Steve loves competition, whether it is in the courtroom defending property owners from overreaching governments, or just in the backyard with friends swinging a mallet at a croquet ball. And when nightfall comes, he indulges that passion by scheming up strategies to defeat those same friends and family members in popular Medieval themed board games like Settlers of Catan. Home life, in Steve’s young family, is lot more peaceful but hectic. He and his wife lead a community group at their Norfolk church, teach Sunday School, and volunteer with the youth group.

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (B.A., 2003)
  • College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia (J.D., 2006)

Practice Areas:

Attorney, The Law Firm of Waldo & Lyle
Steve’s practice is limited to representing property
owners in eminent domain proceedings and
defending private property rights.

Professional Activities:

  • Co-author (along with Mark D. Savin), Lost Visibility and the Right to Exclude: How Merrill’s Sine Qua Non of Property Compels Just Compensation in Takings Cases, 3 Brigham-Kanner Prop. Rights Conf. J. 71 (2014)
  • Senior Notes Editor, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal Volume 14
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer’s Conference Professional Development Conference Committee, 2009
  • Author, The Effect of Probability of Rezoning on Valuation in Just Compensation Proceedings, The Fee Simple, Vol. XX1X, No. 2, May 2009
  • Co-author (along with Joseph T. Waldo), Preventing a Down Real Estate Market from Affecting Valuation in Condemnation Case, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, Vol. 26, No. 4, July 2010

Professional Memberships:

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section Steering Committee Member, 2010-present
  • I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement:

  • Member and Volunteer Youth Group Leader, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, Va

Bar Admission:

  • Virginia, 2006

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia



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