Stephen M. Hoeplinger


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Obtained summary judgment for defendants in $70 million unjust enrichment class action involving constitutionality of criminal court cost surcharges


Obtained full defense victory in $10,000,000 federal civil rights trial

Experience at Work

Stephen M. Hoeplinger has a diverse legal background that showcases his expertise across various areas. He has a deep understanding of commercial, real estate, and employment litigation, representing both businesses and individuals.

Whether he's working with an individual bringing a claim or a large corporate defendant, Stephen's top priority is understanding his clients' specific concerns and goals. As a counselor, he helps identify risks and rights, aiming to resolve disputes without going to court whenever possible. If litigation is the only option, Stephen develops practical and aggressive strategies to protect his clients' rights. Regardless of the case or client, he draws on his experience to find logical, efficient, and effective solutions.

Prior to his current role, Stephen served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Missouri Attorney General's Office. There, he excelled as a unit leader in the Litigation Section, focusing on consumer protection, employment, and civil rights litigation. He represented the State of Missouri skillfully in federal and state courts, leading teams of attorneys and achieving outstanding outcomes across various cases.

In the Community

Stephen's commitment to justice and his dedication to pro bono work are evident through his involvement with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office and his role as a Staff Attorney at Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants. In the latter capacity, he provided crucial legal representation to indigent clients in immigration matters, including complex cases involving deportation hearings, asylum, securing legal status, naturalization interviews, and filing immigration benefit applications.

Practice Areas

Educational Background

  • B.A., Film, Television, and Theatre; Political Science; University of Notre Dame (2005)
  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, cum laude (2009)


  • Obtaining $300,000 judgment against out-of-state event company that defrauded consumers,
  • including full restitution, attorneys’ fees, and civil penalties
  • Obtaining $280,000 judgment in contractor fraud action
  • Obtaining full defense victory for State in $10,000,000 federal civil rights trial
  • Obtaining six-figure summary judgment award for wrongful denial of disability insurance
  • benefits
  • Obtaining six-figure summary judgment award for breach of promissory note
  • Obtaining dismissal of consumer fraud claims against individual client (knocking out treble
  • damages exposure)
  • Drafting winning legal briefs in multi-million-dollar arbitration awards in general
  • contractor-subcontractor disputes
  • Successfully obtaining first-ever right to trial by jury in ERISA retirement plan fee lawsuit
  • Second-chairing federal trial that resulted in eight-figure settlement mid-trial
  • Serving as lead associate on multi-billion-dollar securities fraud lawsuit, which resulted in
  • industry-leading favorable settlement

Published Decisions

  • Lapidus v. Life Insurance Co. of North America, 413 F.Supp.3d 867 (E.D. Mo. 2019)


  • Missouri
  • Massachusetts
  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • Western District of Missouri
  • District of Massachusetts
  • District of District of Columbia

Civic & Community

  • Middlesex District Attorney’s Office | Pro Bono Volunteer
  • Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants | Staff Attorney

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