Let me start off by saying that I worked as an assistant for Steve when he was fresh out of law school working as a prosecutor. He was so intelligent from the beginning. The Court staff used to tease him and tell him that he needed to go into defense work because he was always wanting to look at everything with an open mind and evaluate the case as a whole, and wanting to look as people and their situations as a whole, where prosecutors didn't necessarily do that because it wasn't their job to do so. From day one, Steve wanted to do what was right, not what he was "supposed" to do in his job description. Luckily, he followed the path his friends admitted he was destined for and he is the best defense counselor to have on your side, because he sees every person as a person, and not as a number on a case file. My story began when I was arrested for domestic violence against my estranged husband, a police officer, for slapping him... Although, admittedly, that's not the whole story, but that's where my domestic violence charge came from. Going up against the police "brotherhood" is not an easy task, and take a guess who comes our ahead. Long story short, it was a mutual DV situation (instigation/defense) and I chose to not to inform the responding police of his involvement in fear that he would lose his P.O.S.T. certificate and his ability to continue to be a police officer, as he held the insurance on our family, and at the time, he was the stable income for our family. I was arrested and took the hit of the situation that night. Of course, Steve was the ONLY one I trusted to take my case. At the time, I had worked for attorneys for 9 years and I knew very well that he was THE best. Although I had gone to the police department the following day to have my injuries photographed and documented to prove that the incident was not a one-sided domestic incident, they chose to disregard it. Again, I do believe it had something to do with the fact that my husband was a police officer. The stress following the incident was unbearable. Having working in the justice system for so many years, I was so embarrassed to be on the "other side". I was terrified, frustrated that I covered for my husband so he could keep his job just to end up with trouble in mine, etc. After just a few months when my court date finally came, with Steve's knowledge and expertise, he was able to get me a plea in abeyance that was absolutely unheard of! He argued my case so well that it enabled me to minimize my record enough to continue working in the justice system, doing what I love. He literally empathized with every roadblock we ran into and I wouldn't even be able to begin to guess the hours he put into ensuring I had the best outcome possible. Words cannot describe the respect I have for Steve. I have known him for almost 12 years and I literally cannot say that there is a dishonest bone in his body. He is ridiculously intelligent, doesn't back down, fights for what he knows is right, and has one of the purest hearts of any person you will ever meet. (Although, don't fu*k with him). Thanks, Steve. I owe you big time!