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Steven is a partner in the Global Commercial Disputes Group. Steven is an experienced trial lawyer with numerous successful verdicts for Reed Smith clients. Steven's victory in the Leser v. U.S. Bank trial was recently inducted in the New York Law Journal Hall of Fame as the third highest contract verdict. He has handled virtually all types of complex commercial litigation, class actions and financial services litigation, for both plaintiffs and defendants, involving securities fraud, RICO, consumer fraud, breach of contract, corporate waste/mismanagement, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, fraudulent transfer, intellectual property, breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets. He has also been involved in a number of preliminary injunction hearings and arbitrations. He has served clients in the financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, internet and technology, media, professional services, retail, real estate and hospitality industries. Recently, Steven has been engaged by Fortune 200 companies to combat the counterfeiting of their products. Steven has argued numerous times before the U. S. Court of Appeals, U. S. District Court, the New York State Court of Appeals, the New York State Appellate Divisions and the New York State Supreme Court. Steven serves on the New York City Bar Association’s “Committee on the Judiciary.” The Committee on the Judiciary evaluates candidates for election and appointment to judicial office in the Federal and State Courts in New York City. The Committee has been in existence for over 140 years, and seeks to ensure that candidates meet appropriate standards of professional competence and integrity, and are selected based on merit. Martindale-Hubbell gave Steven its highest ranking signifying that his "legal abilities are of the very highest standard.”


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude

  • New York

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska

  • New York City Bar Association - “Committee on the Judiciary,” 2015

Récompenses et distinctions

  • Named a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (March 2009)

Media Appearances

  • 19 June 2014 "SC providing the United States perspective on recent economic reforms to diversify and stimulate business growth that were put forth by the President Of Kazakhstan," Video Appearance, 24kz

Notable Quotes

  • 8 September 2015 "3 Questions To Ask Before You Try To Transfer A Case" Law360
  • 12 August 2015 "How To Gain An Edge With Jury Instructions" Law360
  • 26 September 2014 "$56B AIG Trial Will Shine Harsh Light On Crisis-Era Tactics" Law360
  • 28 May 2014 "In Court Without Juries, Leak in AIG Suit May Be Disastrous" Law360