Steve’s practice focuses on strategic planning. He has over 28 years of litigation experience, including trying 75 cases in federal and state courts and arguing appeals in six federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

As Gombos Leyton’s senior litigation partner, Steve litigates cases in a wide‑range of areas, with a particular focus on the False Claims Act and white-collar defense, higher education law, and 

government contracts.  Steve also has extensive experience conducting investigations  involving  allegations of civil fraud, white-collar crimes, and regulatory violations, and assisting clients in responding to civil investigative demands and government subpoenas. In addition to those  areas, Steve has represented business clients in actions alleging business torts, intellectual property, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, and data breach matters. 

Steve uses his extensive business and litigation experience as outside general counsel to businesses that regularly contract with the government, assisting clients with developing internal compliance programs, policies, and long-term exit strategies for ownership and senior management teams, as well as negotiating mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions. 

Before joining the Firm, Steve worked for two litigation firms, handling insurance, professional liability, and commercial and banking litigation matters. He previously worked as outside counsel to the Resolution Trust Corporation and the FDIC following the Savings and Loan Crisis. His experience involved overseeing the closure of financial institutions and working with a team to evaluate existing, pending, and potential litigation claims. The assessment of potential litigation involved investigative work that included issuance of subpoenas, managing substantial document review, and conducting sworn interviews of former executives, loan officers, borrowers, and other persons with knowledge about suspect transactions.