​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, the Department of Justice’s highest award for litigation, 2013
  • Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, 2010, the Department of Justice’s second highest 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

  • White Collar, Internal Investigations, & Compliance 
    • Served with the Department of Justice as a Federal Prosecutor specializing in white collar, public corruption, and civil rights prosecutions. As a Department of Justice prosecutor, Steve regularly worked on Federal False Claims litigation as the lead prosecutor and litigation counsel.  He has extensive experience investigating, prosecuting, and litigating allegations involving domestic and international Money-Laundering, Bribery and Kickback matters, Public Corruption,  Commercial Fraud, Securities Fraud, the False Claims Act and also investigating and litigating government contracting False Claims conduct that includes many investigations of “kickback” allegations.
    • After 2001, Steve was assigned to Anti-Terrorism matters with a specific focus on international financial transactions and money laundering matters. While with the Department of Justice, Steve was called on to teach both internationally and domestically regarding investigating and prosecuting money laundering violations. He has prosecuted cases involving a 34 million dollar securities fraud scheme that was laundered through Caribbean Banks using shell corporations. At the United States Government’s urging, the country of Malaysia enacted money laundering statutes that were patterned after the U.S. statutes. Steve was also selected by DOJ to travel to Malaysia to teach Malaysian prosecutors on investigating and prosecuting international money laundering. DOJ also provided Steve’s experience in teaching Money Laundering issues all over the United States to both federal and local law enforcement.
    • Served 2 years at the Office of Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Investigation: 1.) Lead Counsel for the reinvestigation of the death of Associate White House Counsel Vincent Foster. 2.) United States v. Webster Hubbell – Lead Counsel to investigate Webster Hubbell, the former United States Associate Attorney General, (third in charge of the Department of Justice and former Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court) for fraud and tax evasion.
    • Lead Counsel for the Western District of Tennessee for “Operation Rockytop”, an undercover corruption investigation of the Tennessee Legislature and lobbyists for the gambling industry. Sixty-five convictions statewide.
    • United States v. David W. Lanier – Lead Trial Counsel for the landmark civil rights prosecution of a state judge who was sexually assaulting litigants and courthouse employees. See United States v. Lanier, 520 U.S. 259, 117 S.Ct. 1219, 137 L.Ed.2d 432 (1997). This was the first criminal prosecution using the civil rights statutes for a public official committing sexual assaults. Subject of the book Power to Hurt by Darcy O’Brien, Harper Collins,1996.
    • Lead prosecutor of “Operation Ammo Box,” a multi-agency investigation of kickback payments to purchasing department employees at the Martin-Marietta Corporation. The case resulted in 16 convictions and a large civil settlement with the corporation.
    • United States v. David I. Namer – Lead Counsel – five year joint Department of Justice/Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and seven-week trial of $34 million securities fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. Listed by the SEC as one of its top 10 cases of the year in 2002.
    • United States v. Dennis Harris – Largest mass murder in Tennessee history. Six individuals tied up and burned alive in an arson/murder.
    • Represents an individual in an insider trading investigation being conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
    • 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.
    • 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 national healthcare company in a pending Department of Justice investigation involving doctor’s compensation.
    • Conducted an internal investigation for a large banking organization where a bank employee was involved in a large scheme to defraud the bank.
    • Represents a chain of compounding pharmacies in a federal investigation related to billing issues.
    • Retained by an international logistics company to establish a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance program.
    • Retained by an international chemical company to review their current Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance program and to advise and litigate on future FCPA matters.
    • Recently assisted an international company with an internal investigation related to payments to public officials in China.
    • 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 and of the Daily Fantasy Sports industry investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office.
    • Represented a physician in a state and federal investigation into a hospice company’s practices.
    • Represented the CEO of a pharmacy marketing and pricing consulting group that has been subpoenaed to appear before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging public hearings into pharmaceutical pricing.
    • United States v. City of New Orleans – member of Evaluation and Litigation Team – Special Litigation Unit lawsuit to reform the New Orleans Police Department.
    • United States v. Powers – Ancillary Civil Bench trial of a lawsuit filed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Association of New Orleans asserting portions of the consent decree violated the United States and Louisiana Constitution.
    • Lead counsel for “Operation Latina Libre-Human Trafficking Investigation” – a prosecution of an organized ring of Mexican brothel owners who would lure young girls to the United States under the guise of providing jobs as waitresses. Once in this country the girls were raped, held captive, and forced into prostitution in the brothels. The victim’s ages ranged from 13-17.
    • United States v. Wayne Baskin – Corruption investigation of Tipton County Sheriff taking bribes from drug dealers.
    • Served as a reviewer for Department of Justice on Qui Tam Cases to decide if the government would intervene in the cases. These cases involved healthcare and government contract fraud allegations made under the False Claims Act.
    • United States v. Lazar, a case regarding fraudulent billing by a surgeon and his medical office.
    • Trial Counsel for United States v. Henry, et al., a large overbilling case by a home health and medical supply company.
  • Police Patterns & Practice Expert
    • Member of the U.S. District Court monitoring team over the Baltimore Police Department.
    • Stop, search and seizure, internal affairs investigation, and use of force subject matter expert for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Special Litigation Section pattern and practice investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department, 2014-2016.
    • Stop, search and seizure subject matter expert for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Special Litigation Section, investigation of the Ville Platte and St. Evangeline Parrish Sheriff’s Department, 2015.
    • Retained as an expert witness for a “stop and frisk” analysis by one of the 10 largest police departments in the country facing a multibillion dollar class action law suit, 2017.
    • Detailed as the lead Assistant United States Attorney to administer the Federal Court Consent decree ordering reforms by the New Orleans Police Department.
    • Retained as an expert use of force witness by the City of Tupelo in a lawsuit involving a fatal shooting by a police officer.
    • Retained by the City of Memphis to advise and assist the Memphis Police Department in a DOJ/COPS pattern and practice collaborative effort.
    • Presenter and Faculty, “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.
    • Presenter, “Pattern and Practice Investigation of Law Enforcement agencies,” Police Liability Claims from Start to Finish/National Business Institute, 2017.
    • 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.
    • Advisor to the New Orleans Police Department in establishing the nationally recognized Ethical Police is Courageous (EPIC) Program.
    • Presenter, Federal Police Monitoring National Seminar, sponsored by the United States Courts, Fort Worth, Texas, 2016.
    • Presenter, “Tarnished Badge,” University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 2013.
    • Presenter, “Police Pattern and Practice Investigations,” FBI National Academy Convention, 2016.
    • Legal Instructor, Memphis Police Department Police Academy, 1987- present.
    • Legal instructor, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee State Law Enforcement Academy, 2005-2010.
    • Instructor, Department of Justice, National Advocacy Institute 1996-2014.
      • DOJ National Civil Rights Seminar for Prosecutors
      • DOJ Trial Advocacy
      • DOJ White Collar Crime

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “White Collar Criminal Prosecutions and Money Laundering Violations,” Southeastern Forensic & Valuation Services Conference/Tennessee Society of CPAs, 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, BizLitNews Blog, June 8, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Presenter, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Human Trafficking training for Special Agents, Quantico, VA, 2012.
  • Presenter, United States Department of Justice International Human Trafficking Conference- Saipan & Guam, 2011.
  • Presenter, International Money Laundering for Prosecutors, National Law Enforcement Academy of Malaysia (PULAPOL), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004.
  • Author, “Pimps Down: A Prosecutorial Perspective on Domestic Sex Trafficking,” Cecil C. Humphreys, University of Memphis Law Review, 43 U. Mem. L. Rev. 1013, Westlaw cite 43 UM PSLR 1013.
  • Subject of the book Power to Hurt by Darcy O’Brien, Harper Collins, 1996.