Stephen J. Cipolla


Founder of Stephen Cipolla Legal Strategies

Stephen J. Cipolla is the founder of Stephen Cipolla Legal Strategies; a Philadelphia area law firm dedicated to providing cost-effective, practical legal guidance to entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established businesses of all sizes. He counsels clients on all aspects of business law, including contracts, antitrust, unfair business practices, negotiation strategies, marketing/pricing strategy, dispute resolution, risk management, compliance programs. He considers the role of counsel is to provide value through legal advice that can be integrated into the client’s business strategy. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Cipolla is a trained mediator who focuses his practice on helping parties resolve business and commercial disputes without resort to litigation or arbitration.

Cipolla was inside antitrust counsel at Merck & Co., Inc. for over 20 years. He worked both with teams and independently on an array of company matters including mergers, joint ventures, legal compliance, litigation management, contracts, antitrust counseling, government investigations, and inquiries, pricing, sales and marketing practices, fraud and abuse compliance, privacy, and promotional practices. During his time at Merck, he received many awards in recognition of his contributions to the Company.

Mr. Cipolla is a magna cum laude graduate of Dickinson School of Law, and was graduated fifth in his class. He was an Editor of the Law Review (1983-1985) and was accepted into the Woolsack Honor Society.

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