Steve is a partner in Reed Smith's Global Regulatory Enforcement Group, where he focuses on complex criminal law matters including internal investigations, grand jury investigations and trial practice on behalf of public companies, executives and professionals. Engagements have involved the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international commercial bribery, trade secret theft, antitrust cartels, environmental crime, health care and government contracting fraud. Steve has repeatedly prevented indictment of clients, even with target status and when cases have had to be tried, the outcomes have been extraordinary.
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 the Director of the FBI. His repeated courtroom successes in the cross-examination of expert witnesses led to his becoming the principal lecturer to experienced DOJ prosecutors, 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.