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Education

J.D., Vanderbilt Law School; Order of the Coif

A.B., cum laude, Princeton University

Law Journals

Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

Clerkships

Law Clerk for the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-2007)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

Pennsylvania Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits

Supreme Court of the United States

Stephen has a wide range of experience litigating complex disputes before federal and state courts and administrative agencies and in arbitration. He has represented clients in both individual and class action cases involving commercial and government contract disputes, the False Claims Act (FCA), procurement fraud, consumer fraud, business torts, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Stephen has authored dozens of appellate and dispositive motions briefs in courts across the country and has successfully argued multiple motions to dismiss, summary judgment motions, and appeals in federal and state court. He also has experience conducting internal investigations for corporate clients in response to government allegations of misconduct, including investigations of pharmaceutical clients involving Medicare and Medicaid government price reporting for pharmaceutical products. Stephen previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the civil section in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended multiple clients in FCA procurement fraud cases brought by relators and the U.S. Department of Justice seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
  • Represented relator in an FCA case alleging that student lenders fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in subsidies from the Department of Education, which has resulted in settlements of more than $70 million.
  • Successfully defended a government contractor in a multi-million dollar class action arbitration involving wage claims by fire and rescue employees used during the Iraq War.
  • Successfully defended a government contractor in a multi-million dollar civil RICO case brought by a subcontractor.
  • Conducted internal investigation for large international generic pharmaceutical company relating to its Medicaid and Medicare government price reporting for pharmaceutical products.
  • Successfully defended a large international telecommunications company in a complex contract action involving internet peering agreements.
  • Represented the owners of small government contractors in buyout disputes and mediation. 
  • Successfully defended a large non-profit organization in a class action consumer fraud case.
  • Represented a large utility company in a complex, multi-million-dollar litigation involving a natural gas transportation agreement.
  • Counseled a large non-profit organization regarding the recovery of funds from third party financial institutions following discovery of an employee fraud scheme.
  • Counseled trade organization in a commercial dispute with a non-profit watchdog group.
  • Litigated bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
  • Represented public interest groups seeking to vindicate important constitutional interests before federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (2010-2013)
    • Represented the United States and federal agencies in a variety of civil matters, including FCA, APA, Federal Tort Claims Act, Title VII, and Bivens matters
    • Successfully defended against class action certification in a Title VII suit against the U.S. Marshals Service
    • Successfully defended the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in multiple APA suits
    • Obtained a favorable settlement following an investigation of an FCA procurement fraud suit involving a federal intelligence agency

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law
    • Procurement Fraud Committee
  • William B. Bryant Inn of Court

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