Steve serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. For nearly 30 years, Steve's practice has had its emphasis in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith, reinsurance, professional liability and complex commercial litigation and trial practice. He has represented insurers at every stage of the process, from claims handling through trial and appeal in state and federal courts across the country, as well as before arbitration panels. Steve has also served as national and regional counsel for a number of insurance companies in general liability, construction defect, municipal liability, healthcare, environmental, mass tort and bad faith claims. He has diverse jury and bench trial experience, as well as a depth of appellate experience before both state and federal appellate courts.
Steve is a recognized expert in the field of complex insurance disputes. He has been engaged as an expert on insurance-related topics and speaks regularly at insurance coverage seminars across the country. He has also taught insurance law as an adjunct professor of law.
Admitted to Practice:
- Illinois (1985)
- United States Supreme Court (1998)
- United States Court of Appeals - First,(2000), Second (1988), Sixth (2003), Seventh (1986), Ninth (1995), and Eleventh Circuits (1993)
- U.S. District Courts, Northern District of Illinois (1985), Southern District of Illinois (2011)
- U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of Wisconsin (2009), Western District of Wisconsin (2011)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana (2003)
- Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson (1994 – Present)
- Pope & John (formerly Phelan, Pope & John) (1990 - 994)
- Goggin Cutler & Hall (1985 - 1990)
Tried Complex Commercial Case to Verdict in Federal Court Resulting in Judgments Against Multiple Parties Exceeding $10M — Tried a complex commercial case to verdict in federal court in Chicago resulting in judgments against multiple parties exceeding $10 million regarding failed development of commercial real estate venture.
Directed Multi-state and International Litigation Proceedings Re: Fraud in Placement and Administration of Reinsurance Facility — Directed both multi-state and international litigation involving fraud in the placement and administration of a “rent-a-captive” reinsurance facility domiciled in Bermuda resulting in proceedings in the United States District Courts for Illinois, Michigan and California, the Supreme (trial) Court of Bermuda, appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, the Bermuda Court of Appeal, and appeals to the United States Supreme Court and the London Privy Council (on appeal from the Court of Appeal of Bermuda).
Successfully Resolved Numerous Insurance Claims Arising from Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse — Successfully resolved numerous high-profile complex multi-party disputes involving an array of contested insurance coverage and bad faith issues, most recently involving the numerous claims arising from the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.