Steve’s work focuses on complex antitrust and cybersecurity litigation. He also represents clients in civil investigations initiated by State Attorneys General. Steve’s strength is his ability to handle diverse matters, from taking on key roles in case initiation and discovery through participating in leadership strategy meetings to ensure that the case team is prepared to handle all issues that may arise. Steve is frequently tasked with leading discovery, including implementing review-related protocols, taking and defending depositions, serving as a mentor to newer attorneys, and helping to ensure that our firm and our co-counsel continue to achieve outstanding results for our clients.
Steve’s early legal career was spent primarily practicing business, securities, and administrative litigation as an Associate in Am Law 100 firms in New York and Los Angeles. Through this work, he honed his legal skills and began to focus on sophisticated antitrust and securities fraud cases. In the area of administrative law, Steve assisted in obtaining a precedent-setting interpretation of a liability provision of the Federal Aviation Regulations to the benefit of a major firm client.
Steve represents competitors and customers in antitrust and competition matters. In cybersecurity and data breach cases, Steve represents both payment card issuer and consumer classes in the most substantial cybersecurity and data breach cases resolved and currently being litigated.
Queens College, MS.Ed., May, 2006
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1987
Queens College, B.A., 1984
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Numerous District Courts
The Sedona Conference, Working Group 11 (Data Security and Privacy Liability)
Member, Hofstra Law Review, 1985-1986
Research Editor, Hofstra Law Review, 1986-87
Chair, Hofstra Law Fellows Program, 1986-87
Other publications include:
- Report on Jurisdiction of Federal and State Courts over Civil RICO Actions, NYSBA (1989), Principal Author
- Brodsky & Adamski, Law of Corporate Officers & Directors, Clark Boardman Callaghan (1986), Research Assistant
- In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation – Hausfeld represents parties that engaged in over-the-counter foreign exchange ("FX") transactions with the world's largest banks and their affiliates and investors who entered into FX transactions through domestic exchanges. This class action lawsuit alleges that these banks colluded to fix and manipulate the prices of FX transactions.
- In re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation – Hausfeld is Co-Lead Counsel in a class action lawsuit alleging a global conspiracy by some of the world’s largest banks to manipulate the London InterBank Offered Rate (referred to as LIBOR).
- In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation – It was alleged that major international cargo airlines from around the world conspired to inflate the price of shipping goods by air. This lawsuit has resulted in more than $2.3 billion in settlements on behalf of U.S. investors.
Technology & Data Breach
- In re Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation – Hausfeld filed and favorably settled cases on behalf of payment card issuing financial institution plaintiffs against Target Corporation, stemming from, what was then, one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history.
- In re Equifax, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation – Hausfeld was appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee representing consumer plaintiffs where over 145 million Americans were impacted by one of the largest data breaches in history.
- In re Marriott International Customer Data Security Breach Litigation – Hausfeld is representing a class of consumers harmed by the Marriott data breach.