Steve is recognized as a top tier Oregon estate and trust attorney. That recognition comes from clients and peers in the form of a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, selection for inclusion in Best Lawyers since 1997, listing in Oregon Super Lawyers and selection as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Steve’s considerable expertise makes him an authority in estate planning and trust design as well as estate and trust administration. On behalf of our clients, Steve devotes his talents and experience to the preservation and transmission of family businesses and other forms of wealth, and to the preservation of the most important thing a client can leave to succeeding generations – values.
Steve grew up in Portland and is a graduate of Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics. Following U.S. Navy service on destroyers in the Pacific during the Vietnam War, Steve returned to Oregon to attend Willamette University College of Law. After receiving his law degree, Steve joined Butler, Husk & Gleaves in Eugene and has practiced law with this firm since 1975. Steve is an avid fly fisherman, bird hunter, boater, reader and occasional golfer.
Steve’s practice includes:
• Will and Trust Design and Operation
• Family and Business Taxes
• Customized IRA and 529 College Saving Plans
• Tax-sensitive Wealth Preservation and Transmission
• Use of Income Tax Grantor Trusts
• Complex Tax Formula Lifetime Gift Strategies
• Qualified Personal Residence Trusts