Steve remembers vividly the day he decided to become a lawyer. He had graduated from college and was working in the fundraising department of a nonprofit organization when a lawyer came in to make a donation. Steve began talking to the lawyer about the type of work he did and what he enjoyed about practicing law. The lawyer described a case he had recently completed where a large company tried to use its wealth and power to avoid responsibility for dumping a hazardous substance on the property of a small business. Through hard work and determination, the lawyer prevailed and won the case for his client.
Steve realized that he too wanted to be able to use the law to help obtain compensation and accountability for those who have been harmed by the wrongful conduct of others. It was this desire that led him to law school with a vision of practicing plaintiffs' personal injury law.
Upon graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, Steve began his career on the defense side, earning significant litigation and trial experience in Colorado state and federal courts. Steve's legal talents did not go unnoticed. Colorado Super Lawyers named him a Rising Star in 2013 for his civil litigation skills. Steve's experience on the defense side has taught him how best to pursue claims against the insurance industry to help those who have been harmed through no fault of their own.
After practicing as a defense attorney for a decade, Steve took the advice of one of his law school professors, who had told his students to go back and re-read their personal statements for their law school applications after 10 years to see if they were doing the type of work that led them to law school in the first place. After re-reading his statement, Steve was reminded of his passion for pursuing justice and fairness for clients and his desire to practice plaintiffs' injury law.
Steve joined Bachus & Schanker, LLC because the firm has the resolve and the resources to level the playing field for those who could not otherwise afford legal representation. He was also drawn to the firm's commitment to seeking justice for individuals who have been harmed by the negligent and careless conduct of others.
Steve is married with three children. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and serving as a pianist for his church choir. He is semi-fluent in Spanish as a result of living in Venezuela for two years in the 1990s.