Stephen G. Harvey




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Steve represents clients in litigation and at trial in business and complex disputes. He also provides advice on legal compliance, risk management, and litigation avoidance. Steve is a highly successful counselor, litigator, and trial attorney for business and complex legal matters.

Steve graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in 1989. He served for one year as a clerk to Judge Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Following his clerkship, he entered the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and served as a trial lawyer in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division from 1990 to 1993. From 1993 to 1995, Steve worked as a litigation associate at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. In 1995, Steve joined Pepper Hamilton LLP and in 2000 became a partner in the commercial litigation department, where he worked until December 2013. In December 2013, he founded Steve Harvey Law, a litigation boutique law firm with offices in Philadelphia that serves clients locally and nationally.

Steve has worked on a wide range of litigation and trial matters throughout his career, including business disputes, employment law, intellectual property, banking and finance, and government claims/civil rights. He has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including trials, appeals, e-discovery, injunctions, arbitrations, mediations, investigations, and class actions.



Steve publishes, speaks and writes regularly on topics related to his areas of practice and interest. Selected publications include:

  • DC Circuit Sides with Federal Reserve Board on Meaning of Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank Act, ABA Business Law Section Banking Committee Journal (April 2014)
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tells Supervised Institutions Not to Worry About Waiver of Privilege, Financial Fraud Law Report (April 2012).
  • Supreme Court in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes Rejects Certification of Largest Gender Discrimination, Employment Class Action in Nation’s History, Holds Plaintiffs Cannot Prove Common Class Claims, Raises Bar for Certification of All Claims, Appellate Law360, Employment Law360, Class Action Law360 (June 2011).
  • Defending Darwin, Litigation, Fall 2010 (37:1)
  • What Every Client and Lawyer Should Know About E-Discovery, Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report (Fall 2007).
  • Enforcing the Non-Compete and Confidentiality Duties of High Level Executives, 1998 Employment Law Update (Aspen Law & Business 1998).
  • The Pattern Requirement in Civil RICO is Working: Case law After Sedima, 33 Vill. L. Rev. 205 (1988).
  • Client Alert: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Celebrates First Birthday By Flexing Its Enforcement Muscles: Settlement Costs Capital One $210 Million (2012)
  • Client Alert: CFPB Issues Proposed Rule on Privileged Information Obtained from Supervised Entities and House Passes Bill that Would Authorize It, But Concern Remains About Erosion of Attorney-Client Privilege (2012)
  • Client Alert: Disparate Impact Claims Under Fair Housing Act Remain Viable as Case Is Removed from Supreme Court Docket (2012).
  • Client Alert: Overhauling the Federal Jurisdictional Statutes (2012).
  • Client Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waiver Provisions in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion (2011).
  • Client Alert: How the Dodd-Frank Act Affects Preemption of State Consumer Financial Laws: A Primer on Subtitle D of Title X (2010).
  • Client Alert: Federal Reserve Board Issues Final Rule on Gift Cards (2010).
  • Client Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Victim of Unlawful RICO Scheme to Defraud Need Not Prove Reliance on Predicate Acts of Mail Fraud to State a Claim (2008).
  • Client Alert: Supreme Court ‘Disparate Impact’ Decision Has Implications for Financial Services Companies (2005).
  • Client Alert: What the Class Action Fairness Act Means to You (2005).


Steve is a frequent speaker on legal developments and issues, at bar association meetings, and on college campuses.

Selected speaking engagements include the following:

  • Demonstration of direct and cross examination techniques as part of program entitled “Trial of a Federal Court Case” by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (July 23, 2014).
  • Panel Presentation entitled “Making the Private Practice Leap” for the Philadelphia Bar Association (June 4, 2014).
  • Spoke on “Organ Allocation Meets the Judicial System: Thoughts on the Sarah Murnaghan Lung Allocation Case” at Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University (May 16, 2004).
  • Panel Presentation entitled “Effective Depositions of Financial and Economic Experts” for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (April 23, 2014).
  • Spoke on “Creationism on Trial: Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the 21st Century Monkey Trial” at Marshall University (April 1, 2014).
  • Spoke on “Organ Allocation Meets the Judicial System: Thoughts on the Sarah Murnaghan Lung Allocation Case” at a meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association in Washington, DC (January 23, 2014).
  • Spoke on “Religious Liberty and Public Education” at the University of New Orleans (October 24, 2013).
  • Spoke on e-discovery at the Legal Intelligencer’s annual Litigation Summit in Philadelphia (September 20, 2013).
  • Spoke on “UDAAP in the Age of the CFPB” at a meeting of the ABA Committee on Consumer Financial Services in Naples, FL, (January 6, 2013).
  • Presented a webinar entitled “Mastering the Science of Cross Examination” for Lorman Educational Services (February 17, 2012).
  • Spoke on “Fair Lending – Compliance, Risk and Liability” at the invitation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission in San Antonio (August 2, 2011).
  • Spoke on “Litigation and Dodd-Frank – Possible Effects on Consumer Litigation” at the ABA Section of Business Spring Meeting in Boston (April 14, 2011).
  • Spoke on “Selected Issues in the World of Social Media” at the Delaware Valley Corporate Counsel Association annual in-house conference in Philadelphia (April 7, 2011).


Steve has an active pro bono practice for persons and causes in need. He has handled pro bono cases involving political asylum, the rights of children, social security, religious liberty, science education, organ allocation, and free speech. Several of his cases have been reported in the local and national media.

Steve is a longtime volunteer, board member, and past president of the board of directors of the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia.

Steve is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Steve serves as a judge pro tem for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Steve is concerned about the environment and the future of the planet. He is an active supporter of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Penn Environment, the Sierra Club, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. He is the founder and President of A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change.



2013 Villanova University School of Law Alumni Association Public Service Award

2011 William R. Klaus Pro Bono Award from Pepper Hamilton LLP

2006 Pro Bono Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association

2006 Clarence Darrow Award from the National Center for Science Education

2006 Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the ACLU of Pennsylvania

1989 Hyman-Goodman Faculty Award for Academic and Extracurricular Achievement from Villanova University School of Law



B.A. 1982, University of Massachusetts

J.D. 1989, magna cum laude, Villanova University School of Law

  • Managing Editor, Villanova Law Review
  • National Moot Court Champion
  • Member, Order of the Coif


1989-90 Law Clerk to Hon. Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.



Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia


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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

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