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Stephen completed his B.S. in Economics from University of California at Berkley before receiving his J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Stephen ran his own successful firm for 7 years prior to joining Wade Law Group and has been published as a co-author on various legal works that can be seen in publications such as Environmental Law Institute, Practicing Law Institute, and Federation of Insurance Counsel Quarterly.
Stephen was part of a team of attorneys who litigated The Asbestos Insurance Coverage Cases in San Francisco Superior Court and, after a 4.5 year trial, recovered over $1 billion in insurance coverage proceeds for his client that then went into a trust to compensate the victims of asbestos exposure.
Stephen, a life-long and avid Newfoundland owner, also led the litigation against the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and successfully kept in place, through an action in federal court in San Francisco, the GGNRA’s 1979 Pet Policy, allowing pets to be off-leash (if under voice-control) in approximately one percent of the land managed by the GGNRA in the San Francisco Bay Area and including all the beaches in San Francisco and many beaches in Marin County and San Mateo County.
Stephen has received numerous honors and awards for his talent and commitment to the ethical practice of law including:
- J.D., Magna Cum Laude
- Order of the Coif
- Hastings Thurston Honor Society
- Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison Eagle Award of Excellence
- Editor, COMM/ENT Law Journal
- AmJur Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Constitutional Law (2 years)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated