Steve Radin was born in Newark, New Jersey. He earned his A.B. from Seton Hall University in 1957 and his LL.B. from Columbia University in 1960. During law school, he worked for the Columbia Law School “Project for Effective Justice,” studying pretrial procedure in New Jersey.
Radin served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
He began his legal career clerking for the Attorney General and became Deputy Attorney General of the State of New Jersey and Counsel to the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. He also served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark, New Jersey.
Radin left the Attorney General’s Office in 1963 and joined the law firm of Schiff, Cummis and Kent. When Schiff and Kent left the firm in approximately 1968, Clive Cummis, Steve Radin, Mike Tischman and about ten other lawyers formed a new firm. Subsequently in 1971, Arthur Sills, the Attorney General who Radin worked for, and David Beck, a tax lawyer and roommate of Arthur Sills at Harvard Law School, created a new law firm with Cummis, Radin and Tischman – the new law firm was named Sills Beck Cummis Radin & Tischman. The Firm’s growth became extraordinary and continues to this day. Read more about the Firm’s founding here.
Radin is one of the Firm’s founding partners. His practice at the Firm includes representing insurance companies and banks in a variety of matters, including trial and settlement negotiations with respect to major insurance carriers on D&O liability insurance policies, insurance coverage, agent and company contract issues, and reinsurance issues. Radin was appointed as Special Counsel to the New Jersey Commissioner of Insurance for the liquidation of the Integrity Insurance Company. He also served as Special Counsel to the New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance in the rehabilitation of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company and as Special Counsel to the New Jersey Commissioner of Banking and Insurance in her capacity as Liquidator of HIP of New Jersey, Inc.
Radin was active in the New Jersey State Bar Association, serving a Chair of the Banking Law Section and Chair of the Insurance Law Section. He was also involved with the American Bar Association, serving as Vice Chair of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, and serving as a Member of the Section on Corporation, Banking and Business Laws, the Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code and the Subcommittee on the New Payments Code. He has served on the Board of Visitors and Subcommittee of Resources and Capital Planning of the Columbia University Law School.
Radin’s advice to litigators is to be honest and forthright in presentations and discussions with the court or jury. You must earn the trust of the court or the jury in order to prevail. You may not win all the time but the respect and positive long-term reputation will follow you throughout your future career.