University of Wisconsin, J.D., with honors, 1985
University of Wisconsin, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982
Steve DeGeorge handles insurance, product liability, toxic tort and environmental disputes. He also counsels clients in transactions presenting these issues.
Steve represents policyholders exclusively, in courts across the country. Among Steve's current coverage actions is his representation of a California-based real estate investment firm in a $26 million insurance coverage lawsuit, a public telecommunications company in a coverage action in Illinois involving environmental contamination, and a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a coverage action in Georgia related to underlying toxic tort lawsuits.
Steve is a co-author of Appleman's "North Carolina Insurance Litigation" (2019).
He also counsels businesses relative to their coverage needs and negotiates with insurers for the most favorable coverage terms available.
Steve has represented alleged polluters at several EPA National Priority List sites. He represents a public chemical company in a series of interrelated state and federal lawsuits arising from discharges of "emerging compounds." These lawsuits include multiple class actions and litigation brought by regulators and public interest groups.
In addition, he serves as U.S. coordinating counsel for product liability and toxic tort litigation brought against three international product manufacturers.
Honors & Awards
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2012-15; insurance coverage, 2016-19
- The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, environmental, insurance, litigation - environmental, 2011-20
- Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, environmental, 2009
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Represents United Policyholders, the nation's leading advocate for policyholder rights, as amicus, in Radiator Specialty Co. v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., N.C. Court of Appeals, Case No. 19-638. This case of first impression in North Carolina concerns whether a standard CGL policy, once triggered by injury or damage during the policy period, provides coverage for a policyholder's liability in full up to policy limits ("all sums"), rather than some lesser, prorated amount. This is a question of immense importance to policyholders facing long-tail bodily injury and property damage claims in which insurers attempt to limit their coverage obligations.
Serves as national litigation coordinating counsel for defending product liability claims, including asbestos claims, against manufacturers of valves, building products and security fencing.
Represents national real estate investment manager in $26 million federal court coverage lawsuit.
Represents public chemical manufacturer in multifaceted legal proceedings involving alleged contamination of air, surface water and groundwater with "emerging compounds." Matter involves multiple federal class actions, state court litigation against state regulatory agencies and a federal grand jury investigation.
Represents international network infrastructure provider in insurance coverage dispute involving major cable television system in Ireland.
Represents multinational energy company in negotiating remedial action at EPA NPL Site.
Represents pharmaceutical manufacturers in insurance coverage litigation stemming from underlying tort lawsuits claiming that our client's products caused asbestos-related diseases.
Successfully arbitrated on behalf of nation’s largest office building developer.
Managed litigation and toxic tort due diligence in $2 billion transaction involving building products manufacturer.
Defends federal CERCLA environmental cost recovery lawsuits across the United States.
Lead defense counsel in federal court action concerning testing of large diesel engines.
News & Events
- Aug. 15, 2019
- Jan. 28, 2019
- Aug. 15, 2018
- Jan. 30, 2018
- Jan. 29, 2018
- Eight Named “Lawyer of the Year”Aug. 16, 2017
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Jan. 17, 2017
- Dec. 7, 2016
- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Aug. 18, 2015
- June 23, 2015
- R. Steven DeGeorge Quoted in NC Lawyers Weekly Article "Clause allows insurer to avoid paying $7M legal bill"June 1, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Aug. 15, 2013
- June 12, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Aug. 23, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Nov. 1, 2011
- Sept. 1, 2011
- Aug. 9, 2010
- Dec. 31, 2008
- Nov. 21, 2007
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- 2018North Carolina Insurance Litigation, a LexisNexis Practice Guide
- Court Rules Computer Fraud Insurance Policy Inapplicable to Most Common Form of Computer-Related FraudFeb. 20, 2017
- Nov. 1, 2016Claims
- Sept. 13, 2016Law360
- May 18, 2015Class Actions Brief Blog
- Jan. 5, 2015Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Aug. 16, 2013Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- April 19, 2013NCBA Construction Law
- Feb. 17, 2012Westlaw Journal - Insurance Coverage
- Sept. 13, 2011Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- March 30, 2011Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter, Board of Advisors
- American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee; Toxic Torts and Environmental Litigation Committee
- North Carolina Bar Association, Insurance Law Section, Council Member; Bylaws Committee and Ethics Committee, Chair
- Project Life Movement, Board of Directors, 2016-present
- Levine Children's Hospital, Board of Ambassadors, 2012-present
- Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, Board of Directors, 2004-12
- Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Visitors Advisory Committee, 2004-10
- Leadership Charlotte, Board of Directors, 1998-2004