Stephen's practice focuses on the representation of clients in real property assessment review proceedings.

He has extensive experience in litigation involving real property and land use, including contract disputes, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, zoning issues, exemption issues and property tax-related matters. He regularly represents clients in connection with exemption and tax assessment challenges at both the administrative and Supreme Court level.

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  • 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