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.
Chambers USA, Insurance, Maryland, since 2018
The Best Lawyers in America, since 2019
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Maryland Super Lawyers, since 2011
DV LEAP, Tip the Scales of Justice Award, 2018 recipient
Alumnae and Alumni of Goucher College, former President
Fourth Circuit Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Appellate Panel Committee, District of Maryland Representative
The GreenMount School, Trustee
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Criminal Justice Act Appellate Panel, Member
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Criminal Justice Act Appellate Panel, Member
University of Virginia School of Law, Law School Foundation, Baltimore Regional Manager
Women's Law Center of Maryland, Board of Directors
American Bar Association, Member; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, former Editor
DRI, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Member; Online Community, Co-Chair
Federal Bar Association, Member; Government Relations Liaison
Insurance Risk Management Institute, former Editor, CGL Reporter
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association, Member; Amicus Committee
Maryland State Bar Association, Member; Section Council; Appellate Litigation Committee Co-Chair; Maryland Appellate Blog, Editor in Chief; Administrative Law Section, Member
Wednesday Law Club, Member
Moderator, "Appellate Practice Tips from the Bench and Bar," Maryland State Bar Association Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Section, 2018
Moderator, "United States Supreme Court Term in Review," Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2017, 2018
Moderator, "Maryland Impact Decisions," Maryland State Bar Association, 2017
Presenter, "Preserving the Appellate Record at the Trial Court," Maryland Legal Aid Appellate Advocacy Training, 2017
Presenter, "The Personal Divide Between Jefferson and Marshall," Wednesday Law Club, 2017
Presenter, "Mid-Construction Losses: The Intersection of Liability and Builder’s Risk Coverage," 2016
Presenter, "Growing Your Appellate Practice, Both Within and Without," DRI Appellate Advocacy Program, 2016
Co-presenter, "The Renewed Debate Over Unpublished Appellate Opinions," Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2015
Presenter, "Fourth Circuit Impact Decisions," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Litigation and Maryland Chapter of Federal Bar Association, 2014
Panelist, Supreme Court panels, Goucher College, 2012, 2013, 2014
Co-editor, "Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer" (5th ed.), Maryland State Bar Association, 2018
Chapter Author, "Choice of Law for Coverage Disputes," General Liability Insurance Coverage: Key Issues in Every State (4th ed.), Maniloff & Stempel, Wolters Kluwer N.V., 2018
Author, "Mid-Construction Losses: The Intersection of Liability and Builder’s Risk Coverage," The Brief, Volume 46 Number 2, American Bar Association, 2017
Author, "Uncertainty for Corporate America Under the Post-Scalia Supreme Court," In-House Defense Quarterly, DRI, Summer 2016
Author, "The Changing Certiorari Dynamic at the Supreme Court," Certworthy, Volume 17 Issue 1, DRI, 2016
Author, "Appellate Counsel: When It Makes Sense," Focus, Association of Corporate Counsel - Baltimore Chapter, 3Q, 2015
Author, "The Love Song of J. Anthony Kennedy," 19 Green Bag 2d 101, 2015
Chapter Author, "Provisions Concerning Coverage Disputes," The Reference Handbook on the Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Policy (2d ed.), Rutkin & Tugander, 2014
Author, "Maryland’s Contractual Conception of Insurance: The Improvident Grant of Certiorari in PICD v. State Farm," University of Maryland Law Review, Endnotes 1, 2014
Author, "Whose Conception of Insurance?," University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 162: Iss. 1, Article 13, University of Pennsylvania, 2013
Author, "The Practical Implications of Recusal of Supreme Court Justices: A Response to Professor Swisher," University of Maryland Law Review, Endnotes 1, Rev. Endnotes 13, University of Maryland, 2013
Author, "Confirming Consensus Nominees Quickly," The Federal Lawyer, 2012
Author, "The Elite Federal Bar in Baltimore, 1818 - 1934," The Federal Lawyer, 2011
Author, "Choice of Law for CGL Insurance Policies: Toward a Uniform Rule," The Brief, American Bar Association, 2009
Outside the Office
An avid writer, Steven authored “Hell, Incorporated,” a play produced as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
In a major victory for a law firm client, prevailed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in challenging the appropriateness of a “filter team” of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to review files and emails confiscated from the client's office. The Fourth Circuit agreed, summarily reversing the District Court only two days after argument and granting all relief requested by the client. The case is In re: Search Warrant Issued June 13, 2019. Click here for the published opinion.
"Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer" just releasedKramon & Graham appellate practice chair Steve Klepper is co-editor06/20/2018
Kramon & Graham announced today that appellate practice chair Steven M. Klepper, together with co-editors Paul Mark Sandler and Andrew D. Levy, have completed the fifth edition of "Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer: State and Federal," published by the Maryland State Bar Association.
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.
The Daily Record covers Kramon & Graham client's petition for the U.S. Supreme Court to review Sixth Amendment claim02/10/2020
Kramon & Graham appellate lawyer Steve Klepper was an early adopter of social media. In Lawyers use Twitter to stay in the loop and to network (September 13, 2019), the Daily Record talks to Steve about his social media use and strategy.
Kramon & Graham prevails in Fourth Circuit in challenging appropriateness of filter team's review of confiscated files and emails
In The lure of appellate work: Choosing conversation over confrontation (June 12, 2019), Steve Klepper, talks to the Daily Record about his practice and the value specialized appellate counsel brings to an appellate case.
Kramon & Graham appellate practice leader Steve Klepper was asked for his thoughts on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals' new policy to give advance notice to attorneys of the judges who will be hearing their case.
Appellate attorney Steve Klepper submitted a brief amicus curiae in the Maryland Court of Appeals in State v. Adnan Syed, a case which has drawn international interest following the popular Serial podcast.
Frederick News-Post quotes Steve Klepper on the influence Judge Paul V. Niemeyer may have in the U.S. Supreme Court review of a Wisconsin political gerrymandering case09/06/2017
Kramon & Graham appellate attorney Steve Klepper was covered in the Frederick News-Post about a recent opinion issued by U.S. District Court judges James K. Bredar and George L. Russell III who denied a request by 6th District voters for a preliminary injunction to require a new congressional district map before the 2018 election.
Maryland Daily Record quotes appellate attorney Steve Klepper on dissenting views at Court of Appeals09/06/2017
When the Court of Appeals of Maryland hears a case, it is the majority view of the judges that determines the outcome.
The Daily Record quotes appellate attorney Steve Klepper on his petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Rahul Gupta case09/06/2017
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 won summary judgment on behalf of a builders risk insurer.
Appellate practice leader Steve Klepper recently moderated “Maryland Impact Decisions,” a panel discussion covering some of the most important decisions that the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued over the past year.
Kramon & Graham appellate attorney Steve Klepper will lead a panel of experienced Supreme Court observers and advocates in “United States Supreme Court Year in Review,” a review of the Court's 2016 term, including its most high profile cases.
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, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, announced today that twenty-four of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Seventeen Kramon & Graham attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America legal ranking guide. In addition, firm principal Natalie McSherry has been named 2020 Baltimore Mediation "Lawyer of the Year."
Kramon & Graham announced today that firm principal Steven M. Klepper has been selected as a 2019 Leadership in Law awardee by The Daily Record.
Kramon & Graham announced today that ten firm attorneys are recognized for legal excellence and client service in the 2019 Chambers USA legal ranking guide. More than 40 percent of Kramon & Graham's principals are recognized in the directory.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
Kramon & Graham is pleased to announce that appellate attorney Steve Klepper has been recognized with the 2018 Tip the Scales of Justice Award from DV LEAP (Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Project).
Kramon & Graham announced today that five firm principals have been named "Lawyer of the Year" Baltimore in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, sixteen firm attorneys were selected for inclusion in the ranking guide. The attorneys represent Kramon & Graham's full range of practices from litigation to transactional services.
Kramon & Graham, a leading law firm providing litigation, real estate, and transactional services, announced today that nine firm attorneys have been recognized for legal excellence and client service by the 2018 Chambers USA legal ranking guide.
Kramon & Graham announced today that twenty-two of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Maryland Super Lawyers list.
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 principal and appellate attorney Steve Klepper has been appointed to the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. A nonprofit organization, the Women's Law Center serves as a leading voice for justice and fairness for women by advocating for the protection and expansion of women's rights through legal assistance to individuals and strategic initiatives to achieve systemic change.
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
Steven Klepper has been elected to serve a two-year term as President of the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC).
Steven Klepper has received Goucher College’s Dorothy Lamberton Clapp ’39 Award.
Kramon & Graham attorneys named to Maryland Super Lawyers Top 10, Top 50 Women, and Top 100 lists; Super Lawyers; and Maryland Rising Stars.