Board Certified-Business Bankruptcy Law*
American Board of Certification
Neuner & Ventura, LLP
Willow Ridge Executive Office Park
750 Route 73 South-Suite 210
Marlton, New Jersey 08053-4133
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Selected as one of the 5% of New Jersey attorneys designated “Superlawyers” for 5 years since 2007. For more information, click here.**.
Served as bankruptcy trustee in new jersey for 22 years.
Actively involved in bankruptcy law and education for over 30 years.
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Steve Neuner focuses his attention in the areas of Bankruptcy, Commercial and Business Law, Strategic Business and Asset Protection Planning and Real Estate. For 22 years, from 1987 to 2009, he served as a member of the panel of Bankruptcy Trustees appointed to administer Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in New Jersey. In that capacity, he regularly supervised and administered millions of dollars in assets and over 500 cases per year involving everything from individuals to businesses with multi-million dollar annual sales. He has served as Creditor’s Committee Counsel and Chapter 11 Operating Trustee for several businesses, and as a Receiver appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey. Mr. Neuner represents businesses and individuals with financial difficulties, including those seeking bankruptcy protection under the reorganization provisions of Chapters 11 and 13 and in liquidation proceedings under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. He also helps business and individual creditors to protect their rights in and out of bankruptcy. He regularly appears in the United States Bankruptcy Court. He is called upon on a regular basis to be a speaker or seminar panelist discussing topics of interest to the bankruptcy bar, and the accounting profession. He has authored several articles discussing topics of current interest.. Since 1993, he has been certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist. He was admitted to the panel of mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey and the Superior Court of New Jersey, after completing mediation training. He also serves as a Foreclosure Mediator in several South Jersey counties.
Steve and his wife have lived in Cherry Hill since 1982. He is active in a variety of community concerns, including a program to promote financial literacy among high school and college students.
Partner, Bankruptcy and Commercial Practice
Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights
Commercial Law and Litigation
70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certifications & Specialties:
Business Bankruptcy, American Board of Certification, 1998 to present
Business Bankruptcy, Commercial Law League Academy, 1993-1998
NJ Superior Court Civil Mediator, 2006 to present;
Mediator, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Dist of New Jersey, 2006 to present;
NJ Superior Court Mortgage Foreclosure mediator, 2008 to present
New Jersey, 1980
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1980
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3d Circuit, 1981
United States Supreme Court, 1991
J.D., Rutgers School of Law – Camden, Camden, NJ, 1979
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, California, 1974
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Fraudulent Transfers in New Jersey – Proving Fraudulent Intent is Easier than you Think: Elements and Standard of Proof, Camden County Bar Association Barrister, May 2015
Danger in Fraudulent Transfers and Asset Protection Schemes – Transfer in the Distant Past can be Attacked and Undone by Creditors or a Bankruptcy Trustee, Camden County Bar Association Barrister, April 2015
Chapter 20 and Debt Limitations, ABI Journal, July 2012
Unpaid Counsel Fees and Other Administrative Expense Claims Will be Discharged, ABI Committee News, Volume 10, #2, April 2012
Trouble Spots and Some Important Relief for Homeowners Facing Foreclosure, The Barrister, Camden County Bar Association Newsletter, March 2010
The New Section 724(b): Congress’s Drafting Error Can Save Counsel’s Fees on Conversion to Chapter 7, NABTalk, the magazine of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Winter 2009
Protecting Your Fees When Your Client Files for Bankruptcy, New Jersey Trial Lawyer, July, 1990
Staying Retained and Protecting Your Fees when a Client files for bankruptcy, New Jersey Law Journal, February, 1998
Treating the Accident Victim and Getting Paid, Journal of New Jersey Dental Association, Spring 2000
In re Messina, 687 F.3d 74 (3d Cir, 2012). Precedential opinion on second trip to the Circuit Court, upholding successful ruling at bankruptcy court level and District Court ruling in favor of trustee Neuner on remand. Holds that debtors are not entitled to benefit personally from avoidance recoveries, that section 522(g) is the only basis for a claim of exemption, and that Trustee was not obligated to object to exemption claimed in residence in order to retain proceeds of successful avoidance of defectively acknowledged mortgage on that residence., 2012
In the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, obtained reversal of adverse ruling by US District Court, District of New Jersey, with ruling in my favor on remand. Question was whether a debtor was allowed to exempt the proceeds of a successful avoidance of a defective mortgage, or claim the proceeds when upon avoidance the mortgage was automatically assigned to the trustee. In re Messina, 386 Fed.Appx. 152, 2010 WL 2712141, on remand, 2011 WL 322018 (D.N.J. 2011)., 2010
Judgment for $260,319.00 in Neuner and Curriden v Innovative Mortgage Solutions et als, Adv No. 06-1761 JHW. In this case, Neuner and co-counsel Mark Rinaldi obtained this judgment, including treble damages and counsel fees under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, arising from a mortgage rescue scheme in which the Debtor was found to have been defauded of most of the net proceeds from sale of her home., 2008
Messina 3d Cir 2012
Sharps Run Associates, L.P. (Steven R. Neuner, Trustee v. C.G. Realty Capital Ventures-I, L.P.), 1993, D.N.J., 157 B.R. 766
Neuner and Curriden v Innovative Mortgage Solutions et als (In re Curriden), 2007 WL 2669431 (Bkrtcy.D.N.J.)(Consumer Fraud Act case arising from “mortgage rescue” scam; modified by subsequent unreported decision resulting in judgment for $260,000.00)
Theodore J. Liscinski, bankruptcy Trustee, Trenton vicinage, New Jersey. Serving as special counsel., 2012
Thomas Subranni, Trustee. Representation as special counsel in various capacities, most commonly in pursuing recovery of fraudulent transfers and related causes of action, 2010
Barry Sharer, Trustee. For over 10 years, Mr. Neuner has been called on to represent Mr. Sharer as a trustee in a variety of matters, from preference and fraudulent transfer actions, to sales of health care and other businesses, and a host of other situations., 2000
Barry Sharer, CPA (Bankruptcy Trustee)
Alfred T. Giuliano (Bankruptcy Trustee)
John Hargrave Esq. (Bankruptcy Trustee)
Thomas Subranni (Bankruptcy Trustee)
Rentrak Corporation (inventory leasing)
Barry Sharer, CPA/Trustee, 856-435-3200
Alfred T. Giuliano, CPA/Trustee Giuliano Miller and Co. 856-596-7000
Stanton D. Meltzer, CPA, Gold Meltzer Plasky and Wise, 856-727-0100
Public speaking and presentations:
Review and analysis of a 2012 New Jersey bankruptcy court decision that resulted in dismissal of a Chapter 20 bankruptcy (Chapter 13 following Chapter 7) because a discharged mortgage note obligation when added to other unsecured debt exceeed the limitations allowed for chapter 13 debtors. Article includes discussion of the reasoning and practical difficulties it creates., Author, Chapter 20 and Debt Limitations: Does a Strip-Off of Junior Mortgages Ressurrect the Discharged Junior Mortgage Note Obligation as an Unsecured Debt?, American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Journal, 2012
Analysis of section 724(b) under 2005 BAPCPA amendments, showing that on conversion from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7, unpaid tax liens are still subordinated to post-petition counsel fees of debtors counsel and others: , Author, The New Section 724(b): Congress’s Drafting Error Can Save Counsel’s Fees on Conversion to Chapter 7, NABTalk, the Magazing of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Winter 2009, Bankruptcy, 2009
Seminar Panelist, 17th Annual Camden County Bankruptcy Law Conference, Voorhees, NJ, January 26, 2010. Annual review of significant cases and developments.
Seminar Panelist, Interplay Between Bankruptcy and Family Law, presented by Camden County Bar Association, Voorhees, NJ, November 16, 2009. This program explored the complexities of bankruptcy and divorce. Co panelists included Hon. Marie Lihotz, Judge, NJ Superior Court, Appellate Division, and Hon. Judith H. Wizmur, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey.
Seminar Panelist, NBI Trial Practice Bankruptcy Forum “What Judges Clerks and Trustees Want You to Know”, Philadelphia, PA, June 2, 2009.
Numerous classes since 2005 with New Jersey high school seniors on credit, credit cards and identity theft as part of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation Financial Literacy Project, an effort to increase awareness about credit and the pitfalls that can lead to bankruptcy or financial disaster. Steve spearheaded this project and the design of the program. He actively promotes this project throughout New Jersey and elsewhere.
Featured as bankruptcy law authority in EBRU-TV Open Forum, September 2007 on financial literacy/students at risk due to debt problems.
On September 15, 2008 Steve gave a 2 hour presentation to the New Jersey Society of CPA’s, Southern Division, on “Bankruptcy-What a CPA Needs to Know” The program covered the costs, risks, and proper use of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy for both individuals and businesses, as well as how to protect professional fees.
Author-Contributing Editor, “Getting at the Truth: Using the attorney-client privilege waiver to gain access to “inside” information” , ABI Commercial Fraud Taskforce Newsletter, Bankruptcy Lawyers And Professionals, 2007
Regular Presentations to New Jersey Bankruptcy Inns of Court, as a Master.
Presenter, 2003 Annual Conference of New Jersey Society of CPA’s, Program on “Pitfalls Operating in the Zone of Insolvency and Related Topics”
Article explaining the limits on debtors’ ability to voluntarily withdraw a bankruptcy in Chapter 7 cases., “Debtor’s Remorse-Chapter 7 Debtors do not have a right to dismiss their case when things do not go as planned”, New Jersey Lawyer, 2002
Explanation of problems and issues personal injury lawyers face when a client files bankruptcy, including how to protect their right to fees, procedures for getting retained and settlement approval, and how to deal with bankruptcy trustees,, Author, “How to Protect your fees when your client files a Bankruptcy Petition, New Jersey Law Journal, Bankruptcy And Personal Injury Lawyers, 1998
Master/Presenter, Program on bankruptcy issues and problems in divorce context, Forkin Matrimonial Inns of Court, 1998 – 1999
New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education. www.njcfe.org
Founding member and regional coordinator of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation Financial Literacy Project. Mr. Neuner designed the program that is now presented to high school students throughout New Jersey and has actively promoted the project. He regularly presents programs to students and educators on financial literacy topics.
Master, New Jersey Bankruptcy Inns of Court, 2005 to present
Burlington County Bar Association, 1980 – Present
Camden County Bar Association, 1980 – Present
Marlton Rotary Club, 1983-1986 (President), 1985 – 1986
Cherry Hill Rotary Club, 1996 – 2002
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, 1990 – Present
Member, President’s Circle
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 2008 to present
New Jersey Bankruptcy Trustee Association, 1994 – Present
President, 1999-2001;Secretary-Treasurer,1996 –
1998;Vice-President,1998 – 1999
American Bankruptcy Institute, 1993 – Present
Commercial Law League of America, 1991 – Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, 1980 – Present
Member of Bankruptcy Law Section
Pro Bono and Public Service Activities:
Rutgers-Camden Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic, 1992 – Present
Director, American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region, 2000-2003
Trustee, New Jersey Bankruptcy Law Foundation, 2005-2006
Coordinator and Co-Founder of New Jersey Bankruptcy Law Foundation Financial Literacy Project.
Born, 1952, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Married with 2 children.