Monday, November 16, 2020


Ellen L. Koblitz ’76 Joins Pashman Stein as Special Counsel

Honorable Ellen L. Koblitz ’76 has joined Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C. as Special Counsel in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Appellate Advocacy, and Family Law practices, based in the firm’s Hackensack, New Jersey office.  Judge Koblitz focuses her practice on mediating and arbitrating Family Law and Chancery matters as well as consulting on appellate court matters, including conducting moot court arguments.

Ellen Koblitz

“We are extremely pleased and honored to welcome Judge Koblitz to our firm,” said Pashman Stein Managing Partner Michael S. Stein. “Judge Koblitz not only adds to the bench strength of our ADR, Appellate Advocacy, and Family Law teams, but, having seen up close the breadth of knowledge, wisdom, and compassion that Judge Koblitz brought to her career as a judge, I know she will be a great role model and mentor to our team and an invaluable resource for our clients.”

Prior to joining Pashman Stein, Judge Koblitz served as a judge in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey for 10 years, including two years as Presiding Judge.

Upon graduation from Yale Law School, Judge Koblitz began her legal career in the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, where she rose to become deputy public defender in charge of the Hudson and then Bergen County regional office. She was first appointed to New Jersey Superior Court in 1993, serving in the Special Civil Part and Criminal Part in Bergen County. Thereafter, she served as Presiding Judge of the Family Part from September 1998 to September 2008, when she was tapped to serve as Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division in Bergen County.

During her 27-year career on the bench, Judge Koblitz served on numerous New Jersey Supreme Court Committees, including serving as chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee, chair of the Conference of Family Division Presiding Judges, chair of the Children in Court Improvement Committee, and vice chair of the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee.