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Practice Areas

Premises Liability
Personal Injury
Workers Compensation Defense
Insurance Coverage
Construction
Products Liability



Bar/Court Admissions

Virginia

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Maryland Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

California Bar (inactive)

 



Education

State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A. psychology, 1978
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1981




Organizations

DRI
The Bar Association of the District of Columbia
The Counsellors


 
D. STEPHENSON SCHWINN

 
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Telephone: 703-246-0900
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10509 Judicial Drive, Ste. 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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Practice Overview and Representative Experience:

 

Steve has more than 25 years of experience working as a trial attorney with the firm. He has substantial litigation experience defending multi-million dollar claims involving products liability, retail security, construction accidents and property damage. He was lead defense counsel in cases featured on 60 Minutes and The Justice Files, including one that led to Consumer Product Safety Commission hearings that modified pool equipment safety standards to reduce the risk of entrapment injuries. He serves as catastrophic claims counsel for clients in the District of Columbia and Maryland.  He has also worked as consulting counsel on burn claims, and as regional coverage counsel for environmental insurance coverage litigation.

Steve has lead attorney experience representing

  • construction contractors, crane operators and trucking companies in catastrophic personal injury, fire and flood claims
  • a propane gas distributor in personal injury and property damage claims resulting from an explosion
  • security contractors, retailers and entertainment venues in false arrest and third party criminal activity claims
  • contractors, hospitals and hotels in workers compensation claims

In addition, Steve has held leadership positions in national insurance claims industry organizations. He served as Lead Chair of the District of Columbia Chapter of the Claims and Litigation management alliance. In that capacity, he organized the first annual CLM Group admission to the Supreme Court of the United States in May 2011.

Before joining the Firm in 1983, Steve served as Law Clerk to Hon. William E. Stewart, Jr. and Hon. John R. Hess, Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Representative clients include Macy*s, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and Zurich North America.

 

 
Reported Cases

Presley v. Commercial Moving & Rigging, Inc., 25 A.3d 873 (D.C. 2011)(crane accident)

Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. Uninsured Employers' Fund, 197 Md. App. 290, 13 A.3d 98 (2011)(extra-territorial application of assigned risk policy)

Travelers Indem. Co. of Ill. v. D.C. Dep't of Empl. Servs., 975 A.2d 823 (D.C. 2009)(finality of workers compensation order)

Cont'l Cas. Co. v. Under Armour, Inc., 537 F. Supp. 2d 761, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12627 (D. Md. 2008)(waiver of insurance coverage defenses)

Smigelski v. Potomac Ins. Co., 403 Md. 55, 939 A.2d 189 (2008)(extra-territorial workers compensation insurance coverage)

Lumpkins v. United States, 215 F.Supp.2d 640 (D. Md. 2002)(federal tort claims act)

Rassa v. Rollins Protective Servs. Co., 30 F.Supp. 2d 538 (D. Md. 1998)(fire alarm contract limitation of liability)

Sibley Memorial Hospital v. D.C. Dept. of Employment Services, 711 A.2d 105 (D.C. 1998)(limiting medical expenses in workers' compensation)

Railco Multi Construction Co. v. Gardner, 564 A.2d 1167 (1989)(workers compensation, occupational hearing loss)

Jones v. D.C. Department of Employment Services, 553 A.2d 645 (1989)(workers compensation)

Arneja v. Gildar, 541 A.2d 621, 56 USLW 2719, (D.C. 1988)(slander, judicial privilege)

Greenfield v. Volpe Construction Co., 849 F.2d 635, 270 U.S.App.D.C. (D.C.Cir. 1988)(subject matter jurisdiction)