Steve Cain leads a life committed to service above self. Steve’s life-long commitment to faith, family, and community guides him in his roles as advocate and judge. And now, with the belief that judges should be servants of the law, Steve is running for Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge.
Servant of the Law
With ten years of judicial experience, Steve is comfortable with his role on the bench and the need to remain impartial when applying the law. This is reflected in his distinguished legal career. After receiving undergraduate and law degrees from Marquette University, Steve began his litigation career in 1999 as an associate at Houseman & Feind LLP in Grafton. While at Houseman & Feind LLP, Steve was named partner in 2004. After being elected Municipal Court Judge in 2009, Steve joined Stippich, Selin & Cain in Cedarburg.
Throughout Steve’s career, he has focused on advancing his clients’ interests in the courtroom. Steve has tried numerous civil and criminal jury trials and has conducted oral arguments before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Steve’s diverse legal practice includes general litigation, municipal law, and criminal defense. Steve formerly served as a municipal prosecutor for several Ozaukee County municipalities.
In 2009, Steve recognized the need for new judicial leadership on the Mid-Moraine Municipal Court serving Ozaukee and Washington Counties, and boldly challenged the incumbent Judge, winning over 60% of the vote in Ozaukee County. After Steve’s first two years on the bench, Mequon and Thiensville chose to join the Mid-Moraine Municipal Court. Currently, the Mid-Moraine Municipal Court is one of the largest in the State, processing over 20,000 matters annually. Since 2009, Steve has streamlined court operations by instituting largely paperless, user-friendly and efficient processes that are respected and emulated by joint municipal courts statewide.
In addition to Steve’s role as a Municipal Judge, Steve has emerged as a leader in the law on crucial public safety issues. Steve serves (or has served previously) as a member of the Ozaukee County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council (which increases efficiency and collaboration among criminal justice agencies), the chairman and founder of the Truancy Collaborating Committee (which cooperates with school districts to reduce truancy), the president of the Wisconsin Municipal Judges Association, a periodic moderator of a Victim Impact Panel (which allows operating while intoxicated (OWI) offenders to hear the real-life consequences that drunk driving has on victims, offenders and the public), a Special Investigator for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Office of Lawyer Regulation (which investigates ethics complaints filed against lawyers), and a panelist of the State Bar of Wisconsin Fee Arbitration Panel (which arbitrates disputes between lawyers and clients regarding legal fees).
In addition to serving as a leader of the law, Steve consistently commits himself to his community. In the words of former President George H.W. Bush, Steve always has “gotten in the game.” Steve serves (or has served previously) as a member and past president of the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club, a legacy society member of the Greater Cedarburg Foundation, a member of the Ozaukee Volunteer Center, a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County, an advisory board member of Starting Point Ozaukee, a coach for the Port Washington and Cedarburg High Schools Mock Trial Teams, a member of the Cedarburg Art Museum, a den leader and Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 3803 (Westlawn/First Immanuel Lutheran), supporter of Boy Scout Troop 830, and a member of Ozaukee Fish and Game.
Steve and his wife Heather are the proud parents of two sons. The Cain family has resided in Cedarburg since 2003 and are members at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg.
Steve and his wife Heather are the proud parents of two sons.