Steve is a member of Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court and Appellate group, which both Legal 500 and Chambers have ranked as a top-tier practice for three years running. He has argued appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and DC Circuits as well as the Illinois Appellate Court, and has briefed many more in state and federal appellate courts across the country. In the United States Supreme Court, Steve recently worked on what The Wall Street Journal called “the biggest securities-litigation court clash in a generation” (Stoneridge v. Scientific-Atlanta); the largest private antitrust case in history (Credit Suisse v. Billing); and the leading case addressing the scienter standard under the federal securities laws (Tellabs v. Makor Issues & Rights). The Court agreed with our position in each case.
Steve also has a great deal of experience in the trial courts, where he focuses on brief-writing, and counseling clients about case strategy. He has extensive experience with class certification issues, having defended against putative class actions alleging consumer fraud, employment discrimination, products liability, and securities fraud. Steve also has substantial experience in products liability litigation, having defended against lawsuits involving asbestos, boat engines, medical devices, tobacco, and welding fume. He has both lectured and written about medical monitoring claims.
Steve is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. Before joining Mayer Brown in 2001, Steve clerked for Judge Frank J. Magill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.