Steve is a creative thinker who looks beyond the obvious to find new and innovative solutions in corporate, commercial, construction and real property litigation, as well as matters involving professional liability, cyber security, data protection and regulatory requirements. He has significant experience prosecuting and defending businesses and professionals in complex, class-action and multi-jurisdictional litigation. He has also managed and developed 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 communication. 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 also 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, professional regulation and contractual matters.
- Obtained dismissal of fraud claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against an international gray-market seller in an indemnification case.
- Obtained judgment, affirmed on appeal, in an action filed by a former physicians group member on claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, and punitive damages; the action related to that member’s termination alleged to be in retaliation for documenting alleged violations of Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).
- Defended Credit Union in class action litigation claim involving more than $10 million in finance agreements for consumer goods seeking more than $2 million in statutory damages for alleged violations of UCC Article 9 as a result of repossession notices during the 2014–2019 time period; negotiated and settled case on favorable terms for the client including a maximum $275,000 settlement fund.
- Defended auto maker 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 auto manufacturer and finance arm in an action for breach of contract, RICO and fraud in the inducement brought by a bankrupt sign company arising out of actions auto maker took during the course of the bidding, auction, contracting and construction-installation process of its nationwide brand re-imaging program; obtained judgment following jury trial as a matter of law of no liability and a new trial on auto maker’s counterclaim for breach of contract.
- Defended life insurance company 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, and the case was eventually settled on terms the client found favorable.
- Defended floor plan financing corporation in a class action suit brought by RV dealers asserting breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust-enrichment claims arising from client’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 the company to charge interest on funds not yet advanced to recreational vehicle manufacturers.
- Obtained on behalf of emergency physician practice group client 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 client 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 multi-million 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.
- Successfully defended insurance company client and its insured, a mechanical contractor, 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.
- Successfully defended an international energy company and an international 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.
- Obtained on behalf of FSB client 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 a Michigan-based 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.