Steve has been practicing law for almost 30 years and has served as lead trial counsel in civil rights, investigations and commercial litigation matters.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1987
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2012-2015
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee, 1987-2012
  • Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, 2013
  • Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, 2010
  • Assistant Attorney General’s for Civil Rights Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • Instructor, Criminal Procedure, Substantive Criminal Law, Ethics, and Civil Rights, Memphis Police Academy, 1989-Present
  • Instructor, Federal Arson Investigations, Investigating White Collar Crimes, Tennessee State Law Enforcement Academy, 1989-Present
  • Instructor, Basic Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy for Experienced Prosecutors, Legal Skills for Paralegals, Advanced Civil Rights Seminars, Department of Justice National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC, 1989-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 2012-2013
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Education & Honors

  • University of Memphis, J.D., cum laude, 1987
    • Five American Jurisprudence Awards for Highest Class Grade, including Professional Responsibility, Equity, Decedents’ Estates, Torts I, Criminal Procedure II
  • University of Memphis, B.A., Criminal Justice, cum laude, 1982

Experience

  • Represents an individual in an insider trading investigation being conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  • Represents a state governmental entity under indictment and facing a Qui Tam action related to providing mental health services for two counties. 
  • Represents a National non-profit in an investigation by the Department of Justice, the General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General, and the IRS, Inspector General’s Office related to government contracts. 
  • Represents a chain of Compounding Pharmacies in a federal investigation related to billing issues. 
  • Successfully represented a corporate client who received a criminal target letter from the Department of Justice seeking $20,000,000.00.  DOJ closed the case after an internal investigation and several presentations to the Department of Justice demonstrated the corporation did not have criminal liability for an employee’s misconduct. 
  • Retained by an International Logistics company to establish a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Program.
  • Retained by and International Chemical Company to review their current Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance program and to advise and litigate on future FCPA matters.
  • Represented the president of a staffing company in negotiating a plea agreement and forfeiture for criminal violations related to obtaining H1B worker Visas from the Department of State. 
  • Represented a company and its officers in an of the Daily Fantasy Sports industry investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “White Collar Criminal Prosecutions and Money Laundering Violations,” Southeastern Forensic & Valuation Services Conference/Tennessee Society of CPAs 2016.
  • Presenter, “Police Pattern and Practice Investigations and Consent Decree Implementation,” The Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Alumni Association 2016.
  • Author, “Court Slams DOJ By Dismissing The Majority Of Indictment Against Fedex – Rules The Defense Does Not Have A Duty To Correct DOJ’s Mistake,” Butler Snow Blog, June 8, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Police Pattern and Practices Litigation,” FBI National Academy Training Conference, July 2016.
  • Presenter, “Use of Force Investigations for Law Enforcement Agencies and Use of Force Review Boards”, Virgin Island Police Department, December 2015.
  • Presenter, “Use of Force Investigations for Law Enforcement Agencies and Use of Force Review Boards”, New Orleans Police Department, September 2015.
  • Presenter, "Pattern and Practice Investigations and Consent Decree Management for Law Enforcement Agencies," Boston University Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management in Policing Training, June, 4, 2015.
  • Mentioned, “Retired prosecutor lauded for successes,” The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, January 11, 2015
  • Presenter, “Breaking the AND Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight against Human Trafficking,” University of Memphis Law Symposium, 2013.
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