutgers University, Camden, Camden, New Jersey, 1992
B.A. Major: Economics
- Faculty Member, “Personal Injury Case Management for Seasoned Litigators”, National Business Institute Seminar, November 29, 2007
- Lecturer, “Personal Injury Trials: Getting the Most Out Of Your Evidence”, National Business Institute Seminar, October 13, 2008
- Lecturer, “Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Collective Actions”, Camden County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, November 12, 2008
- Lecturer, “Private Practice Professional Development Symposium- Class Action Litigation”, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, February 28, 2009
- Lecturer, “Anticipating Class Actions”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Practice Committee, March 23, 2010
- Lecturer, “Opposing Perspectives on the Tort Settlement Process – Legal and Practical Considerations” , The Sharper Lawyer, Continuing Legal Education, December 14, 2010
- Lecturer, “The Impact of Recent Developments in Class Action Law in the Interests of Plaintiffs and Defendants – New Jersey and Beyond”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Committee, April 19, 2011
- Lecturer, “Challenges for Plaintiffs & Defendants Posed By Recent NJ Class Action Decisions”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Practice Committee, May 16, 2012
- Lecturer, “Consumer Fraud Product Labeling Class Actions: One Label, Very Different Perspectives – Plaintiffs, Defendants and the Government” Perrin Conferences, November 15, 2012
- Lecturer, “Litigating Medical Negligence Claims: Similarities and Differences Between New Jersey and Pennsylvania” Cape Institute, December 10, 2012
- Lecturer, “Ascertainable Loss Under the NJ CFA – More than Just Out-of-Pocket Damages” New Jersey Association for Justice, Meadowlands Seminar November 15, 2013
- Lecturer, “Identifying Consumer Class Action,” New Jersey Association of Justice, Boardwalk Seminar, April 9, 2015
- Co-author, “A Plaintiff’s Perspective of the New “Ascertainability” Requirement in Federal Class Actions,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, March 2015
- Lecturer, “Insights into Federal Practice: Perspectives of the Bench and Bar”, The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, February 24, 2017
- Lecturer and Co-Chair, “Consumer Law – Boardwalk Seminar 2017 – Update on Arbitration Decisions and Aspects of the TCPA”, NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Boardwalk Seminar, April 26, 2017
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Board Member – Vice-President, Ronald McDonald House Charities – Southern New Jersey 2012 – present
- Board Member – Secretary, Moorestown Soccer Club, 2013
- Board of Governors, New Jersey Association of Justice, 2012 – present
- New Jersey Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Burlington County Bar Association: Personal Injury Committee
- Burlington County Bar Association: Civil Practice Committee
- Camden County Bar Association: Class Action Practice Committee
- Camden County Bar Association: Personal Injury Committee
- Camden County Bar Association: Civil Practice Committee
- American Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association: Class Action Law Committee
- New Jersey State Bar Association: Products Liability Law Committee