Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • US District Court, Southern and Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, District of New Jersey
  • US District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • US Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuit

Education

  • Mary’s University School of Law, JD, 1978
  • Grove City College, BA, 1974

Stephen is a marine, energy and transportation attorney with diversified experience, representing insurers and reinsurers with respect to coverage matters; or, coverage having been accepted, representing assureds in defense of disputes through the process of mediation, arbitration or litigation. He is an accomplished federal and state trial lawyer handling complex litigation involving major casualties; and other litigation involving insurance, reinsurance, marine, energy, hull, protection and indemnity, liability, cargo, air, environmental, pollution, RICO, business interruption, transportation, personal injury, health hazard, and property damage matters. He develops and monitors systems for centralized management of mass litigation nationwide. His practice as a senior insurance attorney includes providing coverage opinions, as well as declination or reservation of rights proposals, for underwriters worldwide with respect to marine, energy, inland marine, hull, cargo, charterer’s liability, shipyard liability, comprehensive general liability, warehouse legal liability, shipper’s interest, yacht, freight forwarder liability, terminal operator liability, business interruption, marine environmental/pollution, wharfinger’s liability, builder’s risk, stevedore’s liability, protection & indemnity, reinsurance and excess policies.

Market recognition

  • Recipient of AIMU’s Distinguished Service Award
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • Transportation and Maritime Super Lawyer

Presentations and publications

  • Instructor, “Introduction to Protection and Indemnity Insurance: Claims,” American Institute of Marine Underwriters (Annually - 2010-2022)
  • “Marine Insurance and General Average,” Marine Insurance and Claims Association (2020)
  • “Contractual Liabilities: Hold Harmless, Indemnity and Additional Insured Issues,” American Institute of Marine Underwriters (2017)
  • “The Seagull Collision and its Aftermath,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Average Adjusters, United States and Canada (2015)

Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States – Proctor Member
  • Marine Insurance and General Average Committee; Marine Torts and Casualties; U.S. Coast Guard and Navigation Committee
  • The Association of Average Adjusters: US and Canada – Associate Member
  • The Association of Average Adjusters
  • United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Mariner