R. William Stephens, Esq.
Mr. Stephens has focused his practice over the last 25 years on helping corporations with issues that arise out of sites contaminated with hazardou substances and/or petroleum. He has represented Fortune 50 corporations in numerous PRP groups and has provided leadership as a member or chairman of steering committees. He has defended actions for cost recovery brought by state and federal agencies, and negotiated multi-million dollar settlements with state and federal regulators. He has organized groups of PRPs to coordinate joint action, assisted in hiring contractors and counsel, and represented PRPs and PRP groups in actions against recalcitrant parties for contribution to cleanup efforts.
For the two years following law school, Mr. Stephens served on active duty in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1966 after duty at stations including Fort Lee, VA, Fort Monmouth, NJ, and Saigon, Vietnam. Thereafter, Mr. Stephens was appointed law clerk to Judge John O. Henderson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, before joining the law firm of Raichle, Banning, Weiss & Halpern, later known as Raichle, Banning, Weiss & Stephens.
EDUCATION: SUNY at Buffalo School of Law (J.D.) Canisius College (B.S., Economics)
ADMISSIONS: United States Supreme Court United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit â€¢ United States District Court, Western District of New York New York State Courts.
R. Hugh Stephens, Esq.
Over the last decade, Mr. Stephens has concentrated his practice in the areas of inactive hazardous waste site remediation and natural resource damage assessment. He has been active in complex litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes. His recent focus has been Superfund megasites and the unique issues they raise, including contaminated sediment remediation, natural resource damage assessment, financial assurance mechanisms, and financial reporting of environmental risks.
EDUCATION: SUNY at Buffalo School of Law (J.D.) McGill University (B.A., English)
ADMISSIONS: United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit United States District Court, Western District of New York United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York New York State Courts
PRO HAC VICE ADMISSIONS: United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
Overview and Update of CERCLA, prepared for the Bar Association of Erie County, Environmental Law Committee CLE Seminar, February 10, 2001
ASSOCIATIONS: Past Chair and Member, Environmental Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County â€¢ Member, American Bar Association Member, New York State Bar Association Member, Bar Association of Erie County Member, Air and Waste Management Association Member, Environmental Business Association of New York State
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Mr. Stephens enjoys coaching his children in the Buffalo Shamrocks Hockey Club and the Delaware Soccer Club.
Lisa Parlato Neff, Esq.
Ms. Neff concentrates her practice on environmental law, focusing on the defense of corporations involved in the cleanup of inactive hazardous waste sites as well as the prosecution of cost recovery actions. Her experience involves litigation and arbitration of complex environmental matters arising under CERCLA and the New York Navigation Law as well as cases involving common law toxic torts.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Neff acquired valuable experience in a broad range of civil litigation matters as a clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York.
EDUCATION: SUNY at Buffalo School of Law (J.D.) University at Buffalo (B.S., Business Administration)
ADMISSIONS: United States District Court, Western District of New York United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York â€¢ New York State Courts
ASSOCIATIONS: Member, Bar Association of Erie County Member, Autism Society of Western New York Member, Asian Connection of Western New York
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Baker Victory Services International Adoption Program Queen of Heaven Church Religious Education Wales Primary School Elma Primary School Work with developmentally disabled children
Stephens & Stephens Legal Assistants
Jeannette graduated cum laude from State University of New York at Buffalo with a dual degree in English Literature and Philosophy. Prior to joining Stephens & Stephens, LLP she worked as a legal assistant at a State Workers’ Comp Firm. Jeannette enjoys interacting with former Department of Energy workers, hearing their stories, and is passionate about guiding them through the EEOICPA program. She believes all workers deserve quality representation. On her free time she can be found exercising, reading, and cooking- preferably with her two dogs close by.
EDUCATION: SUNY at Buffalo (B.A., English/Philosophy)
After graduating from SUNY Fredonia, Robert held a long-time position as an office administrator in in the events production industry. While there, he gained experience working in customer relations and marketing. Robert dedicates much of his time and energy to helping claimants understand the many steps involved in the filing and processing of claims. In his off-hours, he enjoys bicycling and photography.
EDUCATION: State University of New York at Fredonia (B.A., Philosophy)