STEVE BLOCKFoster Pepper PLLC
Steve Block is a member of Foster Pepper and practices with the firm’s Litigation, Transportation, and Yacht & Aircraft groups. He has more than 20 years of litigation experience as a trial lawyer in four state jurisdictions. He concentrates his litigation practice on a variety of commercial, personal injury, transportation, customs, regulatory, employment, product liability, and other matters. Steve has represented numerous local and national corporations and partnerships, commercial property owners and managers, transportation companies and consumers, fishing enterprises, tech industry companies, asbestos defendants, and many others. His transportation and logistics experience extends to all modes (domestic and international maritime, trucking, aviation and railroad). It includes cargo litigation, international trade and border security law, defense of personal injury claims, employment, insurance coverage, and general commercial disputes. Steve represents transportation companies in regulatory matters before various state and local government agencies. Fluent in Russian, Steve negotiated elements of the Soviet-American Bilateral Maritime Agreement on behalf of the Congressional Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the early 1990’s. His background includes advanced Russian studies and residence in Moscow, which led to his representing American interests in the former Soviet Union. Steve received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina (1982) and an M.A. from Middlebury College (1985), both in Russian studies. He obtained his JD from American University (1986) and an LL.M. in Admiralty from Tulane Law School (1994). He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Transportation Lawyers Association, Transportation Intermediaries Association, ForwarderLaw, Seattle Transportation Club, Association of Transportation Law Professionals, the National Industrial Transportation League, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is a prolific writer on transportation law topics, and publishes a bimonthly column devoted to recent legal developments in all modes of transportation.