He is currently a lead trial counsel for a pharmaceutical concern in both product liability and consumer class action matters, and has defended product matters arising from fields ranging from aircraft maintenance requirements to medical device production.
He has represented Fortune 100 chemical and drug producers in distribution and contract disputes, including the trial of an action against a major oil producer resulting in a favorable jury verdict in excess of US$21 million. He has successfully represented chemical concerns in disputes over the sale of plants and technology, and has defended such businesses in disputes over product distribution practices. He has defended firms in such diverse industries as insurance, securities and franchising in class actions. In real estate litigation he tried the most significant condemnation action in recent St. Louis history, which involved the taking and valuation of a central corridor of downtown St. Louis. He successfully represented the plaintiff in a chemical process patent dispute between two of the world’s largest producers of bulk food products.
He is currently trial counsel in a series of cases involving biotechnology, including challenges to the development and sale of genetically modified plants.
Stephen successfully defended Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg, Amblin Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. in a lengthy trial in which a writer alleged that the script for the film "Twister" had been taken from an earlier work in violation of the Copyright Act. Acting with another firm as co-lead trial counsel, he obtained a jury verdict in favor of all defendants. Stephen has particular experience in alternative dispute resolution, and was the chair of the Commercial Advisory Committee of the American Arbitration Association’s St. Louis region. He frequently lectures in all of these areas. He is on the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Industry Panel, the Large, Complex Case Panel, and is on both the American Arbitration Association’s and the US District Court’s panel of neutrals for the Eastern District of Missouri. He is on both the AAA’s National Construction Arbitrator Training Faculty and its National Commercial Dispute Arbitrator Training Faculty.
He has represented one of the largest London reinsurance brokers in successful trials in federal courts over various international reinsurance issues. This representation includes disputes over brokering practices, the interpretation of quota share treaty provisions, disputes over the brokering and operation of facilities for the writing of aviation insurance, the operation of reinsurance intermediaries and related issues.
Stephen has represented franchisors in a number of trials and frequently advises franchise clients on the franchisor/franchisee relationship.