Overview

As senior counsel in the firm’s Business Litigation and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups, Steve primarily focuses on advising businesses on complex national and international privacy and information security issues and assisting them in devising strategies to assess and mitigate risks. He also provides guidance on regulatory compliance and defends clients’ interests in litigation and government enforcement actions.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, Steve spent a total of ten years serving in the federal government, including seven years with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Steve served for over four years as senior counsel in the DHS Intelligence Law Division in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the Department’s foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities to ensure compliance with federal and international privacy laws and regulations and reviewed and audited DHS’s cyber-related intelligence activities, including the production of cybersecurity threat assessments and breach response recommendations for the private sector. He began his career at DHS headquarters as a senior adviser for counterterrorism policy; in this role, he assisted in developing U.S. government and DHS internal policies concerning information collection and dissemination, including for programs related to cyber defense.

Before relocating to Cleveland, Steve spent a year serving as a deputy legal adviser to the president’s National Security Council, where he counseled White House officials on developing national security policies and programs, including those concerning defensive cybersecurity response operations; intelligence and surveillance; and information sharing with foreign partners and the private sector. He also helped coordinate the development of the government’s litigation strategy for civil and criminal cases related to homeland security operations.

Also an adjunct law professor, Steve teaches courses on topics related to foreign affairs, international law, and national and international security.

Publications
  • “FERC Proposes Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Rule,” Thompson Hine Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, January 2018
  • “Telephone Metadata and the Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Recent Case Law,” 35 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev 3, Fall 2015
  • Co-author, “Regulating Classified and Controlled Unclassified Information,” Whistleblowers, Leaks, and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security, American Bar Association, 2014
  • “Re-Examining the Falkland Islands War: The Necessity for Multi-Level Deterrence in Preventing Wars of Aggression,” 39 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 2, Fall 2012
  • “The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and Pakistan: Interpreting Nuclear Security Assistance Prohibitions,” 23 Fla. J. Int’l L. 2, Spring 2011
  • Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon: A Missed Opportunity in Treaty Interpretation,” 20 St. Thomas L. Rev. 25, 2007
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government (CIPP/G)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
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