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Stephen W. Smith

Senior Attorney
728 Pleasant Street
Suite 204
St. Joseph, MI 49085
T 269.983.1400
F 269.983.1401

Overview

Steve Smith devotes his practice to advising and representing individuals, businesses and associations in the broad spectrum of real estate and property matters as well as corporate formation and management issues.  Steve has extensive experience counseling and representing clients such as property owners and entrepreneurs; buyers, sellers and developers of property; corporations and LLCs; contractors and landlords; and condominium and homeowner associations.  Steve co-authored a piece on condominium association boards which appeared in Michigan Real Property Review, the official journal of the State Bar’s Real Property Law Section and was twice named a Rising Star in the Michigan Bar by Super Lawyers Magazine

Steve is still known in Southwest Michigan for having represented Notre Dame on the Jeopardy! College Championship. He is native of Coloma, Michigan, and an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame. After graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame, Steve earned his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  While at Georgetown, Steve served on the editorial staff of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.  He practiced law in both the public and private sectors for nearly a decade in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and in Michigan since 2007.

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star,"  2012, 2013

Washingtonian Magazine, "Washington's Top Lawyers," 2004

Affiliations

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Berrien County Bar Association, Member
  • Admitted to United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Admitted to Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Court
 
Community Involvement:
  • Lakeland Health Foundation, Board of Directors, Member
  • Berrien County Land Bank Authority, Member
  • Sarett Nature Center, Board of Directors, Member
  • Berrien County Historical Association, Board of Directors, Member
  • St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club, Past President
  • Emergency Shelter Services, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Lest We Forget, Past Member
  • Southwest Michigan Home Builders Association, Past Member
  • Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Past Member
  • Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Member
  • Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra Development Committee, Past Member
  • Berrien County GOP, Past Chairman
  • Citadel Dance & Music Center, Past Chairman of Board of Directors

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represent property owners in disputes with neighboring owners over applicable boundary lines and easements.
  • Counsel and represent condominium associations and their boards of directors on condominium management issues.
  • Assist entrepreneurs in the formation of for-profit and non-profit enterprises.
  • Advise developers and contractors in land use and development projects.
  • Represent businesses and municipalities in property tax matters before local boards of review and the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
  • Counsel and represent landlords and tenants in commercial and residential lease matters.

Communications

Publications

News & Events

News

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1998

University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1995, magna cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Court