Stephen H. Kaufman


Stephen H. Kaufman


Phone (410)-659-1385(direct dial)

Fax (410)-659-1350 (fax)

Email skaufman@wcslaw.com

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Areas of Practice

  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Employment


Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, for Health Care Law, 2015-2016


Cornell University Law School, J.D. 1985
cum laude

State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1981
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions


Pennsylvania (inactive)

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Seventh and Federal Circuits

United States District Courts, Districts of Maryland, Western Pennsylvania and District of Columbia

Mr. Kaufman focuses his practice on providing full service legal representation to individuals and businesses, with an emphasis on helping those in the healthcare, insurance and hospitality industries.

Steve prides himself on being a “one-stop-shop” for his clients. As head of the firm’s healthcare department, he helps physicians, dentists and veterinarians with all aspects of their professional and personal legal needs, including employment and partnership contracts, separation agreements, financing, lawsuits, disciplinary proceedings, buying, selling or starting a practice, billing and employment disputes, and insurance and government investigations. He has extensive experience with business transactions and litigation, real estate purchases and leases, employment issues and commercial disputes.  

He is a former member of the Publisher’s Advisory Board for Doctor of Dentistry magazine. He also acted as an adjunct professor of law at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland, teaching constitutional law, advanced civil procedure and legal research.


Steve lectures nationally, regionally and locally on a wide variety of business, employment and healthcare subjects, including employment agreements, HIPAA and employment issues for small businesses.  Recent national presentations include annual meetings of the Student American Veterinary Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Other recent presentations have been for the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Georgetown University Hospital. 

Past presentations include:  “Contract Negotiation; See One, Do One” at the September 2015 annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and “Avoiding and Defending Malpractice Claims and Defending Board Charges” at the Maryland State Dental Association 2015 Chesapeake Dental Conference. 

Please contact Steve directly if you would like to discuss having him lecture for your organization.


Steve has written numerous articles for various publications including:

The Expert Witness: Incisal Edge, a quarterly publication to dentists nationwide

  • House Rules - Winter 2017
  • Where There’s a Will… -  Summer 2017
  • Protect That Idea, – Spring 2017
  • Keep Calm and Carry On, – What to do if you receive a dental board complaint (Part 2 of 2 part series) – Winter 2016
  • Unsealed Complaint, – (Part 1 of 2 part series) – Spring 2016.
  • Indemnity Crisis:  Is it Wise to Join a Practice That Wants to Hold Your Responsible for Paying Debts it Incurs? - Fall 2012
  • What New Sunshine Requirements about Payments from Manufacturers Will Mean for Your Practice - Summer 2012
  • Pros & Cons of Non-Compete Agreements -  July 21, 2010
  • Wrangling with Write-Offs-Benco Dental – October 5, 2010
  • Employer vs. Employee - Summer 2010

Search and Not Employ? Businesses walk fine line examining job candidates’ associations”, Daily Record, August 26, 2016.

Solving Common Staff Problems with Practical,  Real World Solutions-Maryland MGMA Conference, September 19, 2014

It’s OK to Fire an Employee for Trashing You On the Internet…Isn’t it?-Maryland Physician, January 2, 2012

Protect Your Brand:  Trademark Essentials for Healthcare and Hospital Marketing-Healthcare Success, November 28, 2011

Understanding Malpractice Insurance:  Mistakes Can Be Costly-University of Maryland Medical System Newsletter, Fall 2010

Where Dreams Come True… Design Your Ideal Dental Practice-Benco Dental, January 23, 2009

The Non-Competition Agreement: An Essential Contract

Office Leases: Negotiable Documents

Good Legal Planning Can Save Money and Reduce Risk