Stephen Wellinghorst is a partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Insurance Litigation Department.

Mr. Wellinghorst received his B.A. in Political Science from Montclair State University in 1984. He received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit School of Law in 1988, where he was an Associate Editor of the Ohio Northern University Law Review.

Following law school, Mr. Wellinghorst joined the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. In 1992, he joined the law firm of Braff Harris & Sukoneck, where he specialized in insurance defense litigation representing various insurance companies, self-insured companies and public entities. He became a partner with Braff Harris & Sukoneck in 2000.

In 2006, Mr. Wellinghorst co-founded the firm of Wellinghorst & Fronzuto L.L.C.

He joined Harwood Lloyd in 2011 as a partner and practices primarily in the area of insurance defense litigation, representing several insurance companies, self-insured corporations and municipalities. Mr. Wellinghorst specializes in premises liability, representing the largest mall in New Jersey as well as the largest franchised quick service food company in the world and the largest supermarket chain in the east coast.  As a trial attorney, Mr. Wellinghorst has successfully litigated multi-million dollar lawsuits on behalf of his clients. He has more than 20 years experience litigating all aspects of civil litigation, including insurance defense, premises liability, self-insured and public entity defense, professional liability, public liability, product liability, construction defects, employment discrimination and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Wellinghorst is a former barrister in the Arthur T. Vanderbilt American Inn of Court, a member of the Defense Research Institute, and a member of the Council on Litigation Management. He has presented numerous seminars and lectured for trade associations and the insurance industry. He has been a frequent legal commentator on local and national news programs such as MSNBC, Court TV, Fox News, CNN and News 12 New Jersey.

Mr. Wellinghorst was Municipal Judge for the Borough of West Paterson (2003-2006), and was a Councilman in the Village of Ridgewood from 2010 – 2013.

Mr. Wellinghorst is admitted to practice before the courts of  the State of New Jersey (1988), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1989), the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1989), and the United States Supreme Court (1996), The District of Columbia Courts and the State of New York Courts.

Mr. Wellinghorst is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.



  • Montclair State University (B.A. 1984)


  • Ohio Northern University School of Law (J.D. 1988)



  • New Jersey, 1988
  • Pennsylvania, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 2013
  • New York, 2014


  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 1996



  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Council for Litigation Management


  • Assistant Prosecutor, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office 1988 – 1991
  • Former Judge of the Borough of West Paterson Municipal Court 2003-2006
  • Councilman, Village of Ridgewood 2010 – Present
  • Associate Editor, Ohio Northern University School of Law, Law Review
  • Barrister for the Arthur T. Vanderbilt American Inn of Court