Steven D. Costello, Esq.


Steven D. Costello, Esq. focuses his practice in professional malpractice litigation, defending physicians, hospitals, and long-term care facilities, as well as business litigation and medical device litigation. He has devoted more than 30 years of his legal career in handling civil litigation and consistently provides his clients with thoughtful, aggressive, and effective representation. The majority of his practice involves defending cases associated with catastrophic injury or death. He has successfully represented numerous Fortune 500 companies and major hospitals, healthcare systems, and insurance companies, having received nearly 150 defense verdicts.

Steve lectures frequently to lawyers and healthcare professionals on litigation, risk management, and medical malpractice issues. He is an active member of many local and national associations including the Pennsylvania Bar Association where he served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Health Law Committee, and the Interdisciplinary Committee on Medical and Health Related Issues. He serves on the Long Term Care/ALF Committee for the Defense Research Institute. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy and Master of the American Inns of Court.

Since 2017, Steve was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. He was also named a 2016 Select Lawyer in Lehigh Valley and has been designated a Super Lawyer as published in Philadelphia magazine.

Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, Steve served as a Principal at Post & Schell in the Professional Liability Defense Department and Administrative Principal in their Allentown, PA office.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, J.D., 1982

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., 1979


New Jersey



U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Pennsylvania Bar Association; served on Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Health Law Committee, Interdisciplinary Committee on Medical and Health Related Issues

Lancaster Bar Association

Defense Research Institute; Long Term Care/ALF Committee

Academy of Advocacy, Fellow

American Inns of Court, Master


Best Lawyers in America – 2017-2020

Select Lawyers – 2016

Super Lawyers

Relevant Experience

One of the most active trial lawyers in Pennsylvania with over 150 cases tried to verdict and a 95% success rate in jury trials which have gone to verdict

Frequently takes challenging cases to verdict and has tried cases in nearly every venue in Pennsylvania

Active advocate of litigation prevention and mitigation strategies


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