Areas of Practice
- New York (all trial courts)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. Tax Court
B.A., cum laude, Canisius College
J.D., cum laude, SUNY Buffalo Law School
Stephen focuses his practice on commercial disputes, including contract and trade secret litigation, insurance defense work, as well as litigation pertaining to state and federal tax matters. He has represented national and local clients in a variety of business disputes concerning non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants, and he has litigated and tried several cases in the areas of intellectual property, idea misappropriation, and tax — successfully prosecuting and assisting clients in the defense of such claims. His experience also extends to the representation of national and international clients in connection with complex product recall litigations.
Stephen counsels clients on regulatory and compliance related matters as well. He frequently assists clients in responding to federal investigations, both as parties and non-parties, and aids them in all aspects of subpoena compliance. In this role, Stephen has assisted clients with internal investigations in responding to government inquiries and works with clients to develop protocols and strategies for such responses.
Stephen's extensive trial experience includes multiple bench and jury trials in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Louisiana. These cases have included contract and property disputes, civil and New York State human rights matters, trade secret misappropriation, copyright claims involving employee misconduct, and federal taxation and credit issues.
- Listed, 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars
- National Order of Barristers
- August 28, 2013
- February 8, 2010
- Avoiding (and Surviving!) Contract Disputes – Common Pitfalls of Contract Drafting That Land You in CourtBuffalo, NY, February 11, 2016
- Buffalo, NY, November 18, 2010
- Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives (Thomson Reuters/Tax & Accounting), July 1, 2016
- Corporate Investigations and a Renewed Focus on Ethical Issues for In-House Lawyers in the Wake of the GM Scandal2014
- New York Non-Profits: What You Need to Know About the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 20132014
- February 28, 2011
- Attorney-Client Privilege in The Corporate ContextSeptember 2009