Stephen H. Sutro (Steve) is managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office and a partner in the Trial Practice Group. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, government and internal corporate investigations, and corporate matters. Steve also is a member of the firm's governing Partners Board.
Steve has represented public and private corporations, corporate executives, government officials, accountants, lawyers and others in a broad range of civil, criminal, legislative and administrative proceedings, including those involving antitrust laws, securities fraud and insider trading, corporate governance, government contracts and false claims, the environment, food and drug, homeland security and customs enforcement, trade secrets and public corruption. He regularly provides counseling and advice to companies, officers and directors.
Steve has been listed as one of Northern California's Super Lawyers in the area of white-collar criminal defense. He also previously was appointed as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington to defend complex business litigation pending in United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Steve has been recognized for outstanding pro bono service by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Steve is a fourth-generation San Francisco lawyer. Steve is Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He has written and lectured on such topics as internal corporate investigations, SEC enforcement, insider trading, trade secret litigation, and joint defense agreements.
Steve serves on the Board of the Shelton Capital Funds (formerly the California Investment Trust Fund Group), a family of mutual funds. He has volunteered on the boards and served as counsel for a number of non-profit corporations, and is a past President of The Guardsmen, a San Francisco organization which raises money for at-risk youth.
Steve is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1994), where he was the Senior Comments Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review, and a 1991 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2012-2014
•Outanding Pro Bono Service Award from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2011
•Certificate of Honor for Exemplary Service, City and County of San Francisco, Presented October 7, 2009
•Profiled in New Guard at Duane Morris: Young Leaders with Deep Ties, Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 1, 2014
•Author, A Thin Line Between Moxie and Malfeasance, Financial Advisor, December 11, 2009
•Co-author, E-Discovery's Foreign Intrigue, San Francisco Daily Journal, March 24, 2009
•Author, Joint Defense Agreements, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, Northern California edition, Summer 2008
•Author, The Black and White of Self-Disclosure, San Francisco Daily Journal, June 3, 2008
•Featured in Moving Beyond the Billable Hour, Counsel to Counsel, May 2008