For 35 years before going to law school, Steve was a successful publishing executive – including at Time and Scholastic – and the CEO of three internet start-ups. After being admitted to the New York Bar, he worked for three years for legendary trial lawyer Tom Moore’s firm KDLM.
At KDLM, Steve was the principal investigator and lead attorney on a $1 billion False Claims Act qui tam case; won his first trial; and was awarded the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Services Award for the Military Pro Bono Project. While at KDLM, Steve also worked on dozens of medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability cases, from initial intake and evaluation through trial.
Even before he went to law school, Steve had developed a national reputation for his insights about how juries respond to evidence. His reputation in the area was earned from both being the rare individual to have actually served on four juries through verdict, as well as from his analysis and writing on the subject. Indeed, Steve was the only outside contributor to Duke Law School Professor Neil Vidmar’s classic treatise, Medical Malpractice and the American Jury.
As a business executive, Steve was the creator and executive producer of Time Magazine’s Man of the Year television documentaries; co-creator and producer of Covermaker, developed with IBM, which was one of the first educational computer games; creator and publisher of the Time College Achievement Awards; and winner of two Clio Awards. As an entrepreneur, he was founder and CEO of 4-to-14.com / Brainquest; CEO of Living Independently (later sold to General Electric); and CEO of Multimedicus/The Child Health Guide, in partnership with Harvard and Dartmouth Medical Schools, which was the winner of the 2008 Magazine Publishers Association’s Best Web Resource.
Steve is the author of seven books – including three best-sellers – and more than 250 articles and editorials. He was only the second person ever to have Op-Ed articles in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal on the same day.
Steve attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and graduated from Brown University and New York Law School, cum laude. He co-chaired Hillary Clinton’s White House Task Force on early childhood literacy, the Prescription for Reading Partnership, and for ten years was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Institute.
Steve and his wife live in Manhattan and have two grown sons: one a screenwriter in Los Angeles and the other a United States Marine.
New York Law School
(JD, cum laude, 2013)
United States Naval Academy
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York