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Stephen J. Waters

Associate Attorney

“As a former tradesman, I bring a practical level of insight to our clients' needs, resulting in increased efficiency in both analysis and solutions.”

Stephen J. WatersAssociate Attorney

Stephen joined HLG with over sixteen years of experience in the construction industry as a former journeyman carpenter. Stephen works with both state and federal government contractors in complex litigation, transactional, regulatory, and investigative matters. He also assists the Firm’s corporate clients with compliance and other labor and employment related matters.


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Stephen has experience with construction industry practices, government investigations, public information requests, fair employment practices, and mechanic’s liens in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Stephen’s “measure twice, cut once” work ethic shows up in the work product he delivers for HLG clients.

Before coming to HLG, Stephen served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Charles B. Day at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Stephen also served as an Advanced Lead Civil Rights Officer with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) investigating both sides of discrimination complaints in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Stephen also oversaw MCCR’s commercial discrimination investigations, where he successfully negotiated and conciliated the agency’s first ever commercial pre-determination settlement agreement. 

Stephen earned his J.D. from the Creighton University School of Law, where he was an Editorial Board Member of the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal, a member of the Advanced Trial and Arbitration teams and President of the Black Law Students Association. Stephen also earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Creighton University, where he was a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar and Vice President of the undergraduate Mock Trial Team.


  • J.D. Creighton University School of Law, 2019
    • President, Black Law Students Association
    • Advanced Trial Team
    • Advanced Arbitration Team
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 2013

Bar Admissions:

  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions:

  • Maryland State Courts
  • District of Columbia Courts

Memberships & Affiliations:

  • ABA, Forum on Construction Law
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Metro-Washington
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Md. Washington Minority Companies Associations
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters