Location:200 West Third Street
Yankton, SD 57078
Steve began his career with the Finley law firm, P.C. in downtown Des Moines. Steve and his wife Tracy moved to Yankton in 1999 when Steve became associated with the firm. In 2004, Steve became a partner with Mike Marlow and Sheila Woodward, with whom he has worked for almost twenty years.
Steve’s practice areas include commercial litigation, creditor rights and collection work, creditor-side bankruptcy work, and general civil litigation. This work includes foreclosing on real and personal property, whether through loan documents or contracts for deed, as well as obtaining authority for court appointed receiverships and assisting with farm and commercial loan workout arrangements of all types. Steve works for multiple national banks and regulated lenders in multiple states. He has worked on over $100M in foreclosed or bankruptcy stayed assets in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa and is licensed in South Dakota and Iowa but has also been admitted pro hac vice in Minnesota and Nebraska.
Membership and Activities
Steve served as the Yankton County Bar Association president from 2000-2006 and has served several two-year terms as a South Dakota Bar Commissioner. He has been a member of the East River Legal Services board of directors for 15 years, serving as its president for the last six years. Steve has also been president of the local chamber of commerce, the local Big Friend Little Friend program, Verve and presided over twenty Yankton County Teen Court trials.
Steve and Tracy have been married for twenty years and have two teenage children. When not working or spending time with family, Steve enjoys cooking (BBQ, Italian, and Chinese, among other types), fantasy football, and provocative haikus.
Steve is a native of Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993 with a major in political science and minor in English. Three days after graduating from UNI, Steve started law school at the University of Iowa, obtaining his law degree in two years and three months. Steve then left Iowa City to work as a law clerk for the State of Iowa’s district court judges (Districts 5A-5C - 13 counties surrounding Des Moines) from July 1996 to May 1998.