A lead attorney in Kramon & Graham's appellate practice, Steve Klepper has more than 13 years of successful appellate experience handling civil and criminal cases before federal and state appellate courts.
Serving as lead appellate counsel or co-counsel, Steve has successfully advocated for clients in in complex matters involving commercial litigation, insurance coverage, real estate development, business torts, employment law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, premises liability, attorney-client privilege, and constitutional and civil rights.
Steve's practice focuses on all phases of civil and criminal appeals, including briefing, emergency appellate motions, oral argument, certiorari practice, and trial preservation. He works collaboratively with trial counsel to bring favorable final results in multi-million-dollar cases.
Steve has appeared in every issue of Maryland Super Lawyers since 2011. He serves on the Criminal Justice Act appellate panels for the D.C. Circuit and the Fourth Circuit and on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Appellate Litigation Committee.
Steve is widely published through articles, commentaries, and book chapters on the judiciary and insurance law. He is the editor-in-chief of the Maryland Appellate Blog and is the online community co-chair for the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee. He is a member of the Section Council for the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Litigation and of the Wednesday Law Club. Steve sits on the boards of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and of the GreenMount School. He previously served as the president of the Alumnae and Alumni of Goucher College.
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Outside the Office
An avid writer, Steven authored “Hell, Incorporated,” a play produced as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
When a property loss occurs during construction, it is important to understand the interplay between first-party builder’s risk coverage and third-party liability coverage, as Steve Klepper explains in the article “Midconstruction Losses, the Intersection of Liability and Builders Risk Coverage,” published in the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section magazine, The Brief, Volume 46, Number 2, Winter 2017.
Steven Klepper published a commentary, “Confirming Consensus Nominees Quickly,” in the September 2012 issue of The Federal Lawyer.
Steven Klepper guest authored a chapter of the Second Edition of Maniloff & Stempel’s General Liability Insurance Coverage: Key Issues in Every State.
Kramon & Graham Principal Steve Klepper Discusses Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch on The Marc Steiner Show02/06/2017
Kramon & Graham principal and appellate attorney Steve Klepper discussed Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9FM, an NPR affiliate, on February 6, 2017.
Kramon & Graham appellate attorney Steven M. Klepper has been named chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Litigation.
As a featured guest on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, which aired on July 7, Kramon & Graham appellate attorney Steve Klepper discussed a new opinion issued by the Court of Appeals of Maryland on the subject of an adult’s liability for injuries caused by an intoxicated minor who consumed alcohol in the adult’s home.
Kramon & Graham appellate attorney Steve Klepper was recently quoted in Law360’s In His Own Words: 4 Key Garland Opinions, and the Daily Record’s Md. lawyers say Supreme Court nominee‘ one smart judge’ about President Obama’s selection of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia.
Kramon & Graham Principal Steve Klepper Discusses Justice Scalia Replacement with Law360 and on Marc Steiner Show02/17/2016
Kramon & Graham principal Steve Klepper was recently interviewed by Law360 for his perspective regarding President Obama's selection of a replacement for Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in If Republicans Could Pick A Scalia Successor, They'd Pick... and GOP Attys Would Likely Back Srinivasan To Replace Scalia. Steve also appeared on the NPR affiliate, The Marc Steiner Show, offering his perspective of Justice Scalia’s legacy and the impending battle over his successor.
Kramon & Graham principal Steve Klepper recently appeared on the public radio program, The Marc Steiner Show to discuss the Adnan Syed case. The Christian Science Monitor, AP, and other media outlets have quoted Steve on the Syed case for his perspective as an appellate attorney.
On October 28, 2015, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland ruled in favor of Kramon & Graham’s client, the defendant in a lawsuit between two government contractors.
Kramon & Graham principal Steve Klepper was quoted in a September 9, 2015 National Law Journal article "High Court Asked for Rule on Holdout Juror Removal" (subscription required) on whether his client’s Sixth Amendment was violated when a judge dismissed a holdout juror in the midst of jury deliberations.
On July 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States requested that the State of Connecticut respond to a petition that Kramon & Graham filed on behalf of a Connecticut prisoner serving a 50-year sentence for murder.
In Williams v. Johnson, 573 U. S. ____ (2014), the Supreme Court of the United States granted a certiorari petition principally authored by Steven Klepper.
The Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Section of Litigation, the Hon. Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., has selected firm principal Steven Klepper as one of two recipients of the 2013–14 Chair's Award for Exceptional Service.
Firm principal Steven M. Klepper and associate Mary Beth Smith won summary judgment on behalf of a builders risk insurer.
Kramon & Graham Appellate attorney Steve Klepper will present “Growing Your Appellate Practice, Both Within and Without,” at the DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar in Scottsdale, AZ.
Kramon & Graham presents at ABA’s 24th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and Mid-Year Program02/11/2016
Kramon & Graham Insurance Coverage principal Steve Klepper will lead a panel in “Mid-Construction Losses: The Intersection of Liability and Builder’s Risk Coverage,” at the ABA's 24th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and Mid-Year Program in Phoenix, AZ.
Firm Principals Ezra Gollogly and Steven Klepper Participate in FBA/MSBA Panel on “Fourth Circuit Impact Decisions”11/14/2014
On November 14, 2104, Ezra Gollogly and Steven Klepper participated in a panel composed of leading federal appellate practitioners to discuss recent key civil and criminal decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Kramon & Graham principals Andrew Jay Graham, Natalie McSherry named to Top 10: 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers list for eighth consecutive year12/12/2016
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 35 attorneys, announced today that twenty-one of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
Kramon & Graham, a nationally recognized full service law firm with 34 attorneys, announced today that seventeen of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Maryland Super Lawyers legal ranking guide, including four up-and-coming attorneys who are recognized as "Rising Stars."
Kramon & Graham congratulates nineteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2015.
Kramon & Graham congratulates eighteen lawyers named to Maryland Super Lawyers 2014
Kramon & Graham attorneys named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top 10, Top 50 Women, and Top 100 lists; Super Lawyers; and Maryland Rising Stars.