Steven was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but has lived primarily in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, his entire life. Steven graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of arts with a double major, (English and business administration) from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1983 from University of Detroit School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Steven joined the law firm of Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, P.C., in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he became a partner and remained until the fall of 1997. Steven chaired the firm’s Creditor’s Rights Group for the time period 1993 – 1997. Steven then joined the law firm of McShane & Bowie P.L.C., as a partner until he left to start Steven E. Bratschie & Associates, P.C., in late 1999. His practice has covered a wide array of matters including, but not limited to, creditors rights; representation of creditors in other commercial disputes and/or defensive litigation; foreclosure of large real estate projects including office buildings, apartment complexes; commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including franchise issues, tradenames, and international disputes; domestic law litigation; zoning litigation; real estate transactional work including site condominium developments; tax tribunal litigation, construction lien litigation, sale and liquidation of aircraft, vessels, livestock, agricultural lands/business, bankruptcy litigation and Chapter 7 and 11 representation of creditor clients, representation of title companies in construction lien litigation, and other commercial disputes. Steven is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Michigan (State, Federal, and Bankruptcy) and is also a licensed real estate broker. Steven has served on the Board of Directors for The Dwelling Place, Inc., a large nonprofit, low income housing organization; Camp Blodgett, a camp for underprivileged children. Steven is married with four children.