Steve Merrival was born on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, one of the poorest communities in our nation, plagued by alcoholism, violence and all the other ills that flow from poverty and racism. Because of a positive mentorship experience, Steve was able to successfully navigate these obstacles. Through mentorship, Steve graduated from high school, attended college, played college soccer, and prepared for his legal career. Steve attended the University of Wisconsin School of Law.
Steve is currently a deputy prosecuting attorney. Throughout his career, mentors have helped Steve to effectively handle cases in district court, superior court, the court of appeals, United States District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Steve has successfully handled a wide range of misdemeanor, felony cases involving homicide, significant drug offenders, violent offenders, and juvenile offenders. Steve is most proud of the respect and trust he maintains within the legal community.
Steve is a mentor in the legal and greater community. Steve has volunteered with the Tacoma Boys and Girls Club, local high school football teams, and moot courts, including the University of Washington. Steve has coached youth soccer, taught Boy Scout badge regarding government, and currently serves as the Secretary Treasurer of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association. In recognition of his contributions, Steve was awarded the Bertha Snell Award in recognition of his tenacity and courage in overcoming obstacles to practice law. Steve understands the positive effects that mentorship has had on his personally and professional development.