Steve is the Managing Partner of the San Diego, Calif., office of Tully Rinckey PLLC Partner and the primary Consult Attorney for matters relating to federal sector labor and employment law throughout the country. With over 35 years of experience in all facets of litigation, Steve provides counsel to clients across a broad spectrum of employment-related matters.
Steve practices before federal and state courts, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as representing clients in arbitration, mediation and agency proceedings. Steve also is available to address private employment law matters in the states of California and New York, as well as the District of Columbia. Steve’s commitment to representing service members, veterans and the federal workforce came following his son’s deployment to Iraq.
Steve joined Tully Rinckey PLLC in March 2006, first managing the firm’s corporate, commercial and municipal litigation practice. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he opened the firm’s office in 2008 and transitioned into the area of employment law. In 2014, he passed the California Bar, moved to San Diego and opened the firm’s office there. Although Steve continues to handle business litigation for the firm, the majority of his practice is devoted to federal and military employment rights and benefits.
Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Steve served as a partner with the full-service Long Island law firm of Farrell, Fritz, P.C. As co-head of the firm’s sophisticated commercial litigation department, he represented many high-profile clients in complex matters, conducted numerous trials and frequently argued cases in the appellate courts. Steve formed his own firm in 1991, where he continued his successful litigation practice first on Long Island, and then in the Albany, N.Y. area.
After graduating with honors from Tufts University, Steve earned his law degree from the prestigious University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law. Following law school, Steve served as confidential secretary to the Justices of the Appellate Division, Second Department, a state appeals court for whom he prepared case memoranda and opinions on both appeals and motions.
Steve is a member of the California, Washington, D.C. and New York State bars and is admitted to practice in Federal trial and appeals courts in all three jurisdictions. He has been admitted pro-hac vice to practice in specific matters in courts from Virginiato Alaska.
Steve was selected as the 2009 legal columnist for the Washington Business Journal. His “Capital Counsel” column provided legal advice to employers and employees attempting to navigate the complex rules and regulations of the workplace. Various media outlets have interviewed Steve regarding employment law matters, including the National Law Journal, Government Executive and Federal Daily.
Steve is a past member of the Judicial Officer Screening Committee for the Tenth Judicial District in New York. He has lectured on New York civil practice at both professional associations and law schools and is a former adjunct professor of New York practice at Touro Law School. For more than a decade, Steve served as a Board Member and Officer of Harbor Child Care, Inc., a nationally accredited not-for-profit provider of child-care services.
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