Stephanie L. DeLuca, Esq.

Stephanie L. DeLuca is an associate attorney at the Lenox Law Firm who focuses her practice on litigation. She has experience zealously defending and litigating cases in both state and federal court concerning a broad range of legal issues and disputes involving criminal law at the municipal and superior court levels; expungement of adult criminal and/or juvenile records; labor and employment litigation including claims of discrimination and retaliation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act; violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act; medical malpractice defense; and public entity defense of claims involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, “whistle-blower” retaliation, and negligence actions under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. She has also handled contractual disputes, residential real estate transactions, and landlord/tenant matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephanie served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas M. Brown, Mercer County, Criminal Division, where she reviewed hundreds of expungement petitions, performed legal research pertaining to criminal law and procedure, and prepared legal memorandum on issues involving the suppression of evidence, dismissal of an indictment, withdrawal of a guilty plea, and petitions for post-conviction relief. She also served as a student attorney at the Roger Williams Criminal Defense Clinic where she successfully represented indigent criminal defendants for misdemeanor and traffic offenses in cases involving allegations of assault, battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and refusal to submit to a chemical test (breathalyzer), all of which resulted in the charges being dismissed.

Stephanie is an active member of the Mercer County American Inns of Court, Mercer County Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, and New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. She is engaged in local volunteer opportunities including Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing and PEI Kids.

Stephanie received a B.A. in English Literature with honors, magna cum laude, from University of Hartford. While attending the University of Hartford, she was Captain of the Division I Cheerleading team, a member of Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society), and a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She received a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law, where she was a member of Moot Court, received Public Service Recognition for completing more than 100 hours of law related public service, and earned CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for being the highest scoring student in her legal writing and trial advocacy classes.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully negotiated dismissal of disorderly persons and traffic offenses involving charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unclear plates.
  • Obtained voluntary stipulation of dismissal with prejudice on behalf of physician in medical malpractice action upon filing a motion to dismiss the amended complaint as time barred.
  • Represented creditor in Bankruptcy Court and obtained default judgment against debtor in adversary proceeding objecting to dischargeability of debt acquired by false pretenses, false representations, and intentional fraud.
  • Obtained dismissal of action against former school employee, which was affirmed on appeal (Borrello v. Elizabeth Bd. of Educ., 2016 WL 4366862 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Aug. 16, 2016).
  • Successfully challenged an attempt to reinstate an administratively dismissed medical malpractice action in which plaintiff waited a year to serve the filed complaint the result of which denied the physician of prompt notification of the claims against him and the merits of said claims in contravention of the Affidavit of Merit statute and applicable statute of limitations, resulting in dismissal of the action with prejudice.
  • Obtained summary decision dismissing an ethics complaint against former school board member, which was adopted by the Commissioner of the School Ethics Commission.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment to dismiss loss of consortium claim against physician in medical malpractice action.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment to dismiss emotional distress claim against physicians in three medical malpractice actions.
  • Assisted representation of a school board in a federal action alleging interference and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which was dismissed following a motion for summary judgment.
  • Represents a private client involving a dispute, currently pending on appeal, as to whether an institutionalized surviving spouse receiving Medicaid benefits under the Medically Needy Program has a right to a spousal elective share.
  • Represents homeowners in action alleging violation of the Consumer Fraud Act by a home improvement contractor.
  • Represents a private client in action alleging disability discrimination and retaliation by former employer.
  • Assist representation of a private client in litigation arising from the improper disclaimer and termination of disability benefits under a non-cancellable occupation specific insurance policy.
  • Assisted in defense of school boards and employees in state and federal actions against allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination, “whistle-blower” retaliation, negligent supervision, and dangerous condition of property.

Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Education:

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • University of Hartford, B.A., magna cum laude, 2010
  • American University, Washington Semester Public Law Program, 2008