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Stephen H. Locher

Steve Locher is a shareholder at Belin McCormick specializing in commercial litigation, appeals, banking law, and white collar criminal defense. His litigation practice includes representation of companies and individuals in environmental, breach of contract, antitrust, fraud, class action, and tort cases, as well as government investigations, shareholder disputes, and other complex business and personal matters. Steve has considerable jury trial experience, including having served as sole trial counsel in several high-profile financial fraud cases in which juries returned verdicts in his side’s favor following trials lasting as long as three weeks. He also has substantial appellate experience, having argued 15 cases to federal courts of appeal (mostly the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals) and briefed dozens of others to state and federal appellate courts across the country.

Steve’s experience with bank-related matters over the course of his career has led him to develop a specialization in handling bank mergers and acquisitions. He also represents financial institutions and related parties in regulatory matters involving the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, and other state and federal agencies.

Prior to joining Belin McCormick, Steve was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, where he primarily prosecuted cases involving fraud perpetrated against financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. He also handled criminal tax offenses, violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), environmental cases, and a variety of other matters. Earlier in his career, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable John R. Gibson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Kansas City, Missouri. He then worked for more than four years as a commercial litigator with a law firm in Chicago, where he represented individuals and business in a nationwide practice involving complex breach of contract, tax, antitrust, and class action cases, among others.

Steve graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with high honors and from Harvard Law School in 2003. For two years during law school, he taught undergraduate economics at Harvard and was twice awarded with a Certificate of Distinction in teaching. He is a native of Mason City, Iowa, and now lives with his wife and four sons in Des Moines.

Honors and Accomplishments

Recognized in Chambers and Partners as an Up and Coming Attorney in the Area of Litigation: General Commercial

Admitted to Practice (State)

  • Iowa
  • Illinois

Community & Professional Activities

Speaker on fraud, identity theft, business litigation, and other matters
Iowa State Bar Association (Member, Federal Practice Committee)
Polk County Bar Association (Member)
American Bar Association (Member)
Member, Merit Selection Panel for Selection of United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, 2012
Member, Merit Selection Panel regarding Retention of United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, 2012

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