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John Steven Anderson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Memphis, TN

5.0   10 reviews

also known as J. Steven Anderson, Steve Anderson


Licensed for 40 years

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Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    Mr. Anderson’s goal is to make certain that the clients understand their rights regarding money, property and parenting issues in any domestic matter. Mr. Anderson encourages negotiation and/or mediation of disputed issues. When a trial is required, he prepares thoroughly to pursue a final and favorable outcome for you.

    40 years

  2. Family
    20%
    Since 1983, J. Steven (Steve) Anderson has represented men and women in family law matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), property division, modification proceedings, paternity, premarital and post-marital agreements, and grandparent's rights.

    40 years

  3. Child support
    10%

    40 years

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%
    Premarital ( aka Prenuptial or Antenuptial) and Post-marital Agreements are like an insurance policy that can help avoid a very expensive divorce.

    40 years

OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING TO PROTECT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

J. Steven (Steve) Anderson has practiced in the area of Family Law and Litigation since 1983. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He founded the J. Steven Anderson Law Firm to specialize in family law after having been a partner in two larger law firms that catered a more general practice. Mr. Anderson's goal is to protect your interest in premarital, divorce, post-divorce and other situations where specialized experience and expertise in family law is essential. His experience and ability to work closely with other professionals specializing finance, estate planning, business transactions offers the client the advantage of a broad perspective in determining how to best approach the complex issues associated with premarital, divorce and post-divorce matters. He has been trained in general mediation and has received specialized training for mediation Family Law issues.

Mr. Anderson assists men and women in negotiation, mediation and litigation of:

Premarital and Post-marital Agreements: including consultation, negotiating and drafting valid and enforceable agreements, and review of existing agreements to determine if they are valid and enforceable.

Divorce: including "no fault,""uncontested," "contested," and "high conflict" divorce, financial planning in anticipation of divorce, property division, spousal support (alimony), parenting privileges and obligations (custody and child support).

Post-Divorce Issues: including modification of existing court orders regarding spousal support, child support, child custody, child relocation and others.

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Licensed for 40 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 01/17/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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J. Steven Anderson Law Firm, PLLC
1715 Aaron Brenner Drive
Suite 450
Memphis, TN, 38120

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Posted by Sal | October 21, 2013
Skilled and Seasoned Professional
I was involved in a horrid situation which was perplexingly complicated. I was in a short-term marriage (3-1/2yrs), with a prenuptial agreement and no kids. I was looking to save money, seeing that my divorce should have been simple. I initially attempted to go it alone without a lawyer, (Pro Se). It was a mistake because my now ex-wife was on a mission then to ruin me. After my first couple of procedural mis-steps, I was advised by the divorce referee to hire an attorney. Still trying to save money I sought a "cheap" attorney, friend of a friend kind of thing. That attorney cost me even more money and heartache. She was a poor communicator, irresponsible, and caused me to slide down the slippery slope of contempt hearings due to the combination of her proclivities and opposite counsel's malicious, covert and underhanded tactics. I finally realized, just like when I pilot large jets, there are no shortcuts to success. After some research I found Attorney Steve Anderson. He was placed in the middle of a very tangled web. I was facing the potential of jail time due to no fault of my own. I have never been arrested, I pay my bills and am a responsible citizen. Trust me when I say that things can go south before you realize it if you don't have proper representation. Steve immediately came to my rescue. I was starting to exhaust my financial resources and was losing time at work. As is mentioned he has a calming way about him. You know you are in good hands. He cleaned up my mess. He turned me from being constantly on the defense and put me on the offense. The other attorney quickly decided to no longer represent my ex-wife since she could no longer use the court system to extort money from me. My ex lied about even signing a prenup. Steve found the notary and he testified at trial on my behalf. It was a slam dunk. I am now in a very good place since it is all over. I am in his debt, metaphorically speaking forever. I highly recommend Attorney Steve Anderson for anyone in need of a counselor.
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Posted by Tracey | April 12, 2011
Integrity & Experience
I hired Mr. Anderson to handle my divorce (with children) recently. During my initial consultation, I was immediately struck by his calm and kind demeanor which instilled in me a sense that everything was going to be all right. He has proven to be a man of integrity with extensive experience and a high level of professionalism. He has always kept my budget in mind and has attempted to keep costs down whereever possible while still striving for quick resolution (which was difficult in our case due to no fault of our own!) He and his paralegal have always been quick to respond with updates and answers to my questions/concerns. They have been great to work with and I would recommend him highly!
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Posted by Morgan | December 8, 2020
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Morgan H.
Mr. Anderson and his staff were wonderful to work with! I was very nervous going in for a divorce due to the lack of knowledge and uncertainty. Mr. Anderson and his paralegal Jill made sure all questions were answered and supported me the entire process. I never had any issues with communication and I also received timely responses when I had questions. Mr. Anderson offers very reasonable pricing and is fair with billing. I highly recommend Steve Anderson!
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Posted by Amy | August 4, 2019
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Would recommend to anyone!!
I do not know what I would have done without he and his team! Steve sat down with me as many times as I needed to explain everything! He responded well to calls and emails and I always felt respected! He listened to me and understood that my son was the most important to me during my divorce. He made sure that my needs were voiced and taken care of! I would recommend him to anyone going through a hard time. He is a calm and supportive lawyer. His paralegal, Jill, is also so amazing!!!
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Posted by Charles | January 14, 2019
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Great Hire!!
Mr Anderson and his office were very professional and thorough. He raised questions that I didn’t even think about asking. I would use him again with no hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2018
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Great attorney!
After my consultation with Mr. Anderson I knew I wanted him to represent me in my divorce. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable and a great listener. Mr. Anderson eased my anxiety by throughly educating me on the process. I knew I was in capable hands after our first meeting. If you are in search for a divorce attorney please hire Mr. Anderson you will not regret it!
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Posted by Shirley Harris | July 23, 2018
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A Wonderful Attorney Who Helped Me Though a Difficult Divorce
When I discovered my husband had filed for divorce, I was confused and frustrated. I did some research and had one meeting with another attorney before I met with J. Steven Anderson. Steven and Jill helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life, and I will be forever grateful to them. What Steven said in our first meeting did not differ fundamentally from the other attorney. However, I felt more comfortable with his firm. His years of experience and professional yet solicitous manner put me at ease and helped me to understand things more clearly. Steven explained what I could expect moving forward in the divorce process. He painted a very realistic picture for me. Whether meeting in his office or the courtroom, Steven was always on time, well prepared, and ready to proceed to represent my interest well. In court, he was efficient and effective. Jill, in addition to being excellent at her job, helped me with some of the emotional issues I faced. It was always nice to have someone willing to listen and offer encouragement during such a trying time. I highly recommend both of them.
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Posted by Brenda | May 24, 2017
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Outstanding Domestic Attorney
Having worked in the same firm with Mr. Anderson for many years, when I needed a divorce attorney, there was no question in my mind who I wanted. I had seen first hand what remarkable work ethic he possessed and how he worked diligently to provide the best possible outcome for his clients. My divorce was 'easy', in legal terms of the matter, but my case was 'time sensitive'. Steve and Jill (his remarkably qualified paralegal) did not fail me. They jumped on the case with a vengeance, resolving all matters involving personal and real properties, including preparation of deeds and the recording of same, in the time frame needed. I'm sure I could not be more pleased with any other legal team in the area; and I'm sure you wouldn't be either.
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Posted by Christy | January 16, 2014
Excellent Attorney - No Complaints!
Steve was excellent from the very beginning. He is extremely personable and takes the time to listen and understand what YOUR needs are, not his. He is very thorough and will represent you in the best way possible. He is extremely fair and honest and took the time to explain anything and everything, over the phone, in person, or over email. My divorce was horrible but Steve did everything he could for me, financially and in my best interest. The judge ruled in my favor becuase Steve and I worked together as a great team in gathering data and presenting it in the best way possible. Although my divorce has been final for over 6 months, Steve continues to help me with some of the struggles post-divorce and keeping your ex-spouse compiant with the divorce decree. I HIGHLY recommend Steve. An additional perk, he has a wonderful paralegal, Jill! She can help in so many ways as well!!
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Posted by Jennifer | May 16, 2011
Highly Recommended
I have hired Mr. Anderson twice to help me resolve child support issues. He is very knowledgeable and always kept me informed. In the courtroom, he is very calm and professional which, in my opinion, is the kind of attorney that judges prefer to hear cases from. I hope to not need an attorney again in the future, but if I do I would definitely hire Mr. Anderson again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • J. Steven Anderson Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Williams, McDaniel, Wolfe & Womack,
  • 1992 - 2011
  • Special Judge
  • Shelby County Chancery Court, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1990 - 1990
  • Partner
  • Schledwitz, Anderson and Beaty
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Special Judge
  • Shelby County General Sessions Court
  • 1987 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Williams, Benham & McDaniel
  • 1983 - 1987
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Education

  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Law
  • 1983
  • Lambuth University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • WILLIAM ALAN WATERMEIER v. SHERRY DUNAWAY MOSS AND THOMAS R. MOSS, III
  • Mr. Anderson successfully argued in the Court of Appeals that the trial court's decision was wrong. The Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the trial court.
  • DONNA MARIE TAIT v. WILLIAM FRANK TAIT
  • The Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed and upheld the trial court's ruling that Mr. Anderson's client would not have to pay alimony despite his very high income.
  • IN RE: ESTATE OF Clifford Franklin BAKER, et al. v. Lee KING, et al.
  • Mr. Anderson successfully argued to the Court of Appeals for reversal of the trial court's ruling that the Premarital Agreement signed by the his client in 1976 was valid and enforcable.

Associations

  • American Inns of Court
  • Master
  • 2017 - Present
  • Memphis Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Tennessee Department of Human Resources
  • Member of the Enhanced Child Support Enforcement Committee
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Woodland Presbyterian School
  • Board of Trustees (Chairman 2012-15)
  • 2006 - 2016
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Memphis Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Germantown-Nonconnah Exchange Club
  • President
  • 1992 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow
  • Memphis Bar Foundation
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Negotiation Strategies for Litigators
  • Know the Opposing Side, Their Techniques and Effective Countermoves
  • 2017
  • Negotiation Strategies for Litigators
  • Pushing Past Impasse and Dealing with Difficult Negotiators
  • 2017
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Advanced Child Support and Spousal Support Issues
  • 2016
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues
  • 2016
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues
  • 2013
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Advanced Child Support and Spousal Support Issues
  • 2013
  • Top 10 Current Challenges in Family Law
  • Support Determination, Enforcement and Modification
  • 2011
  • Top 10 Current Challenges in Family Law
  • PRE-NUPTIAL AND CO-HABITATION AGREEMENTS
  • 2011
  • Family Law Update
  • Family Law Update in Tennessee
  • 2008
  • Complex Issues in Divorce for the Tennessee Practitioner
  • Child Custody and Support
  • 2004
  • Family Law Practice in Tennessee
  • The Children: Custody, Visitation, Paternity and Child Support, Family Law Update
  • 2004
  • Family Law Litigation in Tennessee
  • Litigating and Enforceability of Premarital Agreements
  • 2003
  • Complex Issues in Divorce for the Tennessee Practitioner
  • Child Custody and Support
  • 2002
  • Family Law Litigation in Tennessee
  • Litigating and Enforceability of Premarital Agreements
  • 2001
  • Domestic Law in Tennessee
  • Premarital Agreements and Divorce Procedure
  • 2000
  • Domestic Law in Tennessee
  • Determining and Dividing Marital Assets"
  • 1999
  • National Business Institute
  • Overview and Background of Prenuptial Agreements, Drafting and Litigating Prenuptial Agreements in Tennessee
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Steve Anderson on a number of cases. He is knowledgeable and a strong advocate for his clients. He is also very professional and is always looking for the best and most reasonable solutions to any problems."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Steve on divorce matters in connection with my representation of immigrants in the Memphis area. I have also conferred with Steve on the immigration consequences of divorce actions and related family law issues. He is always available to clients and colleagues. Steve is a pleasure to work with and I highly endorse him."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Steve for years and refer all domestic relations matters to him."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Anderson is an experienced family law advocate and is respected in the mid south for both his knowledge of family law and his integrity. He also has tremendous expertise in both drafting and litigating prenuptial agreements."
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