Stephen D. Busch Partner

Stephen's experience includes defending clients in toxic tort, environmental, products liability and professional liability cases. He also has extensive experience representing clients in the alcoholic beverage industry in regulatory, licensing and franchise litigation matters. He also represents self-insured clients in occupational disease and catastrophic injury claims.

Steve is the former chair of the firm's toxic tort and environmental litigation department, and formerly served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Board of Partners.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, 1980
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1977

President, 2010; President-Elect, 2009; Board of Governors, Chair, 2008; Chair, Civil Litigation Section, 2003; Chair, Young Lawyers Section, 1990, Virginia Bar Association

President, 2018; Board of Directors, 2011-present; Vice President, 2016; The Virginia Law Foundation

Board of Directors, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, 2011-2013

Member, Boyd-Graves Conference, 2005-present

Member, Board of Trustees, 1998-2007, President, 2001-2002, United States Law Firm Group, Inc.

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Member; Standing Committee on Lawyers Public Service Responsibility, 1986-1989, American Bar Association

Chairman, Board of Directors, 2000; Board of Directors, 1993-2008, Delta Waterfowl Foundation

Member, Board of Governors, 2004-2010, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, Virginia

Troop Committee Member, Boy Scout Troop 444, 2003-2007

  • Speaker, "Overview of Legal Issues in the Wine Industry," Washington & Lee School of Law, November 29, 2010
  • Speaker, "Early Case Assessment and Strategic Considerations for Defense Counsel," University of Richmond School of Law, April 1, 2009
  • Speaker, numerous continuing legal education and other presentations on a variety of litigation topics, January 1, 2009
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2005-2023; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2019-2023; Woodward/White, Inc.

Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions – Automotive/Transport – Defense; Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action – Consumer Products - Defense; Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions – Toxic Tort – Defense 2022

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Products Liability & Toxic Torts, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2014-2022

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Civil Litigation Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts, Administrative Law, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2022; Named to Virginia Top 100, 2020

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Richmond, The Best Lawyers, 2021

Named a "Local Litigation Star," Virginia, Benchmark Litigation, 2013, 2016, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products, Toxic Tort - Defense, Legal 500 US, 2016-2018

Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Transport: Rail And Road, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017

Named to Virginia's "Legal Elite," Civil Litigation, Virginia Business, 2013-2015

Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2013

Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation, 2012 

AV Rated; Top Rated - AV Lawyer in Mass Tort Litigation, Martindale-Hubbell

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