Shelley L. Stangler

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Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Springfield, NJ

The Law Offices of Shelley L. Stangler, P.C.
 | 155 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone: 973-379-2500
Fax: 973-379-0031
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Schools & Education (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)


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    Attorney Profile

    Ms. Stangler runs a practice devoted to civil rights, personal injury and special education matters.  She is committed to holding the government accountable for misconduct, and is intimately familiar with the law concerning police, corrections and school misconduct.  She has won appeals before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning lower court rulings in a jail suicide and special education case. Ms. Stangler is an accomplished trial attorney, having tried multiple premises, motor vehicle and civil rights cases before juries.  She has handled several significant excessive force matters and jail suicide cases. She appears in the Office of Administrative Law on special education matters. Some of her more notable cases include successful recoveries to a Bolivian national beaten by an off-duty police officer in Jersey City, who then was subjected to medical negligence in the failure to order a CT Scan resulting in his death, to the estate of a man who died in a correction facility for the failure to properly diagnose and treat drug withdrawal,  to a former inmate who was brutally beaten by another inmate by the use of broomsticks that had been permitted for cleaning in the cells.   

    Ms. Stangler also handles product liability cases where she has obtained seven (7) figure settlements in machine, pool, seat belt and death litigation.

     Ms. Stangler sits on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice, a trial lawyer’s bar association (NJAJ).  She has been a guest lecturer at ICLE on police misconduct cases, at NJAJ on discovery, and has spoken about special education matters at various related service providers.  She currently chairs the education and civil rights committees for NJAJ. She  is a past president of Woman Lawyers in Union County and she also serves as a trustee of the Springfield Public Library.  

    A summa cum laude graduate of Boston University, Ms. Stangler earned a Bachelor of Science in 1977 in broadcasting, film and journalism. She then attended law school and graduated in the top 25% of her class from Brooklyn Law School and participated in the Moot Court Society.

    As well as being admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York state courts, Ms. Stangler is admitted to practice before the following federal courts: United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Civil Rights
    • 30%Personal Injury - General
    • 20%Schools & Education
    • 10%Employment Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Schools, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


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    Super Lawyers: 2020

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    About Shelley Stangler

    Admitted: 1987, New Jersey

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association
    • Union County Bar Association
    • New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers), Board of Governors
    • Women Lawyers of Union County, Past President
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • New Jersey, 1987
    • New York, 1982

    Educational Background:

    • Boston University, Summa Cum Laude, Journalism/Media, Film, Broadcasting, 1977

    Industry Groups

    • Ms. Stangler works to hold corporations
    • schools and the government accountable for misconduct
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    Office Location for Shelley L. Stangler

    155 Morris Avenue
    Springfield, NJ 07081

    Phone: 973-379-2500

    Fax: 973-379-0031

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    Last Updated: 1/20/2020

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