Steve first came to New Hampshire in 1974 to serve as a law clerk to Federal
District Court Judge Hugh H. Bownes. Upon completion of his clerkship,
Steve returned to Washington, D.C. where he served as legal counsel to
United States Senator John A Durkin from 1976-1977. In 1977, Bill Shaheen,
who had been appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire,
hired Steve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Steve and Bill served together
for 4 years. They have worked together ever since.
Steve has an active an extensive federal and state trial practice, representing
individuals and businesses in complex litigation in both state and federal
courts. He has been recognized as the “ideal” New Hampshire
attorney, as voted by lawyers throughout the State, for his work in “Complex
Litigation” and “Criminal Law”, has been recognized in The
Best Lawyers in America and as a
New England Super Lawyer. In 2014, Steve was selected for inclusion to the Best Lawyers® publication
for "bet the company litigation" – a significant distinction
from one of the oldest and most trusted attorney rating services in the
country.The emphasis of his practice has been in the area of white collar
criminal defense, business litigation, and First Amendment defense.
He has represented a range of individuals and businesses in the Federal
District Courts of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts in
federal criminal investigations. He also represented throughout the New
Hampshire state courts a range of corporations and individuals involved
in corporate disputes related to breaches of fiduciary duties, contract
disputes, and shareholder disputes. His practice also focuses on counseling
health care clients on compliance with federal and state regulations and
billing and coding practices, and represents hospitals, medical staffs
and physicians in internal investigations and disputes regarding privileges.
Steve has also represented a number of corporations in conducting internal
investigations as part of the law firm’s corporate governance practice.
He has advised and assisted corporate Boards of Directors in exercising
their duties and responsibilities under the Sarbanes-Oxley statute, and
has lectured on the subject. He also has a very active practice representing
lawyers before New Hampshire’s Professional Conduct Committee, and
was successful in challenging the process by which the New Hampshire Bar
Association summarily suspends attorneys who are charged with criminal
offenses. In re Reiner’s Case, 872 A.2d 1038 (N.H., September 7, 2005).
Honors and Community Involvement
- Legal Counsel to the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and Panel Member.
- Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Public Defender Program.
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 in the areas of criminal
defense and First Amendment.
- Recognized as one of New England’s Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine
- Highest Rating in Legal Directory Martindale-Hubbell (AV).
- Dunfey-Kanteres award winner given in recognition of his efforts in successfully
prosecuting a claim against the State Republican Party for interfering
with the rights of New Hampshire voters to participate freely and fairly
in a public election.
- Member of the Local Rule Subcommittee of the Federal Court Advisory Committee.
- Member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory.
- B.A. American University, Washington, D.C., 1971.
- J.D. Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. 1974.