Lawyer in Intelligent-Design Case Leaves Pepper to Form Own Firm

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Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey

Litigator Stephen Harvey, who notably represented the plaintiffs in a challenge to the teaching of intelligent design in public schools and the more recent matter of getting two young patients on an adult lung donor list, has left Pepper Hamilton to start his own firm.

After nearly 20 years in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton, Harvey has formed Steve Harvey Law, where he intends to focus his practice on representing clients in business disputes, banking and financial services matters and government claims.

Harvey said his time at Pepper Hamilton was rewarding, but said he has always wanted to start his own firm. And the timing was right given the shifting legal market, he said.

"I see it as an opportunity in this marketplace," Harvey said. "There's been a lot of changes in the legal world and in the economy of law firms ... and I see a real opportunity for me to create something that will be economically viable and strong for many years to come."

Having his own firm will also allow him more flexibility in running his practice.

"I see being at my own small law firm will enable me to offer very attractive economic arrangements to my clients, including personalized and unmatched service and very high-quality representation and advice and flexibility in financial arrangements," Harvey said.

Pepper Hamilton managing partner Thomas Cole Jr. said in the press release announcing the formation of Steve Harvey Law that he wished Harvey well.

"Steve is a seasoned litigator and a passionate advocate for his clients," Cole said in the joint statement. "Starting his own firm is something he has wanted to do."

Harvey said he is bringing some clients with him from Pepper Hamilton in the commercial litigation and banking and finance arena, but will primarily be focused on building a new practice. He said he has begun an aggressive marketing campaign, including the creation of a new website, reaching out to contacts locally and nationally, writing a legal blog and focusing on search engine optimization.

Harvey said his plan is to lead a litigation team. To that end, he is set to bring in a "high-quality" litigator early next year and then will build out the firm as the workload requires, he said.

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