Stephen J. Steinlight


New York
Business Phone: 212.704.6008
Business Fax: 212.704.6288


Stephen Steinlight has nearly two decades of experience as a litigator in a broad range of complex business, commercial, corporate, real estate, banking, financial services, consumer finance, securities industry/broker-dealer, white-collar/regulatory, and labor and employment matters.

During his career, Stephen has represented businesses and entities of diverse sizes and across a broad range of industries and sectors, as well as individual executives and professionals.

Stephen has appeared in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels in New York, New Jersey, and numerous other jurisdictions, as well as in arbitrations. He has also litigated before government regulatory bodies such as the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and several state and local agencies, and self-regulating organizations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) (formerly NASD/NYSE enforcement).

Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Stephen worked at two other law firms that are currently listed on both the American Lawyer Top 100 (AmLaw 100) and the Vault Top 100 Most Prestigious Law Firms.

Representative Matters

  • Representing banks, financial institutions, lenders, trusts, loan originators, servicers, creditors, and debt collectors in consumer and mortgage-related compliance and litigation, including foreclosures, involving statutory claims such as TILA, HOEPA, FDCPA, RESPA, FCRA, ECOA, TCPA, RICO, and various state level predatory lending, fraud, and deceptive practices statutes.
  • Defending CFPB, U.S. Department of Justice, state attorney general, SEC, FINRA, and EEOC regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings.
  • Litigating securities industry disputes on behalf of broker-dealers and individuals involving customer and investor claims for breaches of fiduciary duty, account mismanagement, suitability, and churning, as well as litigating intra-industry broker disputes, defending FINRA and SEC enforcement proceedings, and litigating FINRA employment law arbitrations involving issues related to Form U-4s/U-5s, promissory notes, loans, bonuses, and other compensation claims.
  • Counseling and litigating labor and employment law matters for businesses, entities, and individuals involving a wide range of issues, including discrimination, harassment, whistle-blowing, retaliation, employment hiring, discipline and terminations, defamation, tortious interference, family and disability leaves and accommodations, employment and post-employment contracts including non-competes and confidentiality agreements and severance.
  • Litigating business and commercial disputes involving breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, business torts, fraud, misrepresentation, corporate partnership and shareholder rights, real estate, creditor rights and collections, intellectual property, insurance, and ERISA matters.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • City of New York Bar Association
  • Rutgers Law School Alumni Association
  • Cornell University Class of 1998 Alumni Association
  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network


  • Rutgers University, School of Law, J.D., 2001
    Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, Notes Editor/Nuremberg Project Founder/Editor; Rutgers Moot Court Program Top Oralist Prize
  • Cornell University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude in Government and with Distinction in all Subjects (Sherman-Bennett Prize), 1998

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


  • Joseph Irenas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, -
  • Frank Donato, Superior Court of New Jersey (Civil Law Division), -