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Born and raised in the Chicago area, my path to Colorado is one that has allowed me to benefit from life experiences in and out of the legal profession. After graduating high school, I enlisted in the military and served aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Enterprise in the Navy. Serving during the first Gulf War, I was an electrician and a member of a firefighting team. While out at sea, I chose to enroll in college courses taught during our ship's tour of the Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf. This experience sparked an interest in U.S. History and I decided to attend college after I was Honorably Discharged.

After helping my family open and manage one of our family restaurants, I enrolled in and began to excel at Speech Communications at the University of Illinois. This prompted me to continue my education and become an attorney. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, I chose to attend law school at the Chicago-Kent College of Law for its excellent trial advocacy program and their reputation for producing successful trial attorneys. I was also a law clerk at a preeminent employment law litigation firm, where I assisted attorneys in preparing for State and Federal Court trials. These experiences taught me the two most important skills a family law attorney must have: the patience and skill of a successful negotiator, and the preparation and work ethic required to be a successful trial attorney.

After receiving my law degree, I began my legal career as an associate in a well-established family law firm in the Chicago area. At this firm, I was mentored by some of the best attorneys I have ever known. This experience not only taught me all aspects of family law, it gave me a deeper understanding of the emotions and turmoil involved in the breaking of the family unit. It gave me an appreciation for those going through the process, which allowed me to guide them through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible.

A few years later, I had the opportunity to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona to become a felony prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. I was responsible for the prosecution of drug offenders, drug dealers, car thieves and other felony offenders. This office honed my trial skills, taught me successful strategies in preparing for trial, and understanding the complexities of trying cases before a jury.

By chance, an alumnus from my law school contacted me to start a family law firm. With my background as a family law attorney and the experience of dozens of jury and bench trials under my belt, I was able to handle all aspects of managing a family law firm. This position helped elevate the way I represent family law clients that I continue to use to this day: Communicate with clients on a one-on-one basis and decrypt the "legalese" of the divorce process; Keep clients informed about their cases at all times; Develop and present multiple case strategies for clients to choose from; and explain best and worst case scenarios so clients know what to expect. I have received positive feedback from former clients on my style of providing straight-forward, down to earth advice, with an emphasis on informed, responsive customer service. Finally, when a client desires to negotiate an agreement rather than litigate my experience as a Mediator and family law attorney benefits my clients in minimizing cost, time and the stress of a trial. However, when parties cannot reach agreement and litigation is necessary, my experience as a family law litigator and former felony prosecutor works to the benefit of my client.

From Arizona, I made the decision to move to Fort Collins, Colorado. This decision did not come lightly as the sunny, warm weather of January Arizona mornings were fond memories. Although it may seem cliché, the decision was made for the love of a girl. It is a decision made without regret. Since my move to Fort Collins, I have fallen in love with the state of Colorado and am happy to call it home.

I am active member of the Fort Collins community.  I am involved with the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club and the many we ways our club helps others in need.  I am actively involved with the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce and the Larimer County Food Bank.  If I am not in the office or involved with Rotary, you can find me enjoying time with my wife Starla and my stepson Noah. 


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Child Support: 25%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Barbara Lynn Ornelas

    Steve zealously represents his clients but yet he is reasonable in his advocacy. Steve is knowledgeable of the law with a good measure of common sense -- which greatly benefits his clients.


    Barbara Ornelas Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Carrie Chaille Eckstein

    I endorse Steve. Steve is a strong attorney who listens to his clients' needs and then represents them decisively through the Court process and legal matters.


    Carrie Eckstein Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

The Harris Law Firm, P.C. - Fort Collins

1220 South College Avenue
Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO, 80524


AZInactive 200403/31/2016
ILVoluntarily Inactive200205/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recognition of ServiceRotary Breakfast Club Fort Collins2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Harris Law Firm, P.C.2007 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices of Scott David Stewart2005 - 2007
Deputy County AttorneyMaricopa County -Attorney's Ofc2004 - 2005
AssociateSullivan Taylor & Gumina2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary InternationalN/A2009 - Present
Fort Collins Chamber of CommerceN/A2009 - Present
Larimer County Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Spouse held accountable for lavish spending100% of client's assets protected
Attorney fee award against opposing party for withholding parenting timeAward of attorney fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Harris Law Firm WebsiteWhat About QDROs?2011
The Harris Law Firm WebsiteMinimizing Conflict in Your Relationship2011
The Harris Law FirmWhat is Extravagant Spending?2010
The Harris Law FirmNew Twist on Traditional Family Relationships2010
The Harris Law FirmUrging Judges to Take a Stand2010
The Harris Law FirmDivorcing When One Party is Living Out of State2010
The Harris Law FirmMilitary Divorces on the Rise2010
The Harris Law FirmMore on Common Law Marriage2010
The Harris Law FirmColorado Father's Rights2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of IllinoisHistoryOther - Bachelors1998
United States NavyPetty Officer Third ClassHonorable Discharge1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rotary 4 Way Ethics guidance for high school seniorsEthical Dilemmas in the Workplace2010
Career DayBecoming a trial attorney2010
Rotary 4 Way Ethics guidance for high school seniorsEthical Dilemmas in the Workplace2009
Prosecutor Training - Maricopa County Attorneys OfficeTrial Traning for New Prosecutors in Maricopa County Justice Courts2005