Steve is a creative thinker who looks beyond the obvious to find new and innovative solutions in corporate, commercial, construction, and real property litigation, cyber security and data protection, and regulatory requirements. He has significant experience prosecuting and defending businesses in complex, class-action, and multi-jurisdictional litigation, and in managing and developing teams in financial services matters involving state and federal Consumer Protection laws and regulations. Steve has tried several hundred cases as well as developed and implemented strategies for successful problem-solving and communications. He anticipates risks and works to mitigate them before they become an issue.
Steve is a former partner in four national law firms and former Insurance Fraud Division Chief for State Attorney Janet Reno wherein he represented clients in financial, health care and insurance industries, as well as title insurance claims and litigation matters. Steve handled class actions, RICO, foreclosures and vehicle wholesaling practices. In addition to commercial and civil tort litigation, his practice includes agreements governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and disputes concerning noncompetition, trade secrets, medical staff privilege litigation and contractual matters.
- Defended GMAC in an action for breach of contract, breach of the federal and Pennsylvania dealer’s-day-in-court statutes, conversion and tortious interference with contract brought by a car dealership in which it sought more than $40 million in damages. Case resulted in a $4-million jury verdict for the dealership.
- Defended Nissan North America Inc. in an action for breach of contract, RICO and fraud in the inducement brought by a bankrupt sign company arising out of actions Nissan took during the course of the bidding, auction, contracting and construction-installation process of its nationwide brand re-imaging program. Following jury trial, obtained judgment as a matter of law of no liability, and a new trial on Nissan’s counterclaim for breach of contract.
- Defended Principal Life Insurance Co. in a class action suit brought by various groups of medical providers asserting antitrust, price-fixing, conspiracy and slow-pay claims arising from the processing and payment of physician reimbursement by health insurance companies. Settled the case on terms the client found favorable.
- Defended Textron Financial Corp. in a class action suit brought by r.v. dealers asserting breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust-enrichment claims arising from Textron’s charging of interest on floor-plan financing for the manufacture of recreational vehicles. Obtained judgment on the pleadings that the unambiguous language of the parties’ agreement permitted Textron to charge interest on funds not yet advanced to recreational vehicle manufacturers.
- Obtained on behalf of emergency physician practice group Northside Emergency Associates a ruling in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia, granting summary judgment as to all claims asserted by a former shareholder and employee against NEA and the individually-named physicians, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, fraudulent inducement, slander, conversion, tortious interference, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violations of Georgia corporate law.
- Represented international shipping companies in a multimillion-dollar action for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, scheme to defraud, civil theft and RICO violations brought against a corporate officer and shareholder arising out of his employment in and management of an international shipping business in “owned-vessel” and “line” operations.
- Defended The Hartford Insurance Company and its insured, Jorda Enterprises Inc, in an equitable subrogation action which sought more than $3 million in damages relating to a pipe burst at a luxury condominium building which coincided with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Court entered summary judgment in favor of Jorda.
- Defended Motiva Enterprises, LLC and Shell Oil Company in a lawsuit brought by a commercial property owner who sought damages for breach of a written lease arising from loss of rental income due to contamination of a former gas station site. After a non-jury trial the court found that the Plaintiff failed to prove its case and ruled that Motiva and Shell could not be held liable.
- Obtained on behalf of Flagstar Bank, FSB a $2.15-million judgment for mortgage fraud against a mortgage broker, its principal, a real estate appraiser, and others on residential mortgage loans that Flagstar Bank underwrote, approved and funded.
- Obtained on behalf of a company and its executive officers the disclosure of the defendant’s identity through a pure bill of discovery served on various Internet service providers. Subsequently negotiated an agreement requiring defendant to cease and desist posting defamatory and inaccurate information about the clients.