Steve began his legal career as an intern with a small county prosecutor’s office in southern Michigan following his second year of law school (Valparaiso University School of Law – Valparaiso, Indiana). While operating under a local rule of court that allowed law students to try cases under the supervision of the county’s lead prosecutor, Steve independently tried a two-count misdemeanor bench trial (trespass & destruction of property), capturing guilty verdicts on both counts. When he returned for his third year of law school, Steve represented indigent citizens of Porter County, Indiana who had been charged with misdemeanors/felonies through his law school’s Criminal Defense Clinic.
Upon graduating, Steve passed the Nevada Bar Exam on his first attempt, and was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada, as well as the federal U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. During his swearing-in ceremony (Nov. 2010), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on the panel of judges who administered the oath.
From 2010 – 2016, Steve primarily represented residential and commercial contractors in complex litigation / construction defect matters. Steve also represented trucking companies and retail establishments in personal injury / premises liability matters (case value $75,000 - $500,000). During his last year in Las Vegas, he expanded his practice to include representation of insurance company in multi-jurisdictional subrogation litigation against worldwide manufacturers of defective plumbing and electrical products.
In 2016, Steve and his wife moved to Wisconsin to start a family. He then gained admission to the Wisconsin State Bar, as well as the federal U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin. Upon obtaining his license, Steve worked at a multi-practice boutique lawfirm based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. While there, he represented landlords and tenants in residential leasing disputes, employees in covenant-not-to-compete litigation, businesses in breach-of-employment contract matters, and personal injury plaintiffs.
In 2019, Steve’s father-in-law retired to Acworth, Georgia, after working over 35 years in the railroad industry. To enrich their children’s relationships with their grandparents, Steve and his wife moved their family from Wisconsin to Kennesaw, Georgia. From 2019 – 2021, Steve worked at a mid-sized plaintiff personal injury firm, where he handled pre-suit settlements of automobile and slip-and-fall cases ranging from $15,000 - $750,000. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve also served the local community as an adjunct professor of Sports Law at Kennesaw State University (Fall Semester, 2020).
After a brief foray into the family law arena, Steve enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity to return his focus to maximizing recoveries for personal injury clients at Morgan & Morgan.
Steve and his wife (happily married for nearly ten years) have two very rambunctious toddlers (ages 5 and 3), who keep them on their toes. When they have a few minutes to themselves, Steve and his wife enjoy watching college and professional football, baseball, and golf. They also enjoy hiking, bowling, golfing, playing with their kids, and trying to keep their house from looking like a tornado just went through it.
- Valparaiso University (2006)
- Valparaiso University School of Law (2010)
- State Bar of Nevada
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Nevada (2010)
- Wisconsin (2016)
Awards and Recognitions
- 2003 Pioneer Football League Conference Champion (Valparaiso University Crusaders)