Steven Fairlie

State of Practice : Pennsylvania
Member Since: 10/21/2011
Last Answer: 10/29/2013
Total Answered Questions 391 Free Answers on the LawQA Network

About Me

Steven F. Fairlie has been designated a Pennsylvania “SuperLawyer” in both Personal Injury and Criminal Defense by Philadelphia Magazine, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2011 and 2012, and is a holder of Martindale-Hubbells prestigious “AV” rating, designating preeminent lawyers based upon legal ability and ethics. He has been rated a perfect 10.0/10.0 on AVVO and is one of a just 35 attorneys in Pennsylvania to be named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer in 2006.

He has successfully handled numerous civil (slip and fall, auto accidents, land development litigation, etc.) and criminal trials (narcotics, DUI, capital murder, robbery, rape, etc.). Prior to private practice, he worked on the Narcotics Team and the Major Crimes Team of the Montgomery County District Attorneys Office from 1996 to 2000. He successfully argued for the death penalty in 1999 and was lead prosecutor in a case involving $55 million of cocaine. Subsequently, as a defense attorney, he took the appeal of a client sentenced to death and convinced the prosecutor to vacate the death sentence. He used forensic tire print evidence to prove another client not guilty of attempted murder. In yet another case he uncovered evidence which reduced the offer on a robbery case from 25–50 years down to 2 years probation. He represented one individual charged with 3 separate charges of DUI and had the first case dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing, the second accepted into the A.R.D. program, and the third case dismissed after a trial judge granted suppression of all evidence in the case. Mr. Fairlie has obtained not-guilty verdicts in major jury trials involving shootings, burglaries, etc. despite positive eyewitness identifications of his clients. On appeal, he has successfully argued for reversal of a death sentence in one case and a sentence of 70 years in another case. Recent successful plea negotiations include 2 1/2 to 5 years in the case of a man who struck his wife in the head with a hammer and strangled her and 6 to 12 years in a First Degree Murder case.

In 2007, Mr. Fairlie went to trial on a case involving more than $50 million of land transactions and settled the case in the second week of trial. He has obtained six-figure settlements in numerous personal injury cases, including car accident, back injury, and dog bite cases.

Mr. Fairlie often serves as a speaker for various organizations such as the Pennsylvania Bar Institutes Annual (2007–2010) Criminal Law Symposium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Montgomery and Bucks County Bar Associations, and various law enforcement training programs. He also teaches numerous other continuing legal education seminars for lawyers every year.

He earned his B.A. in Government and Law from Lafayette College in 1991 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1995 where he was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Board, the Environmental Law Journal, and a Chairman of the Student Bar Association. He has been Co-Chairman or Chairman of the Montgomery County Bar Associations Criminal Defense Committee since 2001, a member of the Montgomery County Bar Associations Trial Lawyers Section, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Associations Professionalism Committee and Civil Litigation Section, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Hotline Panel of Experts Committee, a member of the Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force, and an Associate Member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Fairlies areas of practice include civil litigation, personal injury, criminal law and construction litigation.

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  • Firm Address
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.
    1501 Lower State Road, Ste. 304
    North Wales, PA 19454
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Areas of Practice

  • DUI
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal
  • Defense

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