Steve has vast experience in complex criminal law matters, including internal investigations, grand jury investigations and trial practice. Clients include public companies, executives and professionals. Engagements have involved the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax fraud, international commercial bribery, trade secret theft, antitrust cartels, environmental crime, health care, and government contracting fraud. Steve has repeatedly prevented indictment of clients, even those with target status. When cases have had to be tried, the outcomes have been extraordinary, including full acquittals. On behalf of public company clients, he has resolved extremely difficult criminal matters without any criminal charges or follow-on enforcement actions.
Before entering private practice, Steve was a 17-year veteran of the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago, where he served as chief of the Special Prosecutions Division and chief of the Banking and Financial Institutions Fraud Unit. He received national awards from the Department of Justice and personal commendations from both the attorney general of the United States and director of the FBI. He has been peer-reviewed as one of Chicago's white collar Super Lawyers, is Chambers-rated, and has been profiled in Vanity Fair magazine.