Steven M. Wald
Steven M. Wald * Member | St. Louis, Missouri
Steve helps landowners get compensation from the government when their private property is taken for public use. He primarily litigates inverse condemnation claims involving recreational trail projects, i.e., Rails-to-Trails litigation. Steve has recovered many millions of dollars for landowners across the country as lead counsel or as a substantial contributor.
Steve has more than 25 years of experience in civil litigation. Prior to co-founding Stewart, Wald & McCulley, he served as a partner at two Midwest firms, where his work included legal and medical malpractice defense, insurance coverage disputes, commercial litigation, consumer fraud claims, and other breach of contract and fraud claims. He is adept at managing document-heavy cases and working with experts in business valuation and real estate appraisals.
Before entering private practice, Steve served as a law clerk for the Honorable Tom Stagg, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. While in law school, Steve also served as editor of the Louisiana Law Review.
Steve also earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
• United States Supreme Court
• United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
• United States Court of Federal Claims
• United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
• United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
• Missouri Supreme Court
• Admitted pro hac vice to various other federal and state courts
• Washington University in St. Louis, M.B.A., 2002
• Louisiana State University, J.D., 1994
• Ithaca College, B.S., 1991
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Notable Success Examples
In Haggart v. United States, our attorneys recovered $177,400,000 on behalf of 254 landowners in King County, Washington, along a 25.45-mile trail.
In Raulerson v. United States, our attorneys recovered $33,300,000 on behalf of 264 landowners in Beaufort County, South Carolina, along a 25.05-mile trail.
In Smith v. United States, our attorneys recovered $26,477,000 on behalf of 29 landowners in King County, Washington, along a 25.45-mile trail.
In Ansley Walk v. United States, our attorneys recovered $18,416,000 on behalf of 5 landowners in Fulton County, Georgia, along a 1-mile trail.
In Furlong v. United States, our attorneys recovered $14,200,000 on behalf of 272 landowners in Albany, New York, along a 10.94-mile trail.