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First let me welcome you to my profile page. As a lawyer who has been practicing personal injury since 1981 I’ve seen and heard people, mostly politicians and pundits talking about what I do and they haven’t got a clue about the subject of personal injury. It’s easy to take a cheap shot at someone who doesn’t exist, but when you sit across a desk from a real person who has been injured you have to realize life isn’t as simple as the politicians and pundits would like you to think. 

So who am I?  I grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island mostly, and then moved to Iowa to finish undergraduate work at the University of Iowa, as a psychology department major. From there I attended Drake University Law School and then headed north to Waterloo where for five years I learned how to practice law. Law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer but how to practice takes good mentoring. Thanks to Jim and Tom I did receive good mentoring. After five years it was on to central Iowa, West Des Moines, where I set up a practice focusing solely on the injured clients and their unique problems. If it’s taught me anything it is that all my clients are special people, unique in their lives and in their personal injury situations. No two client cases are alike. You are all different and each requires special attention.

Growing up we weren’t real poor but then again we didn’t have much to spare. My father, bless his soul, died when I was 12. He smoked, developed lung cancer and passed away at age thirty-six, leaving my mother to raise the five of us.

My approach to representation is no-nonsense. I see nothing to be gained by telling you what you want to hear as opposed to telling you advice that you need to hear. You need to know how to protect yourself. 

I’m married to Barbara and between us we have six children.  Barbara and I met and dated while attending Bristol High School. I graduated in 1972 and she in 1973.
I’m not a normal Midwesterner or New Englander. My idea of a vacation is not like anyone else’s. I’ve vacationed at the Shively Dryhead Ranch in Montana and Wyoming learning to ride the range. I’ve ran marathons along with raced in triathlons; have climbed mountains; taken flying lessons along with other more common pursuits, like photography, snow skiing, fishing, boating, dance lessons, etc. I’ve been to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa; to the Swiss and French Alps and to Aconcagua in Argentina/Chile in South America as well.

Life is about what passion you have for it and how you live your life while you’re here. There are no guarantees in life only opportunities. And I take those opportunities to live life to the fullest. In life we are all just one accident away from falling through the safety net and that requires us to view personal injury law with a broader view then is being presented. When my father died the thought of how my mother would make ends meet became real. Whether or not we would have food on the table to feed all five hungry kids became a real concern for my mother. We didn’t have much but we were surviving in a much more accepting social and political culture.

Today meanness and fear have taken the place of an open mind and a kind heart. The politics of fear has taken the place of gathering the courage and team spirit that led us to Apollo 11’sThat’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Today fear is the common denominator that drives all campaigns and advertising that is designed to gather votes from voters or dollars from consumers. Most American’s are too busy to think about what message our children are hearing. It’s my intention with this blawg to add my two-cents in setting the record straight. Allowing someone to be awarded compensation for a personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence is by no means a participation trophy.

The workers who built this country and who made it great are my relatives and my clients. They are my mother, father, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sister, neighbors, friends, clients and coworkers. They are men and women of the construction trades that will pull the laboring oar in order to give us a better life. The idea of hard work to earn a wage hasn’t changed, but what has changed is society’s perception about what those jobs mean to America and in the end how we treat the our American workers. I like the immigrant workers because our ancestors were immigrant workers. They couldn’t speak English either and maybe they were treated with less kindliness than many, but they were not rounded up and arrested for just wanting to be here to do hard labor.

At this point in life I’m an aging mountain climber who just happens to practice law and has a burning desire to understand how things work. I can be a grouch and at times short with people, but it’s mostly because there are so many injured people asking for advice or to help solve a problem. I would love to help with your problem but with limited time it may not be practical. If you have a serious problem then call me or write to me through my web site. Remember I may be a lawyer but I may not be your lawyer. So anything sensitive needs to go through the website.

Fair enough?


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    35 years, 500 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    35 years, 100 cases
  3. Car Accident: 25%
    35 years, 500 cases
  4. Workers Compensation: 25%
    35 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($175-375/hour), contingent (33-40%)

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Carl Brooks Schuelke

    I've had the pleasure of working with Steve, and I'm happy to endorse him. He's a real bulldog who cares about his clients.


    Carl Schuelke Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLombardi Law Firm1981 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lombardi Real Estate ServicesReal Estate Agent and Broker2011 - Present
LombardiLaw.comBlogger, Blawgger, Writer, Attorney2007 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Foster Web Legal MarketingLombardi Law Blog - The Verdict2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of IowaPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1978
Community College of Rhode IslandScienceAssociates Degree - Science1975
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyArchitectural EngineeringNoneN/A