Steve has provided his clients with the highest quality legal services for over thirty-eight years. A number of his clients have been with him for that length of time. One client summed it up this way: “In my opinion, Steve’s expertise in the industry is second to none. He is structured and disciplined in and out of the court room.” Another client states, “Steve is very knowledgeable with the construction industry and the problems that we contractors face. He has been able to bring resolution without having to go to trial, but if we have to try a matter, I’m glad I have Steve on my side.”
Steve focuses much of his practice on the construction industry but he is first and foremost a trial lawyer and, as such, handles cases in the areas of general business, labor, employment, real estate, legal and accountancy malpractice, products liability, personal injury, with a particular concentration in construction law.
Steve has litigated cases in over 30 states, appearing before a variety of tribunals including state and federal courts – both trial and appellate, arbitration panels, boards, and administrative tribunals.
The reported cases in which Steve has served as counsel are impressive for their breadth and for the important legal ground broken in several of them. He has been involved in numerous cases throughout the country, including complex and precedent-setting cases. By the age of 32, he had obtained his first multi-million-dollar verdict. In 1993, he served as trial counsel in a one-month trial in San Francisco, California, that resulted in a $116.5 million verdict that was, at the time, the largest verdict of its kind in the country. More recently, he tried and won three sophisticated construction cases in three months’ time.
Although a trial lawyer at his core, Steve understands the toll – financial, emotional and psychological – of litigation and works with clients to resolve their disputes through a variety of alternative dispute resolution procedures including neutral evaluation and mediation.
Steve works closely with clients to counsel them on risk avoidance and best practices.
Steve has authored publications for the American Bar Association and others. He is a regular contributor to continuing legal education programs for attorneys. Steve is a certified mediator for the local courts and serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. Steve is rated an AV® lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. His legal skill has been acknowledged on a regular basis by his peers who nominated him as “Best of the Bar” in the Kansas City Business Journal since 1999 and as a SuperLawyer in the SuperLawyer Magazine and Kansas City Business Journal since its inception in 2005. Steve has also received the President’s Award from Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
Steve is active politically, civically, and charitably. In 2019, he ran for Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to that he served on the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for seven years, and two terms as Chair, leading the seventh largest transportation system in the country – with authority over all state transportation programs and facilities, including bridges, highways, airports, railroads, mass transit, ports, and waterways. He currently serves on the bistate transportation authority responsible for transit operations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Steve has also served not-for-profits committed to education, housing, the sick and the marginalized.
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