Leveraging a background in business with a measured, practical approach, Steve is adept at defending clients in a variety of environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) matters. He also routinely leverages his knowledge of environmental and OSHA regulations to advise clients throughout the country on compliance issues.
Steve handles a number of environmental matters for clients, including compliance audits and working with Superfund sites, where he has represented individual clients and Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) groups. Because his clients are located in many parts of the country, Steve has a thorough knowledge of the environmental laws and regulations in a number of states, enabling him to efficiently steer clients toward a resolution. Understanding that environmental matters can present ever-changing issues for his clients, Steve takes a proactive approach whenever possible, working with his clients to identify, and mitigate, potential areas of concern before they become problems. He also has substantial experience working with various state and federal regulatory agencies to minimize his clients' exposure. Additionally, he frequently guides clients through environmental compliance audits, drawing on his industry knowledge to assist them in preparation and implementation of compliance strategies.
Steve’s environmental law practice carries over into OSHA matters, including serious injury and fatality cases. Understanding the depth of research required in many OSHA cases, Steve works tirelessly to process and synthesize data throughout the discovery process, maintaining an awareness of the big picture but always working to meet his clients' specific objectives. His thorough knowledge of OSHA guidelines, as well as his detail-oriented approach, ensures that no facet of the case is overlooked as he advises his clients. Steve’s OSHA knowledge also enables him to provide proactive counsel to clients regarding compliance and avoiding OSHA conflicts before they arise. He regularly works with his clients' in-house counsel and EHS managers, as well as OSHA officials, to ensure that clients are aware of, and in compliance with, the evolving regulations and requirements.
- Capital University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1997)
- Order of the Curia
- Denison University (B.A., 1972)
- Southern District of Ohio
- American Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Committee
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Committee
- Federal Bar Association