A veteran litigator, Stephen McKae has had a diverse legal career covering complex state and federal statutory regimes, primarily under labor and employee benefits laws in his earlier career and environmental laws over the past 25 years. He has represented employers and individuals in class actions and other complex litigation and provided guidance to business executives on policy and operational questions in these practice areas. He has argued cases at all levels of the federal judicial system, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Finding Creative, Business-Oriented and Community-Sensitive Solutions
Stephen’s pursuit of alternative solutions has been shown, among others, in his frequent use of mediation in environmental disputes, using equitable allocation under CERCLA to enforce wartime indemnity contracts to overcome federal contract immunity under the Antideficiency Act, planning for integration of institutional controls with permitting and planning informational systems to reduce requirements for engineered remedies, fashioning agreements for funding of neighborhood relocation to obtain community support for an in-place remedy, use of historical resources including federal archives to increase contribution from other parties, and marshaling scientific evidence to win summary judgment.
He is active in many civic and professional organizations, including the Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary, for which he was the 2015-2016 President. He serves as an early neutral evaluator and mediator for the United States District Court and is a member of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law sections. He is also a member of the Alameda County Bar Association’s Environmental, Land Use and Sustainability Section.
Stephen served in the United States Naval Reserve as an engineering officer on active duty from 1969 through 1972.