Stephen counsels clients on trading commodities and derivatives; complying with laws such as the Commodity Exchange Act and federal criminal law; and responding to inquiries and investigations from regulators and exchanges. Stephen spent four and a half years as a trial attorney at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, DC in the Division of Enforcement. At the CFTC, Stephen worked on a wide range of cases including the investigation into LIBOR, and the National Crude Oil Investigation which focused on energy price manipulation.
Prior to joining the firm, Stephen spent four years as a trial attorney at the CFTC in Washington, D.C. He conducted extensive investigations of potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. Stephen’s most well-known case was leading a large part of the multi-year, high-profile international investigation into Barclays’ LIBOR reporting, which resulted in a record CFTC civil monetary penalty of $200 million.
While attending law school, Stephen gained experience as a summer associate at a law firm in Canton, Ohio. Later, he joined that firm as an associate. He also briefly worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Patricia A. Gaughan of the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio.