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Stephen R. Halpin III


Stephen R. Halpin III represents clients in high-stakes civil and criminal litigation. In particular, Steve focuses on cases involving complex allegations of fraud and financial misconduct. Steve has assisted:

  • A publicly traded oilfield services company facing a class-action complaint alleging federal securities fraud related to the company’s internal controls over financial reporting;
  • A former international soccer official appealing federal criminal convictions for honest-services wire fraud arising from an alleged bribery scheme;
  • A business professional in federal district court on criminal charges related to economic sanctions on transactions involving a prohibited foreign country;
  • A well-known founder of a restaurant company in commercial litigation against the company’s former creative agency for alleged breach of contract and tortious interference;
  • A corporate media executive in shareholder derivative litigation concerning the executive’s role in high-profile merger negotiations; and
  • A federal government agency investigating one of the most significant bank failures since the Great Recession.

In his pro bono practice, Steve has represented a state prisoner pursuing federal habeas relief based on newly discovered evidence, both at the trial and appellate levels. Steve has also researched and drafted briefs on behalf of individuals seeking to suppress evidence obtained during warrantless searches of automobiles.

Prior to entering private practice, Steve clerked for the Honorable Robert B. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Steve earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.

During law school, Steve served as Editor in Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, worked as a research assistant to Civil Procedure and Federal Jurisdiction expert A. Benjamin Spencer, and interned for two federal district court judges. Steve earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.  Admitted only in Virginia and the District of Columbia; directly supervised by principals of the Firm admitted in New York.

Outside of his legal practice, Steve enjoys reading literature, following his favorite sports teams, and trying different restaurants in New York City with his wife.

Areas Of Practice

  • Complex Commercial & Securities Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2015
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa Editor in Chief, Washington and Lee Law Review, Volume 72
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A. - 2010
    • Major: Economics
    • Minor: English Language and Literature

Published Works

  • Stayin’ Alive?: BG Group, PLC v. Republic of Argentina and the Vitality of Host-Country Litigation Requirements in Investment Treaty Arbitration, Note, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1979 (2014)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Associate, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert B. King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Extern, Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Research Assistant, Prof. A. Benjamin Spencer, Civil Procedure and Federal Jurisdiction expert
  • Intern, Hon. Richard J. Leon, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 – 2020 Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • Firmwide award for Pro Bono Excellence (Hughes Hubbard), Senior Associate, August 2019

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