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Stephen is a trial attorney in the firm's litigation department with extensive experience representing financial institutions, businesses, insurance companies and individuals in a wide variety of litigated matters in both federal and state courts.

His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, employment litigation (enforcement of non-compete agreements), real property litigation (contract disputes, zoning issues and tax assessment challenges), insurance litigation (first-party property, coverage and third-party liability defense) and class action defense. Stephen also has experience in litigating professional liability claims and attorney fee disputes. In addition, he regularly represents lenders and other creditors in workout matters and adverse bankruptcy proceedings. Stephen also counsels a number of small businesses on corporate and business-related issues.

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2022
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2021 (listed for 10 years)
    • Chambers USA 2021, Litigation: General Commercial
    • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rated
    • Buffalo Business First, 2013 Western New York Legal Elite
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Assessors' Association
  • Erie County Assessors' Association
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Buffalo Business First's Who's Who In Law 2011

  • "Five Questions," Buffalo Law Journal, November 20, 2017
  • Quoted in "Law Firms Take Notice of Cyber Threats," Buffalo Law Journal, November 20, 2017

  • Secretary, Town of Clarence Baseball Association
  • Member, SUNY Geneseo Alumni Regional Committee of Buffalo
  • Long time mentor to first year law students at SUNY at Buffalo School of Law
  • Member, Erie County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee, 2017-2018
  • Board of Directors, SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association, 2013-2016
  • Town of Clarence Youth Board, 2010-2011
  • Volunteer youth baseball and hockey coach