Lawyer and Harley Davidson enthusiast, Steven A. Miner II is the principal partner at the Miner Law Firm. Based in Barrington, Illinois, Steven practices in five counties and is licensed to practice in the Federal Court in the Northern District of Illinois. Steven always knew he wanted to be a lawyer and grew up going with his father to the courtroom.
Steven’s path to law school started as a young child. Steven accompanied his father to court and learned the basic fundamental skills that take some attorneys their entire career to develop. Once he graduated high school, Steven attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy. Steven then buckled down and studied for the LSAT, worked for his father and then attended John Marshall Law School where he graduated and received his Juris Doctor.
After law school, Steven was able to take what he learned from his father and open his own practice. Steven offers his clients a wide variety of legal services including but not limited to, family matters, adoption, landlord/tenant cases, felonies and misdemeanors, traffic offenses, residential and commercial real estate transactions, probate, business and contract law, and many more.
Steven A. Miner II has always been someone who is willing to do the right thing and happy to defend and advocate for something he believes in. Steven prides himself in standing up for anyone who is in need of legal services and wants to do what is right, even when no one else is willing to do so.
When Steven isn’t in the courtroom, you can find him riding his motorcycle. Steven finds riding relaxing and meditative. It allows him to refocus and be ready for court the next day! For more information, please visit Steven on Twitter!
Our Interview With Steven A. Miner II:
What’s the most important thing we should know about you?
Steven A. Miner II: The most important thing to know about me is that I treat representing my clients very seriously. The problems or challenges my clients face do not merely stop existing at the close of business each day. Their problems or difficulties continue to exist until a solution is devised. I pride myself on making sure that each client knows that I understand that and that I am there for them when they need me.
Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.
Steven A. Miner II: Never quit and keep going forward. You have to dig deep within yourself and find a reason to keep pushing yourself to achieve that goal.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Steven A. Miner II: I would say becoming an attorney. It has allowed me to meet a lot of wonderful people and hopefully make a difference in the lives of many.
What did you waste the most time on when you were first starting your career?
Steven A. Miner II: I wouldn’t say that I “wasted” time, but I definitely spent an abundant amount of time preparing and re-preparing for what are seemingly simple things now. I would mentally rehearse what I wanted to say in Court on something like a simple status matter. I think that I did so out of fear of saying the wrong thing or sounding unintelligent as a new attorney at the time.
Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without.
Steven A. Miner II: Unfortunately, my phone. I am on it all the time.
What is your favorite hobby and why?
Steven A. Miner II: Riding my motorcycle both with my wife and sometimes by myself. The best aspect of riding for me is that I put my phone in a bag and do not look at it. Riding allows me to escape work for a while and enjoy the moment.
What excites you the most about your industry right now?
Steven A. Miner II: I would say the overall evolution of the law itself. Fortunately, the law is adapting to the progression of society in some regards, and I would contend that the progression enables easier resolution of cases where antiquated legal concepts that were relevant many years ago, may not apply to the current societal norms.
What concerns you most about your industry right now?
Steven A. Miner II: The influx of the internet and websites like LegalZoom are starting to create more problems than necessary (in my opinion).
What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
Steven A. Miner II: I am not a risk-taker per se. Anyone that knows me well would say that I always “do my homework” and investigate a decision before I make it.
Name one small habit that positively impacts your productivity.
Steven A. Miner II: eBay. I generally go on it at least three or four times per day, sometimes to even browse. I typically have zero intention of purchasing anything that I look at (usually nice cars), but it is nice to look (and dream).
What tips do you have for getting a seat at the table?
Steven A. Miner II: Work hard and put in the time, it will pay off.
What book has made the biggest impact on your life?
Steven A. Miner II: Two books have had an impact on my life. The first is Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and the second is The Operator by Rob O’Neill. Both books discuss the mental fortitude needed to complete a seemingly impossible challenge. According to Luttrell and O’Neill, no matter how difficult something may seem, if you just do not quit, you will make it.
Do you value intelligence or common sense more? Why?
Steven A. Miner II: Both are equally important. Someone who is book smart but has no common sense cannot work through a problem because they may only see the world within strict parameters. However, someone who is street smart but lacks intelligence may not be able to see the subsequent pitfalls of a decision. The intelligent person should be able to recognize what they have been taught. Both intelligence and common sense intricately work together.
What would you consider to be the perfect day?
Steven A. Miner II: A motorcycle trip with my wife to nowhere particular and no phone service. I simply enjoy being in the moment.