Belin Lamson McCormick Zumbach Flynn
Steve Zumbach’s successful legal practice has shaped the business world with mergers and acquisitions, while his volunteer work has revitalized the corporate climate, created jobs and developed millions of dollars in economic growth for Central Iowa.
Steve grew up in Manchester, Iowa with a strong agricultural foundation and went on to graduate from Iowa State University and obtain his CPA in 1973, followed by a law degree from the University of Iowa in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Economics from ISU in 1980. Also in 1973, Governor Robert Ray appointed Steve as the first young person to the Iowa Board of Regents.
In 1977, Steve joined the Herrick, Langdon, Belin, Harris, Langdon, and Helmick law firm only to see it break apart nine months later. But Steve and other young associates saw it as a rare opportunity to rebuild the company from the ground up. Today, the Belin Law firm consists of 32 partners and 8 associates, strategically recruited from the top of their class, from the top law schools in the nation. Steve has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for four areas of practice and Chambers & Partners praises the firm as “a team of stellar individuals headed by rainmaker Steve Zumbach, the market’s clear leader.”
During Steve’s volunteer work on the ISU Foundation, their capital campaigns grew from raising $15 million to as much as $100 million dollars per year. He’s also been recognized with the ISU Alumni Medal and Order of the Knoll award to name a few.
Steve’s first involvement with The Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation helped to bring in $30 million dollars in federal and state grants for the ISU College of Agriculture and also helped establish the Drake Ag Law Center. In 1993, Steve’s work with Project 21 and his chairmanship of The Chamber Federation earned him a national Excellence in Economic Development Award. His proactive, comprehensive plan for economic development was a fresh approach that set Des Moines on a new course for attracting business and workforce development. In 2000, he played a critical role with the formation of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and as its chair in 2003, led the Project Destiny vision effort which identified for the first time the “quality of life” mission as a key economic driver. In 2004, BRAVO Greater Des Moines launched under Steve’s leadership as an important collaborative effort of business, community and arts leaders coming together to create a world-class community.
Steve’s family includes wife Kathy, daughter Stephanie and her husband Justin Hu, and son Matthew.