From 1978 to 1980, Steve Rothman worked as a trial associate at the Journal Square, Jersey City litigation law firm of Miller, Hochman, Meyerson & Schaeffer, Esqs. There he tried numerous jury and non-jury trials.
In January 1980, he launched his own firm for the general practice of law in Englewood, New Jersey in second-floor offices over the barber shop on Depot Square and became active in community affairs.
At the time, Englewood was a city of approximately 26,000 people of varied races, ethnicities, religions, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
Living, since 1978, in one of Englewood’s many garden apartments, Steve Rothman was President of the Scarborough Manor Tenants’ Association, performing pro bono legal services for the poor and elderly faced with eviction.
Steve Rothman’s second floor law offices above the barber shop on
Englewood’s Depot Square, 1980-1993
Steve Rothman, pro bono Legal Counsel to the
New Jersey Young Democrats,
receiving NJYD award as Outstanding Young Democrat, 1982
He was also involved in local politics as a member of the Englewood Democratic Club, the Englewood Democratic Municipal Committee, and Legal Counsel to the Bergen County Young Democrats and the New Jersey Young Democrats. He was Campaign Coordinator for various Englewood City Council member candidates and held the office of Treasurer for the Bergen County Democratic Party, for State Senator Matthew Feldman’s campaign, as well as for various Bergen County Democratic Freeholder campaigns.
He was a co-founder of the Englewood Hispanic Lion’s Club, a member of the United Jewish Community of Bergen County and a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Community Center on the Palisades. In 1980, the Englewood Mayor and Council appointed him to the Englewood Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Englewood Environmental Commission.