Steve joined Sandberg Phoenix in 2012 and focuses his legal practice on product liability, pharmaceutical and toxic tort matters. With a wealth of experience defending asbestos, benzene, silica and other toxic tort cases, Steve has represented general contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, miners and distributors across a variety of industries, including aviation, consumer products, trucking, automotive, construction and heavy machinery.
Steve is responsible for all aspects of the litigation including expert discovery, written discovery, depositions, motion practice, settlement negotiations and trial, and has obtained dismissals for his clients in numerous cases. He takes pride in his ability to rapidly analyze a matter and determine the extent of the threat to his clients’ goals, then formulate a successful defense strategy.
In his free time, Steve spends time with his wife and young sons and is an avid sports fan, cheering on the Cardinals and Blues, as well as attending Mizzou football games. He also enjoys playing roller hockey, softball and travelling, especially to anywhere he can snow or water ski.
Prior to joining Sandberg Phoenix, Steve worked at a local St. Louis law firm handling toxic torts. He also worked for three years at the St. Louis City Counselor’s Office defending the St. Louis Building Division and prosecuting problematic property owners and municipal ordinance violations.
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
Sandberg Phoenix Community Connections Committee, Vice Chair
J.D., DePaul University College of Law
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri - Columbia, cum laude
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Co-author, “Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Litigation Tourism in Bristol-Myers Squibb,” IADC Defense Counsel Journal, Volume 85, No. 2 (2018)
Co-Author, “General Jurisdiction via State Registration Statute – Consistent with Daimler?” Part II, IADC Transportation Committee Newsletter, International Association of Defense Counsel (November 2016)
Co-Author, “The Bad Faith Exception to the One Year Bar to Removal Based on Diversity Jurisdiction - Is Proof of Forum Shopping Enough or do Defendants Need to Prove More?” IADC Product Liability Newsletter, International Association of Defense Counsel (October 2017)