Ashley Steinhart Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.597.2520 | F 973.597.2521

Ashley advises clients on how to shape and secure their legacy to enrich those they love and provide lasting support for the causes they hold dear.

Known for long-standing client relationships–some in their third generation–Ashley is sought out for his thoughtful advice on the most sensitive matters. His clients appreciate his caring approach to guiding them through the estate planning process. Because he has extensive experience in fiduciary litigation, Ashley routinely anticipates and addresses potential confrontations before they occur. In the rare event a dispute arises in administering a trust or estate, Ashley is committed to doing everything possible to protect his clients’ intentions.

Ashley’s diverse group of clients represents more than $6 billion in assets. Throughout his career, he has advised individuals with interests in poker salons, intellectual property, thoroughbred horses, private foundations and colleges, real estate empires, sports, and entertainment.

Representative Engagements

Served as New Jersey counsel to an estate that was highlighted by a 90-day trial where the two primary parties (the decedent’s third wife and six children from two prior marriages) reached a settlement -- while the jury was deliberating -- dividing up more than $600 million.
Participated as a consultant in a will contest that led to the funding of one of the world’s finest animal shelters.
Represented the exceptant in a surcharge action for more than $200 million charging that a corporate fiduciary breached its fiduciary obligation in its failed attempts to develop a resort area on the East Coast. (This case made new law in several areas, including the standard owed by a fiduciary when it controls a business through a series of trusts.)
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Other Distinctions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in each of the past 25 years in both the tax and trust and estates categories. 

  • Named one of New Jersey’s Top 100 Attorneys and featured in the 2005-2017 issues of Super Lawyers in the Estate Planning/Trusts section and was the first attorney to be named in the Trust Litigation category of the publication.

Related Areas

Fiduciary Counseling & Litigation
Trusts & Estates


New York University ( L.L.M , 1970 ) ,  
Columbia University School of Law ( J.D. , 1967 )
Michigan State University ( A.B. , 1964 ) , cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions

1971 , U.S. Tax Court


  • The American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Fellow and Speaker
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association