Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.
1501 Lower State Road, Ste 304
North Wales, PA 19454
Steven F. Fairlie, Esq.
Steven F. Fairlie has been designated a Pennsylvania “SuperLawyer” in both Personal Injury and Criminal Defense by Philadelphia Magazine and placed on their lists of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania and the Top 100 Lawyers in Philadelphia, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Top Rated Attorneys in Philadelphia as published in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the The Legal Intelligencer, The National Advocacy for DUI Defense Top 100 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorneys, and is a holder of Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” rating and Client Distinction Award, designating preeminent lawyers based upon legal ability, ethics, and client satisfaction. He has been rated a perfect 10.0/10.0 on AVVO.COM and is one of a just 35 attorneys in Pennsylvania to be named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer in 2006.
He has successfully handled numerous civil (slip and fall, auto accidents, land development litigation, etc.) and criminal trials (narcotics, DUI, capital murder, robbery, rape, etc.). Prior to private practice, he worked on the Narcotics Team and the Major Crimes Team of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2000. He successfully argued for the death penalty in 1999 and was lead prosecutor in a case involving $55 million of cocaine. Subsequently, as a defense attorney, he took the appeal of a client sentenced to death and convinced the prosecutor to vacate the death sentence. He used forensic tire print evidence to prove another client not guilty of attempted murder. In yet another case he uncovered evidence which reduced the offer on a robbery case from 25–50 years down to 2 years probation. He represented one individual charged with 3 separate charges of DUI and had the first case dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing, the second accepted into the A.R.D. program, and the third case dismissed after a trial judge granted suppression of all evidence in the case. Mr. Fairlie has obtained not-guilty verdicts in major jury trials involving shootings, burglaries, etc. despite positive eyewitness identifications of his clients. On appeal, he has successfully argued for reversal of a death sentence in one case and a sentence of 70 years in another case. Recent successful plea negotiations include 2 1/2 to 5 years in the case of a man who struck his wife in the head with a hammer and strangled her and 6 to 12 years in a First Degree Murder case.
In 2007, Mr. Fairlie went to trial on a case involving more than $50 million of land transactions and settled the case in the second week of trial. He has obtained six-figure settlements in numerous personal injury cases, including car accident, back injury, and dog bite cases.
Mr. Fairlie often serves as a speaker for various organizations such as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Annual (2007–2010) Criminal Law Symposium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Montgomery and Bucks County Bar Associations, and various law enforcement training programs. He also teaches numerous other continuing legal education seminars for lawyers every year.
He earned his B.A. in Government and Law from Lafayette College in 1991 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1995 where he was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Board, the Environmental Law Journal, and a Chairman of the Student Bar Association. He has been Co-Chairman or Chairman of the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Criminal Defense Committee since 2001, a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committe and Trial Lawyers’ Section, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and Civil Litigation Section, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Hotline Panel of Experts Committee, a member of the Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force, and an Associate Member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Fairlie’s areas of practice include civil litigation, personal injury, criminal law and construction litigation.
Mr. Fairlie enjoys scuba-diving, hunting, fishing and coaching youth sports.
Year Admitted to Practice in Pennsylvania: 1995
Areas of Practice: 50% Criminal Law 50% Personal Injury/Civil Litigation
Bar Admissions: Pennsylvania, 1995 U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1996 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2000 U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2007 U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
Education: The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1995 J.D. Honors: Member, Appellate Moot Court Board Honors: Member, Student Bar Association Law Journal: The Dickinson School of Law Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Member, 1994–1995
Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1991 A.B. Honors: Dean’s List Major: Government & Law
University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Honors: With Distinction Major: International Government
Classes/Seminars Taught: Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Annual Criminal Law Symposium; Harrisburg Search and Seizure for Police Officers, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Law for the Family Lawyer, Montgomery Bar Association; Criminal Consequences of Protection From Abuse Litigation, Montgomery Bar Association Advanced Issues in Criminal Law, Montgomery Bar Association Everything You Need to Know About the New DUI Law, Montgomery Bar Association Mike Marino’s Killer Cross-Examination Techniques; Montgomery Bar Association Recent Developments In Pennsylvania Sentencing, Montgomery Bar Association Everything You Need to Know About the New Montgomery County Drug Court, Montgomery Bar Association Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Law, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg How to Run a Criminal Law Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg
Should My Client Testify?, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg
Honors and Awards: First Attorney Ever Awarded the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Medal by District Attorney Bruce Caster, 2000 Pennsylvania “SuperLawyer”, published in Philadelphia Magazine Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania, published in Philadelphia Magazine Top 100 Lawyers in Philadelphia, published in Philadelphia Magazine Top Rated Attorneys in Philadelphia, published in the Wall Street Journal Top 100 Trial Lawyers, by The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, by the American Society of Legal Advocates Pennsylvania’s “Rising Star”, published in Philadelphia Magazine, 2005–2007 “Lawyer on the Fast Track”, by the Legal Intelligencer, 2006
Professional Associations and Memberships: Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1995–Present Member
Montgomery County Bar Association, 1996–Present Member
Hatboro Rotary, 2000–2004 Member, Paul Harris Fellow
Montgomery County Criminal Defense Committee, 2000–Present Chairman
Philadelphia Bar Association, 2000–Present Associate Member
PA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2001–Present Member
PA Trial Lawyers Association, 2002–Present Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association Member, Professionalism Committee
Montgomery American Inn of Court Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Member
Montgomery County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers’ Section Member
Montgomery County Bar Association Member, Bench-Bar Committee
Past Employment Positions: Abeln Law Offices, Associate, 1995–1996 Montgomery County District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, 1996–2000
Pro Bono Activities: Volunteer Attorney, The Innocence Project Senior Adult Activity Center in Indian Valley, 2000 Coach, Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy Mock Trial Team (Montgomery County Champions), 2001–2004 Court-Appointed Murder Cases