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. Steve 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 also 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.
Steve was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He also has been designated a Super Lawyer as published in Philadelphia Magazine and named a select lawyer in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, Steve served as a Principal at Post & Schell in the Professional Liability Defense Department and as 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. in Economics, 1979
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
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, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Select Lawyers – 2016
Super Lawyers – 2004, 2005, 2006
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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