Stephen C. Smith
Of Counsel
(724) 873-3186
Office: Southpointe
J.D. University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Florida State University
Licensure: OH | PA | WV
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Stephen Smith focuses his practice on environmental and energy-related matters including regulatory compliance counseling, litigation, and administrative agency law.  He represents clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.  He helps clients understand how the regulatory framework may impact their operations and businesses and how to develop and implement strategies that will minimize future enforcement.  He provides client counseling and advice on compliance, permitting and agency communications as well as business transactions.   He has served as Deputy General Counsel & Environmental Director for a company operating over thirty mining and manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Canada.  Mr. Smith began his environmental career as an agency enforcement attorney.

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2005-2013 Deputy General Counsel, Environmental Director, Carmeuse North America
2004-2005 Associate Counsel, Carmeuse North America
2001-2004 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1998-2001 Law Offices of Harry F. Klodowski
1992-1997 Buchanan Ingersoll Professional Corporation
1991-1992 Doepken, Keevican, Weiss & Medved
1988-1991 Department of Environmental Resources, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Smith has authored several articles on environmental regulation and compliance for Pennsylvania legal journals.

Key Experience

Assisted energy company in developing strategy and communications regarding the potential impact of proposed third party operations on the client’s energy extraction longwall coal mining operations to foster collaborative solutions and avoid litigation
Assisted surety company in resolving liability for reclamation bonds posted for numerous coal mining operations in Pennsylvania in anticipation of bond forfeiture actions by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection due to operator’s financial inability to complete reclamation and continue treatment of post-mining discharges
Conducted environmental due diligence focusing on current and historic regulatory compliance of target company on behalf of equity investment banking group evaluating substantial investment in oil and gas exploration and production company operating in Pennsylvania

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Environmental Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
The Order of Barristers