Stephen Wussow joined Smith Stag environmental pollution and personal injury group in 2013 as an associate, after assisting for several years with the firm’s litigation in West Virginia and later as a clerk.
Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, Stephen spent his youth in Papua New Guinea and North Carolina, and went on to study social science at Appalachian State University. After college Stephen worked as a journalist covering environmental issues. He got his start in environmental law after writing an article on the well water contamination of the rural community of Rawl, West Virginia, whose water had been poisoned by the injected wastes of a nearby coal processing plant. Angered at what he saw, Stephen convinced the community’s attorney (affiliated with Smith Stag) to take him on as a research analyst, and eventually moved up to office manager.
Four years of litigation later, Stephen moved to New Orleans to attend law school at Loyola, where he served as research assistant on BP litigation for Prof. Rob Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar & Chair in Environmental Law. Stephen also served as Co-President of the Loyola Environmental Law Society.
Stephen represents clients in cases involving water contamination, oil and gas NORM, air pollution and personal injury, with an emphasis on mass torts. He litigates cases in the state and federal courts of Louisiana and West Virginia.
In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing music and the outdoors.
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
- Appalachian State University, B.A., Political Science & Sociology,
magna cum laude, 2004
- Universidad de Malaga, Intensive Spanish Studies, Fall 2003
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Honors and Awards:
- Loyola Environmental Law Society, Co-President 2011-2012
- William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar (Top 10% of graduating class)
- Law Excellence Awards (Highest Grade): Toxic Torts, Disaster Law, Intl. Environmental Law, Common Law Property I & II, Contracts II, Moot Court, Virtual Evidence, Constitutional Criminal Procedure
- Certificate in Environmental Law
- Blow Out in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessing Environmental Damages and Minimizing Risk, Law & Technology 56 (2012), co-authored with Prof. Robert Verchick