Steve has provided his clients with the highest quality legal services for over twenty-five 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 of 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, he represents individuals and businesses in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels nationwide in disputes involving financial institutions, general business, intellectual property, labor, employment, real estate, legal and accountancy malpractice, products liability, personal injury, trusts and estates, with a particular concentration in construction law.
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. For a more detailed description of cases in which Steve has been involved, please refer to the Representative Cases section of this website.>
Steve is rated an AV® lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. His legal skill has been acknowledged on a yearly basis by his peers as Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal since 2005, the year following the inception of the award, and as a SuperLawyer by SuperLawyer Magazine since its inception.
In August 2009, Steve was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The six-member Commission has authority over all state transportation programs and facilities, including bridges, highways, airports, railroads, mass transit, ports, and waterways.
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