Steven "Steve" Klotz is an experienced family law attorney practicing in our Raleigh, NC office. Steve comes to McIlveen Family Law with extensive experience in child custody, equitable distribution, alimony, and other issues related to family law.
Continue reading below to hear from Steve, in his own words, why he chose to practice family law in Raleigh, NC.
Born in the shadows of billowing smokestacks in the industrial Northeast, raised on the beautiful beaches of the Jersey Shore (not the one portrayed in the popular reality show Jersey Shore) and educated in the breathtaking mountains of Colorado and desert of Arizona, I now reside in rural Chatham County. By now, you know one of my favorite pastimes—traveling the country.
Graduating from college with a Business Administration degree---concentrating in accounting---I attended law school to focus on tax law. After taking almost all the tax courses at the University of Arizona College of Law, which offered a tax law program, I worked at Ernst & Whinney, a Big Eight accounting firm. After working at the firm for over a year, I realized tax law was not for me. Since my focus was always on tax law, I never thought of an alternative career. I found my niche, however, as a litigator or trial lawyer.
After the birth of my daughter, we moved from New York State to rural Chatham County to be closer to family. I made the decision to practice another area of law, since representing faceless municipalities and corporations was boring. I was always interested in helping kids, so I volunteered as a mentor for a pilot program that matched volunteers with a child whose parents were incarcerated. I found this truly rewarding since I felt like I was making a difference in a kid’s life. I also volunteered---as I studied for the North Carolina State Bar---as an investigator for Orange County Guardian ad Litem program, serving as the child’s representative where I investigated allegations of child neglect. I decided then to work in an area of law where I could help children. After speaking to a few attorneys involved in the Guardian ad Litem Program, they recommended practicing family law.
While I enjoy child custody cases because of my interest in children, I also like Equitable Distribution and Alimony cases. My education and experience in tax law and accounting allow me to serve my clients well since I understand “numbers” and can guide them through the terminology and maze of classifying, valuing and distributing the assets and debts of the marriage.
When I'm not in the courtroom representing clients in family law cases, I like to spend time with my wife, daughter, rescue Labrador retriever, my extended family, and friends. I also enjoy golfing, reading, and spending time in the mountains of western North Carolina.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
- North Carolina State Bar
- New Jersey State Bar (inactive status)
- Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
- B.S., Stockton State College (now Stockton University), 1983
- J.D., University of Arizona College of Law, 1987