Steve Lagoy

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17 West Gay Street, Suite 200
West Chester, PA 19380

Phone: 610.692.1371
slagoy@utbf.com

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Stephen P. Lagoy

Steve is called upon by private parties, including Fortune 50 companies, and the judiciary to serve as both mediator and neutral arbitrator in commercial, injury and probate cases. Steve’s extensive training in alternative dispute resolution builds on advocacy skills honed over more than four decades, both in and out of the courtroom.

Regardless of the difficulty or complexity of the matter at hand, Steve is an active listener who seeks to fully understand all aspects of a dispute before working with the parties to fashion a workable solution. Steve’s people skills and sensitivity to the human emotions underlying contention enable him to be an empathetic sounding board for all parties involved. Notably, Steve is at his best when helping parties through even the most contentious and seemingly intractable acrimony.

Steve is also able to account for, address, separate himself from, and move beyond the emotional components of a dispute in order to serve as a catalyst for realizing a compromise that can work for everyone. Able to establish immediate rapport and patient when working through issues of all kinds, Steve knows the law and the rules of evidence. Ultimately, he helps parties focus on how juries and judges are likely to apply both to the facts at issue.

Steve received the preeminent “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell in 2000 and every year since, recognizing superior legal ability as judged by his peers. He has also been selected for inclusion in the “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” listing in eight of the last nine years and has been named a “Top Lawyer” by Main Line Today magazine over multiple years.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D. (1974)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
    • Graduate, Mediator Training Program (2008)
  • Northeastern University, M.S. (1975)
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S. (1971)

Admissions

  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (1974)
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1976)
  •  Supreme Court of Maryland (2015)
  • United States Supreme Court (1980)

Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Kent County Maryland Bar Association
  • Maryland Real Estate Commission
    • Broker
  • Chester County Bar Association
    • Co-chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2009-2017)
    • Mediator, Civil and Orphans’ Court Mediation Programs
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Dispute Resolution Section
  • Hon. John E. Stively, Jr. American Inns of Court
    • Charter Member and Master of the Bench
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
    • Chairman, Hearing Committee 2.07 (1994 to 2000)
  • Penn State Great Valley School of Professional Studies, Advisory Board
    • Founding Member (1991 to 1997)
  • Chester County Solid Waste Authority
    • Member and Vice Chairman (1987 to 1994)

Other Involvement

  • Special Counsel, Chester County Board of Commissioners (2004 to 2017)
  • Solicitor, Chester County Department of Community Development (2001 to 2017)
  • Solicitor, Controller of Chester County (1998 to 2003)
  • Solicitor, Chester County Office of Housing and Community Development (1993 to 2000)
  • Solicitor, Redevelopment Authority of Chester County (1990 to 1992)
  • Solicitor, Prothonotary of Chester County (1984 to 1987)

Martindale Hubbell Rating

  • AV Rated*

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. For more information, see http://www.martindale.com.

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Jun

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Ten UTBF Attorneys Named Among 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Honorees

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9

Mar

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May

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23

May

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May

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Dec

Cookies And Compromise: The Role Of Food In Mediation

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Give it Time: Tips for Mediating the Litigated Personal Injury Case

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24

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Terms of Art In Alternative Dispute Resolution

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii,1-2)

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Jun

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31

Oct

CCBA Board Approves Mediation Program

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

At its September 15 meeting, the Board of Directors of CCBA approved the creation and implementation of a voluntary mediation program to be administered by the Bar Association.  The program design is the product of CCBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, the members of which worked on the concept for the past …

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31

Oct

Why Mediation

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

Elsewhere in this issue you will read that CCBA has adopted a Mediation Program to be launched in 2011.  Some of you may ask, what is mediation?  What do mediators do?  Why should I care?  This article is intended to answer those questions.

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9

Jul

Pennsylvania officials seek mediation of Penn State University/NCAA dispute

Author: Stephen P. Lagoy

Pennsylvania Senator Jake Corman and State Treasurer Rob McCord have asked Commonwealth Court to order mediation of their lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in the hope of determining the use of Penn State University sanction funds as soon as possible. Their request was filed with the court came …

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9

May

Recent Pennsylvania Case Highlights Importance of Re-Stating Warrants of Attorney in Modification Documents

The recent Pennsylvania case The Bancorp Bank v. Mancini highlights the importance of re-stating warrants of attorney in modification documents involving Pennsylvania commercial loans.

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29

Jun

Chester County Mediator Explains Purpose of Caucus

By: Steve Lagoy

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29

Jun

Pennsylvania Mediator Explains the Mediation Process

By: Steve Lagoy If you are trying to resolve a legal dispute and negotiations have failed, you may need to turn to mediation as a solution. Unlike a judge or arbitrator who decides the winner and the loser in any given case, a mediator’s job is to help both parties reach a mutually …

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28

Jun

Pennsylvania Mediator Discusses Whether Mediation is the Right Choice

By: Steve Lagoy Determining whether mediation is the right step in your estate, will or trust dispute can be confusing. Some people will automatically assume that court is the only answer. However, that isn’t always the case. You can ask yourself a few basic questions to see if mediation is right for …

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27

Jun

West Chester Mediator Explains Mediation Basics

By: Steve Lagoy

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14

Jun

How long does estate, trust and family business mediation take in Pennsylvania?

By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy

Some mediation cases may take a half day or, at maximum, a full day of mediation, but estate, trust, and family business mediation processes can be substantially more complex and require several full days of mediation services before a mutually agreeable conclusion can be reached. …

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14

Jun

Pennsylvania Mediators Dispel 5 Mediation Myths

By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy

You may have decided that mediation is a better option than litigation for your dispute in Pennsylvania. While that may be true, it’s important to know some of the myths surrounding this process.

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14

Jun

What is the cost of estate mediation in Pennsylvania?

By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy

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14

Jun

Who uses mediation to solve trust disputes in Pennsylvania?

By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy

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13

Jun

Can we use mediation to avoid suing an executor in Pennsylvania?

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13

Jun

How Small Business Mediation can Help Your Company in Malvern, Pennsylvania

By: Steve Lagoy

When a small business faces conflicts or disputes with employees, clients, vendors or other businesses, they are often difficult to resolve. Small businesses typically lack the legal, public relations and human resources departments necessary to handle a major conflict. When this occurs, many turn to small business mediation, a type …

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13

Jun

When to Use Small Business Mediation in West Chester, Pennsylvania

By: Steve Lagoy

Mediation can be a great choice for small businesses looking to resolve a conflict quickly and quietly. Whether it is a dispute or disagreement within the company itself, or an issue with another business government entity, vendor, or client, small business mediation aims to provide an agreeable solution for both parties …

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21

Feb

PHFA Model Notice – No Safe Harbor – The Extensive Implications of Beneficial Consumer Discount Co. v. Vukmam

By: Kristen Wetzel Ladd

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Nov

Action Under Note vs. Mortgage Foreclosure

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9

Mar

Mediation May Be Key to Saving the 2011 NFL Season

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11

Jan

Ohio Foreclosure Mediation Programs Are Successful

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1

Apr

Securities Arbitration: FINRA May Reconstitute Panels

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which administers the arbitration program to which brokerage customers must bring their complaints, is considering using arbitration panels comprising all “non-industry” members.  Presently, panels must include at least one industry member among the three-person panel.  The remaining member(s) are “public” (i.e. from outside the …

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31

Mar

Chrysler Changes Its Tune On Terminated Dealers

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

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15

Mar

Chrysler and GM Take Different Approaches to Dealer Arbitration

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

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15

Mar

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16

Feb

Baseball Arbitration: Part III

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

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5

Feb

1400 GM and Chrysler Dealers Request Arbitration

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

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15

Jan

GM outlines arbitration process for dealer reinstatement arbitration

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

General Motors is prepared to proceed with a Congressionally-mandated program that will allow 2000 of GM’s closed dealerships to appeal the closure decision through an independent arbitration process. Dealers who want to file for reinstatement must do so through the American Arbitration Association and commence arbitration by Jan. 25. Under …

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22

Dec

Baseball Arbitration: Part II

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

At this time of year, sports pages are filled with articles about whether or not major league baseball teams have “offered arbitration” to their free agent players. What does this mean and what are the implications of the decision? For a primer on this subject, see http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/the-arbitration-decision/. For a …

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21

Dec

Arbitration Process for Rejected Chrysler and GM Dealers Is Now The Law

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

The President has signed into law a program giving closed auto dealerships access to neutral arbitration if they want to be reinstated. The process begins immediately and is expected to take six and one half months. For more information on how the auto dealer arbitration process will work see:

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10

Dec

Car Dealers To Use Mediation and Arbitration

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

Congress has approved a plan that would allow 2000 terminated car dealers to pursue third party mediation and arbitration with GM and Chrysler with the possibility of being reinstated. For an analysis of this alternative dispute resolution process and its chances of being successful, see http://online.wsj.com/article/.

For more information …

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2

Dec

Baseball Arbitration: Part I

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

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26

Oct

Streamlined Binding Arbitration

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

An insurance industry group will experiment with an expedited form of binding arbitration designed for small, uncomplicated disputes. The Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Run-Off Companies has announced the development of a new streamlined dispute resolution procedure the elements of which include a single arbitrator, discounted fee structure, and no …

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19

Oct

Cookies and Compromise

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

An experienced commercial mediator told me about a recent mediation in which there was a great deal of animosity among the parties, so much so that they refused to be in the same room at any point in the mediation. During the course of the mediation, my colleague served several …

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25

Sep

Investment Losses and Arbitration

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

Investment losses? Here’s an article that explains how you may be able to use arbitration to recover.

http://www.usnews.com/money/blogs/Fund-Observer/2009/09/23/could-arbitration-help-you-recover-investment-losses.html

For more information on how arbitration, mediation and alternate dispute resolution can help you and your business, contact our office.

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2

Sep

Arbitrators: What is their value?

by: Stephen P. Lagoy

Here is an article from the Dallas Morning News on arbitrators that you may find interesting.  For more information on how alternative dispute resolution, mediation or arbitration could help you, please contact our office.

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24

Aug

Large Corporations Use “Early Intervention” ADR to Control Litigation Costs

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

It has been estimated that, if all costs are included, Fortune 500 Companies’ total litigation costs average about one-third of their after-tax profits!  This fact has led large corporations to increasingly utilize creative non-traditional approaches to dispute resolution.  One advantage of private dispute resolution is that the parties can customize …

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14

Aug

Justice O’Connor’s view on Arbitration

By: Stephen P.  Lagoy

You may find interesting retired Justice O’Connor’s view on arbitration in this excerpt from the August 10, 2009 on line edition of the Wall Street Journal:

WSJ: Has your circuit service affected your views of mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to litigation?

Justice O’Connor: Well, I have been a strong advocate …

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7

Aug

How the Arbitration Process Works

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

If you are interested in how the arbitration process works, read this article from a recent edition of Forbes Magazine.

For more information on types of alternate dispute resolution, please contact our office.

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27

Jul

How Comprehensive Mediation Can Work For You

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

As reported in the National Catholic Reporter Online Edition, several sex abuse cases in the Chicago Archdiocese were recently settled through the use of a Comprehensive Mediation Process. To view the article in the National Catholic Reporter about their successful use of arbitration and mediation, click here.

For …

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16

Jun

Baseball Arbitration – Could it work for you?

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

One approach to alternative dispute resolution is called “baseball arbitration.” It is patterned after major league baseball’s salary arbitration rule. This is the rule that was saved by then U.S. District Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, when she issued an injunction ending a long player strike …

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9

Jun

Arbitration alternative in resolving franchise disputes

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

If you are considering arbitration, here’s an article that may be of interest to you. Please contact Stephen Lagoy to discuss whether arbitration might be beneficial to resolve disputes for you or your company.

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8

Jun

Auto insurance: uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

When someone asks, “How much insurance coverage do you have,” most people respond with the limits of their liability coverage. This coverage protects you from claims and lawsuits by others for automobile-related injuries that you may have caused. In essence, liability insurance protects other people from your negligence.  There is …

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3

Jun

Auto insurance: full tort vs. limited tort

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

Selecting “full tort” coverage gives you the unlimited right to sue for automobile-related non-economic damages such as pain and suffering caused by the carelessness of another driver. In contrast, “limited tort” coverage allows you to sue for these damages only if you suffer a “serious injury”. Under the law, “serious …

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2

Jun

Auto Insurance: what’s the best protection for you and your family?

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

You and your family are at risk from automobile-related injuries if you don’t have both full tort and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages at the maximum permissible levels under your policy.  Many people decline these coverages because they believe that, by doing so, they will reduce the cost of their automobile insurance.  …

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Why Mediation?

By: Stephen P. Lagoy

Mediation may be defined most simply as facilitated negotiation.  Unlike litigation and arbitration, mediation does NOT involve a decision maker nor are there formal proofs or arguments.  Its goals include avoiding or breaking impasses, diffusing controversy, and encouraging parties to generate settlement options.  These goals are foreign to the adversarial …

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Jan

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees – Litigation

Welcome to the Litigation Section’s blog. Our firm is located in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania. This blog is intended to provide a litigator’s perspective on a wide range of specific legal issues, along with commentary on emerging legal trends. The content is intended to be useful to individuals and …

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West Chester, PA
17 West Gay Street
P.O. BOX 515
West Chester, PA 19380
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Phoenixville, PA 19460
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