Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors cum laude and Master of Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his Juris Doctor (law) degree with honors from the University of Florida in 1988. Steve was the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review and published three articles while still in law school. Steve was awarded membership in the coveted Order of the Coif, an honor society reserved for graduates in the top 5% of the last five years of law students at their respective school.

After obtaining his law degree, Steve clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit with Nixon appointee, the Honorable Thomas Gibbs Gee. Following the clerkship, Steve returned to Florida to practice transactional business law. He soon returned home to establish his own practice in his native city of Springfield. He maintains his license to practice in Florida and has clients in the Sunshine State.

Chairman of the Trial Practice Committee

Steve served as Chairman of the Trial Practice Committee for the Springfield Metro Bar Association. The Committee provides educational opportunities and member support to trial lawyers. For the first time in several years, the Committee presented seminars on the following jury trial issues:

Service to Clients

Steve believed that in starting his own practice, he could be more effective in helping people deal with a variety of legal issues. In 1990, he opened his law practice. Since then, Steve has represented numerous high-profile clients in southwest Missouri and beyond.

Steve is active in a number of professional organizations including the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker at the continuing education programs of the Missouri Bar. Steve is the Chariman of the Trial Lawyers Committee and the past President and current member of the Greene County Estate Planning Council. Steve treats every client with respect and integrity.

MO Bar Personal Injury Presentation

Attorney Stephen F. Aton presented Personal Injury seminars to attorneys for the Missouri Bar in 2009, 2010 & again in 2011. This is the fourth time he has served as a presenter for the MO Bar Personal Injury Telephone Seminar, with attorneys from all across the State listening in. The seminar topics included instruction on: various types of personal injuries; dealing with insurance companies; calculating personal injury damages; and conducting effective depositions.