Steve Altman

When attorneys and clients need unbiased assistance and respected judgment

An accomplished negotiator, mediator, and litigator, Steve Altman has resolved multi-million dollar disputes between government and commercial parties as well as diverse civil conflicts. He has worked with agencies, corporate enterprises, individuals and non-profit organizations.
Steve has over 25 years of Department of Justice experience in complex civil litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and has special expertise in the False Claims Act and Qui Tam litigation. He is an award-winning mediator who has conducted over 1,500 mediations.
Steve is also an award-winning teacher and lecturer. He provides engaging, participatory programs that make attendees more comfortable with and more skilled at negotiation and mediation advocacy. Steve works closely with each organization to develop scenarios and exercises that are tailored to the specific needs of the organization.

Steve can assist with a range of dispute resolution services, including:


where the emotions or financial costs of litigation should be avoided or ongoing relationships must be preserved


in all aspects of negotiation and ADR


when parties seek advice on negotiations to resolve disputes and close deals


where one or both sides would benefit from an informed neutral view


when a prompt decision is needed


Named the 2019 top mediator in the DC Superior Court civil docket
Named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers, 2017 and 2018
Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
2013 Georgetown Law School’s Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award

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If you would like to contact Steve Altman via email, please call him at 202-349-1447 or click here to send Steve an e-mail