Steven C. Despotovich was born in Ames, Iowa, on April 3, 1958. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1983, the U.S. Tax Court in 1984, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992. Steve completed his undergraduate degree in 1979, earning a B.S. in Business Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He also completed the M.B.A. program at Drake prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1983 from the Drake University Law School. In 1988 he earned both his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) degrees from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Since 1993 Steve has also been licensed as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) by the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado.

Steve is currently serving as an Industry Arbiter for FINRA Regulator, Inc. as well as a member of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa. In addition to being past-President of both Des Moines Estate Planners and the Central Iowa Chapter of the International Association of Financial Planning (now the Financial Planning Association), he has taught at the University level, been nationally published and has lectured at numerous locations throughout the country, Canada and the Caribbean. Steve is admitted to the American, Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.

Aside from spending time with his wife Toni, Steve enjoys serving as a taxi to his daughter Samantha. Steve is also a Certified Barbeque Judge by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.


  • American Bar Association (Member Real Property, Probate and Trust Section)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Probate Section)
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Des Moines Estate Planners (President 2003-4)
  • Charter Member of the Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel (IATEC)
  • Financial Planning Association (President 1998-9)



Drake University, 1983 J.D.
Drake University, 1981 MBA Program
Drake University 1979 B.S.


Estate Planning
Trusts and Estates
Wills and Probate
Elder Law
Business Planning


Tracy Porter

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