Steven S. Rosenthal has extensive trial court, arbitration and appellate experience on matters involving commercial law, constitutional law and all aspects of administrative practice. He has argued noted cases before the United States Supreme Court and before the United States Courts of Appeals and state appellate courts throughout the United States. In April 2013, he argued before the United States Supreme Court a high-profile case on behalf of the Port of the City of Los Angeles, involving whether federal law restricts the ability of the Port to condition entry of trucks onto its property as part of its Clean Truck Program. Previously, he was victorious in a case heard by the United States Supreme Court in which the Court held that imposition of Social Security taxes on federal judges in office at the time of passage was an unconstitutional diminution of their compensation.
In addition to representing major private companies in litigation, Steven has also represented major governmental entities such as the City of Los Angeles, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the California State Controller in both trial and appellate matters. He has been representing major international airports for over twenty-five years on regulatory and litigation matters and was lead counsel in four landmark cases involving airport rates and charges.
Steven’s arbitration experience has involved the successful representation of companies in international disputes. His experience on matters of administrative law have involved judicial review of rulemakings and adjudications undertaken by various federal agencies under a wide variety of statutory regimes.
Steven received his JD degree in 1974 from Harvard Law School and his BA degree in 1971 from Dartmouth College. He graduated from both institutions magna cum laude. Following law school, he was a law clerk to Circuit Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, DC.
Steven is a member of the California, District of Columbia and Florida Bars. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 1991 and is listed in Who’s Who in America and numerous similar publications. He is a trustee and former president of Family Matters of Greater Washington, the area’s largest comprehensive social services agency.