Since 1974, Attorney Stephen Tober has been helping clients resolve complex family disputes, disagreements within the business world, and the impact of personal loss or harm from the conduct of others.
Steve was the first to ever serve as both president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and president of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. He has participated in a wide array of professional settings, including leadership in both the American Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. In the 1980s he served as chair of a special state bar committee that brought the updated Rules of Professional Conduct to New Hampshire.
Previously, Steve chaired the 2005-2006 American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, which evaluates all Presidential nominees to the Federal bench, and as chair he testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
- New Hampshire, 1974
- U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 1974
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
- J.D., Syracuse University, 1974; Member, Board of Editors, Syracuse Law Review
- B.A., cum laude, Syracuse University, 1971
Professional Honors and Achievements
- President, New Hampshire Bar Association, 1988-1989
- Chair, NHBA Committee to Redraft Rules of Professional Conduct, 1982-1986; 1991-1992
- President, New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, 1977
- Board of Governors, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1980-1986
- Board of Governors, American Bar Association, 2008-2011
- Member, House of Delegates, American Bar Association, 1994-2006; 2008-2011
- Chair, 2005-2006 ABA Presidential Appointments Advisory Committee
- Chair, ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, 2005-2006
- First Circuit Representative, ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, 2001-2004
- Recipient, NHBA President’s Distinguished Service Award, 1986 and 1994
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation (Eastern Regional Chair, 2003-2006)
- Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation
- Member, New Hampshire Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners, 1997-2000
- Member, Board of Governors, New England Bar Association, 1988-1991
- Best Lawyers in America, 2007-present
- New England Super Lawyers, 2007-present
- Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers
- Who’s Who in America
- Who’s Who in the World
- Member, Board of Trustees, University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2011-2013
- Scholarship Chair, Greater Portsmouth Community Foundation, 1991-1994
- Delegate, New Hampshire Consitutional Convention, 1984
- Member, Portsmouth City Council, 1978-1981
- Member, Portsmouth Planning Board, 1978-1981
Publications and Teaching Positions
Speaker and moderator at numerous programs, including presentations for the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Bar Association, and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Topics include legal ethics; trial skills; professional negligence; and domestic relations.
More formal presentations include:
- Commencement Speaker, Syracuse University College of Law, May, 2008
- Convocation Remarks, Syracuse University College of Law, October, 2006
- “The Last Umpires,” Seminar on Judicial Selection, Syracuse University, October, 2006
- Lecturer, “Legal and Business Ethics,” Tuck School, Dartmouth College, April, 2001
- Lecturer, ATLA National College of Advocacy, Harvard University, Summer, 1982
- Lecturer, Trial Advocacy, Franklin Pierce Law Center, 1977-1979
- Author of published articles for the Syracuse Law Review; the New Hampshire Bar Journal, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Quarterly.
Counsel of record in over twenty-five reported appellate decisions, including:
- Counsel for the New Hampshire Bar Association in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 US 1 (1990), and in Petition of Tocci, 624 A.2d 548 (NH 1993), upholding unified bar status.
- Counsel for New Hampshire Supreme Court Associate Justice, New Hampshire House of Representatives Impeachment Investigation, 2000