For more than 30 years Steve has maintained a national trial practice in bet-the-company litigation. Described in Chambers USA as "an accomplished heavy hitter" and the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, his practice also includes conducting internal investigations and counseling businesses in the establishment of corporate compliance programs.
During the course of Steve's career he has served as lead counsel on scores of cases throughout the country and tried over 35 cases to verdict. In recent years, Steve and his team at Thompson Coburn have successfully handled a string of high-profile cases for AT&T and Charter Communications, ranging from the defense of nationwide consumer class action lawsuits to winning a precedent-setting case limiting the power of government entities to impose fees on telecommunications companies.
Steve also has led the successful settlement of a number of high-stakes lawsuits. He recently served as joint lead counsel in a significant legal malpractice case brought by Charter Communications against one of its former transactional law firms. The suit, which sought $150 million in damages, was one of the largest legal malpractice cases brought in recent years anywhere in the country.
Utilizing skills he developed as a prize-winning investigative reporter and later as a federal prosecutor of public corruption cases, Steve conducts internal investigations for public and private entities. In one such inquiry he led a one-year international investigation addressing export control issues on behalf of a global chemical company. Steve has also represented corporate and executive clients in the manufacturing, chemical, consumer products, health care, financial services, automotive and energy industries in federal white collar investigations and trials.
Prior to joining Thompson Coburn, Steve served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri and prosecuted major white collar, banking and environmental cases. In earlier service with the Department of Justice, he was first chair in a number of widely publicized political corruption, fraud and racketeering trials.
Steve is active in bar and community affairs and in state politics. Before his legal career, Steve served in Vietnam as an Army officer and later was an investigative reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, receiving both regional and national journalism awards during his time there. In addition to chairing the firm's Business Litigation Practice Group, Steve serves on the firm's Executive, Management, and Contributions Committees.