Steven focuses his practice on employment law, estate planning, general corporate matters, and assisting clients who interact with or are regulated by state and local governments in Virginia.
Prior to joining PLDR Law, Steven was the founder and principal of SoVa Legal, he was a co-founder of Byrnes Gould Law, and also practiced with Williams Mullen in Richmond and Clement Wheatley in Danville.
Prior to attending law school, Steven served for five years as a policy adviser in the Office of the Governor in Richmond, where he focused his work on economic and workforce development, agriculture, housing, and executive clemency.
Honors & Affiliations
Steven is a past Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and a former member of the VBA’s Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Law Foundation. He is serving his second term on the Pro Bono Committee of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Access to Justice Commission. He is a former member and vice chairman of the Danville School Board and is currently a member of the Longwood University Board of Visitors. He was the 2018 recipient of the Sandra P. Thompson Award for outstanding work and long-term service to the YLD and a 2015 recipient of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) Award.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as a Dillard Fellow for the School’s Legal Research and Writing Program.
Since 2014, he has been recognized consistently as a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine and as Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.