Stephen Hunter

Attorney Bio

Stephen HunterStephen B. Hunter, Esq.
Somerville, New Jersey


Mr. Hunter limits his practice to Public Sector Labor Law, particularly concentrating on the representation of New Jersey Police, Firefighter and Public School teacher (and support staff) labor unions, including hundreds of NJEA affiliates throughout New Jersey, the Jersey City Police Officer Benevolent Association, Bergen County PBA Local 134 (Sheriff’s Officers and Correction Officers), Union County PBA Local 199 (Correction Officers), Hudson County PBA Local 334 (Correction Officers, Hudson County PBA Local 232A (Prosecutor’s Investigators), Wall Township PBA Local 234, Howell Township Superior Officers Association, Manalapan Township PBA Local 229, Brick Township PBA Local 230, Berkeley Township PBA Local 237, Piscataway PBA Local 93, Winslow Township Police Association, Hamilton Township FMBA Local No. 84 and 284, South Brunswick FOP Lodge 51, Port Authority Sergeants Benevolent Association, Port Authority Lieutenants Benevolent Association, Port Authority Detectives Endowment Association, Keyport PBA Local 223, Montvale PBA Local 303 and Dumont PBA Local 377.


Mr. Hunter has been selected for inclusion in the book “Best Lawyers in America” for the past twenty years in the area of labor and employment law. For the past fifteen years Mr. Hunter has been included in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s annual article titled “New Jersey Attorneys Name Their Favorite Lawyers” as one of New Jersey’s “Top Lawyers” in the field of labor law.

Mr. Hunter was also selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the field of labor law for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Hunter was the Co-Chairman of the PERC Practice and Procedures Sub-Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and served on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.  He was also appointed as the Coordinator of the Public Employment Litigation Sub-Committee for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 terms. He was also appointed as a Co-Chairman of the Sexual Harassment in the Workforce Committee.

Mr. Hunter has also been active in representing Plaintiffs in employment discrimination matters, with a special emphasis on representing employees in handicap discrimination proceedings. In 1987, he was the recipient of the National Award for Advocacy presented by the Epilepsy Foundation of America.


Steve Hunter is an avid sports fan. He is a loyal supporter of his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes and the Yankees, Giants, and Devils. He enjoys traveling internationally and spending quality time with his family.

Practice Areas

Public Sector Labor Law (100%)


1973, New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


Law School: University of Michigan, J.D., 1972

College: The Ohio State University, B.A., 1969


New Jersey State Bar Association; Former member of New Jersey Lawyer Editorial Board.

Monmouth County Bar Association.


New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, 1972-1980 (Mediator, Hearing Examiner and Special Assistant to the Chairman).

Partner, Klausner & Hunter, Somerville, NJ, 1980-2006.

Member, Detzky & Hunter, LLC, since 2006 (now Detzky, Hunter & DeFillippo, LLC).

Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers University Graduate Program, 1977-1978.

Instructor: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (numerous programs).

Lorman Education Services.

Representative Reported Cases

Jansen vs. Food Circus, 110 N.J. 363 (1988) (Rights of Handicapped Employees)

New Jersey Transit PBA Local 304 vs. New Jersey Transit Corporation, 151 N.J. 531 (1997) (Random Drug Testing)

Hall vs. Jefferson Township Board of Education, 125 N.J. 299 (1991) (Rescission of Resignation)

Board of Education vs. Neptune Township Education Association, 144 N.J. 16 (1996) (Payment of Salary Increments)

Kletzkin vs. Spotswood Board of Education, 136 N.J. 275 (1993) (Acquisition of Tenure)

Bergen County PBA Local 134 vs. Donovan (2014 N.J. Super. LEXIS 76 (County Sheriff has the exclusive authority to negotiate salaries and other economic benefits with employees of the Sheriff’s Department)