Stephen Pappaterra, J.D.

Stephen Pappaterra, J.D.

Director of Practice Management

Steve Pappaterra is Director of Practice Management for CapWealth. With more than 30 years of experience as an attorney and wealth management executive, Steve provides the CapWealth team with ideas and methodologies to better serve its clients.

Prior to joining CapWealth, Steve was an estate planning attorney for the law firm of Earp Cohn P.C. Before that, he 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. He was the primary architect and leader of PNC’s highly-regarded Wealth Planning Group, which he grew to over 80 planning specialists comprised of attorneys, CPAs, and certified financial planners. Steve also served as an adjunct professor of Business Law for six years and continues teaching as a featured lecturer at Fordham University on Ethics in Business.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law at Camden, where he was a Dean’s Scholar.

The author or co-author of 13 articles for professional publications, Steve has taught numerous continuing education courses for attorneys. He also has extensive experience as a professional speaker, and has been quoted by, and appeared in, many major media outlets. He is a longstanding member of the performance coaching staff for The Oechsli Institute, helping transform how professionals present themselves, their organizations, and their ideas.

Steve left college as a junior and spent three years studying drums, xylophone, and timpani in New York with renowned teachers Henry Adler and Morris Lang (of the 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. Insistent that he will never fully “grow up,” Steve’s favorite passion is playing shortstop in hardball leagues across South Jersey.

A former longtime trustee of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, Steve currently volunteers as communications coordinator for the Pennsylvania Chapter of International Justice Mission, the world’s largest anti-human trafficking organization. He and his wife, Cyndy, have been active in overseas adoptions, having adopted daughters from Korea and China.

Steve was born and raised in Trenton, but he and Cyndy are longtime Moorestown residents. They have three children: Alex, Gianna, and Marielle, and a dog named “Lucky Boy” . . . because he is.

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