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 leverages his knowledge of environmental and OSHA regulations to advise clients throughout the country on compliance issues. Steve also focuses his practice on product stewardship, an increasingly important area for companies doing business in the United States.
He 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 environmental matters can present ever-changing issues for his clients, he 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 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, he 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 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.
Steve’s practice also includes Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act matters and general consumer product safety issues, as well as areas of product stewardship. These include key laws and regulations such as California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (commonly referred to as Prop 65), Toxics in Packing, European Union's REACH law, Truth in Advertising under the Federal Trade Commission ("Made in USA" claims as well as other Truth in Advertising issues) and Conflict Minerals issues under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
- Capital University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1997)
- Order of the Curia
- Denison University (B.A., 1972)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- American Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Committee
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Environmental Committee
- Federal Bar Association