Today in Philadelphia veteran lawyer Steve Harvey announced the opening of his law firm, Steve Harvey Law LLC, a litigation and trial boutique specializing in business disputes, banking and financial services, and government claims.
“I had many great years as a partner at Pepper Hamilton, but starting my own law practice marks the fulfillment of a dream,” Steve said.
Steve brings a high level of passion and energy to all his cases. “I love representing clients in business and banking disputes and helping resolve knotty legal and factual issues. It really drives me.”
Steve has a significant reputation in Philadelphia and nationally, not just for his work on business disputes and banking matters, but also for his civil rights work.
In 2013, he represented the parents of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan and 11-year-old Javier Acosta, two children who needed new lungs to live. The children were disadvantaged by a rule of the national organ transplants system that prevented them from receiving new lungs. Steve led a team of lawyers from Pepper Hamilton that filed lawsuits challenging the rule, obtained TROs on behalf of the children, and ultimately resulted in a change to the rule. The case received national media attention.
In 2005, Steve was co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the intelligent design case, in which a federal judge ruled at the end of a 40-day trial that intelligent design is a religious proposition that cannot be presented in public school science class as an alternative to evolution. The case received national and even international media attention, and resulted in four books about the case as well as a NOVA special entitled “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.”
Steve intends to continue working on civil rights case. “Helping others is the most important thing we can do as lawyers.”
After graduating magna cum laude from Villanova Law School in 1989, Steve clerked for a federal appellate judge and then entered the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division. He joined Pepper Hamilton in 1995. He worked as a partner in the commercial litigation group for the last 13 years.
“It’s been a great adventure the whole time, but the newest chapter, with me as the leader of my own law firm, really excites me.”