Stephen G. Harvey



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Steve Harvey is a dedicated, trusted, and accomplished counselor, litigator, and trial attorney with a practice that focuses on seeking justice for clients through the court system. For 30 years, Steve has represented people, families, companies, and nonprofits in important cases involving contracts and commercial litigation; fraud, defamation, and other torts; intellectual property; employment; the environment; fiduciary duties; insurance; financial services, and numerous state and federal statutes.

Steve has litigated numerous cases that gained national media attention due to their lasting impact. His groundbreaking work includes a federal case that upheld the teaching of evolution in public school science class; a case that saved the life of a child and led to permanent changes in organ transplant policy for pediatric patients; a case that confirmed the safety and efficacy of the influenza virus vaccine; and cases involving important environmental matters including climate change and groundwater contamination.

Prior to founding his firm, Steve practiced for 20 years, first at Crowell & Moring LLP and then as a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP. He gained significant experience representing clients in commercial litigation matters in multiple industries, such as banking and finance, insurance, and pharmaceuticals, and he served as lead counsel in numerous trials, appeals, class actions, arbitrations, and injunction actions. He also represented numerous plaintiffs in civil rights cases.

Before that, Steve worked as a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, handling the most important civil litigation matters for the federal government. Steve represented the Executive Office of the President, the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, the FBI, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, among other federal agencies.

At the start of his career, Steve served as a law clerk to the late Judge Myron H. Bright of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in 1989, where he served as managing editor of the Villanova Law Review.

Steve maintains an active pro bono practice and supports his colleagues’ pro bono and public service activities. He serves and has served in leadership positions in the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a master in the Temple American Inn of Court. He serves on the board and is past president of the Homeless Advocacy Project. He is the founder and president of A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change. He has submitted numerous amicus curiae “friend of the court” briefs in state and federal courts in support of civil and environmental justice. He is frequently invited to speak about his cases, and he writes on and teaches multiple legal topics, including evidence, trial advocacy, experts, and science and the law.



Steve publishes, speaks, and writes regularly on topics related to his areas of practice and interest. He regularly posts thoughtful and informed commentary on the Steve Harvey Law blog. He has also published many articles in journals and magazines, including:



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

Selected recent speaking engagements include:

    • Wandering 40 Days in the High-Profile Case Desert: What to Consider When the Media is an Interested Party, a lecture and discussion with Lauri Lebo and Eric Rothschild, for the Delaware Bar Association in Wilmington, DE, as part of a CLE Program titled “Reflections on the 13th Anniversary of the Intelligent Design Case, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District and Its Legal Implications” (November 1, 2018)
    • Practical and Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Expert Witnesses, a lecture at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia as part of a CLE program titled “Scientific Expertise in the Courtroom” sponsored by Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the Science History Institute (March 29, 2018)
    • Going Green: How Environmental Sustainability Improves Your Bottom Line, a panel presentation on sustainability and its positive impacts for business at the Center for Leadership of Neumann University (September 10, 2015)
    • Lawyers, the Law, and Climate Change, a lecture and discussion with Yolanda Pagano, for the New York City Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee, in New York, NY (May 14, 2015)
    • Lecture and demonstration of direct and cross examination techniques as part of a program titled “Trial of a Federal Court Case” by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (July 23, 2014)
    • Panel Presentation titled “Making the Private Practice Leap” for the Philadelphia Bar Association (June 4, 2014)
    • Organ Allocation Meets the Judicial System: Thoughts on the Sarah Murnaghan Lung Allocation Case, a lecture at Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University (May 16, 2014)
    • Panel Presentation titled “Effective Depositions of Financial and Economic Experts” for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (April 23, 2014)
    • Creationism on Trial: Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the 21st Century Monkey Trial, lecture at Marshall University, in Huntington, WV (April 1, 2014)
    • Organ Allocation Meets the Judicial System: Thoughts on the Sarah Murnaghan Lung Allocation Case, a lecture at a meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association in Washington, DC (January 23, 2014)
    • Religious Liberty and Public Education, a lecture at the University of New Orleans (October 24, 2013)
    • Presentation on on e-discovery at the Legal Intelligencer’s annual Litigation Summit in Philadelphia (September 20, 2013)
    • UDAAP in the Age of the CFPB, a presentation for the ABA Committee on Consumer Financial Services in Naples, FL (January 6, 2013)
    • Presented a webinar titled “Mastering the Science of Cross Examination” for Lorman Educational Services (February 17, 2012)
    • Fair Lending ― Compliance, Risk and Liability, an invited speaker for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission in San Antonio (August 2, 2011)
    • Litigation and Dodd-Frank ― Possible Effects on Consumer Litigation, a presentation at the ABA Section of Business Spring Meeting in Boston (April 14, 2011)
    • Selected Issues in the World of Social Media, a presentation 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 tried pro bono cases involving political asylum, the rights of children, social security, religious liberty, science education, organ allocation, prisoner civil rights, 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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