Stephen R. Stegich III (1942-2021)

Steve Stegich, a beloved Condon & Forsyth partner, valued friend, revered mentor and dedicated member of the legal profession passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at his home in East Hampton, New York at age 79.

Steve was internationally recognized by the air law community for his expertise in the intricacies of aviation products liability, insurance and commercial litigation. Known for a remarkable breadth and depth of knowledge and skill, he was a brilliant advocate. Over the course of his career he represented world renowned aviation product manufacturers and major overhaul and repair facilities. Steve was praised as a “formidable litigator” and named “an acclaimed practitioner with expertise in aviation insurance and product liability.” He garnered deep admiration and respect from adversaries as well as clients and forged lasting friendships with many of them. At the time of his death he was preparing for an oral argument before the United States Supreme Court. Exemplifying the best of the legal profession, Steve inspired his son and four nieces and nephews to study law.

Steve was born on March 17, 1942 in Little Falls, New York. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a combat helicopter pilot with squadron HMM 262 in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with 5 stars, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He survived two helicopter crashes, retiring as a Captain in 1969 after sustaining serious wounds from gunfire while flying near Khe Sanh. Prior to his service, Steve attended the University of Notre Dame on a military scholarship and graduated in 1965 with a BS in Architecture. When he came home from Vietnam, Steve practiced architecture in Syracuse, New York for a year and then returned to South Bend, where he started a family and earned a law degree from Notre Dame.

Upon graduation in 1972, Steve embarked on a forty-nine year career as a lawyer at Condon & Forsyth. He was drawn to the pioneering work being done by a boutique law firm specializing in aviation law. Steve’s tireless efforts, acuity, and fierce loyalty to Condon & Forsyth, his clients and his team were instrumental in the growth and success of our firm. Steve had boundless curiosity and there was no subject he could not master. He consumed books, poetry, films, music and news with enthusiasm, and he took a genuine interest in everyone who crossed his path.

We are forever grateful for the brilliance of his work, his unwavering dedication, and his compassion. Those of us who knew him and worked with him count ourselves as exceedingly fortunate. Semper Fi.