Stephen's practice focuses on the representation of clients in real property and commercial litigation matters. He has extensive experience in litigation involving real property and land use, including contract disputes, zoning issues and tax assessment challenges.

Stephen also has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation matters and tort and insurance law matters. In addition, he regularly represents secured creditors in adverse bankruptcy proceedings.


  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2022-2024
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2023 (listed for 10 years)
    • Chambers USA 2023, Litigation – Upstate New York
    • 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, 2018-2020
  • 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