Steve is keenly interested in governmental land takings
and public finance of infrastructure. His Ph.D.
dissertation topic centers-on municipal public school
impact fees. The chairman of his committee is James
Nicholas who is a joint-professor of Urban & Regional
Planning/Law at the University of Florida. Also, his
major professor for his Masterís Thesis was James Frank
who was professor of Urban & Regional Planning at
Florida State. Both have authored extensively and are
considered preeminent experts in planning.
Steve has represented
clients and tried cases in courts throughout Florida and
from small claims to Federal District Court. Further, he
has brief writing experience in both state courts and the United States 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented clients in
land use, real estate, housing, tenant/landlord,
condominium, time-share, and mobile home actions as well
as consumer, employment, accident/injury claims, and
civil-rights actions. Further, he holds an active
Florida Real Estate Broker License and is a member of
the Ocala/Marion County Board of Realtors. Also, he has
been exposed to high-level political process through his
three years experience on staff with United States House
of Representatives Member Cliff Stearns.
Steve was raised in
South Florida (Broward County) and moved to North
Central Florida (Ocala) at the commencement of high
school in 1980. He attended Florida State University
and lived in Tallahassee for a total of seven years and
graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Real
Estate (College of Business) and Master of Science
degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
school, he passed five Appraisal Institute MAI exams and
performed over three hundred residential and commercial
appraisal reports for major lenders at Bell, Griffith &
Associates, MAI. Thereafter, he moved to Gainesville,
Florida and graduated from the University of Florida
College of Law. While in Law School he clerked for land
use attorney David Coffey and worked on
He has traveled to
virtually every county in Florida and has filed cases or
performed hearings or trials in 23 Florida counties.
Born in Cape May, New Jersey and raised in South
Florida, his family later moved to Ocala. In 2005 he was
married to Melanie Donna Moore of Greenville, South
Carolina and is a member of the South Carolina Bar.