Steven M. Gombos


Steve has worked in civil litigation since graduating from law school.  In addition to business and commercial litigation in various state courts, Steve has substantial experience in federal litigation covering a wide array of business disputes, including shareholders, business fraud and misrepresentation related to transactions, noncompetition agreements, trade secrets, and business torts.  He has also handled disputes and litigation involving governance of closely held businesses, corporations, and partnerships.

As outside counsel to the Resolution Trust Corporation (“RTC”), Steve handled investigations and litigation involving failed financial institutions in federal courts in the early 1990s.  As outside counsel to the RTC, he acquired substantial experience managing investigations and legal actions involving claims arising out of transactions and businesses with the federal government.  Those matters included offensive actions related to a myriad of disputes related to contracts, secured transactions and other financing arrangements, as well as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and similar claims against former officers and directors.

As the Ritzert & Leyton’s federal regulatory practice for education and government contracting firms has expanded, Steve has increasingly focused on matters involving claims asserted by federal agencies, investigations, and related litigation.  Steve represents institutions of higher education in all areas of the firm’s postsecondary education law practice.  Those areas include compliance, accreditation, state authorization and oversight, and business transactions.  As the firm’s senior litigator in the education practice, he handles or oversees compliance reviews, administrative litigation with the U.S. Department of Education and state agencies, accreditation matters/disputes, litigation and arbitration claims related to business transactions, inspector general investigations, internal investigations, and federal False Claims Act litigation (brought by the government or qui tam cases).  As a result of his experience with investigations and False Claims Act cases, Steve also handles white-collar criminal defense for education and government contracting clients, including claims of education fraud, wire and mail fraud, money laundering, and related claims.

Steve received his B.A. degree from Lafayette College and J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Contact Steve at or 703.934.9831.