Steven S. Rosenthal

Director, Atlantic Legal Foundation

Phone: 202.618.5034‬
portrait of Steven S. Rosenthal - Director, Atlantic Legal Foundation

Steven Rosenthal has extensive trial court, appellate and arbitration experience on cases involving public and constitutional law, as well as all aspects of administrative practice. He has secured victories before the U.S. Supreme Court in addition to successfully representing many government entities during his litigation career.

Steven has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, a majority of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and state appellate courts throughout the United States. He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Port of the City of Los Angeles in a case involving federal law restrictions on the Port’s ability to condition entry of trucks onto its property. He was victorious before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case holding that the imposition of Social Security taxes on sitting federal judges was an unconstitutional diminution of compensation, and in a case representing the predecessor of Bank of America holding that national banks have the power to sell fixed and variable annuities. 

In addition to representing major private companies in litigation, Steven has represented government entities such as the California State Controller, the Delaware Department of Finance, the City of Los Angeles, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at both the trial and appellate levels. For more than 35 years, he has represented large international airports on regulatory and litigation issues, serving as lead counsel in five landmark cases involving airport rates and charges.

Steven has extensive experience advising governmental entities on claims arising under the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes regulating interstate and foreign commerce. Those include damages and injunction claims under the Takings Clause, the Commerce Clause, the Due Process Clause and federal common law. In addition, he has advised the California State Controller on the successful negotiation of multistate global settlement agreements with the nation’s largest life insurance companies, earning him the prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award.

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