New York, NY. International law firm Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce that seasoned litigator and trial lawyer Stephen P. Younger, a past president of the New York State Bar Association, has joined the law firm’s Complex Disputes practice as senior counsel.
Based in Nixon Peabody’s New York City office, Stephen focuses his practice on commercial, securities, and real estate disputes, with clients including financial institutions, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, pension funds, venture capital firms, real estate developers, and multi-national companies. He brings more than 35 years of litigation experience and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels. He also frequently handles high-profile appeals. Well known for his alternative dispute resolution (ADR) work, Stephen is often called on to serve as an arbitrator or mediator in high-stakes matters.
“Stephen is renowned in the New York legal community,” said Nixon Peabody partner John Ruskusky, who leads the firm’s Complex Disputes practice. “His breadth of high-impact experience and relationships across both the state and country will make an immediate impact for our clients and the firm.”
Among his current appointments, Stephen is the New York State Delegate to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates, chairing the New York delegation, and he sits on the Governing Council of the ABA’s Center for Innovation. He also serves on the board of directors of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Stephen served as president of the New York State Bar Association from 2010 to 2011. In that role, he oversaw a landmark study of the legal profession’s future.
“Stephen is an excellent fit for Nixon Peabody and our firm’s culture, and his experience speaks for itself,” said Ilana Kameros, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s New York City office. “His addition to the firm and numerous relationships immediately enhance our litigation team’s capabilities, both in New York and nationally.”
A fellow of both the American and New York Bar Foundations, Stephen serves on the governing council of the Center for International Legal Studies. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division, and he is an executive committee member of the Fund for Modern Courts. For 25 years, Stephen was counsel to the state’s Commission on Judicial Nomination, and he currently is a member of the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department. He also chairs the Historical Society of the New York Courts.
Stephen earned his JD from Albany Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review, and his BA from Harvard College. He serves as co-editor of the New York Commercial Division Practice Guide, published by Bloomberg Law, and he teaches commercial litigation as an adjunct law professor at Fordham University.
Stephen formerly served as law clerk to Hon. Hugh R. Jones of the New York Court of Appeals.