As an associate in the firm's Energy and Natural Resources Group, Steven’s practice focuses on litigation involving general commercial and real estate issues. Steven has practiced in state and federal courts representing a variety of clients at all stages of the litigation process, including the administrative, trial and appellate levels.
Steven is also an expert on Income Share Agreements, a new type of education-focused financing arrangement, and has recently co-authored a white paper explaining how they work and their place in the federal regulatory regime. Available at reedsmith.com.
In his litigation practice, Steven has extensive experience in disputes involving land use, construction and real property issues, including statutory eminent domain and inverse condemnation; title matters, including lien and ownership priority, easement rights, encroachments, adverse possession and other prescriptive rights; condominium and cooperative disputes; and common law claims, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, misrepresentation, trespass and fraud.
Steven also has experience with suits involving governmental entities. These cases involve a wide range of issues, including allegations of ultra vires conduct, suits seeking mandamus relief, ad valorem property tax disputes, sovereign immunity defenses, and white-collar investigations.
Prior to joining Reed Smith, Steven participated in the City of Houston's Volunteer Prosecutor Program, representing the State of Texas in criminal cases filed in municipal court. He successfully tried a number of jury trials in cases involving various misdemeanor offenses. Steven also served as a law clerk for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office – Special Prosecution Division, assisting in the prosecution of public corruption and white-collar offenses.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Steven J. Owens