Stephen M. Pincus


Stephen Pincus is a partner of Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec, LLC.  Stephen maintains an employment law practice, and represents consumers, unions and retirees in class actions throughout the country.

Stephen’s employment practice focuses on representing workers who have been subject to sexual harassment and discrimination (e.g., gender, race, age, religious) in the workplace. He also represents executives and management employees in matters involving severance agreements and non-compete agreements.

Stephen also prosecutes class actions to protect the rights of consumers and workers. He is lead counsel in class action lawsuits representing public sector workers in several states over cuts to pension benefits.  Stephen also represents bank employees who lost millions of dollars in 401(k) plans as a result of their investment in their company’s stock prior to the subprime crisis.  He is counsel to union retirees challenging cuts to retiree health benefits, in violation of previous collective bargaining agreements. Stephen has litigated such cases against General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Alcoa, Whirlpool, Continental Tire, Whirlpool, PPG, Morton Salt, and numerous other corporations.  He also litigates class actions involving consumer and insurance law.

Stephen is an honors graduate from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (B.A., 1989).  He received his law degree (with honors) in 1993 from the University of Maryland School of Law. During law school, he was recognized for his work in the school’s nationally-ranked clinical law program and clerked at the Legal Aid Bureau and the Maryland Disability Law Center.

Following graduation from law school, Yale Law School selected Stephen to serve as a Robert M. Cover Fellow in Public Interest Law. As a Cover Fellow, Stephen co-directed a legal clinic at Yale that served the needs of persons with HIV/AIDS, taught classes on housing and AIDS law, published a law review article and helped to organize three public interest law conferences at Yale University, including an international conference in conjunction with the Special Olympics World Games.

After the two-year fellowship, Mr. Pincus served as the first law clerk to the Honorable Janet Bond Arterton of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Following the clerkship, Stephen worked as an attorney with Rosen & Dolan, an employment and civil rights law firm in New Haven, Connecticut. Among his more notable cases was a civil rights case against the State of Connecticut in which the jury awarded a record $1 million for the loss of life for a person with mental retardation. Stephen also brought numerous cases against municipalities for discriminatory hiring and violations of due process and civil rights laws. Stephen also drafted briefs and argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stephen has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Reader’s Digest, Bond Buyer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Minnesota Public Radio and numerous other media outlets regarding his cases.

Stephen is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut and Maryland.   He has written articles in legal publications including Trial, Public Lawyer (ABA publication), Municipal Lawyer, Stetson Law Review, Clinical Law Review, Pennsylvania Municipalities, and the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Legal Journal.

Since 2008, Stephen has been an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and co-director of the law school’s Unemployment Compensation Practicum.  The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation recognized the work of the Practicum with its Pro Bono Award in 2010.

Stephen performs pro bono work for Neighborhood Legal Services and the Mon Valley Unemployed Committee.  He is a past president of Congregation Beth El Keser Israel in New Haven.  In 2005, Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) named Stephen as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40” who are making a positive contribution to the region. In 2006, he was named by the Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia’s legal newspaper, as one of Pennsylvania’s “Lawyers on a Fast Track.”