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Steve Kunkle

Steve Kunkle graduated from Dartmouth College in 1979 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1982. His primary areas of practice have been in the fields of employment and civil rights litigation, veterans’ benefits, personal injury litigation, and more recently, transactional and employment risk management matters for his business clients. In the employment area, Steve handles a broad range of compensation and benefit matters, long-term disability, pension, retention bonus, and change in control matters, severance agreements, FMLA and other statutory employment claims, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, wage and hour disputes, and discrimination matters.

He represents primarily individuals these days, but throughout his career, he has represented a variety of manufacturing corporations, banking and other financial institutions, and institutions of higher education, as well as pro-bono clients. He has been admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania courts, federal district courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio, and federal appellate courts in the Third and Sixth Circuits, and the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals.

Steve has been selected several times by his peers as a “Top Employment Lawyer” in the annual Main Line Today Top Lawyers issues. When not practicing law, Steve has served as a board member and volunteer for Safe Harbor of Greater West Chester, the Volunteer English Program of Chester County, and Calvary Lutheran Church of West Chester. 

I would recommend Steve to anyone seeking help with their employment issues

My experience working with Steve Kunkle was a very positive one at a very stressful period in my career. He was referred to me through a friend of a friend who knew of his excellent reputation for obtaining results for executives such as myself. He represented me in transitioning through the acquisition of my employer by a major regional financial institution, and ultimately ended up obtaining a very favorable result when it became clear that the new employer was not a good fit for my position as a senior executive there.
I'm not a litigious person, but found myself in a situation that I couldn't understand, and knew I needed professional help working through it.

I felt comfortable working with him almost immediately. We didn't spend a lot of time (and my money) talking about things that weren't relevant to my situation. It was very clear that he knew the laws and my rights.

While being supportive the whole time we worked together, he also wasn't going to back down on issues that he knew were being mishandled. He was able to go toe-to-toe with my employer and its legal counsel, a partner with a much larger regional firm, in representing me with regard to several very difficult issues. He knew what questions I needed to be asking as the situation progressed. By having these answers in writing, it was clear that my concerns were well founded. While it appeared that we might have to go to court, once that became obvious to my employer, they quickly recognized the issues and agreed with his position.

I would recommend Steve to anyone seeking help with their employment issues and to any employer who wants to be sure they are following the letter of the law. With the complicated laws and regulations we all must follow today, it makes sense to have a knowledgeable, friendly face in a difficult situation.

- Lynn M.

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