Practice areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2014

  • 2013 PBI Environmental Law Forum Student Scholarship Recipient
  • CALI Awards:  Oil and Gas Law; Evidence; Legal Research & Writing II; Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award: highest scoring trial in Trial Advocacy II
  • Law Review Managing Editor’s Award:  exemplary dedication to Comment Writing Program (2014)
  • Woolsack Honor Society, representing top 15 percent of class
  • AAJ Trial Team 
  • Student Bar Association: Wellness Committee Founder/Chair

Allegheny College, B.A. (English), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2009

  • Mary A. Flower Award, Most Outstanding Senior English Student, 2009

Philadelphia Bar Association

Delaware Bar Association

Professional Highlights

Stephen concentrates his practice on environmental litigation.  He litigates a wide variety of environmental matters including toxic tort defense, administrative appeals of agency permitting and enforcement actions, defense against citizen suits under federal and state laws, and cost recovery actions.  He regularly represents clients in the energy, waste, and manufacturing industries.

He was previously a member of Potter Anderson & Corroon’s Corporate Litigation Group where he gained extensive experience litigating major commercial disputes relating to contracts and trade secrets.  He also represented boards of directors in contested mergers and acquisitions, many of which involved expedited litigation or motions for preliminary injunctions.

Stephen is a magna cum laude graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. During law school, Stephen also served as a federal judicial extern for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Pamela A. Ruest on the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.

He is a member of the Delaware and Philadelphia Bar Associations and has been representing unaccompanied minors pro bono in U.S. Immigration Court assisting them in defending against removal proceedings since 2015.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys putting his hiking and wilderness skills to the test. He is an alumnus of the Mountain Shepherd Adventure School in Catawba, Virginia, and he is certified in Wilderness First Aid.  He and his wife have enjoyed recent hiking excursions to Zion National Park, the Shenandoah Valley, and Northern New Mexico.  

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” listing (environmental litigation), since 2018. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Click here to view the selection methodology.

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

"PFAS:  A Family of Emerging Contaminants" presented at the Delaware State Bar Association, Wilmington, DE, May 30, 2019

"Put Your Best Face Forward: Managing Your Social Media Presence" presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 29, 2017

"Put Your Best Face Forward: Managing Your Social Media Presence" presented at the 9th Annual Oil & Gas Law Colloquium, Washington, PA, June 21, 2017

"What Did I Say? The Intersection of Social Media and Employment Law" presented at the Penn Law Black Law Students Association's 29th Annual Sadie T. M. Alexander Conference - Social Media and the Law, Philadelphia, PA, February 11, 2017

"Put Your Best Face Forward: Managing Your Company's Online Presence" presented at the Association of Corporate Counsel Greater Philadelphia Chapter - Ethics & Compliance Institute, Philadelphia, PA, December 1, 2016