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Steve has been a litigator for more than 35 years. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Wisconsin Super Lawyers, as a Leader in the Law and in Milwaukee Magazine as one of the top attorneys in his field in the Milwaukee area. He has volunteered his time as president or board member for lawyer organizations, Milwaukee's public television station, his church and various adoption groups. Steve was lead counsel in over 35 appellate cases in the areas of children's law, tax assessments, real estate, tort and estate contests. He continues to represent several Wisconsin adoption agencies, adoptive parents or birth mothers and was recognized as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition in Adoption in 2006.


Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 85%
    47 years, 4 thousand cases
  2. Guardianship: 15%
    47 years, 100 cases


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Grady, Hayes & Neary LLC

N14 W 23777 Stone Ridge Dr Ste 200
Waukesha, WI, 53188-1140


WIGood Standing196903/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
RecognizedWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
RecognizedWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
RecognizedWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
Angel in AdoptionCongressional Coalition Institute on Adoption2007
Top Attorneys in WisconsinMilwaukee MagazineN/A
RecognizedLeader in the LawN/A
RecognizedBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and shareholderGrady, Hayes & Neary, LLC2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysVice President2004 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysMember1982 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysSecretary2000 - 2002
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysBoard of Trustees1998 - 2002
Milwaukee Bar AssociationPresident1996 - 1997
Milwaukee Bar Association FoundationPresident1983 - 1987
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionNational Chairman, Law and Media Committee1979 - 1981
Milwaukee Young Lawyers AssociationPresident1979 - 1981
Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Journal of Family LawFoster Parent Rights: The Rules Have Changed2001
American Bar Association JournalSending Children Back1992
Wisconsin LawyerTerminating Parental Rights1989
Wisconsin Journal of Family LawPrivate Adoption in Wisconsin1988
Marquette University Law ReviewAdoption and Termination Proceedings in Wisconsin: Straining the Wisdom of Solomon1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of IllinoisLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
DePauw UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1966