Steve specializes in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial litigation and Federal small business programs.Steve represents companies and individuals in Federal and State court cases, as well in arbitrations and administrative proceedings including EEO and MSPB hearings.He also advises clients on labor and employment “best practices” that serve to minimize the risk of future litigation.In addition, Steve provides guidance to small businesses addressing issues such as Federal Government "in-sourcing," grant compliance and eligibility for Federal small and minority business contracting certifications.
Steve’s legal background is quite varied, with extensive litigation and legal management experience in both the private and government sectors.He has achieved great success in multi-million dollar cases and demonstrated his ability to effectively lead and manage large teams.
Most recently, Steve was the Deputy General Counsel and former Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C.In those capacities, he supervised the day-to-day operations of the 160-person staff in the Office of General Counsel and was actively involved in all of the Agency’s major legal decisions, ranging from employment litigation strategy to the drafting of politically-sensitive contracting regulations.
At Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City, Steve successfully represented clients in a $230 million asbestos case, a $200 million insurance litigation involving environmental remediation, and a $100 million contractual dispute over the recall of an anti-infection drug, among others.Likewise, at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Steve achieved favorable results in a diverse collection of cases covering the insurance, real estate and securities industries.
Following graduation from Fordham Law School, Steve joined the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney, and subsequently served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, the former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals and one of the most respected jurists in the country.
In addition to this legal experience, Steve has held positions with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Sterling Drug (now Sanofi-Aventis) and CPA Global, business experience that has given him valuable insight into the everyday needs and concerns of corporations and their employees.
Steve is an active member of the New York City Bar Association, appointed to serve on its Labor & Employment Law Committee, and currently serves as a Complaint Examiner for the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints with the responsibility for determining the merits of citizen complaints against police officers.
Steve lives with his wife Lisa near the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
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