Stephen is a member of the firm's Litigation and Estate Planning & Administration Groups.
His civil litigation practice includes both trial and appellate in the areas of commercial, real estate, and professional liability, as well as personal injury, products and premises liability. Stephen has also successfully represented clients in estate litigation matters in Orphan's Court.
With over 10 years of experience representing railroads nationwide, Stephen has defended Class I and short line railroad clients in occupational injury, grade crossing and wrongful death cases brought under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) and the Safety Appliance Act (SAA). Stephen has also assisted Class I railroads during catastrophic events, under the jurisdiction of the National Transportation Safety Board.
In addition to his litigation practice, he assists families with a wide range of their estate planning needs, including drafting of special needs trusts, simple and complex wills, general trusts, advanced health care directives and powers of attorney, and asset protection planning.
Pennsylvania and New York State Courts
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
American Bar Association (ABA): Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA)
Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee
Legal Services to Persons with Disabilites Committee
Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA)
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star (2010-2011 and 2013-2014)
University of Pittsburgh Greensburg: Former Adjunct Professor, American Constitutional Law and American Civil Liberties
Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh: Former Member, Board of Directors