Stephen focuses on complex litigation and appeals. He has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and has argued more than 40 appeals. His practice spans class actions, personal injury, aviation accidents, complex commercial disputes, professional malpractice, and whistleblower claims.
His abilities have been recognized in numerous publications. Benchmark Appellate observed that Stephen “possesses the rare skill set allowing him to excel at both trial and appellate litigation.” Chambers U.S.A. has praised his “extremely creative legal analysis skills” and “sharp intellect.” He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers In America in the categories of appellate and personal injury.
In addition to representing victims of abuse, negligence or fraud, Stephen has also been sought out by prominent clients for important litigation, including a sitting judge, elected officials, ranging from the Mayor of Miami Dade County to the re-election campaign of the President of the United States, former professional football players, a large law firm and a major developer.
He joined the firm in 2001. Prior to entering private practice, he worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, defending federal programs and agencies. He had the honor of serving as a law clerk to Judges Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Mark Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude) and of Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude), and spent the year after college in England as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. He graduated as the salutatorian of Miami-Palmetto Senior High School.
He was appointed in 2009 by the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit as one of only six lawyers in Florida on its Lawyers Advisory Committee. Stephen is an active member of the community. He serves as a Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the fund-raising arm of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., and has previously served as Chairman of the Board of the American Constitution Society, South Florida Chapter, and was on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association. He is a member of the Leadership Florida Class of 2007.
He has lectured on a wide range of topics, including appellate practice, class action law, legal writing and oral argument, Daubert Standards, Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and attorney’s fees in wrongful death cases. He has published work on the law of religious freedom under the First Amendment. He speaks Spanish and has previously worked in Spain and Central America.