He applies this perspective, along with his passion for working through intricate and complex legal issues, to the commercial litigation and eminent domain matters he handles.
Steve has amassed a great deal of experience in his relatively short legal career. After receiving his Bachelor in Business Administration with high distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, he pursued a law degree at Harvard, where he graduated cum laude and was selected to serve as the student commencement speaker.
Rather than immediately enter private practice, Steve opted to supplement his classroom learning by clerking for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen, now a federal judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Because Alaska is a young state, Steve researched and composed bench memoranda regarding a variety of cases, many of which involved issues of first impression.
Looking to develop his commercial litigation skills, Steve moved from Anchorage to Washington, D.C. to join Goodwin Procter, and within two years became a solid resource within the firm on Telephone Consumer Protection Act questions, while also building a strong reputation in the areas of consumer financial class actions and medical device regulation involving the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
In 2013, Steve returned home to Michigan and accepted a federal clerkship with Judge Mark Goldsmith of the Eastern District of Michigan. Steve credits his time there and at the Alaska Supreme Court with shaping his views on courtroom advocacy and the power to persuade through well-researched written and oral arguments – a perspective he now incorporates into his work at Zausmer, August & Caldwell.
Steve is a diehard University of Michigan football fan, and is also a seasoned traveler, venturing beyond Alaska to visit many of the other U.S. states as well as Ecuador, England, Scotland, France, and Israel.