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EEOICPA & RECA Attorneys

Stephens & Stephens has obtained over $60 million through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and the Energy Employees Occupation Illness Compensation Act for our clients

Mary YbarraMary Ybarra
01:33 27 Feb 24
Stephen’s and Stephen’s has kept fight for my dad. Now they are fight for my mom. They are on top of things and I would recommend them to anyone who needs help and guidance with the Uranium mines.
Dianne HarperDianne Harper
01:02 17 Feb 24
Robert and I are very pleased with Mr. Hugh Stephens and all that he has done for us. From the first moment we spoke, we sensed that though Mr. Stephens exhibits sharp business acumen, he cares deeply about his clients and he has a huge heart.
Diane pontonDiane ponton
17:38 07 Feb 24
I tried to get others to help me with this claim, and it wasn"t until I hired Mr. Stephens that things started happening. I would recommend any one to get in touch with him . I would go to him again, if i ever needed to.
Judy LeonardJudy Leonard
22:26 06 Feb 24
I very much appreciate the successful litigation concerning my husband's Hanford work related illness. Stephens & Stephens LLP were thorough, caring, considerate, and fair during this difficult time.
Kenneth GKenneth G
18:23 03 Feb 24
Mr. Stephens was able to simplify an otherwise complicated lengthy process (DEEOIC) to file an initial claim as well as a claim for impairment benefits.
dave DONAIDdave DONAID
18:08 03 Feb 24
Frankie KnucFrankie Knuc
19:24 08 Jan 24
I had other attorneys hired in Cortez, Colorado and Grand Jct., Colorado to assist me with receiving my uranium claim, but they were not successful. I was advised by an employee of CNS of Stephens & Stephens, LLP good work. I contacted them & they took my case It was settled very quickly. I have been very pleased with this group & would advise others of their prompt service. I would recommend them to others. Respectfully, Frankie Knuckles
Rebecca ConsolRebecca Consol
19:57 22 Dec 23
My family used Stephen’s and Stephen’s for a settlement case. We were extremely pleased with all they did. They were very professional, easy to get a hold of, and invaluable when it came to answering questions and handling complicated Department of Labor issues and forms. They also did everything in a very timely manner. I have already recommended them to other people.
Thomas CliffordThomas Clifford
15:29 21 Dec 23
I have been represented by Hugh Stevens for several years now, He and his staff has made everything so easy for me. I had lung cancer from working in the uranium processing industry, they have opened so many doors for me and made dealing with DOL so much easier. They always answer my questions in a very timely manner. I have referred several other people to him and he has been able to get them through this process also. There are benefits that I was not aware of that he has brought to my attention and been able to lead me through the process of obtaining them. I would most highly recommend him to lead anyone through this process.
Lonnie killingHawkLonnie killingHawk
02:35 14 Dec 23
When I first contacted Stephens & Stephens I was at the end of my rope with DOL. Hough and his staff got me on track and handled everything with DOL and just made this process so easy. Do not know where I'd be with out them. They are able to communicate at a layman's level and understand the client. Would strongly recommend this firm.
Ruthy LyonRuthy Lyon
21:00 28 Sep 23
Our initial conversation with Mr. Stephens was productive & reassuring. His previous experience with similar cases was obvious and very helpful, in both asking us specific questions for clarification & also addressing our own questions. Breanna is also a great asset to their team.
James O'DayJames O'Day
15:07 13 Sep 23
I have referred several friends to Hugh Stephens and they were more satisfied than they ever expected. I would refer him with confidence to anyone in need. I trust when he speaks for me, for example, in court. He is a good communicator and a deep thinker. He is well respected in his profession. He handles environmental law, injury law, and medical malpractice. He is tactful and direct and knows what he is doing. He knows the legal briar patches well.
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R. Hugh Stephens, Esq.

hugh-stephens-eeoicpa-attorney-claim-assistanceMr. Stephens spent his early career litigating, arbitrating and otherwise managing CERCLA Superfund inactive hazardous waste cleanups for General Motors and other fortune 100 companies. This included litigation in state and federal court both for the defense in response to CERCLA actions by the government and for the plaintiffs in cost recovery actions brought on behalf of the groups who paid for and carried out cleanups against those parties who refused to participate in those costs and cleanup activities. In 2010 he began representing nuclear and uranium workers under two federal workers compensation statutes, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). During the last 12 years Mr. Stephens has helped claimants recover approximately $70 million from the federal government. During that period, he also pursued litigation in federal court against the United States Department of Labor seeking to overturn certain alleged arbitrary and capricious and otherwise claimant unfavorable rules and determinations for the benefit of his claimants. Mr. Stephens has also spent considerable time litigating a birth injury matter the resolution of which is subject to a confidentiality agreement. He also handles motor vehicle and premises liability cases typically litigated in state Supreme Court. His workers compensation practice often other claims for his claimants about which they are often unaware. These claims include state or federal asbestos related claims, Camp Lejeune water contamination claims, PFAS (a “forever” chemical that causes cancer and other illnesses and conditions and is typically found contaminating drinking water at airfields and other locations where Fire Fighting Foam has been used), Talcum Powder (that tends to cause ovarian and lung cancer in persistent users), and RoundUp (an herbicide that has been found to cause non-hodgkins lymphoma). Mr. Stephens is also investigating claims related to hair straighteners that have been connected to increased rates of uterine, ovarian, and endometrial cancers.

SUMMARY OF REPRESENTATIVE CASES

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

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ASSOCIATIONS: Past Chair and Member, Environmental Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County 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