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"For me, being a lawyer means to help those in need." - Joe Jamail

 

Steve Aita was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Tacoma, Washington (which is why he’s both a Red Sox fan and a Seahawks fan). He is a cum laude graduate of Rocky Mountain College in Montana and got his law degree from the Willamette University College of Law in Oregon.

Steve was first licensed to practice law in 1996 and is admitted to the bar in Washington State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Idaho State Courts, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. He started out working as an Associate Attorney at an established Seattle law firm, then went on to found another law firm with a few partners in Seattle, and since 2009 has practiced in Seattle and Gig Harbor as a solo practitioner. His practice has included estate planning, probate, trust administration, personal injury, commercial and real estate transactions, escrow, and litigation.

During his career, Steve has also served as counsel for nearly 100 small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and churches, a municipal utility district, and even a couple rock & roll bands, assisting them with their business formation; governance; contract and lease negotiation, drafting, and review; employment issues; real estate and commercial transactions; and any related litigation.

In addition to being a member of the Washington and Idaho State Bars, Steve has also been a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, the King County Bar Association, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Professional Advisors Network, and the Tacoma Estate Planning Council.

Steve also commits a substantial amount of his time volunteering for pro bono legal services organizations and serving on charitable boards. He has served as a mentor with the Washington State Bar’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer program, has volunteered as a pro bono attorney for the King County Bar Association’s Volunteer Attorneys for People with HIV/AIDS program, Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations, and the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. He has also been a member of Washington Lawyers for the Arts and Lawyers Helping Hungry Children. Steve is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Judson Park, a nonprofit retirement, assisted living, and skilled nursing care community in south King County, Washington.


Bar Admission

Washington State Courts (1996) 
WSBA #26118

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (1997)

Idaho State Courts (2008) 
ISB #7871

U.S. District Court, District of Idaho (2008)

Education

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon (1996)
 
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana (1993)
* Majors in History and Political Science
* Minor in Economics

Practice Areas

Personal Injury
Estate Planning & Probate
Business & Commercial Law
Escrow

 

Professional Affiliations

* Washington State Bar Association

  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
  • Litigation Section

* Idaho State Bar Association

  • Taxation, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Litigation Section
  • Law Practice Management Section

* Washington State Association for Justice
* Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
* Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
* Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Professional Advisors Network
* Tacoma Estate Planning Council

Publications/Presentations

"Statutory Requirements for Architectural & Engineering Contracts."  Presented to Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts, Yakima, Washington.

Community Service

* KCBA Volunteer Attorneys for People with HIV/AIDS
* Mentor, WSBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Program
* Judson Park Retirement Community, Board of Directors (Vice Chair, 2011-2013, Chair, 2016-Present)
* Washington Lawyers for the Arts
* Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations
* Lawyers Helping Hungry Children