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With more than thirty- eight years of courtroom experience and training in alternative dispute resolution, I am often called upon by private parties (including Fortune 50 companies) and the judiciary to serve as a mediator or arbitrator in commercial, injury and Orphans’ Court (probate) disputes.   I also counsel and represent a wide variety of clients, including businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and individuals, both in and out of the courtroom. 


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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 60%
    12 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    41 years
  3. Government: 10%
    29 years
  4. Arbitration: 10%
    41 years


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  • Timothy F. Rayne

    I have known Steve for many years. Although he works for a law firm that competes with mine, I still believe that he is an excellent lawyer and strong advocate for his clients. In addition, I have hired Steve to conduct Arbitrations and I found him to be a fair and impartial decision maker who uses sound reasoning and knowledge of the law to reach his decisions. I offer Steve my highest recommendation without reservation.


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Contact info

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees

17 W. Gay St.
West Chester, PA, 19380-3090


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pennsylvania Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2013
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2012
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2011
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2010
Super LawyerPennsylvania Super Lawyers2010
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2007
Master of the BenchAmerican Inns of Court1999
AV "Preeminent" rating (5.0 out of 5)Martindale Hubbell1999
Outstanding Teacher of the YearPennsylvania State University1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate ProfessorPennsylvania State University1975 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester County Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court Rules CommitteeMember2013 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Forum Committee on the Construction IndustryMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionMember2009 - Present
Pennsylvania Council of MediatorsMember2009 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationCo-chair, ADR Section2009 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember2008 - Present
Chester County Board of CommissionersSpecial Counsel2004 - Present
Chester County Department of Community DevelopmentSolicitor2001 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMediator, Civil Case Settlement Program1998 - Present
The Hon. John E. Stively, Jr. American Inn of CourtCharter Member and Master of the Bench1995 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Controller of Chester CountySolicitor1998 - 2003
Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PennsylvaniaChairman, Hearing Committee 2.071994 - 2000
Chester County Office of Housing and Community DevelopmentSolicitor1993 - 2000
Pennsylvania State UniversityGreat Valley Advisory Board, Founding Member1991 - 1997
Redevelopment Authority of Chester CountySolicitor1990 - 1992
Chester County Solid Waster AuthorityMember and Vice Chairman1987 - 1994
Prothonotary of Chester CountySolicitor1984 - 1987
Publication nameTitleDate
Philadelphia Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section NewsletterMediating Estate Disputes2013
Criminal Law BulletinThe Determinate Sentence and Its Impact on Parole1983
Criminal Law BulletinThe Impact of Determinate Sentencing Structures1981
Criminal Law BulletinAdministrative Due Process in Community Preparole Programs1977
American Criminal Law ReviewAn Empirical Study on Information Usage For Prosecutorial Decision Making in Plea Negotiations1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
ABA - Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills InstituteN/AN/A2010
ACR/AAA - Advanced Commercial Mediation InstituteN/AN/A2009
Pepperdine University School of LawStraus Institute for Conflict ResolutionMediation Certificate2008
AAA - Mediatior Skills Training ProgramN/AN/A2003
Northeastern UniversityCriminal JusticeMS - Master of Science1975
University of Maine School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Georgetown UniversityForeign Service - International AffairsBS - Bachelor of Science1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationMediating the Litigated Personal Injury Case2014
Pennsylvania Council of Mediators Annual ConferenceDeveloping a Voluntary Mediation Program2013
MeetingNeurobiology and its Effect on Problem Solving in Conflict Resolution2011
Continuing Legal EducationApplied Neuroscience - Becoming More Persuasive and Influential in Conflict Resolution2011
Chester County Bar Association Custody Mediation SeminarThe Biology of the Brain: Understanding Decision-Making in Mediation2011
Annual ConferenceNeuroscience and Mediation2010
Spring Bench/Bar ConferenceAlternative Dispute Resolution: a Practitioner's Guide to the Effective Use of Mediation2009
Inns of CourtMediating Commercial Disputes2005
Inns of CourtUsing the Bankruptcy Process as an Adjunct to Commercial Litigation1996