Stephen Petrany focuses on appellate litigation and critical motions practice. He has participated in complex litigation before the Supreme Court, appellate courts, trial courts, and regulatory agencies regarding a wide array of subject matters. For instance, in voting rights litigation defending the Town of Islip, New York, he drafted the briefs in a weeks-long trial based on plaintiffs' motion to enjoin the town's electoral system; the district court's ruling was a resounding win for the client. He was part of the briefing team in an antitrust merger litigation involving Fortune 500 companies. And he has drafted briefs and dispositive motions in matters involving constitutional law, personal jurisdiction, arbitration, class actions, bankruptcy, statutory interpretation, and various commercial litigation issues.
Stephen also maintains an active pro bono practice. He argued and won a local D.C. Superior Court case to obtain a birth certificate for a minor after the city denied her application. He has argued several pro bono appeals in federal appellate courts, including the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. In one recent Seventh Circuit appeal, Stephen argued that the client's mental handicap could constitute grounds for equitable tolling; the panel unanimously agreed in a published opinion. Stephen has also represented numerous clients on matters involving immigration, asylum, religious liberty, and prisoner petitions, among others.
- Yale University (J.D. 2014); University of Pittsburgh (B.S. in Economics and Political Science 2010)
- District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits
- The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" — appellate practice (2022)
- Law Clerk to: Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., U.S. Supreme Court (2017-2018) and Judge William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2014-2015)