Steve Carey's practice focuses on complex litigation and appeals. He represents companies, financial institutions, local governments, health care providers, and universities in high-stakes litigation and regulatory actions.
Steve’s litigation experience includes cases involving breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets theft, securities fraud, and various federal statutes, including the Administrative Procedure Act, ERISA, Dodd-Frank, and the False Claims Act. He is experienced at the trial and appellate levels of federal and state courts, including North Carolina’s Business Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Federal Circuit, and District of Columbia Circuit.
Steve has particular experience with class action litigation at the trial and appellate levels, where he has represented clients with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. That experience allows him to help clients navigate the unique procedural and substantive issues that class actions present.
Steve’s litigation practice is also informed by his experience advising clients in connection with government investigations and enforcement. His clients have included financial institutions, business associations, automobile lenders, and major universities. He has represented them before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and state regulators and attorneys general.
Steve serves as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee. He and his colleagues on the committee examine issues arising from the rules of appellate procedure in North Carolina and recommend revisions for the state Supreme Court. Steve also received valuable appellate experience serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Harris Hartz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Before joining Parker Poe, Steve spent more than five years with WilmerHale in its Washington, DC, office. That experience makes him an effective collaborator with out-of-state counsel in large, complex cases in North Carolina’s state and federal courts.
Steve graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and served on the editorial board of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. In addition to his clerkship on the Tenth Circuit, he clerked for the Honorable Mary McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.