Attorney Profiles

Lauri Steinberg and her assistant, Jenifer DaCosta, surpassed expectations in guiding our adoption journey. This remarkable team not only navigated the complexities with ease but also demonstrated patience and support with our many questions and concerns, particularly in working with the NJ Department of Children and Families. I wholeheartedly recommend Lauri and Jenifer for their compassionate ...

Douglas M. Pine (1969-2017)

Attorney Douglas Pine

Douglas M. Pine dedicated his practice to representing the needs of adoptive families.

Mr. Pine testified before the New Jersey State Legislature Assembly Judiciary Committee. He was a regular speaker for New Jersey Foster and Adoptive Family Services, was President of the Board of Hudson County CASA and was a Trustee on the Board of CASA of New Jersey, was a panelist at the 13th Annual Harvest of Hope Adoption Symposium, he spoke before foster parents at Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc. and was a volunteer attorney for the Essex County Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Mr. Pine joined forces with Lauri R. Steinberg and together they founded Pine & Steinberg, LLC. Pine & Steinberg, LLC handles all types of adoptions including co-parent adoptions, step-parent adoptions, New Jersey foster care adoptions, New York foster care adoptions, re-adoptions of children adopted outside of the United States and adult adoptions. Their clients include married couples, single men and women, and same-sex couples .

Mr. Pine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey and a Juris Doctorate from Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Lauri R. Steinberg, Esq.

Lauri R. Steinberg, Esq. practices exclusively in the area of family law and adoption. She was the Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert W. Page, Superior Court of Camden County, Chancery Division, Family Part from September 1997 through August 1998. Prior to working with Douglas M. Pine, Esq., Ms. Steinberg worked with the Law Offices of Eleanor Grosz in New York, New York, and focused exclusively on family law matters of all types. Ms. Steinberg began working with Douglas M. Pine, Esq. in 2010, and in 2016 they founded Pine & Steinberg, LLC. She has finalized thousands of adoptions, including foster care adoptions, step-parent adoptions, private placement adoptions, co-parent adoptions, and re-adoptions in counties all across New Jersey. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar and the Family Law Section of the State Bar. Ms. Steinberg has completed 40 hours of mediation training, and she offers pro bono legal consultations and family law workshops at the National Council for Jewish Women. Ms. Steinberg graduated from Brandeis University in 1994, and from Cardozo School of Law in 1997. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She lives in Union County with her husband and children.

Jenifer R. DaCosta

Jenifer R. DaCosta joined Pine & Steinberg, LLC in the summer of 2009. She graduated from Montclair State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts with a paralegal certification. She has over eight years’ experience as an adoption paralegal. Jenifer has handled an average of over 500 adoptions a year since starting with the firm ranging from private placement adoptions to agency adoptions. Jenifer has vast experience in researching adoption law, staying up-to-date with changes to the laws and requirements. She works directly with our clients, Surrogate Court staff, and, adoption agency staff to make sure all aspects of the adoption process occur in a timely manner to ensure a quick and efficient finalization. Jenifer has future plans of obtaining her Juris Doctor.