Steven M. Dettelbach

Partner

Cleveland
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Washington, D.C.
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Overview

Steven Dettelbach is a seasoned litigator and counselor who serves as co-leader of BakerHostetler's national White Collar, Investigations and Securities Enforcement and Litigation team. He returned to the firm in 2016 after spending almost seven years as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. As U.S. attorney, Steve ran high-profile investigations and both supervised and personally handled large-scale, crisis-level litigations, many of which involved intense public and media scrutiny. He also supervised a broad docket of complex civil matters, representing both defendants and plaintiffs. He has worked closely with and led selection processes for independent monitors when required.

Steve brings a depth of experience in managing crisis-level commercial, regulatory and criminal matters, as well as in advising clients on how to structure compliance programs so as to help avoid such problems. He has served in senior policy roles at the Department of Justice, having been appointed by two attorneys general to the prestigious Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC), where he worked closely with other senior leaders at the department. Prior to his appointment, Steve served for almost two decades as a federal prosecutor at Main Justice and in three different United States Attorneys' Offices, as counsel in the United States Senate, and as a litigator in private practice. He has represented companies and individuals in high-stakes criminal, civil, internal and congressional investigations. He has tried more than 30 cases to verdict and been involved in criminal matters in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Steve has never lost a federal criminal trial.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2019)
    • Ohio: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • The Legal 500 United States (2017 to 2018)
    • Recommended in Dispute Resolution - Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense
    • Recommended in Corporate Governance
  • Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Constitution Society: Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award for Public Service (2016)
  • Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Special Service Award in recognition of exceptional work as chair of the AGAC Civil Rights Subcommittee
  • William D. Neumann Prosecutor of the Year, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (1998)
  • Multiple Letters of Commendation from United States attorneys general, FBI directors, inspectors general and others
  • Exemplar Award, Recovery Resources, for organizing and leading the Heroin and Opioid Task Force aimed at a multidisciplinary approach to the opioid epidemic (2015)
  • Community Partner of the Year, Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (2014)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Pace Setter Diversity and Inclusion Award, for community outreach and hiring as United States attorney (2012)

Memberships

  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys

Community

  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland: Board of Directors
  • Democratic National Convention
    • Platform Committee (2016)
    • Credentials Committee (2008)
  • Montefiore Nursing Home, Beachwood, Ohio (2008 to 2009)
    • Board of Directors and Chair of Government Relations Committee
  • Anti-Defamation League: Board of Directors for the Allegheny Region (2006 to 2008)
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law: Board of Visitors (2012 to 2015)

Prior Positions

  • United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio (2009 to 2016)
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP: Partner (2006 to 2009)
  • Ohio Ethics Commission: Commissioner (2008 to 2009)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Cleveland, Organized Crime and Corruption Task Force (2003 to 2006)
  • United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Detailed as Counsel to Chairman Patrick Leahy (2001 to 2003)
  • Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Chief, Southern Division, District of Maryland (1997 to 2001)
  • Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section: Trial Attorney and Acting Deputy Chief (1992 to 1997)
  • Hon. Stanley Sporkin, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Law Clerk (1991 to 1992)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991, magna cum laude
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 1988, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa