Mr. Stever began his environmental law career in 1969, as New Hampshire's first environmental assistant attorney general. He litigated numerous air, water and waste cases in New England during the following decade, and assisted in the development of the principal environmental programs in the State during that time period. After a one-year visiting professorship at Dartmouth College, during which he wrote a book dealing with nuclear power plant licensing, he continued his career at the federal level, becoming a senior trial counsel and subsequently Section Chief in the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In his position, Mr. Stever was responsible for all pollution and hazardous waste litigation in which the United States was a plaintiff or a defendant. He was responsible for advocating the federal government's position in the leading environmental cases of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Mr. Stever moved to New York in 1982 to help establish a new environmental law program at Pace University School of Law. While at Pace, and while practicing environmental law as special counsel to the Connecticut-based law firm of Day, Berry & Howard, he wrote a treatise, Law of Chemical Regulation and Hazardous Waste, which remains one of the leading sources on the topic.
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Stever has been a long-time member of the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Law Institute's board of directors, serving on its executive committee in recent years, and serving as chairman of the board from 1995 until 2003.
Mr. Stever has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law from 2001 – present and is listed in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2004 – present. He is rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Mr. Stever was also elected to membership in the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2012.