Professional Experience

He works with national clients, several Arkansas municipalities, public water and wastewater providers, property owners, and real estate developers seeking legal assistance with land transactions, annexation, zoning, subdivision, condemnation, site plan approval, environmental, and other development permits/entitlements for projects on a state-wide basis.

He spent nearly 17 years as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Little Rock where he was responsible for trial and appellate litigation as well as land use and real estate transactional matters. He worked with outside counsel to coordinate matters involving public utilities, fiber optic networks, State highway department, water and sewer utilities, county, state and federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, Steve drafted city ordinances, resolutions and city code provisions for action of city administrative and legislative bodies.

A regular speaker and author, Steve has spoken at the National Business Institute Seminars and Lorman Education Seminars each year since 1992 on major land use laws in Arkansas and advanced real estate law in Arkansas.

Steve earned his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He is active within the legal community, serving in a number of leadership positions with the Arkansas Bar Association.

Recognition

Steve has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© in Construction Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law. He also received the “Lawyer of the Year” in Little Rock designation for 2023 in the Land Use and Zoning Law practice area. Only a single lawyer in each practice and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” He is recognized as a “Band 1” attorney (the highest ranking) in Chambers USA for his work in the category of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use.

About

A musician for life, Steve plays keyboards solo and with bands like Little Joe & The BKs, The LLC Band, River City, The Greasy Greens, Meshugga Klezmer Band, The FaithSpring Methodist Church contemporary music band, and generally with whomever invites him to sit in.

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