Stephen Schmidt, J.D.

Steve joined Thompson & Associates in 2017, bringing over 25 years’ experience as an attorney.  He is a Nebraska native earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in History and Philosophy and a second major in Biblical Studies from Grace University in 1988.  He graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1991. 

Steve began as an associate in a general practice firm in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1991.  Because of his desire to work more in the area of estate planning, he took a position as a trust officer in 1993 with Norwest Bank in Iowa.  He spent over eleven years as a trust officer with Norwest (Wells Fargo) in Iowa working with revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, life insurance trusts, conservatorships, IRAs and investment management agencies and became manager of their western Iowa Trust Departments.

On April 1, 2004, Steve returned to Omaha and joined a firm doing very cutting edge estate planning and was a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys.  He was with the firm over five years and left to join Pat Morrow, a seasoned estate planning attorney who needed someone to begin taking over his practice.  Unfortunately, Pat developed cancer and passed away unexpectedly.  Steve took over Pat’s practice on October 1, 2010 and continued his estate planning practice for five and a half years.  After a brief time as a trust officer with Core Bank, he decided to pursue his passion in helping nonprofits build foundations through planned giving.

While in private practice, Steve was a member of Wealth Counsel, a national organization for attorneys seeking to provide cutting edge strategies and documents to clients regardless of how large or small the estate.  He was also a member of Lawyers with Purpose, a national organization providing cutting-edge Medicaid or asset protection planning for modest estates.

Steve has been involved with several local chapters of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly PPP) for many years.  As a charter member and program chair of the Quad City Planned Giving Council, Steve has directed specific attention to planned giving and charitable estate planning. 

Before returning to Omaha in 2004, Steve was a board member and the investment chair of the Community Foundation of Fort Dodge and North Central Iowa for several years.  He has talked to various civic groups on effective charitable giving.  Additionally, Steve has served as president of the Grace University alumni association from 2005 to 2009. 

Steve and his wife, Faye, have four children and four grandchildren.  Steve and his family are actively involved in their church.  Steve enjoys playing outdoor sports with his family such as biking, basketball, tennis and hiking.  During inclement weather, board games and reading are included in Steve’s hobbies.

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