Steve Rensch is not your typical lawyer.

He has those resume credentials that many lawyers have. He went to Williams College in Massachusetts, playing football and basketball, and graduating cum laude with honors. He graduated from University of Southern California law school, after serving in the prestigious position of Executive Editor of the Law Review. He clerked for federal judge William P. Gray in the Central District of California. Over the last 42 years, he has practiced, in Arizona and California, with the world’s largest firms, smaller firms, his own firms, as house counsel for Mattel Toy Company, and for himself as a sole practitioner.

Steve’s practice began to define itself beginning in the late 80s when he became one of those few attorneys who were willing to represent individuals and groups being bullied by large organizations but who could not defend themselves. During that time, he fought large banks, the State of Arizona, the IRS, the Board of Education, two county sheriff’s offices, a large television network, and several slumlords, all represented by the largest firms in Arizona.

While practicing law, Steve also maintained a busy life outside the law. While raising six children and twelve grandchildren, he did family counseling with his wife, ran a real estate business with one of his sons, and taught and coached both boys and girls basketball. He also co-founded Arizona’s first charter school in Payson. Eventually, Steve reached a point that his work to protect people with their present day problems needed to be supplemented with work to protect their family’s future, which is why he began doing estate planning as well as trial work. He gets satisfaction from helping people put their legacy – both financial and spiritual – where they want it to go. And he gets even greater satisfaction from protecting children from the harrowing problems they face when their parents are taken from them prematurely. For Steve, law — like virtually everything in life – is about relationships. He’s done the book learning and built the resume, but every lawyer has that. Rather, Steve prides himself on the experience he has gained going through the highs and lows of life outside the law.