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Steve concentrates his practice in the area of trusts and estates, including planning, administration and dispute resolution.  He also has experience in business succession planning, commercial real estate transactions and litigation.  He is a member of the Estate Planning Department and practices out of the firm’s Louisville and Cincinnati offices.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Recognized as one of the "Kentucky Rising Stars" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® list, 2015-2017
  • Executive Editor, University of Louisville Law Review, 2006-2007; Member, 2005-2007
  • Highest Grade Award, Estate and Gift Taxation, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • Highest Grade Award, Legal Problems of the Elderly, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
  • Harold E. Kelly Academic Scholarship, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law 2004-2007
  • Balfour Fellowship
  • A.J. Jolly Scholarship, Northern Kentucky Bar Foundation
  • Distinguished Service Award, Sigma Chi International Fraternity, 2003 and 2004
  • Founder’s Full Academic Scholarship, Eastern Kentucky University 1999-2003

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Elder Law Committee, Kentucky Bar Association, 2009-2011

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Louisville Visual Art Association, Board of Directors, 2012- present
  • Kentucky Haiti Partnership, Board of Directors, 2011-2012
  • Lexington Young Professionals Association (LYPA), 2010-2011
  • Side by Side in conjunction with VSA, Lexington Art League and Cardinal Hall Rehabilitation Center, 2009-2011
  • Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Board of Directors, 2007-2008
  • Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL), 2007-2008

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • "Introduction to Elder Law," Greater Lexington Paralegals Association, April 2011

Events

Presentations

  • "Income, Estate Tax Planning, and Retirement Benefits," Estate Planning and Elder Law: Planning for the Before and After Sterling Education Services, Inc. CLE seminar, April 21, 2016
  • Presenter “Rules of Trust Administration in Kentucky: Drafting Trust Provisions and Alternate Dispute Resolution and Settlements,” Lorman, June 11, 2014.
  • Co-Presenter, “Planning for Same-Sex Couples in a 'Non-Marriage State' after Windsor,” Estate Planning Council of Metro Louisville, Sept. 26, 2013
  • Presenter, “Post-Mortem Tax Planning and Gift Planning,” Tax Planning for Trusts and Estates, National Business Institute, October 2012
  • Presenter, “Maintaining an Ethical Practice,” Sophisticated Probate Strategies, National Business Institute, November 2011

Services

Industries

Eastern Kentucky University, B.A., English Literature, magna cum laude, 2003
University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007

  • Ohio, 2008
    Kentucky, 2007
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2008
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