Stephen J. McConnell

Stephen J. McConnell

Partner

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School, 1985, J.D., cum laude, Member of the Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Harvard College, 1981, A.B., magna cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Stephen litigates mass torts, antitrust, securities, and white collar criminal cases throughout the United States. Stephen has tried dozens of cases before juries in federal and state trial courts, with first-chair wins in both government and private practice cases. He has successfully argued significant matters before federal and state appellate courts. The private practice clients include major consumer products, energy, and real estate companies, among others. He has defended companies in class actions and multi-district litigations. Many of the cases centered on allegations of unfair or deceptive marketing.

Legal 500 described Stephen as “extremely smart and strategic” and a “very effective and experienced trial lawyer.” Stephen has consistently been included in the Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal Life Sciences listings. His cases and analyses have been covered in various media, including general press, legal press, and television.

After law school, Stephen clerked for Judge William A. Norris on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California (Los Angeles), where he investigated and prosecuted criminal cases in the Major Frauds Section. Those cases included savings and loan frauds, violations of the securities laws, wire and mail frauds, and money laundering. He served as counsel to the Christopher Commission, an independent commission that investigated the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991, and as deputy general counsel to the Kolts Commission, an independent commission that investigated the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1992.

Stephen is a member of the Advisory Board of Villanova University's Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights. He has authored numerous book chapters and articles on litigation and marketing issues. Stephen is also a regular contributor to the award-winning Drug and Device Law blog.

Employment History

  • 2012 - Reed Smith
  • 1997 - Dechert LLP
  • 1992 - United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California

Clerkships

  • Honorable William A. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

Honors & Awards

  • Named a 2015 "Star" by LMG Life Science Guide
  • Selected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2009-2016)
  • Recognized since 2007 as one of the Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Life Sciences – Product Liability Lawyers

Professional Affiliations

  • Instructor in Litigation class at University of Pennsylvania Law School (2011-current)
  • Master in the University of Pennsylvania Inn of Court
  • Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Theater Company