How Stephen Helps Clients
Stephen focuses his practice on product liability and environmental litigation matters, including class actions, toxic tort and multi-party mass tort cases. Stephen has significant experience dealing with large groups of plaintiffs and defendants, and with cases involving complex issues of science and causation. Stephen has particular expertise defending groundwater contamination and natural resource damage cases. Stephen also has experience representing clients in enforcement actions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various state agencies.
Stephen was selected as New York Metro Super Lawyer in Environmental Litigation by Thomson Reuters in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to Buchanan, Stephen was a partner in a New York global firm and previously an attorney in the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Yonkers, where he represented the City in various litigation matters, including land use and regulatory enforcement actions.
- Representation of global petroleum company in product liability risk assessment regarding introduction of petroleum product into foreign jurisdictions.
- Represented global petroleum company in multi-district product liability litigation involving more than 150 actions involving claims for environmental damage and toxic tort.
- Obtained summary judgment for petroleum refiner in toxic tort action based on lack of proof of injury to more than 100 plaintiffs.
- Defended tool manufacturer in a CERCLA contribution action, successfully settling all claims for a de minimis amount.
- Defended chemical company in “food chain” exposure actions in which plaintiffs alleged PCBs caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- Hawaii state court – obtained summary judgment for global satellite company in multi-million dollar real estate dispute involving disputed access rights and rights of involving surface water and groundwater flow.
Fordham University, B.S., 1997, Biological Sciences
Pace University School of Law, J.D., 2000, cum laude; associate on Pace University Environmental Law Review
- New York
- United States Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
American Bar Association, member and Vice Chair, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Committee, 2015-2016; 2016-2017; 2017-2018.
New York State Bar Association