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Richard L. Stern, Long Island Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee

Richard L. Stern [1]

 

Written and photographed by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
    
This post is part of a series of biographies and profiles of Long Island bankruptcy trustees and judges [2].

Long Island Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Richard L. Stern, Esq. has been on the Chapter 7 trustee panel for the Eastern District of New York since 1992, where he is assigned cases filed in the Central Islip Bankruptcy Court.
 
I have personally known “Rick” since 1985 when he was an associate at Holland & Zinker, one of Long Island’s earliest bankruptcy boutique law firms, where he eventually became a partner.  Incidentally, Marvin Holland, name partner in that firm, left to serve as a bankruptcy judge in the Brooklyn Bankruptcy Court.  He has since retired.
 
Rick eventually moved on became a partner with Chapter 13 trustee Michael J. Macco many years ago, and they’ve been partners ever since in the firm, Macco & Stern, LLP [3] located in Melville.
 
As a trustee I find Rick to be fair, reasonable, respectful and even-tempered.
 
Rick enjoys an exceptionally good reputation in the legal community and the bankruptcy bar.  He very frequently speaks at and moderates bankruptcy seminars for the Suffolk County Bar Association.
 
Few attorneys volunteer more time towards the legal profession than Rick.  As for Suffolk County bankruptcy attorneys, he’s probably at the top of the list in this regard. Rick is currently the Dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law and he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
 
In addition, he’s received numerous awards including the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Service Awards for 1992 and 1996. The Suffolk County Bar Association recognized him in 1991 and 2002 with a Special Recognition Award from the Pro Bono Foundation for his work in the Pro Bono Project Bankruptcy Clinic and a Director’s Award in 2005.
 
I attended a dinner in 2003 at which time Rick received a Partners in Justice Award from Nassau/Suffolk Law Services for his pro bono work.
 
Rick was admitted to practice in 1978.  He graduated from Ohio State University in 1974, and he received his law degree from Hofstra Law School in 1977.
 
Rick and his wife, who live in Nassau County, enjoy the theater.  We have seen each other at Broadway Shows.  One of his children actually starred in a Broadway musical  several years ago – The Will Rogers Follies.  I remember Rick sometimes rushing out of Court to take his daughter to appear in the show in the early 1990s.
 
I took the photo of Rick when he was moderating the Bankruptcy Law Update seminar at the Suffolk County Bar Association in December.
 
Here’s Rick’s contact info:
 
Richard L. Stern, Esq.
Macco & Stern, LLP   
135 Pinelawn Road, Suite 120 South
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: (631) 549-7900
 
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