Steve concentrates in personal injury and third-party litigation and workers’ compensation. Steve earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, Cum Laude. He contemplated the ministry and attended Yale Divinity School earning his Master’s in Religion. He soon recognized his true calling was the service of others through the law. Steve graduated from Albany Law School in 1986 and was admitted to practice law in New York in January 1987.

Steve is a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Injured Workers’ Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. He has lectured on topics relating to third-party litigation and workers’ compensation liens.

Service to the community is very important to Steve. He has served on the Stewardship Council at St. Joseph’s Church, the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation, the Fairport Baptist Homes Caring Ministries, the Anthony Poselovich Memorial Foundation, the Rochester Americans Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester. Steve funded a scholarship bearing his name to college bound seniors who suffer from the challenge of epilepsy.

“There have been a number of mentors who have influenced my life, but my father’s guiding hand helped me over numerous bumps in the road.” “He encouraged virtue and character development, and was unwavering in his support of my education.”

Providing caring, compassionate and responsive service to his clients is the cornerstone of Steve’s practice – that from which all else flows. He also cites the courage and integrity of Theodore Roosevelt as inspiration for being a person of conviction and action: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”


Areas of practice:

Personal Injury
Workers’ Compensation Law


Bar Admissions:

New York, 1987


Education:

Albany Law School Union University, Albany, New York, 1986, Juris Doctor

Yale University Divinity School, 1982, Master of Arts in Religion

University of Rochester, 1980, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Honors: Cum Laude


Classes/Seminars Taught:

Panelist, “The Nuts and Bolts of Workers’ Compensation”, June 14, 1998, Human Resources Symposium

Lecturer, “Workers’ Compensation Offset in Social Security Cases”, Joint Meeting, Monroe County Bar Association and Public Interest Law Office of Rochester (PILOR), January 2001

Lecturer, “Top Ten Lists: Issues with Workers’ Compensation Liens”, Monroe County Bar Association, Disability, Labor & Employment Law Committee, September 2002

Lecturer, “Social Security Disability Offset for New York State Workers’ Compensation”, Monroe County Bar Association, May 2003

Lecturer, “Thoughts on Kelly v. State Insurance Fund“, New York State Injured Workers’ Bar Association, Rochester, April 2006

Lecturer, “Kelly v. Burns – Where Are We Now?”, Albany, New York, September 2009

Lecturer, “Workers’ Compensation Liens Against Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Actions”, New York State Bar Association, Rochester, October 2011

Lecturer, “Summations: What’s OK and What’s Not OK”, Monroe County Bar Association, Rochester, October 2012

Lecturer, “Advanced Workers’ Compensation: Workers’ Compensation Liens and Credits from a Plaintiff’s Perspective”, Sterling Education Services, Rochester, September 2015.

Lecturer, “Workers’ Compensation Law and Practice: What’s New in New York Workers’ Compensation: Legislation, Regulation and Case Law”, Sterling Education Services, Buffalo, March 2016.


Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Association for Justice
Member

American Bar Association
Member

Monroe County Bar Association
Member

New York State Bar Association
Member

New York State Injured Workers’ Bar Association
Member

New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Member

Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester
Board Member


Honors and Awards:

Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2021

Avvo Clients’ Choice Award, 2021

Avvo Clients’ Choice Award, 2020