Steve is the attorney-owner of Steve Harvey Law LLC, a litigation and trial law firm in Philadelphia that represents clients locally and nationally in complex and business litigation.
Steve’s lifelong love of nature and the environment began with the outdoor adventures of his youth in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. Today, Steve uses his influence as a highly accomplished lawyer to advocate for environmental justice, with a particular focus on climate change advocacy. In 2014, Steve founded A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of lawyers, law professors, law students, and citizens dedicated to using the law to secure the rights of all people to a healthy and sustainable planet Earth.
As an attorney, Steve represents people with environmental claims seeking justice. He also writes amicus briefs for clients on environmental issues in federal and state court. He serves as the co-chair of the Environmental and Energy Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He writes and speaks regularly on issues related to climate change, science, and the law, including a 2015 article published by the Pennsylvania Bar Association entitled Why Every Lawyer Should Care About Climate Change.
Outside of environmental cases, Steve has been recognized for his work on numerous notable cases, including his work in 2005 as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the landmark First Amendment case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 400 F. Supp. 2d 707 (M.D. Pa. 2005), which enjoined the teaching of “intelligent design” as an alternative to the scientific theory of evolution in public school science class.
In 2013, Steve served as lead counsel to the parents of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffered from cystic fibrosis and needed new lungs to live. Steve fought for and secured a change to federal organ allocation policy that literally enabled Sarah to live. He has handled many trials and appeals in important cases over the past 30 years, and he continues to seek out and take on challenging cases through his law firm.
When he is not practicing law or advocating for environmental justice, Steve is riding his bike between his home and office in Philadelphia or on back roads in Perry County, where he and his wife own a rural property that they use as a nature retreat for family and friends.