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About me

I am a Springfield native. Bachelor and Master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Studied in Italy, Greece, and Germany.


Law degree from the Universdity of Florida, where I graduated 7th in my class and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, a distinction reserved for the top 5% of the past five years of law graduates. During law school I published three legal articles and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review. 


After law school, I clerked for the Hon. Thomas Gibbs Gee on the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in Houston, TX, before returning to Florida to practice with Foley & Lardner.


Founded Aton Law Firm in Springfield in 1990. Practice areas include personal injury, estate planning and corporate law.


Languages spoken: German, Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 34%
  2. Personal Injury: 33%
  3. Corporate: 33%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is very knowledgeable and has a great rapport with his clients. I have also consulted with him personally and was very impressed.


    Mark Fitzsimmons
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    I have known Stephen for many years and he does a great job! He is well prepared on his cases and has a very good reputation in the community.


    Brent Green General practice Attorney
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Contact info

Aton Law Firm

1571 E Cherokee St
Springfield, MO, 65804-2308


MOGood Standing, Active198901/08/2013
FLMember in Good Standing198806/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Law GraduateUniv. of FL Law School1988
Order of the CoifNational Order of the Coif1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerAton Law Firm1990 - Present
AttorneyFoley & Lardner, LLP1989 - 1990
Law Clerk to Hon Thomas GeeUS Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greene County Estate Planning CouncilPast Pres. & Member1992 - Present
Missouri BarMember1989 - Present
Florida BarMember1988 - Present
Springfield Metropolitan Bar AssociationChairman, Trial Practice Committee2012 - 2013
Florida Law ReviewEditor in Chief1988 - 1988
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wade v. State Farm Insurance$500,000
Bradley v. MO Farm Bureau$550,000 settlement for my client
Gaynor v. Liberty Mutual$461,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Missouri BarPersonal Injury Outline2010
Planning & Preparation of Wills & TrustsEstate Planning 3rd Ed.2009
Florida Law ReviewHistory of the FL Law Review1988
Flordia Law ReviewState Constitutions Realigning Federalism1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of MissouriClassical LanguagesMA - Masters1978
University of Missouri, ColumbiaClassical LanguaesBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual UpdatePersonal Injury Law Update2013
Personal Injury Seminar for AttorneysPersonal Injury Law2012
Personal Injury Seminar for AttorneysPersonal Injury Law2011
Personal Injury Seminar for AttorneysPersonal Injury Law2010