Stephen S. Pappaterra

Steve Pappaterra practices law in the areas of estate planning and planning for special needs, as well as elder law and estate administration.

Stephen S. Pappaterra


Steve spent 14 years as Managing Director of Wealth Planning for PNC Wealth Management, with national responsibility for the strategic direction and delivery of estate and financial planning advice for high net worth clients.  As part of this role, he was the primary architect and leader for PNC’s highly-regarded Wealth Planning Group, which grew to 100+ planning specialists, comprised of attorneys, CPAs, and certified financial planners.

A former trusts and estates attorney at one of New Jersey’s largest law firms, he served as an adjunct professor of Business Law for six years.  He is the author or co-author of 13 articles for professional publications, has extensive experience as a professional speaker, and has been quoted by, and appeared in, major media outlets.

Steve is also Co-Founder and President of Syncopate Advisors, LLC, a speech and communications consulting firm, as well as a member of the coaching team for The Oechsli Institute based in North Carolina.

Steve left college for three years to study drums and percussion in New York with renowned teachers, Henry Adler and Morris Lang (New York Philharmonic), both of whom are members of the Percussive Arts Hall of Fame.  He continues to play professionally in theaters, big bands, and cabarets.

As a self-described “baseball fanatic,” I continue to play shortstop in hardball leagues across the Delaware Valley.

Stephen S. Pappaterra


J.D., 1992, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden

B.A., 1983, History, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Bar Admissions:

Steve is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Honors and Affiliations:

Dean’s Scholar, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden

Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Moot Court

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Optional Wealth: Selected Strategies for Exercising Stock Options, Journal of Estate Planning, Jan 2003

The IRA Double-Tax Trap: The Private Foundation Solution, Journal of Estate Planning, Aug 2002

From Success to Significance: Charitable Planning Strategies . . . with a Twist, Journal of Practical Estate Planning, Dec 2001

Selected Strategies For Dealing With Non-Diversified Wealth, Estate Planning, Dec 2000

Professional Activities:

New Jersey State Bar Association

Philadelphia Estate Planning Council

Estate and Financial Planning Council of Southern New Jersey

Community Involvement:

Board Member: Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater (2009 – Present)

Professional Musician: Drums, Xylophone, Timpani