At the end of the month, community chairman Steve Zumbach will retire from the Belin McCormick law firm, where he has worked since 1977, the firm said.
Zumbach’s practice focused on closely run family businesses. His main areas of practice have been mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, estate law, tax law and non-profit organizations. He was also very active in the community and at Iowa State University.
Zumbach earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, his law degree from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate in economics from Iowa State. He is also an auditor.
He was a Fellow in the American College Trust and Estate Counsel, and was named Corporate M&A Star by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Merger and Acquisition Attorney of the Year in Des Moines, Best Attorney in Des Moines Estate and Trusts of the Year, The 100 Best Year and Worth Magazine attorneys.
He has served on the Iowa Board of Regents, Chairman of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation, Chairman of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Founder of Bravo, Co-Founder of the Cultivation Corridor, and Yearbook of the United Way of Central Iowa Campaign Chair. Zumbach is currently the co-chair of the Central Iowa Water Trails Project.
He and his wife, Kathy, are also currently honorary co-chairs of the $ 1.5 billion ISU Forever Capital Campaign. Zumbach has supported Iowa State University for over four decades. He has been involved in every Iowa State University capital campaign since the 1970s. He was president of the Iowa State University Alumni Association in 1987.
Zumbach’s recognitions include induction into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame, Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist, Founder Award of the Iowa World Food Prize, Order of the Knoll Cardinal and Gold Award from Iowa State University, Alumni Medal from Iowa State University, and the Iowa State University’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. The Bravo Award, Excellence in Economic Development Award, presented by the American Economic Development Council and recognized by the Iowans who made a difference: 150 years of agricultural progress.