Stephen M. Hankins
Steve Hankins tries cases involving intellectual property, employment, and other disputes.Steve was hooked on trial advocacy right after college when he worked with a group of busy trial attorneys in Boston. Each week, almost, there was a new trial. Each trial had a story, with a right and a wrong. Each trial required empathetic and perceptive listening, first, and then focused, persuasive advocacy, second. Raised by English teachers and artists, these skills come naturally to Steve. After 25 years of practice, Steve still enjoys more than anything else the careful preparation and fast pace of a hard fought controversy in trial before a jury.
Steve also was destined to be a founding partner at RSHC. While he received excellent training at a larger firm as a young lawyer, Steve thrives in the nimble, no-nonsense, efficiencies that a smaller firm offers. He demands from himself and each team he assembles the highest level of exceptional lawyering required by sophisticated clients, their adversaries, and the courts where their matters are resolved. A born leader, prior to founding RSHC, he served as managing partner, practice group leader, and management committee member.
Steve has tried or argued on appeal over twenty cases in jurisdictions across the country, and he has first-chaired a range of cases involving fraud, antitrust, intellectual property, and employment claims. He serves as outside general counsel to several companies, advising them on a wide range of matters, including international intellectual property enforcement, government investigations, and employment counseling and litigation.
Steve is committed to serving the underserved in employment and civil rights matters. He loves competition and endurance sports, completing four ironman distance races as of 2016.