Stephen A. Rudolph

Stephen A. Rudolph

Manasquan, New Jersey

Mr. Rudolph is the managing partner of Rudolph & Kayal. He was born in the Bronx, New York. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Rudolph was an active duty member of the United States Air Force, having been stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, George Air Force Base in Victorville, California, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan and Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Rudolph also served short tours of duty in South Korea, Germany, Greece, England and the Philippines.

Mr. Rudolph graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a B.S. in 1989. He graduated from Widener University School of Law with a J.D. in 1994. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1994; admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1994; admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey in 1994; admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1995; and admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit in 1996.

Mr. Rudolph has been Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. He has tried more than 125 jury verdicts, many of them involving complex cases in wrongful death, brain damage, products liability and employer liability. Mr. Rudolph has obtained successful jury verdicts in 14 of the 21 counties in New Jersey, establishing the Firm’s strong State-wide presence in New Jersey. He has tried more than 10 wrongful death cases through verdict and has tried many other catastrophic injury cases stemming from construction accidents, products liability, dram shop/liquor liability, tractor-trailer accidents and routine automobile accidents. Mr. Rudolph is frequently listed as the trial attorney for jury verdicts that have been published in New Jersey Jury Verdict Review & Analysis and Verdict Search-New Jersey. The following is a short, partial list of the jury verdict periodicals in which Mr. Rudolph’s verdicts have been published:

New Jersey Jury Verdict Review & Analysis: May 2004; March 2005; April 2005; February 2006; September2006 (3 verdicts); November 2006; December 2006; January 2007; March 2007 (2 verdicts); October 2007; December 2007; April 2008; June 2008; September 2008; October 2008; May 2009; July 2009; August 2009; March 2010; October 2010; April 2011; January 2012; February 2012; December 2012; April 2013; May 2013; July 2013; October 2013; November 2013; July 2014; May 2015.

Verdict Search-New Jersey: September 2005 (3 verdicts); December 2005; March 2006; June 2006; September 2006 (2 verdicts); October 2006; December 2006; January 2007; February 2007; March 2007; May 2007; June 2007; July 2007; November 2007 (2 verdicts); March 2008; April 2008; June 2008; June 2009; July 2009; November 2010; January 2013; March 2013; June 2013; January 2014; February 2014; September 2014 (2 verdicts); April 2015; June 2015; July 2015.

Mr. Rudolph frequently gives lectures and training seminars to various groups, corporations and insurance companies on a broad range of topics, including trial strategy and tactics, products liability, tractor-trailer litigation, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, economic damages under Green v. Bittner, conscious pain and suffering, bad faith claims under Rova Farms, admissibility of testimony and evidence, closed-head injury claims, "intentional wrong" employer liability claims under Laidlow, and the use (or non-use) of experts.  Mr. Rudolph is a member of the Defense Research Institute, New Jersey Defense Association and the New Jersey State Bar.

Mr. Rudolph specializes in trials of complex, large-exposure cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, products liability, employer liability, dram shop/liquor liability, commercial litigation, tractor-trailer litigation, automobile negligence, premises liability and construction defect.

Areas of Practice

  • Trials of Complex, Large-Exposure Cases
  • Wrongful Death
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Employer Liability
  • Dram Shop/Liquor Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Tractor-Trailer Litigation
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Defect

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • New Jersey, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1996


  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
    • J.D. - 1994
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha
    • B.S. - 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
  • New Jersey Defense Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member