Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) 1979
St. Mary’s University
Juris Doctor (Ranked 4th of 175) 1982
St. Mary’s School of Law
Steve has over 35 years of experience helping San Antonio families and business. After graduating 4th in his law school class at St. Mary’s Law School, Steve was selected to work as a briefing attorney for the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio. Prior to joining the Malaise Law Firm, Steve was a partner in Waitz, Greer and Cennamo, P.C. and Warncke, Miller and Greer, LLP and has owned and operated his own firm since 1994 where he predominately represented individuals in Chapter 7 & 13 cases and businesses in Chapter 11 reorganizations. Steve also has extensive experience in litigation, particularly in bankruptcy court, where he has litigated objections to exemptions, discharge and discharge ability of debts and tax liability. In one case he reduced a doctor’s tax liability in Bankruptcy Court from over $600,000 to $300,000 in litigation with IRS. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Malaise Law Firm.
Steve has also handled numerous appeals to the Texas 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th circuit and was co-counsel in Harris vs. Viegelahn where the United States Supreme Court reversed the 5th Circuit Court Appeals by a vote of 9-0 and returned funds to a Malaise Law Firm client that the Chapter 13 Trustee was trying to retain.
Steve has been active as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts and a leader in the Knights of Columbus at St. Marks the Evangelist Catholic Church. Steve also supports the Multiple Sclerosis Society and is a rider and a Top 100 fundraiser for the MS Ride to the River. Steve is a Life Member of the Philmont Staff Association. Steve is married and is the father of 2 boys who he has had the pleasure of coaching in CYO sports.
- Admitted to practice law in Texas
- U.S. District Courts
- Western and Southern Districts of Texas
- Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
TEXAS LAW OFFICE HANDBOOK (3d ed. 1990)(Updated and revised chapter on Bankruptcy); History of Usury and Procedure (San Antonio Bar Association afternoon seminar); What Should the Landlord Do If the Tenant Abandons the Premises? and Planning Ahead to Avoid Tenant Problems, RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS IN TEXAS (1996, 1998, and 2002 Seminars).