Stephen concentrates in personal injury and Workers’ Compensation Law. Steve was born in Canton, New York, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 1980, Cum Laude, and a Master of Arts in Religion in 1982 from Yale University Divinity School. In 1987, he was admitted to the New York State Bar after receiving his Juris Doctor at Albany Law School the previous year.
Steve is a member of the American Association for Justice, formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Monroe County Bar Association and the New York State Injured Workers’ Bar Association. He lectures on topics relating to personal injury law, workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability and specifically work-related third-party actions and workers’ compensation liens.
Service to the community and his church are very important to Steve. He served on the stewardship council at St. Joseph’s Church in Penfield, New York. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation for fourteen (14) years and the Fairport Baptist Homes Caring Ministries. He served as Chairperson of the Major Gifts Committee and as Chairperson of the Development Committee of the Epilepsy Foundation and funded a scholarship bearing his name offered to college bound high school seniors who suffer from the challenges of epilepsy. He currently serves on the Anthony Poselovich Memorial Foundation and is currently nominated for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester.
On the home front, Steve and his wife Laraine lead a very busy life caring for their five children. In addition to parenting, Steve finds time to read, golf, compete in platform tennis, exercise and ski.
Steve believes the power of God, in prayer and in action, can shape us to be better, stronger more compassionate individuals, able to effect change where and when it is needed most. “I think there are times in everyone’s life when we need God’s help just to survive, but there are many more times when we can use God’s power to excel. We often forget how accessible God’s help is.”
“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,” explains Steve. “He encouraged virtue and character development, and was unwavering in his support of my education.”
One of Theodore Roosevelt’s quotes has left an indelible imprint in Steve’s mind. “Far better it is 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:
New York, 1987
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
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
American Bar Association
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
New York State Bar Association
Monroe County Bar Association
New York State Injured Workers’ Bar Association