From growing up on his family’s diversified grain and livestock farm in the Nebraska panhandle to serving as the state’s Chief Deputy Attorney General, Steve has devoted both his personal and professional career to advancing Nebraska agriculture, business and government. For more than two decades, he has focused his practice on business litigation, governmental affairs, governmental ethics and election law, and appellate litigation. His experience includes litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, and the Nebraska Supreme Court. His deep knowledge of the industry is further displayed in his numerous published articles and presentations.
Steve's appellate practice focuses on the Nebraska Supreme Court, Nebraska Court of Appeals and APA on appeals in state district court. He has also handled a number of high profile appeals in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, including a Commerce Clause challenge to a state constitutional amendment and a precedent-setting en banc appeal in a First Amendment case. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Steve served as Nebraska's Chief Deputy Attorney General for nearly 12 years, where he authored nine briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and served as counsel of record in the High Court in a major 14th Amendment case. Steve's appellate practice has resulted in numerous notable decisions by the Nebraska Supreme Court in the areas of state constitutional law, initiative and referendum law, election law and statutory construction. Steve serves on the Executive Committee of the Appellate Practice Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association and as legal counsel to the campaign committee for the Governor of Nebraska.