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STEVE, a leading antitrust class action attorney, passed away on April 27, 2015 after a yearlong battle with melanoma. Over the years Steve was appointed lead counsel by federal courts in more than 25 separate cases, recovering damages distributed to thousands of victims of antitrust violations throughout the country. Steve graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1965 where he was captain of the Debating Team. In 1969 he graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Philosophy and was elected by the senior class to speak at graduation. In 1973 he graduated from NYU School of Law where he was an editor of the NYU Law Review, and awarded the Edwin Cahn award given to the outstanding Law Review editor. Steve began his law career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and then at Rosenman Colin Freund Lewis & Cohen in New York.
In 1980 he married Ina "Louie" Elfant and moved back to Philadelphia. In 1987 he became a partner at Kohn Savett Klein & Graf where he concentrated his practice on antitrust class actions. Since 2005 he has been a named partner at Weinstein Kitchenoff & Asher, LLC. He served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Antitrust Committee, as a member of the Steering Committee of the Antitrust Litigation Forum, and has given CLE lectures on Antitrust Litigation to attorneys throughout Pennsylvania.
Steve has been actively involved in Jewish affairs. He has served on the boards of the Perelman Jewish Day School and the Akiba Hebrew Academy. He served as Chair of the Philadelphia Jewish Law Day event for two years, and in recent years has served on the board of the Johns Hopkins University Hillel. Steve has been a member of Lower Merion Synagogue for more than 30 years. Steve's passion in life was rowing on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. Since 1990 Steve and Louie have belonged to Bachelors Barge Club, the oldest rowing club in the United States, founded in 1853. Steve has raced in the Braxton Regatta on the Schuylkill River, the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, and the Diamond States Regatta in Delaware. Steve and Louie began going to Camp Ramah in the Poconos when they were both 12, and both of them continued as counselors when they were in college. They married in 1979, are parents of four children: Simma Kupchan (Charles), and Aviva, Jacob, and Rena Asher, and grandparents of Maia and Nina Kupchan.
Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services 1 P.M. precisely at GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS, 6410 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. Int. Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Shiva will be observed his late residence. Contributions may be made to Lower Merion Synagogue or Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Apr. 28, 2015.
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September 29, 2015
Brian Gordon
May 1, 2015
I worked with Steve when we were both at Barrack. I was sorry to see we lost him. He was a kind and gentle man and a very fine attorney. Maxine Goldman
April 30, 2015
I was so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. In the more than 30 years that I knew Steve, most importantly as a dear personal friend but also as a professional colleague, I always admired his humanity, his kindness, his deep and abiding religious faith, and his limitless devotion to his wife Louie, his beautiful children and his precious grandchildren. Steve was a true role model for all of the husbands, fathers, grandfathers, lawyers and friends of the world to aspire to. I will miss his friendship, his sense of humor, and his wise counsel. But I know that my friend left the world a far better place than he found it, and his memory will be blessed forever. I regret that I was out of town many thousands of miles away when I learned of Steve's passing and was unable to attend his services, but I will convey my condolences to Steve's family in person this week.

Anthony Bolognese
Anthony Bolognese
April 29, 2015
So sorry for your loss. I met and worked with Steve when he came to Asheville, NC. He was a wonderful man. He will be truly missed.

Sandy Holder
Sandra Holder
April 28, 2015
Phillipians 4:6,7 I hope that encourages you and comforts you during your greivious time.
April 28, 2015
Dear Louie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to have met him through the various functions at Bachelors boathouse. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. B.H.
Bonnie Hentschel
April 28, 2015
Dear Asher family,
Sorry for your loss, please be assured that God cares for you and that he is willing to help us when we need him, 1Peter 5:6,7 because he cares for you.
April 28, 2015
Steve was a great lawyer and a dear friend. Like many in the profession, I depended on Steve's sound judgment and wise counsel. We had a nice chat this past Friday afternoon, just three days before his untimely death. After making sure his clients were taken care of, Steve was looking forward to spending some restful time at the shore with his beloved family. He sounded strong, thankful, and hopeful. I so admire Steve and the life he led. He was a role model to me professionally, and in dealing with my own cancer. I will miss him very much.
---Bob Cone
Robert Cone
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