Steve is recognized as one of the leading insurance recovery lawyers in the country, representing some of the largest and best-known companies in the world with respect to all lines of commercial insurance. Steve was previously a partner in the Washington, DC office of DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, where he was a partner for over 30 years. Steve has litigated numerous insurance coverage disputes involving policyholders in the real estate, construction, banking, healthcare, life insurance, hotel, assisted living, computer, transportation, steel, commodities, and food service industries. Steve also represents trade associations, builders, and owners regarding various insurance coverage and liability issues arising from claims of defective workmanship and defective building materials. He has submitted numerous amicus briefs in appellate courts around the country on these issues. Steve is currently representing a number of companies in connection with their business income losses caused by COVID-19.
Steve’s practice also involves advising clients with respect to the insurance aspects of transactional matters. He helps developers, contractors, owners, lenders, landlords, tenants and other clients in the real estate, construction and financial services sectors deal with insurance and indemnity issues in complex real estate and construction transactions. He also advises clients regarding the insurance aspects of mergers and acquisitions, insurance issues in bankruptcy proceedings, trade credit insurance, reps and warranties insurance, and environmental insurance.
Steve received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; his M.A. from the University of Notre Dame; and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Steve was a law clerk in the Fifth Circuit for the renowned Judge John R. Brown.