In Memoriam: Steven A. Hirsch

Phoenix, AZ - With heavy hearts, we at Quarles & Brady say goodbye to our dear friend, colleague, and consummate counselor, Steve Hirsch. Surrounded by the family he adored, Steve's valiant battle against pancreatic cancer ended on December 1, 2016 at the Hospice of the Valley's Sherman Home on the Mayo Clinic Hospital campus.

Born on October 22, 1955 in Phoenix, Arizona, Steve treasured being known as an Arizona native with honor and pride. A lifelong Arizona resident, Steve knew the canyons, peaks and flats of this great state as well as anyone. His love of wildlife and the outdoors were kindled in him by his father, Robert "Bob" Hirsch, who was also a devout recreational outdoorsman and acclaimed Arizona outdoors columnist, photographer and broadcaster and by his mother, Mary, who was an accomplished naturalist and art illustrator of outdoor books, art and posters. Steve intrinsically became an avid wild game enthusiast whose passion for wildlife and habitat led him to serve the Arizona foundation Wildlife for Tomorrow, as a Director and President for over 16 years, and the Boy Scouts of America, as a Scoutmaster and Board Member, where he received multiple awards for his contributions to the Boy Scouts.

Steve attended the University of Arizona for undergraduate and law school where he received his J.D. with high distinction in 1980.  From there, he began what would become a very distinguished legal career of service to both his clients and the legal profession. Steve's talents and willingness to serve led him to a vast array of leadership roles throughout his career, including the State Bar of Arizona/Arizona Bar Foundation, most recently as its Second Vice President; the American Bar Association: Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; the Maricopa County Bar Association; the University of Arizona Law College Association as former President and Board Member; Founder and former President and Director of the Morris Institute for Justice; and the Arizona Commission for Access to Justice.  

Steve practiced in the areas of business law, utility law and commercial litigation and was a certified real estate specialist by the State Bar of Arizona. Phoenix Office Managing Partner Nicole Stanton said, "Steve was committed to excellence in everything he did. It showed in his work, his community service and his relationships." Throughout his career, he received wide professional recognition, including that of Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers, and listings in the premier legal directories of Chambers USA, Best Lawyers of America, Southwest Super Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, along with many other outstanding member and service awards resulting from his devotion to the organizations he served.

Steve was a respected and beloved member of the Arizona legal community and community at large precisely for the way he so generously gave of his time and talents. Always one to extend himself in serving others, Steve was known to deliver just the right story or quip with just the right tenor and timing. He will be remembered by all who knew him as one who never backed down from a challenge yet always shared his grace and lightheartedness in leading others through challenging times or opportunities with a "can do" spirit.

We will miss the ring of his wit and laughter, his reasoned experience and wisdom, and his infectious energy and positivity. While Steve has left us now, he has left us all the better for having been a part of the Quarles & Brady family.

Steve's memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 10th at the Church of the Beatitudes at 555 W. Glendale Ave. in Phoenix, AZ 85021. Memorial donations in honor of Steve may be made by following these links to Wildlife for Tomorrow or Boy Scouts of America - Grand Canyon Council. The family is gathering a compilation of stories which celebrates Steve's energetic, generous, and fun-loving character. If you would like to submit a “Steve Story,” please send your remembrance to [email protected].

Click here to read an article that was published in the Phoenix Business Journal about Steve. Click here to read Steve's obituary published in AZ Central