Steve has tried many cases to judges and juries and has handled appeals in both state and federal courts. Two of his jury trial victories were featured in The National Law Journal. He has been appointed lead counsel in high profile securities cases involving major corporations such as Coca-Cola Enterprises and Friedman’s Jewelers. He is currently representing the Atlanta owners of the NBA’s Hawks and the NHL’s Thrashers in a highly publicized $200 million lawsuit. Although the majority of his practice is in Georgia, he has handled cases in fourteen states, from Florida to Alaska. Steve has worked on a wide array of high profile matters, ranging from the investigation of the grounding of the Exxon Valdez to the controversy surrounding the death of NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt. He has represented numerous high-profile entertainers and athletes, including a current well-known case involving Kid Rock. He carries an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given. For the last six years running, he has been chosen by his peers as a Georgia Super Lawyer, as published in Atlanta Magazine and the Journal of Law & Politics.
Before becoming a member of what was Cohen, Cooper, & Estep in 2002, Steve spent the first thirteen years of his career at Atlanta’s largest firm, King & Spalding. He was a partner in the tort litigation group from 1996 to 2001. At King & Spalding, Steve specialized in representing multinational corporations in multimillion-dollar product liability lawsuits involving products such as sport utility vehicles, fitness equipment, and silicone breast implants. Steve still represents several large corporations, but he focuses more of his practice on representing smaller businesses and individuals in a wide variety of litigation.
Steve grew up in Florida and earned his undergraduate degree at Florida State University in 1985. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Mercer University in 1988. At Mercer, Steve finished first in his class and was awarded the Woodruff Medal, the school’s highest academic honor. He won merit-based scholarships, numerous academic awards, and was a member of the Mercer Law Review.
Steve was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1988. He is admitted to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia, the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Steve has served on the Product Liability Committee of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He has been a guest speaker at legal seminars in the US and abroad. He teaches each year in Emory Law School’s well-known trial practice program, and he also serves as a volunteer in the Georgia Bar’s High School Mock Trial program.
Steve is married to Dr. Susan Goode Estep, a cosmetic dentist with offices in Roswell and Buckhead. They have two very young children. In his rapidly diminishing spare time, Steve enjoys reading, sports, fitness, travel, cooking, collecting wine, and mowing his lawn. He is a pretty good golfer, a decent surfer, and a lousy but determined downhill skier.
Steve Estep focuses his practice on civil litigation. Steve has extensive experience handling a broad range of cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, including:
- Personal injury
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability
- Business/Commercial law
- Intellectual Property
- Property Tax Law
- Entertainment Law
- Banking Antitrust Litigation