|Steven F. Fairlie has been named one of Pennsylvania's "SuperLawyers" as published in Philadelphia Magazine. He holds Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious "AV" rating designating the highest level of legal ability, as well as a perfect 10/10 rating from AVVO.COM. He has been named to the National Trial Lawyers "Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2011" and the "Top Rated Attorneys in Philadelphia" as published in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the The Legal Intelligencer. He has been featured as a Top Criminal Attorney in Newsweek magazine and was 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 (narcotics, DUI, capital murder, robbery, rape, etc.) trials.
Prior to private practice, he worked on the Narcotics Team and the Major Crimes Team of the Montgomery County District Attorney's 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 used forensic tire print evidence to prove a client not guilty of attempted murder. In 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 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. 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.
Mr. Fairlie often serves as a speaker for various organizations such as the Montgomery Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Annual (2007-2012) Criminal Law Symposium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.