Steven is a partner who focuses his practice in the defense of matters involving toxic torts, pharmaceuticals, products liability, medical and nursing home malpractice. Steven has represented product manufactures and premises owners in asbestos litigation for the past 20 years. Steven serves as national supervisory and coordinating counsel for major asbestos manufacturers, and in that capacity has overseen thousands of cases filed in various state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as Multi-District Litigation matters. He has given various lectures in respect to his vast experience in the asbestos litigation and specific defense of his clients. 


A licensed pharmacist, Steven devotes a substantial portion of his time to the defense of physicians and hospitals and related entities. Steven also focuses extensively on the defense of Nursing Homes, both nationally and locally. In this capacity, he has served as both supervisory/monitoring counsel and as trial counsel. In addition, he has lectured considerably to the insurance industry, as well as provided numerous in-service lectures to Nursing Homes in matters pertaining to the defense of Nursing Homes. 


Steven has utilized his pharmaceutical and science background to offer insightful advice to clients in the areas of toxic substances and mass tort litigation. He has also lectured to representatives of the insurance industry and defense counsel on a variety of topics, including mold, latex and lead paint. Steven’s pharmaceuticals experience ranges from the defense of actions pertaining to the clinical trial phase to post-marketed drugs and medical devices.


Steven's  focus throughout his career has included the defense of product manufacturers, attorney, psychiatric and dental malpractice actions, as well as other tort matters and related coverage disputes. He has also lectured on such issues and has provided risk management advice to companies engaged in drug clinical trials.


In light of his national experience and reputation, Steven has been invited to join the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel.   




Will the CMS Arbitration Ban Prevail?, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management eNews, May 2017


What Every Provider Should Know About Arbitration, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, March 2016


Recent Reimbursement Reforms by CMS, AHRMNY News, 2008


Legal Implications of “Never Event” Reforms by CMS,  The Beacon, Maine Chapter of HFMA, Fall 2008


Potential Legal Defenses in Child Abuse Reporting Litigation, AHRMNY News, 2007

Practice Areas

Food, Drug and Medical Device Litigation

Insurance Coverage

Health Care

Medical Devices

Medical Malpractice

Nursing Home and Long Term Care

Products Liability Defense

Environmental, Toxic and Mass Torts



St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1985

St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy, B.S., cum laude, 1982


Bar and Court Admissions

New York

U.S. District Courts – Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


Other Professional Affiliations

International Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute

Food, Drug and Law Institute

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Medical Malpractice Committee

American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section

Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York

New York State Medical Defense Bar Association

Elected to International Lawyers Hall of Fame