Steve's practice consists of complex federal and state litigation – including multidistrict litigation, trials, arbitrations, and appeals in the areas of securities fraud, shareholder derivative, and class actions, antitrust, trusts and estates, insurance coverage, bankruptcy, professional responsibility, and information law – as well as government and internal investigations.

Prior to joining Boies Schiller Flexner, Steve was a civil litigation partner at the law firm of Barrett Gravante Carpinello & Stern. Between 1996 and 1998, he was Associate Director for Investigations in the New York office of Control Risks Group, a London-based security consultancy, where he managed domestic and international investigative projects for law firms and Fortune 500 clients.

From 1990 to 1996, Steve served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Appellate Chief in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was the Professional Responsibility Officer. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Steve handled and supervised numerous trials and appeals in such areas as defense contractor and health care fraud under the False Claims Act, tax, bankruptcy, environmental law, employment discrimination, civil rights, immigration, federal tort claims, and information law. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he received the Department of Justice Exceptional Achievement Award for his litigation of a case relating to the "Whitewater" investigation. He also has received the FDA Commissioner's Special Citation in recognition of having brought a landmark pharmaceutical injunction action that produced nationwide generic drug manufacturing standards.

Steve has taught Profession of Law to third-year students at Columbia Law School.

Representative recent and ongoing matters Steve has led include:

  • Litigating a $500 million insurance coverage action to successful conclusion in the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division on behalf of a group of UK insurance syndicates 
  • Defending a European investment group in breach-of-contract litigation in Delaware Chancery Court
  • Obtaining dismissal of a federal civil RICO action against overseas insurance syndicates in the Eastern District of Louisiana and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Representing a hedge fund bondholder group in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal injunction against repayment of Argentine debt
  • Litigating an Anti-Terrorism Act claim for the family of a terror bombing victim against a foreign bank for facilitating money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Winning a multimillion dollar trial verdict in Delaware Chancery Court against a rogue hedge fund on behalf of one of the largest family trusts in the United States
  • Representing a national debt collection firm in an investigation by the New York Attorney General
  • Defending securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits in the Southern District of New York and Delaware Chancery Court
  • Representing a leading mortgage servicer in a Justice Department investigation
  • Bringing a successful securities fraud action in the Commercial Division of New York Supreme Court for a leading European fund manager
  • Representing a major telecommunications firm in a historic antitrust case
  • Defending a national bank in Surrogate’s Court proceedings
  • Representing a steel company executive in an FCPA investigation
  • Achieving a record settlement against a corporate trustee for a real estate trust
  • Representing the CFO of a public company in internal and SEC investigations
  • Recovering a large damage award for a petrochemical firm in an insurance coverage arbitration
  • Representing a plaintiff class in a multidistrict pharmaceutical industry antitrust litigation

Speaker on "Court-Ordered law Breaking Abroad," Brooklyn Law School Center for International Law, 2015

Panelist on "Argentina's Prospects for Supreme Court Review," Trade Association for the Emerging Markets, London and New York, 2013

Panelist on "Legal Developments in Argentine Debt," Trade Association for the Emerging Markets, London, 2013

U.S. Anti-Corruption Philosophy Gains New Ground, The China Business Review, 1998 

  • Columbia Law School, J.D.; Editor, Columbia Law Review; Charles Bathgate Beck Prize; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, Economics; Distinction in Economics

Bars

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of New York

Top 100 Super Lawyers, New York Metro – 2013-2021

Super Lawyers, New York Metro – 2006, 2009-2020

Federal Bar Council

New York City Bar Association (Federal Courts Committee, Council on International Affairs, Corrections Committee; founding member, Task Force on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges)

Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Appellate Chief, United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Bronx Community Board 8, Chair – Health, Hospitals and Social Services Committee

Small Claims Arbitrator, New York City Civil Court

  • Hon. Morris E. Lasker, U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York