Steph enjoys broad experience as a lead jury trial lawyer. He specializes in antitrust, patent infringement, and unfair or deceptive trade practices, and he represents clients before Congressional Committees.
After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law, he served in the public sector first as an Assistant Attorney General in charge of all consumer protection matters in South Florida. He then was recruited by the Federal Trade Commission, to serve in its Atlanta Regional Office, where he wrote the Commission’s brief that supported the constitutionality of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and he achieved a settlement in an antitrust case that dealt with restrictive clauses in shopping center leases.
Steph then was invited to work at the FTC headquarters in Washington, D.C., first in the Office of the Executive Director of the FTC, successfully defending all Commissioners and the FTC’s General Counsel, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
He transferred to the Office of the Director of the Bureau of Competition, taking responsibility to review all antitrust work-product from the FTC’s regional offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington (approximately half the country), as well as responding to inquiries by members of Congress.
After several years working in the Bureau Director’s Office and participating in Case Evaluation Committee, and Merger Screening Committee meetings, he joined a small team assigned to try a huge attempted monopolization and predatory pricing case that had been in the “discovery process” for 10 years. That trial – conducted over a two and a half years span – was at the time the longest and largest case ever filed by the FTC. After winning the case at trial, Steph transferred to the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., where he tried criminal cases to juries.
He then entered an established private practice in antitrust law, predominantly before federal Courts. His office was In Miami, although his first case was in Nevada; the second was in New Mexico; the third was in Maine; the forth was in Kansas, and since entering private practice he always has had a nationwide practice and reputation.
For ten years Steph served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University, School of Law, in Miami. He also served on the faculty of numerous National Institute for Trial Advocacy (”NITA”) courses conducted at the Nova-Southeastern School of Law, in South Florida.
Steph was Chair of The Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board, Chair of the Bar’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Committee, Chair of the Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Committee, Chair of its Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law Committee, Chair of the Antitrust & Trade Regulation Law Board Certification Committee, a member of the Intellectual Property Law Board Certification Committee, Chair of the [6,000 members] Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, and he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to substantially help write the Rule of Civil Procedure on “Complex Litigation.” Steph has written over 60 articles, including in the University of Miami Law Review. Lastly, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Business Law Journal.
By 2005 Steph’s law practice had expanded worldwide. He has won multi-million dollar judgments and overseen or personally handled matters in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and personally has conducted discovery abroad as well as continued practicing law throughout the USA.
Steph possesses significant business skills and acumen having served as counsel to boards of directors in various lines of commerce, and he also possesses high level business skills having served as President (and head of the Executive Committee) of a successful software and outsourced services company.
Steph is honored to be included in:
- Best Lawyers in America™ (2019);
- Best Lawyers in Florida™ (2019);
- Florida Super Lawyers™ (2019);
- Lawyers of Distinction™ (2019);
- American Law Society™ (2019);
- Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ (2019)
We are delighted our law firm has received the honor and distinction of being selected for recognition as 2019’s Best Antitrust Law Firm in Florida, by ACQ5, Europe’s leading corporate news magazine (serving the corporate sector since 2003).