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With over 40 years of litigation and appellate experience, Joseph serves a broad client base and is involved in the nation’s most significant bankruptcy cases. Prior to joining ASK LLP, Joseph practiced transportation and commercial law in Washington D.C. amid major industry changes, which led to him shifting into bankruptcy law. Now a nationally-recognized bankruptcy attorney, Joseph has argued hundreds of cases at district and bankruptcy courts, nearly all U.S. Courts of Appeal, and at the United States Supreme Court where he argued the case of Reiter v. Cooper, 507 U.S. 258 (1993).

When Joseph and Edward Neiger met, they knew they wanted to work together, eventually merging their respective firms in 2012 to expand ASK LLP’s national reach while establishing a New York City office. Joseph has been primary counsel in over one hundred published opinions, engaged in over one hundred mediations representing plaintiffs and defendants, has published several articles on transportation and bankruptcy law, and is a frequent lecturer on commercial litigation and avoidance law. Joseph is also responsible for managing and growing the ASK LLP team to handle major current mass tort bankruptcy cases including Purdue and Boy Scouts.

A New York native, Joseph holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude and a Juris Doctorate with high honors from the George Washington University Law School. He lives on Lake Minnetonka with his wife and two dogs, and they love to stay active doing road bike races, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the Minnesota outdoor lifestyle together as well as visiting with their two sons who live in LA and Chicago.


Mr. Steinfeld earned his legal degree from George Washington University, (J.D. 1979), with high honors and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, (B.A. 1976, Magna Cum Laude).


Mr. Steinfeld is admitted to bars of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Minnesota. He is a Life Time Sustaining Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the New York Institute of Credit and the Turnaround Management Association.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy and Litigation


Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr., Gary D. Underdahl and Bethany J. Rubis, Back to the Future? Critical-Vendor Orders Cannot Be Applied Retroactively to Shield Preference Liability, XXXVII ABI Journal 11, 30-31, 50, November 2018.

Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr. & Brigette McGrath, Preferences and Credit Card Transactions: A Catch-22 for Creditors, or a Fair Recovery for the Debtor’s Estate?, ABI UNSECURED TRADE CREDITORS COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER, November 2014.

Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr. & Kara E. Casteel, Critical-Vendor Creditors May Now Double-Dip on New Value, 33 ABI JOURNAL 3, March 2014.

Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr. & Kara E. Casteel, Preference Period Transfers Must Be Compared When Debtor Was Healthy, 31 ABI JOURNAL 8, Sept. 2012.

Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr. & Kara E. Casteel, Friedman’s Improperly Adds Requirement that New-Value Analysis Closes at Petition Date, 31 ABI JOURNAL 2, p. 42, March 2012.

Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr. & Gregory S. Abrams, New Value and Reclamation Post-BAPCPA: How §503(b)(9) (Twenty-Day Claims) Has Cut a Slice Out of the Preference Pie, 26 ABI JOURNAL 1, p. 28, Feb. 2007.

Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr., Gregory S. Abrams & Joseph A. Hess, Prosecuting Preference Actions Post-BAPCPA: Another View Toward a Reliable Statistical Model, 25 ABI JOURNAL 10, p. 54, Dec./Jan. 2007.

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