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Steve was born and raised in the West. Prior to his legal career, he gained real-life experience that has served him well as a lawyer representing clients in such fields as construction, food service, wildland fire suppression, auto repair and ski resort operations. He began his legal career as in-house counsel of Northwest Energy Company and its subsidiaries in the natural resource, dive resort and ski equipment industries. He also was general counsel and corporate secretary of Apco Argentina, Inc. Northwest and Apco were both publicly-traded international companies. Following Northwest’s acquisition by the Williams Companies, he continued to serve as in-house counsel. 

In 1985, Steve left his in-house practice to stay in the West and joined the Salt Lake City firm of Berman & Anderson. There and at Anderson & Karrenberg (which he co-founded), Steve has provided both transactional and litigation (federal, state and administrative forums) services to a variety of clients, including small businesses, real estate development companies, homeowners associations, internet and technology companies, lenders, construction contractors, landlords/tenants, employers, creditors in bankruptcy, medical device companies, and natural resource concerns, as well as individuals regarding real property and community governance. 

Throughout his education and career to date, Steve has enjoyed a family tradition of ski instruction as a full-certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, teaching at Deer Valley Resort in Utah for the last 28 years and at other Utah and Idaho resorts since 1972.  In addition, he coached the Pocatello Ski Racing Team from 1973–1975.


  •  J.D., University of Utah College of Law, 1980
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Utah, 1977


  • Utah, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1980


  • Member, Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar
  • Member, Park City Bar Association
  • Full-Certified Member, Professional Ski Instructors of America
  • Member, Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court

Reported Decisions

  • In re Lang, 414 F.3d 1191 (10th Cir. 2005)
  • Utahns for Better Transp. v. U.S. Dept of Transp., 305 F.3d 1152 (10th Cir. 2002)
  • Gillespie v. Dywidag Systems Intern., USA, Inc., 437 F. Supp. 2d1261 (D. Utah 2005)
  • ClearOne v. Revolabs, Inc., 2016 UT 16, 369 P.3d 1269
  • Bott v. DeLand, 922 P.2d 732 (Utah 1996)
  • First Sec. Bank of Utah v. Creech, 858 P.2d 958 (Utah 1993)
  • Matter of SAM Oil, 817 P.2d 299 (Utah 1991)
  • Hobbs v. Labor Comm., 991 P.2d 590 (Utah Ct. App. 1999)

Representative Matters

  • Represented Mayor of Salt Lake City in challenge of environmental impact statement for large highway project.
  • Represented business owner tenant in jury trial against lawyer resulting in potential loss of retail lease.
  • Represented purchaser in largest residential real estate purchase in Park City, Utah history.
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of controlling interest in multi-million dollar resort development.
  • Represented numerous real estate developers in residential, commercial and resort development, as well as buyers and sellers of on-mountain ski resort residences, and hotel operations.
  • Represented international bank lenders in residential purchase financing and refinancing transactions.

Civic Engagements

  • Small Claims Court Judge pro tem
  • Lecturer at forums and the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Board member, Arts-Kids, Inc. (non-profit after school program for childhood development through arts exposure)
  • Board member and President of numerous residential community associations
  • Board member, Gorgoza Mutual Water Company
  • Member, Summit County, Utah Form of Governance Study Group
  • Expert witness in legal malpractice cases


  • Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s top corporate lawyers