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Steven M. Williams

Partner   |   Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
Partner   |   Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia

STEVEN M. WILLIAMS is the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Harrisburg office, Chair of the Firm's Commercial Litigation Group, and a member of its Labor & Employment, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, and Government Law & Regulatory Affairs Groups. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, real estate, landlord and tenant law, condominium and homeowner law, employment law, business and corporate law, and construction law. Steve provides a full range of legal services to assist his clients in avoiding and resolving legal problems and positioning themselves to maximize the success of their businesses.

Steve practices regularly in the Pennsylvania and Federal Courts, and has represented clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings before and in proceedings before various administrative boards.

In addition, he has served as a court-appointed arbitrator for the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, and serves as an arbitrator at the request of parties in private disputes.

Steve lectures regularly, and is a frequent writer, on such topics as landlord and tenant law, fair housing, debt collection, employment law, the impacts of social media on individuals and businesses, and miscellaneous business issues. He has taught a course on Legal Aspects and Responsibilities as part of the National Apartment Association's Certified Apartment Manager designation. Steve is also a PA Real Estate Commission approved continuing education provider for real estate licensees.  

Associations

Experience
  • Steve was successful in having a contractor's complaint, in which it sought fees for work it performed on an owner's property, dismissed based on a provision in the owner's property insurance policy that required that all disputes over the amount of a loss be submitted to an appraisal, as opposed to being litigated in court. The Court held that even though the contractor was not a party to the insurance policy and that appraisal provisions are usually reserved for disputes between an insured and an insurer, the contractor was nevertheless bound to submit its claim to an appraisal, due to a provision in the contractor's contract that its fees for the work were subject to the owner's insurance policy "which sets the scope and price of the work based on industry standards."
  • In a case of first impression, he was successful in obtaining a decision from the Pennsylvania Superior Court awarding interest, penalties and attorney's fees pursuant to the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act during the post-trial/execution proceedings in the case.
  • Successfully mediated a substantial construction dispute involving the collapse of part of a building's HVAC system, defending the case on behalf of the HVAC contractor.
  • Successfully tried to verdict, on behalf of a restoration contractor, a breach of contract case in the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas in which the jury completely rejected the defendants' claims of defective and unfinished work on the project.
  • Was successful in a Superior Court appeal involving a dispute between a client and its supplier over amounts claimed to be owed to the supplier on a supply contract.
  • Served as local counsel in a successful anti-trust case involving price discrimination against a national food manufacturer and a national food distributor.
  • Successfully defended against a lis pendens filed against an industrial property by a buyer who had an expired agreement of sale for the property.
  • Successfully settled a real estate purchase dispute involving three parties that had been in litigation for over ten years.
  • Successfully represented the seller of a restaurant in a dispute that initially caused the buyer to seek to terminate the sale, but who ultimately agreed to purchase on substantially the original terms.
  • Obtained the dismissal of three counts of a federal fair housing case in a case of first impression in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
  • Successfully represented a mechanical contractor in an age discrimination case before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a small business client who was being sued by a vendor for amounts allegedly due under a supply contract.
  • Successfully mediated a commercial disparagement/defamation of credit case involving two national mortgage brokers.
  • Was successful in a mortgage foreclosure action on behalf of a property owner that stripped the property of a substantial second mortgage, allowing the property owner to develop and sell the property.
  • Was successful in negotiating the settlement of a bad faith insurance claim that resulted in the client receiving 100% of his claim.
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Awards
  • Steve has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating for professional ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provides reviews of lawyers and law firms for consumers and professionals.
  • MS Leadership Class of 2012.  MS Leadership is a group of Central Pennsylvania professionals who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community.
  • For years, Steve has served on the executive boards and Government and Legislative Affairs committees for various associations, including the Pennsylvania Apartment Association ("PAA"), PAA-Central, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors, and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Central Pennsylvania.

Education

The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, J.D.
Bloomsburg University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court