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Steven L. Owen

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8282
F 517.367.7382


Steve Owen is a member of the firm’s Finance, Real Estate & Bankruptcy Services Practice Group. He is known for his strong dispute resolution skills, which help him efficiently facilitate terms of transactions and conflicts.

Admitted to practice before all Michigan courts and before the U.S. District Court for Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan. Steve also serves as a Commercial Case Evaluator for Ingham County where as a panel member he helps determine settlement values for pending commercial cases.

Steve's passion for teaching and sharing his understanding of the law has included all areas of his practice. In addition to providing advice to clients, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School since 1990 where he has taught:

  • Secured Transactions.
  • Mortgages and Land Contracts.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Modern Real Estate Transactions.

Committed to the Lansing community, Steve is very involved.  He  sits on the Board of Directors for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sparrows Nest, Love & Respect Ministries, and Salt & Light Global. In addition to his work on the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Steve  is the Chamber's General Counsel and is a member of its Executive Committee.

Honors & Recognitions

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America®  2009-2019 (Banking & Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Real Estate Law)

Best Lawyers® 2019 Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

Best Lawyers® 2012 Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

Frederick J. Griffith III Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Cooley Law School, 2006


Memberships & Affiliations

Industry & Professional Associations:
  • ACADEMIC POSITION: Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Adjunct Faculty Member and Visiting Professor
  • Commercial Case Evaluator, Ingham County
Community Involvement:
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Legal Counsel
  • Sparrows Nest Board of Directors
  • Love & Respect Board of Directors, Chair
  • Salt & Light Global, Board of Directors


Representative Matters

  • Documentation of numerous real estate and asset secured commercial loans for regional banks.
  • Real estate and operations counsel to some of Michigan's largest credit unions, allowing those institutions to expand their business and their branch offices.
  • Primary drafter of the Michigan "Savings Bank Act."
  • Incorporator of a number of charitable, non-profit corporations including churches.



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University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1976

Michigan State University, B.A., 1973, with high honors

Bar and Court Admissions


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

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