Biography

Steve is the regional practice lead for the firm's Labor & Employment Department for the Denver office. An experienced labor and employment litigator with a national practice, he represents domestic and international employers in a broad range of disputes, particularly discrimination and wage and hour cases. His clients operate in a wide variety of industries, including health care, accounting, transportation, media, energy, technology, electronics, hospitality, retail and financial services industries. Steve has defended employers against: 

  • Nationwide class actions involving allegations of systemic discrimination and other civil rights violations
  • Nationwide class actions filed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Nationwide collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and related state wage and hour laws
  • Pattern-or-practice cases filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Large-scale, systemic EEOC investigations in response to Commissioner's Charges and other class-based charges of discrimination

Steve provides advice and counsel with respect to strategic planning and human resources issues, including executive terminations, wage and hour compliance and the development of personnel policies, employment contracts and non-compete agreements. He also advises companies on the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. When issues arise at the executive level, clients rely on Steve to direct litigation against departing executives for violations of noncompete agreements and trade secret theft.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Steve was a partner and co-chair of the class action litigation practice group at a national labor and employment law firm. 

Representative Matters

  • Representing an international aviation manufacturer against a collective action alleging age discrimination in a reduction in force.

  • Represented a tax, audit, and advisory firm in a nationwide class and collective action filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, and New York law alleging systemic discriminatory pay and promotion practices.

  • Representing a health care company in a representative action filed under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) regarding allegations of missed meal and rest periods.

  • Representing a trucking company in a nationwide EEOC pattern and practice civil action alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Represented a transportation-based company in a 26-plaintiff national origin discrimination trial including subsequent appeal.

  • Represented a health care company in a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving over 1000 opt-in plaintiffs, who allege they were misclassified as exempt employees and were owed overtime.

  • Represented a large chain of convenience stores in a multistate hybrid collective and class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act and related state claims regarding allegations of overtime and other wage and hour violations.

  • Represented one of the nation’s largest financial institutions in a class investigation being conducted by the Denver Field Office of the EEOC regarding allegations of age discrimination resulting from a merger and related reductions in force.

  • Represented a large restaurant chain in a nationwide pattern and practice civil action filed by the EEOC involving allegations of systemic discrimination against female employees regarding promotion and pay practices under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Represented a large hospital system against a class action filed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and approximately 4,000 putative plaintiff nurses alleging retaliation and constitutional claims related to a union organizing drive.

  • Represented an international airport in a class action involving allegations of racial discrimination against African-American and Hispanic employees with respect to the airport’s zero tolerance policy regarding drug and alcohol use.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America  (2014-2020)
  • Leading Lawyer, Labor and Employment, Colorado, Chambers USA  (2010-2020)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers  (2006-2009, 2011-2020)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2008-present)
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (2015-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence