Stephen's practice is primarily focused on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on litigation. He also represents approximately 40 professional athletes, including former Masters Champion Fred Couples, long jumper Mike Powell (current world record holder), and double gold-medal-winning sprinter Michael Johnson.
His practice includes advising employers on all aspects of employment and labor relations matters. He has litigated cases involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, claims for pension and profit-sharing benefits, AIDS, defamation, negligent hiring and supervision, First Amendment issues, and covenants not to compete. He has represented public and private employers, and state and federal courts around the country. He is a court-appointed mediator for cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and an invited member of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference. From 1976 to 1979, he served at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland as a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army.
He was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as the top employment litigator in the metropolitan area in 2007 and by Best Lawyers in America as the Best Employment Litigator in Washington D.C. He has been listed in Best Lawyer, Chambers and Super Lawyers for many years.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Woodward/White, Inc., 2003-2021
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2005-2020
Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2019
Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia Business, 2004-2011, 2017-2019
Named "Lawyer of the Year," Labor & Employment, 2011, 2013; Employment Law - Management, Washington, D.C., Best Lawyers, 2017
Named to "Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers," Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment and Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2013, 2016-2017
Named to "Washington's Best Lawyers," Washingtonian Magazine, 2013
Named to "The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America," Employment Law, Lawdragon, 2009
Named to "Best Labor and Employment Lawyers," Washington, D.C., Washington Business Journal, 2004-2008
Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law, Management Labor and Employment, Marquis Who's Who, multiple years
Omicron Delta Kappa
Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit
McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2020 Leading Lawyers Guide
May 1, 2020
Virginia Business Magazine Names 30 McGuireWoods Lawyers to Legal Elite
December 12, 2019
McGuireWoods Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2019 Leading Lawyers Guide
April 30, 2019
McGuireWoods Team Wins Contentious Employment Case for Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Defeating Discrimination Claims
April 8, 2015