Clients can count on Steve to leverage his experience in state, federal and appellate courts to guide them through many kinds of disputes resulting from and affecting commercial operations and business ownership. Steve Penaro is a partner in the New York office and a member of Alston & Bird's Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He focuses his practice on general commercial litigation. Steve has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of complex commercial disputes, including litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, right of first refusal claims, various tort claims, securities law, and agency and fiduciary relationships. Steve has represented clients in a wide array of industries, including the health care, retail, and insurance industries, where he has litigated a variety of issues unique to that space. Steve also assists insurance clients seeking to underwrite contingent risk products. His experience spans federal and state practices and appeals. Before joining Alston & Bird, Steve was a voluntary law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Steve received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2009 from the Fordham University School of Law, where he served as an associate editor on the Fordham Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.A. in history from the College of the Holy Cross in 2006. Steve is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.