AV Peer Review Rated

Robert A. Stern


Super Lawyers® 2006 – 2014 

Robert A. Stern received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics, and completed the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Union College. He was awarded a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Stern was employed with various law enforcement and investigative entities (as a Guard, Patrol Officer, Agent/Special Agent and/or Officer), including the Department of the Treasury, United States Custom Service as an Inspector. Mr. Stern was also a licensed N.Y.S. Emergency Medical Technician.

Mr. Stern began his legal career working on many reinsurance matters (including being the only associate handling the Unigard v. North River trial and appeals). Mr. Stern was the fifth attorney hired in Clausen Miller’s New York Office. As the firm has grown (now with more than 160 attorneys worldwide), so has Mr. Stern’s areas of practice. He has received assignments in almost every Clausen Miller practice area: admiralty/aviation/maritime/transportation; appeals; casualty/liability; corporate; disability/health/life; fidelity/surety; construction; environmental; first-party property; intellectual property; international; premises liability; product liability; real estate; reinsurance; and subrogation.

Mr. Stern is the Chair and Senior Partner of Clausen Miller’s East Coast Subrogation/Recovery Group, and is the main contact for many clients with subrogation losses outside the East Coast. He also continues to serve as a Senior Partner of a team of attorneys that handle coverage and defense cases. Mr. Stern’s multi-practice experience provides him with a unique perspective on the successful and cost-effective manner of handling cases. He has tried, arbitrated, mediated and negotiated hundreds of cases, including multi-million dollar and high profile disputes.

Mr. Stern is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York; however, he has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts (trial and appeal) across the United States. Mr. Stern’s active international case load has required him to not only work with attorneys in Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and Middle East, but also learn the customs, practices and laws in those jurisdictions.

Mr. Stern has an AV® rating with Martindale-Hubbell indicating the highest ranking in legal ability and ethical standards as determined by his peers in the legal community. He has been named a New York Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Mr. Stern was the 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Chair of the National Property Subrogation Strategies ExecuSummit; Co-Chair of the Property Track for NASP’s 2010 Litigation Skills and Management Conference; Co- Chair for NASP’s 2011 Litigation Skills and Management Conference; and was Co-Chair of the Product Liability Track for NASP's 2012 and 2013 National Annual Conferences. He is also included on the New Jersey Courts’ Statewide Roster of court-approved mediators as an R. 1:40 qualified mediator. He is a Certified Property Subrogation Arbitrator and was listed as a member in the Global Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. Mr. Stern has been selected as the 2014 incoming Editor of NASP's Subrogator Magazine. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the East Coast CM Report of Recent Decisions.

Mr. Stern frequently presents seminars and articles of interest to insurers, including courses at various insurance forums (NASP (national), National Property Subrogation Strategies ExecuSummit and PLRB/LIRB (national and regional)). He received the New York County Lawyers Association’s Certificate of Appreciation for pro bono work from 1992 through the Present; the New York State Bar Association’s Certificate of Appreciation; and was awarded "Partner in Education" by the New York City Public Schools. He was also Co-Editor of the Youth Law Manual distributed in New York Public Schools and a legal research assistant for the treatise "Securitization."

Mr. Stern created an educational video/DVD titled: "Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques and Preparation." The 60 minute course addresses strategies and techniques in preparing for Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation. The course is available at www.researchandmarkets.com.


  • J.D. Boston University, School of Law, 1990
  • B.A. Union College, 1987; and completed the degree requirements for a B.S. Union College, 1987.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1991 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2003

Organization Affiliations

  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals