Stephen M. Marcellino Senior Counsel




Stephen Marcellino is a seasoned litigator and strategic advisor who has been with Wilson Elser since its inception. As chair of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution practice and long-standing member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Steve has been recognized as one of the most influential and well-regarded lawyers in his field in the United States.

Over the past 40 years, Steve has handled some of the firm’s most complex, high-exposure litigations and arbitrations as a trial lawyer and manager of national and international cases. He has designed and implemented innovative alternative dispute resolution programs, bringing contentious multi-plaintiff and claim portfolios matters to expeditious and cost-effective conclusions. Steve regularly counsels academic and not-for-profit institutions and has extensive experience in amateur and collegiate sports and the entertainment legal arenas. In addition, he acts as a neutral mediator on behalf of the U.S. federal court system.

With his knowledge and experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry as a backdrop, Steve regularly is retained to serve as settlement counsel to carriers and their insureds in connection with nationwide class actions, multidistrict litigations, employment practices, catastrophic multiparty injury and property damage cases, domestic and international product liability claims, and other complex issues. In this role, he assesses, develops and implements a settlement strategy for each case designed to effectuate a resolution short of trial through negotiation and mediation. He also regularly is engaged by insurance company clients to resolve coverage disputes and provide strategic advice in connection with product development and program creation.

Steve is regularly retained to assist our clients in their Enterprise Risk Management process. He evaluates emerging risks and provides strategic advice in connection with product development and program creation.

Professional Activities
Steve is a sought-after speaker in his areas of concentration and frequently gives lectures in the United States, London and throughout Europe for various state and national associations, professional organizations and universities, and the insurance industry. He has presented seminars on risk management, loss prevention, dispute resolution, litigation management, catastrophic response and insurance.

Steve also has written and contributed to a number of articles and books, including one of the leading books in England on the topic of alternative dispute resolution.

At a time when professional liability insurance became difficult for many to attain, Steve was instrumental in forming the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) to help insurers meet the needs of professionals across the United States. He also was involved in developing the Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) designation and has served as general counsel to this program. In 1998, he received the Founder’s Award from PLUS in recognition of his contribution to the industry.

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