Steve graduated Boston College Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1988, and Yale (where he was a Directed Studies honors program student) with a B.S. in Biology in 1976. He worked for several years in New York City, Hartford, Connecticut and Morristown, New Jersey, in firms ranging in size from six to forty attorneys and in areas such as Customs Law, Corporate Law, Taxation, and Trusts and Estates. He opened his own practice in 1990, handling entertainment law, and general business agreements. He began concentrating in immigration law in 1994. His current practice is limited to immigration law and estate probate and administration.
He apprenticed in immigration law with a pro-bono (legal aid) organization in Brooklyn, NY. This apprenticeship enabled Steve to begin handling immigration and naturalization matters, now a major part of his practice.
Before becoming a lawyer, Steve worked in many aspects of film and video production, on feature films, TV commercials and industrials. His roles have included producer, director, cameraman and editor (industrials), special effects computer animator (commercials), and production assistant (features). He has published articles on film business and computer-generated special effects in Variety and has written on entertainment law in the New York Law Journal
Steve is an avid fan of soccer in general and of Barcelona FC and Lionel Messi in particular. His love of the world's most popular sport and his enjoyment of other cultures, both through travel and through his having worked on film outside the U.S. (in Mexico City), all contribute to his commitment to the immigrant community. Steve speaks and writes some French and speaks some Spanish. He employs interpreters on legal matters where warranted.
Steve attempts to civilize and humanize the lawyer-client relationship by clarifying what his services on a given matter will be, what prospects for success and risks are involved in a given client's legal position, and what his own fees for legal services are likely to be.
When not practicing law, Steve spends his time studying and performing improv, storytelling, creating videos and writing. His essay describing the experience of visiting a client in immigration detention was published in the Fall, 2017, issue of The Threepenny Review.
Nikki, now retired from the practice of law, graduated Boston College Law School magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree in 1988, and Yale cum laude with distinction in Literature, in 1976. She was senior articles editor on the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review. After law school, she served as law clerk on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Before joining Pusin & Sklar, Nikki worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Starr, Gern, Davison and Rubin (formerly Gern, Dunetz, Davison and Weinstein) in Roseland, New Jersey, from 1989 through 1996, on a variety of commercial litigation and family law matters.
Before she became an attorney, Nikki worked in book publishing.She studied studio art at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in the 1970s, and continues to create sculpture and visual art. Her sculptures have won juried awards at the county and state level. She was the editor of the revised (2016) edition of Next Year, Free! A Modern Slavery Curriculum, published online by Free the Slaves. She currently works as a teaching assistant in Hebrew and Judaics at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, New Jersey, and as a Hebrew teacher at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, New Jersey.