Steven E. Zumbach
Name: Steven E. Zumbach
Firm Name: Belin McCormick, P.C.
Jurisdiction: USA - Iowa
Practice Area: Corporate Law

Telephone: 515-283-4625
Fax: 515-558-0625

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Professional Biography:

With a law degree, CPA, and a Ph.D. in Economics, Steve Zumbach brings the added dimension of business counseling to his law practice.  He is often brought into situations dealing with succession planning, disputes amongst business partners and complex financings and refinancings.

Steve’s core practice is the closely-held family business.  He is one of the few lawyers with strong practice skills in estate planning, business law, and mergers and acquisitions matters.  As a result, he can integrate both estate planning and corporate planning expertise into the representation of family business and the families which own them.  Steve has a long track record of getting the most difficult acquisitions completed on the buy and sell side.  In part, that is because he brings his interdisciplinary background of law, economics, and accounting together to be a problem solver in the deal room.

Honors and Accomplishments

– Inducted: Iowa Business Hall of Fame

– Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service as an Iowan

– Recognized 150 Iowans Who Made a Difference

– Iowa State University Order of the Knoll Cardinal and Gold Award

– Iowa State University Alumni Medal

– Iowa State University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

– Bravo Culture and the Arts Award

– The World Food Prize Iowa Founders Award

– A. Arthur Davis Distinguished Leadership Award

– Excellence in Economic Development Award given by the American Economic Development Council

– Iowa Certified Public Accountants Public Service Award

– Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist, Association of Fundraising Professionals

Admitted to Practice (State)

– Iowa

Admitted to Practice (Federal)

– U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa

– U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa

– U.S. Tax Court

– U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

– U.S. Supreme Court

Community & Professional Activities


Chambers USA – Corporate M&A – Star Individual

Best Lawyers’ Des Moines Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers’ Des Moines Estates and Trusts Lawyer of the Year

The Best Lawyers in America® listed for:

– Mergers & Acquisitions Law

– Corporate Law

– Trusts and Estates

– Non-Profit/Charities Law

Corporate INTL Global:  Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year in Iowa

Corporate Live Wire Iowa Lawyer of the Year

Corporate/M&A Worth Magazine Top 100 Lawyers 

Leaders In Law:  Expert in Corporate Law in Iowa 

Super Lawyers – Mergers & Acquisitions – Super Lawyer designation for Iowa:

– Mergers & Acquisitions Law

– Corporate Law

– Trusts and Estates

– Non-Profit/Charities Law

The American College Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow)

Advisory Board: Bureau of National Affairs Tax Management

Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (Member)


Honorary Co-Chair ISU Forever Capital Campaign (2013-2020; $1.1 billion fundraising goal)

Greater Des Moines Partnership Executive Committee (2011-present)

Capital Corridor, Co-Chair (2011-2014)

United Way Campaign, Chair (2010)

Bravo Greater Des Moines, Chair (2005)

Greater Des Moines Partnership, Chair (2003)

Greater Des Moines Committee, Chair (2000)

Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation, Chair (1993)

Iowa State University Campaign Destiny Scholarship Campaign Co-Chair (1995-2000;$458.6 million raised)

Iowa State University Partnership for Prominence Capital Campaign, Deputy National Chair (1988-1993; $214.5 million raised)

Iowa State University Research Foundation, Chair (1991-1993)

Des Moines Estate Planning Council, Chair (1990-1991)

Iowa State University Alumni Association, President (1986)

Iowa State Board of Regents, Member (1973-1977)

Iowa Bicentennial Commission (1976)

National Planning Board for the White House Conference on Aging (Member, 1970-1972)

Advisor to the Registrant {advisory council for Vietnam era changes to the draft} (1968)


Bankers Trust Company, Community Board

Excell Marketing, L.C., Advisory Board

Kum & Go, Advisory Board

Miles Funds, Inc., Chairman of the Board


Publications and Presentations

BNA Portfolio 833, Special Use Valuation  “Divorce, Corporate Style,” The Practical Accountant.