Steve is a senior civil trial attorney at Belin McCormick. Clients come to Steve because of his experience, his reputation for courtroom success, and his role as a leader of Iowa’s lawyers. When you become his client, whether your legal matter is big or small, you become his friend.
In 35 years as a trial attorney, Steve has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases involving business disputes, professional negligence, property damage, personal injury, and insurance coverage. Steve may be the only Iowa attorney to have juries in two separate civil cases return favorable verdicts on the same day. His largest case to date involved representation of the sole defendant in two lawsuits for $400,000,000.00 in property damage, four deaths, and many injuries resulting from the explosion of an ammonium nitrate facility. In 2016, he successfully defended the appeal of a $12.4 million jury verdict he had won for the owners of an apartment complex plagued by multiple construction defects.
Steve is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is listed in the Global Directory of Who’s Who and by Best Lawyers in America. Steve has also been recognized as an Iowa Super Lawyer, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, and by Chambers and Partners as a leader in his field.
In addition to trying cases, Steve has a strong background in mediation, arbitration, complex civil litigation, and appellate work. He has served as national litigation counsel for a manufacturer of cleaning products. Steve enjoys advising clients with respect to the avoidance of litigation as much as helping clients who find themselves in litigation.
Steve has served as President of the 1500-member Polk County Bar Association and is immediate past-President of the 8000-member Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA).
In his personal life, Steve and his wife Dawn will soon become empty-nesters, which they see as an unfortunate but necessary step toward their dream of someday becoming grandparents.