Stephen grew up in the Bay Area, graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder, and then attended law school here in Tacoma at the University of Puget Sound, where he graduated in 1992. He has devoted his practice to criminal defense since 1993, and he occasionally acts as a pro tem judge for the Pierce County District Court.
A gifted writer, Stephen started Shuman Law as a law student, helping local lawyers write legal briefs for $10 an hour. Upon graduation, he devoted his time and energy to building a firm that offered trustworthy legal help at a fair price. For 27 years, Stephen has worked towards maintaining that vision. Stephen prides himself on his great relationship with the courts and prosecutors, and his reputation amongst his peers as a wise and vigorous advocate for his clients.
In his free time, Stephen’s two greatest passions are music and reading. He plays mandolin and guitar, performs with his bluegrass band, and enjoys listening to classical, jazz, bluegrass, reggae, and jamband music. He walks Mac, the office dog, every day, and he enjoys hiking, kayaking, and ethnic dining.