Stephen S. Gilson

Associate Legal Counsel
412-383-0413

Stephen joined the Office of University Counsel in October of 2018.  In this role, he advises the University on civil rights matters, as well as issues related to constitutional law, criminal law, public safety, and general litigation. 

Prior to joining the University, Stephen served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice, investigating and prosecuting civil rights matters, including hate crimes and the use of excessive force by law enforcement.  Additionally, Stephen prosecuted large-scale drug conspiracies and violations of federal firearms laws.  He consistently worked with various federal investigative agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security.  As a federal prosecutor, Stephen routinely appeared before the District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania and sat first chair in multiple trials, both jury and non-jury.  He also authored various briefs in response to appellate matters before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  In 2017, Stephen was a recipient of the United States Attorney’s Group Merit Award for the diligent and successful prosecution of civil rights matters.  Beyond his work as a prosecutor, he served as Chair of the office’s Community Outreach Committee and as a member of both the Diversity Committee and the Executive Committee.

Stephen began his legal career as an Associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Washington, D.C.  He worked with partners in representing various large companies and individuals in federal investigations and litigation related to healthcare fraud (both civil and criminal).  In his time at the firm, Stephen was actively involved in pro bono matters and he served as one of the founding members of the D.C. office’s Diversity Working Group.  Stephen is also a proud alumnus of Teach for America, in which he spent two years teaching English and Social Studies at a public middle school in New York City.

Areas of Practice

Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Public Safety, Litigation

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science (2007)
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (2012)

Professional Associations

  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bar Membership

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • State of New York

Administrative Assistant

Emily V. Wichmann