In memory of Steven Carby

Steven D. Carby, LLC
628 Stoner Avenue
Suite C
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-734-8971
www.carbylawfirm.com


Steven Dennis Carby was born on July 30, 1966. He died on May 26, 2017.
Steve graduated from McHenry High School in McHenry, Illinois, where he was a
stand out on both the track and cross-country team. Steve attended the University
of South Florida on a cross-country scholarship and obtained a B.S. in Finance. He
then went on to graduate from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
After graduating, Steve successfully passed the Michigan Bar Exam and the
Louisiana Bar Exam.

Throughout his career, Steve was Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of
Shreveport, as well as a former Special Assistant District Attorney for the 1st Judicial
Court in Caddo Parish. For the remainder of his practice, he primarily handled both
criminal and personal injury matters. He was a proud member of the Louisiana
State Bar Association, Michigan State Bar Association, Louisiana Trial Lawyers
Association, American Association for Justice, and the Shreveport Bar Association.
He was also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and the Louisiana Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Steve was a man of the people and was beloved by his clients and friends.
Steve represented the injured and the accused, and so often took upon their
problems as his own. Steve always found the good in people and truly understood
the hurdles in life that tripped people up. He often lamented that, but for a
particular circumstance, most people could end up in the same lot. From that
perspective, Steve took a special interest in helping his clients and being supportive
of the other attorneys he worked with.

One such attorney wrote:

I spoke with Steve nearly every day for 5 years. He was constantly upbeat
and seemed to always find the silver lining in the muck of the practice of law.
Although we talked every day, he was treating for a life threatening illness
for months and never mentioned it. Many times, I later learned, I was
speaking with him while he was receiving chemotherapy. He never said a
word, and I only found out later because of a slip in the mail at his office.
Although he was suffering, he never let on; never expressed any sadness;
was always uplifting and encouraging me through my complaints of the day.
I will truly miss Steve. He was always professional, cooperative, and looked
to find the common ground with a smile on his face. We could all learn from
his example.

Another attorney wrote:

My son was in serious trouble; serious trouble of his own making. Steve went
to bat for him one more time. Just a few short months before his death Steve sat
in room with my son and explained that he'd been given one more chance. He now
had a serious record and probation but, he would walk out of jail that day. Steve
told him when he walked out that he would begin writing a new chapter in the
book of his life. What was written would be up to him and could only be written
by him, not his family or his attorney. It was up to him to walk the straight and
narrow and begin living a clean and productive life. Needless to say, my son was
very distraught upon hearing of Steve's death. The reason? He knew Steve really
cared about him. He understood that what Steve told him came from the heart and
that he really wanted him to succeed. He wasn't just a case that would be closed.
Steve said, "I pride myself on providing the advocacy and guidance clients
need in difficult and uncertain situations. My clients are people who have made a
mistake or those who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. I stand on their
side, up against criminal prosecutors or insurance companies. In both criminal and
personal injury cases, my clients' lives are upside down. I take immediate steps to
keep their lives on track and prepare their cases." Steve lived and practiced by
these words.

Sticking to his Illinois roots, Steve was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago
Bears fan. His main hobby, outside of work, was golf. Until the end, he was a
frequent player at Southern Trace Country Club, where he was a proud member.
He also played in many club tournaments, even helping to sponsor many of the
tournaments when he could.

Due to one of his children's hearing deficit, Steve became a vocal advocate
for those who have had to live with similar conditions. Through this advocacy, Steve
served as a long-time member on the Board of Directors for the Leonard and Betty
Phillips Deaf Action Center of Louisiana. He was a proud supporter of those who
had hearing disabilities and often raised funds and encouraged others to support
this cause that he was so passionate about.

Steve was married to Kelly, and was the proud father of three children Blake,
Bennett, and Sydney. His love and support for his children knew no bounds. He
could often be found spending his weekends with the children. From school events
to soccer games to track events, Steve was always extremely supportive of his
children in all of their endeavors. Steve always felt that his children were his
greatest contribution to this world. There was not a moment that you would see
Steve more prideful than when he was discussing his children and their respective
accomplishments. They truly held a special place in his hear