Steven partners with clients facing significant changes and challenges in their professional and business relationships. He frequently advises about key employee departures and handles lawsuits involving employee raiding, unfair trade practices, non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, and trade secrets. In addition, he represents business owners and officials in disputes about the management, control, and ownership of business enterprises. He also handles commercial disputes involving licensing, software, real estate, and warranties.
Steven regularly represents clients in the North Carolina Business Court, which decides complex cases involving issues of corporate and commercial law. Steven’s legal career began as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Gale, a former Chief Judge of the Business Court.
In his appellate practice, Steven has argued in the Supreme Court of North Carolina and drafted briefs to North Carolina’s state appellate courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court, representing both parties and amici curiae. Steven also has experience in litigation involving products liability, medical devices, construction defects, defamation, and constitutional claims.
Steven attended the Duke University School of Law, where he served as the Articles and Comments Editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy.
Steven received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama, where he studied philosophy, political science, and history and was selected to join Phi Beta Kappa.
Awards and Honors
- Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Young Guns (2019)
- North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, "Rising Star", Business Litigation (2019)
- Supreme Court of North Carolina's Pro Bono Honor Society (2017)
- Greensboro Bar Association's Herb Falk Society - Pro Bono Honorary (2017)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Publications Board Member (2018-present)
- Young Lawyers Steering Committee (2016-present)
- Chair, Publications Subcommittee (2017-present)
- American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Section
- “Supreme Court Decision on Determining Entities’ Citizenship Signals the Need for Amendment of the Diversity-Jurisdiction Statute,” Antitrust & Complex Business Dispute News, Summer 2016