Steven Cahn is a partner in the law firm of Cahn & Parra in Edison, New Jersey. He s a graduate of Rutgers College 1983 and the Delaware Law School of Widner University 1986. Mr. Cahn served as a Captain and Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps. He has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney since 1996, and is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an elite group of lawyers that have been recognized for their zealous and effective representation of their clients in significant personal injury matters and have won a jury verdict of more than $1 million dollars.
While serving in the Marine Corps, Mr. Cahn gained valuable trial experience representing both the prosecution and the defense. As a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, he also served as a Commanding Officer of Troops, and as a staff judge advocate deployed on The USS Inchon and in Europe. During his time in the Marine Corps, Mr. Cahn tried several noteworthy cases, including United States v. Clyde, a case that involved the death of a young Marine in training which received tremendous national press coverage, as well as trying one of the first sexual harassment case prosecuted by the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps awarded Mr. Cahn the Navy Achievement Medal for his work as trial counsel at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
As a trial attorney Mr. Cahn has successfully represented well over a thousand clients in the past 20 years. He has been involved in numerous complex litigation and has settled several cases in excess of one million dollars. Mr. Cahn has also tried numerous noteworthy cases to verdict. These include Hernandez v. Ford Motor Co. a complex products liability case resulting in a $15 million dollar judgment against Ford Motor Co.; Scott v. Pompei, a gross $955,000 judgment in a motor vehicle accident; Cahill v. Twp. Woodbridge, a $1.35 million dollar verdict in a motor vehicle, roadway safety case, and most recently a $1,092,000 judgment against Roche Molecular Systems in an employment discrimination trial. Onuoha v. Roche Molecular Systems. He is currently lead trial counsel in an employment class action suit pending in the Federal District court. Deloatch v. Integrated Packaging Corporation.
Perhaps his most important and difficult case was his firms’ successful pro bono representation of more than thirty homeowners in litigation against Texas Eastern Pipeline Co. This was an eight year battle to prevent Texas Eastern from removing fifty-five shade trees along a residential road in Piscataway, New Jersey. Township of Piscataway, et als. vs. Duke Energy Civil Action No. 01-CV4828. This case, which went to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals twice, was ultimately tried before a jury in the Federal District Court, and a permanent injunction was ordered prohibiting the removal of the street trees which still remain today.
In addition to his employment law and personal injury practice, Mr. Cahn also has extensive experience representing government entities. He presently serves as the attorney for the Middlesex County Planning Board and has represented the Piscataway Township Board of Education, as well as the Franklin Township Housing Authority. Mr. Cahn also participates in the Police Officer’s Defense Protection Plan and has defended several police civil rights cases.
Mr. Cahn is also actively involved in public service. He resides in Piscataway, where he is serving his third elected term as a Piscataway Township Councilman. He has served as the Chairman of both the Open Space and Finance Committees of the Piscataway Township Council. He is currently council president. In 2009 he was appointed by the Governor as a member of the New Jersey Council on Sports and Physical Fitness.
He is a graduate of the Middlesex County Fire Academy and an active volunteer fireman with the Possumtown Fire Company in Piscataway New Jersey. Throughout the years, he has been active in a host of community groups including Piscataway Soccer Club, Piscataway Little League, the Piscataway Township Youth Committee, and the Parkside Academic Achievement Program, Inc. He is currently a Trustee on the Piscataway Education Foundation, Inc., and the Metlars House Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Cahn primarily practices civil litigation and has spent more than twenty-five years developing his expertise in trial practice. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey as well as before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Military Justice and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), formerly ATLA, the Middlesex County Trial Lawyers Association, and the Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey. He has served as a court appointed arbitrator for the New Jersey Superior Court, and has lectured extensively for NJAJ and been published in the areas of trial advocacy, employment law, personal injury and technology in the court room.
His published articles include:
Technology in the Courtroom, The New Jersey Lawyer, March 8, 2004
Representing the Client in a Disability Discrimination Case, The New
Jersey Lawyer, November 18, 2004
Evaluating the Age Discrimination Case, The New Jersey Lawyer,
April 12, 2004