He received the EEOC Award for Distinguished Service as a Mediator (2007). He has been AV Preeminent rated for more than 10 years (which means his work and ethics are of the highest quality as determined by a peer review of judges and lawyers) and won the Client Distinction Award (2015) from Martindale-Hubbell. He is particularly proud of the last award because it recognizes his outstanding communication ability, responsiveness, quality of service and “value for the money.”
Labor & Employment Law Arbitrator
American Arbitration Association Panel Member, Employment Arbitrator
Union Contract Panel Member, Employment Arbitrator
Hired to decide Non-Compete and other employment disputes
Federal Court Mediator (certified since 2012 by the United States District Court, Western District of NY)
Contract with United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1999-2012)
Private Mediation Practice
Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits–Appointed by United States District Judges (2006-2010)
Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuit—Appointed by New York State Supreme Court Judge
Consumer Protection Class Action Lawsuit–Appointed by United States District Judge (2010)
NY Civil Service Law Section 75 hearings
Departmental Disciplinary Hearings–Monroe County Deputy Sheriffs
Court Appointed Referee in Foreclosure Cases & Guardian Ad Litem
Various Appointments in New York Supreme & Surrogates Courts
Highlights of Neutral Work
- Steve earned membership on the panel of Employment Arbitrators of a well established (since 1926) and distinguished non-profit provider of dispute resolution services (American Arbitration Association).
- Steve began mediating disputes at the request of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [“EEOC”] in 1999. He received an award from the EEOC in 2007 for being a distinguished mediator.
- Steve was selected to serve on the first panel of mediators for the mandatory program of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York which began in the Fall of 2012. Since that time, and not including mediations done outside the program, he has mediated more than 70 federal court cases. More than 50% of these cases were settled which is significant given that it occurs typically at a very early stage in the litigation.
- In his capacity as a Special Master in class action lawsuits (wage/hour and consumer cases), Steve decided factual disputes and made recommendations about the propriety of proposed settlements and attorney fee applications. He also presided at a hearing to determine whether the proposed settlement of a class action was fair.