Stephen A. Fennell

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Connecticut Avenue Northwest 1330
Washington 20036 DC US

Steve Fennell is a seasoned trial lawyer often sought out to lead complex, high-stakes civil litigation matters. In more than 35 years of practice, he has successfully handled jury and bench trials on a broad range of topics, including environmental and asbestos insurance coverage, antitrust, RICO, intellectual property disputes, nuclear and construction contracts, and personal and environmental injury cases.

In one recent notable success, Steve led Steptoe’s representation of 17 prisoners of war from the first Gulf War who sued the Iraqi government for damages arising out of their torture while in captivity. The lawsuit resulted in a $959 million judgment, an appeal to the US Supreme Court, and a nine-figure settlement achieved through a United States–Iraq executive agreement.

Steve served as the chair of Steptoe’s Litigation Department for a decade and established the firm’s Complex Litigation and Discovery Center.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978, magna cum laude; Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • B.A., University of Maryland, 1974, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


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Connecticut Avenue Northwest 1330
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