Steven D. Irwin: Lawyer with Leech Tishman

Steven D. Irwin

Pittsburgh,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone412.261.1600 x 243

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Practice Areas

  • Government Relations
  • Litigation
  • Employment
University Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 1981
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1986
Admitted1986, Pennsylvania; 1989, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Steven D. Irwin focuses his practice primarily on business matters, where he routinely interacts with government bodies and counsels high-level management, defending against or asserting allegations of fraudulent conduct. He is a partner and past member of the Management Committee, which he served on for over ten years. Steve chairs the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group. He led the firm’s Employment Group for a decade and continues to counsel clients on all legal aspects of the employment relationship and labor compliance. Steve is currently President-Elect of the North American Securities Administrators Association, where he also sits on the International Board and chairs the organization’s Federal Legislation Committee. He has served as Commissioner of Banking & Securities for the Pennsylvania Department of Banking & Securities (previously the Pennsylvania Securities Commission) under two Governors. Steve was a Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Senator and began his career as law clerk to Third Circuit Judge Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Steve regularly lectures on many aspects of the law including employment, securities, fraud, construction, policy and politics, and for-profit and non-profit business matters. He has presented before the U.S. Congress, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute, the Council on Education and Management, the Heinz School of Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and the American Institute of CPAs. Steve has been published numerous times and was Associate Editor of Law & Policy in International Business.


Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

Markel, Schafer & Goldman, P.C.

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Allegheny County Bar Association

ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated Attorney

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2012)

Super Lawyer, National Corporate Counsel Edition (2008-2012)

Ed Sell Memorial Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Fellow, Allegheny County Bar Foundation

Named to Top 100 Most Influential People in Politics in Pennsylvania

Honoree, Israel Bonds Legal Division

Nancy B. Zappala Service Award


Steven D. Irwin, “Self-Regulation of the American Retail Securities Markets- An Oxymoron for What is Best for Investors,” Vol. 14 No. 4, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Summer 2012.

Steven D. Irwin, “Peer-to-peer Lending Caution Flags Still Fly for Retail Investors,” Pennsylvania Securities Commission — The Bulletin, Summer 2011.

Steven D. Irwin, “Let’s Stop Senior Scams,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 10, 2011.

Steven D. Irwin and Steven A. Walton, “Countrywide and Wells Fargo Accused of Wage and Hour Violations,” Leech Tishman Practice Group Alert, Nov. 1, 2010.

Steven D. Irwin, “Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls,” Pennsylvania Securities Commission — The Bulletin, Summer 2010.

Steven D. Irwin, “Wasn’t My Broker Always Looking Out for My Best Interests? The Road to Become a Fiduciary, Symposium: Financial Compliance, Regulation, and Risk Management,” Duquesne Business Law Journal, 12, 2009.

Steven D. Irwin, “No One Wants to Repeat Mistakes of the Past,” Pennsylvania Securities Commission — The Bulletin, Fall 2009.

Steven D. Irwin, Pennsylvania Securities Commission — Annual Report 2009, 2009.

Steven D. Irwin, “Financial Oversight Must Include Federal and State Regulations,” The Harrisburg Patriot-News, July 15, 2009.

Steven D. Irwin, “The Fair Labor Standards Act: The High Cost of Non-Compliance,” Employee Relations Law Journal, 33 (1), pp. 41-52, 2007.

Steven D. Irwin, “First Anniversary,” Pennsylvania Securities Commission — Annual Report 2007, 2007.

Steven D. Irwin, “Pittsburgh’s Tax Mistake,” Philadelphia Daily News, May 25, 2004.

Steven D. Irwin, “Suffering Twice,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 29, 2001.

Steven D. Irwin, “Third Circuit Rules Property Interest in Tenured Position — Does Not Receive Substantive Due Process,” Lawyers Journal, November 17, 2000.

Community Involvement

American Diabetes Association, Inaugural Father of the Year

Americans for Democratic Action, Western Pennsylvania Chapter (Former President)

Anti-Defamation League, Pittsburgh Council (Associate National Commissioner)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (Former President; Board of Directors)

Carriage House Children’s Center (Former Board Member)

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Jefferson-Medal/Outstanding Citizen Award (Judge)

Mayor's Task Force on Mon-Fayette Expressway (Former Co-Chair)

National Jewish Democractic Council (Former President)

Off the Record, benefiting Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Cabinet)

Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (Former Statewide Chair)

Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh (Former Chair)

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services (Former Board Member)

Riverlife (Headwaters Lagoon/Ohio River Basin Campaign, Steering Committee Member)

Rivers Club (Board of Governors)

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (Former Commissioner Representing City of Pittsburgh)

Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (Former Board Member)

Stewards of the Head of the Ohio Regatta (Former Chair)

Three Rivers Rowing Association (Former President, Board of Governors)

Transition Team Member, Transportation, former Pennsylvania Governor

Transition Team Member, Public Works, Allegheny County Chief Executive

United Jewish Federation (Former Trustee)

United Jewish Federation, Community & Public Affairs Council (Former Chair)

University of Pittsburgh (Adjunct Faculty)

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Pennsylvania Advisory Committee)


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Linda T. Ambroso,Steven D. Irwin, March 24, 2015
Today, March 3, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf presented the General Assembly with his first budget. Wolf’s plan plugs a $2B hole in the state’s finances while boosting support to education and reducing taxes on businesses and property owners. Tax increases on natural gas extraction...

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Steven D. Irwin

525 William Penn Place, 30th Floor
PittsburghPA 15219


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