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.