Stephen P. Younger, Past President of the New York State Bar Association, is a leading commercial litigator who is also well-known for his alternative dispute resolution work. Having been with Patterson Belknap since 1985, Mr. Younger has more than 30 years of experience as a commercial litigator. As a seasoned trial lawyer, he has tried many cases in federal and state court and before arbitration panels. He also frequently argues appeals, particularly in the appellate courts of New York. Based on his significant ADR experience, he is often called on to serve as an arbitrator or mediator in high-stakes matters.

Mr. Younger’s clients include financial institutions, mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds and venture capital firms involved in commercial, securities and real estate disputes. He has also developed an extensive practice representing European and Latin American companies in U.S.-related matters.

In addition to his previous role as State Bar President, Mr. Younger has sat on numerous New York State Bar Association committees. He is Past Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, having previously served as Chair of its Securities Litigation Committee and of its ADR Committee. Mr. Younger also served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms. He chairs the State Bar's subcomittee on the Judiciary Article for its Constitutional Convention Committee. 

Mr. Younger is a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates, and Past Chair of the ABA’s International Mediation Committee. He served as the ABA’s representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and is Chair in the ABA's summer meeting in New York City. He serves on the ABA's Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, and was Chair of the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services.

Mr. Younger was appointed to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Transition Committee and was also the Transition Director for Mr. Cuomo when he was the New York State Attorney General. He was also appointed to the Transition Committee for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He was a member of the Transition Committee for New York County District Attorney, Cyrus Vance. He was counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, which nominates New York’s Court of Appeals Judges, and is a member of the Govenor's First Department Judicial Screening Committee.

Mr. Younger serves on the Board of Directors for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and previously served as the Chair of its Executive Advisory Committee for seven years. He is also a founding board member of the New York International Arbitration Center. He also serves on the ADR Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Fund for Modern Courts and received the Fund’s John J. McCloy Award. He served on the Chief Judge's Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century, and currently serves on both the Chief Judge’s Commercial Division Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee to the New York County Commercial Division. He was formerly a member of the Chief Judge’s Advisory Committee on New York State Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirements. He is a co-editor of the firm's Commercial Division Blog.  

A long time Trustee of Albany Law School, Mr. Younger is Past President of its National Alumni Council. He is also Secretary of the Harvard Club of New York City. 

Mr. Younger has spoken at more than 200 seminars and written over 30 articles in the fields of securities litigation, commercial arbitration and international dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. Younger served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Hugh R. Jones, Associate Judge for the New York Court of Appeals.


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • New York

Professional Activities

HONORS: The Citizens Union of the City of New York Civic Leadership Award; Volunteer Lawyers Project Dedication to Justice Award; Fund for Modern Courts John J. McCloy Award; Albany Law School Distinguished Alumni Award; Puerto Rican Bar's Advancement of Justice Award; Listed as a "Litigation Star" for New York in Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Alternate Dispute Resolution and Appellate Law; Named to Top 100 New York City attorneys in Super Lawyers.

MEMBERSHIPS: Past President, New York State Bar Association (Chair, Judiciary Article Sub Committee of the Constitutional Convention Committee; Past Chair, Nominating Committee; Past Chair, Court Operations Committee; Past Chair, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Past Chair, Task Force on Nonlawyer Ownership of Law Firms; Past Chair, ADR Committee; Past Chair, Securities Litigation Committee); Past Chair, Mid-Atlantic Bar Conference; Member, ABA House of Delegates; Past Chair, ABA International Trade in Legal Services Committee; Past Chair, ABA International Mediation Committee; Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Past Member, Committee on Arbitration; Past Secretary, Task Force on Civil Courts); Former Counsel, New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination; Member, Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee, First Department; Member, Chief Judge's Commercial Division Advisory Council; Member, Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century; Member, Chief Judge's Advisory Committee on New York State Pro Bono Bar Admission Requirements; Mediator, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York; Advisory Board, Financial Markets Regulatory Institute; Board of Directors, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (Past Chair, Executive Advisory Committee); Board of Directors, Fund for Modern Courts; Founding Board Member, New York International Arbitration Center; Advisory Council, Brooklyn Legal Services; Vice Chair, Historical Society of the N.Y.S. Courts; Congress of Fellows, Center for International Legal Studies; Fellow, The New York Bar Foundation; Fellow, the American Bar Foundation; Trustee Emeritus, Albany Law School; Past President, National Alumni Council, Albany Law School; Eastern District of New York ADR Advisory Council; Secretary, Harvard Club of New York City.


  • Author, “More Reasons to Arbitrate in the Big Apple,” New York Law Journal (November 25, 2013)
  • Author, "Chapter 25 Use of Non-Binding Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to Foster Settlement," Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes: Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcement (2017)
  • Author, "Effective Representation of Corporate Clients in Mediation," Albany Law Review (1996)