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North Carolina



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.

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Professional Affiliations

  • 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

Community Affiliations

  • 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
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