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Stephen H. Barrett

Stephen H. Barrett


Stephen Barrett primarily focuses his practice on complex commercial and product liability litigation, including asbestos and other toxic and mass torts. Stephen has experience with direct defense of aging services facilities in lawsuits asserting professional liability, personal injury, negligence, elder abuse, wrongful death and other related claims.

Steve routinely represents large international corporations locally, throughout the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York, as well as nationally as national coordinating counsel. Not only does his practice involve handling discovery, taking depositions, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, and assisting with trials at the local level, Steve supports the strategic coordination of national matters and the direction of local counsel.

Steve has a broad range of litigation experience from initial investigations and fact-finding all the way through trial. Steve's practice often includes extensive research, both legal and of internal corporate records, of complex issues in advance of litigation or during the course of litigation on behalf of multi-national, industry-leading clients. In his role as national coordinating counsel and national discovery counsel, Steve coordinates the responses to complex and extensive discovery requests for all matters pending across the United States, and routinely prepares corporate representatives at depositions nationally.

Steve has significant experience in a variety of litigation practice areas. He has represented individuals and companies in matters involving property damage, construction liability and defects, environmental liability and catastrophic losses. Steve has also represented individuals and companies in commercial contract disputes, consumer fraud actions and other investigations.

Bar admissionsDelawareNew JerseyNew YorkOregonPennsylvaniaWashington
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the Western District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the District of DelawareUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitUnited States District Court for the Northern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the District of New JerseyUnited States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • J.D., Rutgers University 2012
  • B.A., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University 2009
  • B.A., Crime, Law and Justice, Pennsylvania State University 2009


  • Co-Author, "Chapter 8: Recent Developments in Asbestos, Talc, Silica, Tobacco, and E-Cigarette/Vaping Litigation the U.S. and Canada," Practising Law Institute's treatise on Product Liability Litigation – Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, Second Edition (2021)


  • Speaker, Look to the Future: Business Succession from a Legal and Practical Point of View, February 2017.

Prior Experience

  • Successfully obtained a number of voluntary dismissals of local and national cases involving alleged asbestos exposure following an extensive investigation of historical records to demonstrate an inability for plaintiffs to prove the liability alleged in those matters
  • Prior to joining DLA Piper, Steve managed the Delaware offices of two mid-size regional law firms
  • Successfully briefed and argued multiple dispositive motions filed on behalf of defendants in asbestos matters throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
  • Successfully tried to verdict a commercial contract dispute in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
  • Successfully obtained a dismissal of contractual claims stemming from community association governing documents resulting in the voluntary dismissal of all claims following several years of contentious litigation
  • Successfully briefed and argued the published matter of DepoLink Court Reporting & Litigation Support Services v. Rochman, 64 A.3d 579 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2013)

Memberships And Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association



+1 215 656 2455
(Work, Philadelphia)
+1 302 468 5715
(Work, Wilmington)