Steve has been handling mass tort, fire and explosion, toxic exposure, and premises and product liability lawsuits in both state and federal courts across the United States since 1993. He has represented product manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and property owners in incidents and exposures involving industrial facilities, distribution centers, and other commercial and residential properties.
Steve is also involved in national litigation management, participates in crisis response teams, and analyzes safety systems and procedures across a variety of business sectors.
Steve’s comprehensive understanding of the construction industry contributes to his legal expertise as a first chair lawyer in the fields of industrial processes, electrical, structural, chemical, and mechanical engineering, metallurgy, fire cause and origin, and failure analysis. Steve also utilizes the knowledge gained from almost 3 decades of litigation experience as a basis to provide advice on product warnings, product testing, fire suppression equipment, and compliance with industry and regulatory standards.
National and regional representation of multiple product manufacturers, distributors, and premises defendants in asbestos litigation.
Representation of building owners and property managers in the evaluation of appropriate fire suppression systems.
Representation of an aluminum manufacturer in amputation case on issue of first impression in Kentucky at trial level, affirmed on appeal to Sixth Circuit.
Representation of a manufacturer in a wrongful death case arising from an industrial process accident.
National Coordinating Counsel for distributor of lithium ion batteries and related devices.
Representation of propane supplier in fire/explosion litigation.
Representation of sports and entertainment venue on all litigation matters.
National Fire Litigation Counsel for an agricultural equipment manufacturer.
Representation of a furnace manufacturer arising from a fatal residential propane gas explosion.
Representation of a medical product supplier in fire litigation arising from misuse of medical equipment.
Served as lead counsel for CertainTeed Corporation in litigation arising from an explosion and fire at the CTA Acoustics manufacturing facility in Corbin, Kentucky involving seven deaths and over $100 million in alleged damages.
Served as counsel to Amgen in litigation involving significant property damage and product loss caused by improper installation of sprinkler equipment.
Representation of a smoke detector manufacturer in fatal apartment fire litigation.
Representation of various explosives manufacturers and distributors in personal injury and property damage litigation arising from the misuse of explosives and fertilizers.
Representation of ICI Explosives USA in a lawsuit filed on behalf of those injured or killed in the terrorist attack by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City in 1995.
National representation of general contractors in North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky arising out of the use of synthetic stucco as the exterior cladding on commercial and residential structures.
National representation of a raw material supplier in the Breast Implant Litigation.
National representation of a distributor of spinal fixation devices in the Orthopedic Bone Screw litigation in state and federal courts.
Chase College of Law, J.D., 1993
Kentucky Wesleyan College, B.A., 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
State of Kentucky
United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
Rated AV Preeminent®, the Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2022
Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2010-2022
The Best Lawyers in America® (recognized since 2010)
Litigation – Construction, 2011-2023; Louisville Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year,” 2015, 2023
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2013-2023
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2023
Rated AV®, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2003-2021
Leadership Louisville, Class of 2021
American Bar Association, Member
Kentucky Bar Association, Member
Louisville Bar Association, Member
Leadership Louisville Center, Member
Defense Research Institute, Member
Propane Gas Defense Association, Member
Citizens for Better Judges, Member
Make-A-Wish OKI, Board Member
Joint Local Federal Rules Committee for Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Member
The Power of Will, Inc., Advisory Committee Member
Legal Project Management Advisory Committee, current Member
Legal Personnel Committee, former Member, 2013-2020
Executive Committee, former Member, 2011-2020
Compensation Committee, former Member and Chair, 2004-2010
Co-presenter, “Stay in Your Lane”, Propane Gas Defense Association Fall Meeting, 2019.
Speaker, “Recent Developments in Lithium Battery Litigation and Mitigating Exposure Before and After an Accident”, Vapor Trade Association Annual Conference, June 2018.
Panelist, “Unique Industry Challenges and Opportunities Involving Lithium Batteries”, Vapor Trade Association Annual Conference, June 2018.
Co-author, “Daller, Tort Law Desk Reference – A Fifty-State Compendium” [Kentucky section], 2003-2021 editions.
Author, “Liability Claims Based on Choice of Construction Materials,” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Spring 2017.
Co-author, “Absence of Prior Accidents Evidence – Recent Trends in Admissibility”, DRI ACMIE News, December 2013.
Co-author, “Sixth Circuit Adopts Differential Diagnosis Admissibility Standard”, Australian Product Liability Reporter, 2009.
Author. “The Role of Legal Counsel for a Private Litigant Involved in a Chemical Dust Explosion Investigation By the CSB”, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, 2006.
Co-author, “Learning from Experience: A Survey of Recent Legal Developments in the Blasting Industry”, The Journal of Explosives Engineering, September/October 1998.
Co-author, “Stolen Explosives: The Unexpected Liability”, The Journal of Explosives Engineering, January/February 1998.