Steve began his career at Eccleston and Wolf as a law clerk in the Summer of 2009, before joining the firm as an associate in December 2010. At the University of Baltimore School of Law, Steve was an editor of the University of Baltimore Law Forum and a member of the National Taxation Moot Court Team. Steve’s litigation practice focuses on the defense of lawyers, health care professionals, directors and officers, Homeowner’s Associations (HOA), Community Organizations and Management Companies, employment matters, professional malpractice defense, products liability defense, premises liability defense and general casualty matters. He also concentrates in providing coverage opinions to insurance company clients and representing those clients in coverage disputes.



  • Methodist University (B.S., summa cum laude)
  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Member of the Heuisler Honor Society



  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit



Publications, Speaking Engagements and Awards

  • Maldonado v. Am. Airlines, 39 U. Balt. L.F. 107 (2008)
  • Grady v. Brown, 40 U. Balt. L.F. 116 (2009)
  • Wright v. State, 40 U. Balt. L.F. 289 (2010)
  • Co-Presenter, “Time to Think About Risk Management,” APCPA (May 21, 2014)
  • Co-Author, “Money, the root of…,” BAMC Newsletter (May 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Post Resolution:  The Ethical Pitfalls,” Trial Lawyers Association for Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2016)
  • Co-Author, “Repaying Medicare Advantage (Part C) Liens – Is Anyone Safe?,” The Maryland Litigator (June 2017)
  • Electronic Communications and Protecting Confidential Information, Travelers, The Better Lawyer – A Risk Management Publication for Legal Professionals (June 2018)
  • Maryland Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2018-2020
  • Top Attorneys: Maryland’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, 2018-Present
  • Co-Presenter, Retainers/Liens; Risk Management for Lawyers, Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Webinar (July 9, 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, Attorney Grievances: How to Avoid Them and What Happens if You Receive One, Baltimore County Bar Association (BCBA) Webinar (April 21, 2021)
  • America’s Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators, 2021-Present
  • Co-Presenter, Medicare and Lien Compliance, MSBA – 2021 Hot Tips in Workers’ Compensation Webinar (May 13, 2021)
  • America’s Top 50 Lawyers, 2022



Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association



Professional Affiliations

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • D.C. Defense Lawyers’ Association (DCDLA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Professional Liability Defense Fund (PLDF)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation



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Stephen M. Cornelius - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Employment Litigation -Maryland