Joseph Steffen and his legal team are proud to operate their practice through a trauma-informed lens. Trauma is typically defined as a psychological and emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. In this line of work, encounters with people who have undergone mild to severe trauma are prevalent throughout our daily operations. We acknowledge firsthand that law practices aren't particularly known for creating spaces where clients feel they can be vulnerable about their struggles. We aim to change that.
Instead of asking, "what is wrong with you?" our team leads with the more relevant question, "what happened to you?" This helps to facilitate deeper client connections, higher success rates, and more powerful advocacy on your behalf. We take this approach to avoid re-traumatization and to ensure that new traumatic experiences are not created as a result of working with our practice.
When it comes to his clients, Joe Steffen fights for justice every step of the way. His office is designed for personal attention to your case. He has been a litigation attorney for serious injury, discrimination, and education matters for over 35 years. He is licensed in Georgia and Virginia.
Joe acquired skills and unique insight into the workings of education laws and systems while working for nine years as the in-house legal counsel for Savannah State University. In addition, his personal passion for cycling led him to become an advocate for safe cycling and the bicycle community.
When he's not working on cases, Joe is active in his church and community, having spent time as a city councilman and chairman of Savannah's Historic Review Board.
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Degree: JD – May, 1982 – GPA 3.05
Wake Forest University
Degree: BA History – May, 1979 – Cum Laude
Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) of University System of Georgia (2012)
Admitted to Practice: Virginia Courts (1982), Georgia Courts (2002), and US District Court S.D. Ga. (2008)
Areas of Concentration: Education, Workers Compensation, Government Benefits, Personal Injury, Governmental Relations, Cycling Advocacy
Twice voted Savannah’s Best Attorney (Connect Magazine)
Director of Legal and Governmental Affairs
President of Community Development Corporation
Instructor – Business Law, New River Community College, Dublin, VA
Instructor – Business Law, Radford University, Radford, VA
Instructor – Sociology and Ethics, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Frequent Lecturer for Education In-service Programs, Government, History, Sports and Law Topics
American Heart Association Lobbyist (VA)
Past Member: MENSA Intl., Rotary, Jaycees
Board of Directors, Big Brother/Big Sisters
Legal Aid Society of the New River Valley, Inc.
Savannah’s Promise (Literacy Volunteer)
Board of Directors, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club
Board of Directors, King-Tisdell Foundation
CASA, Board of Directors
Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
Election Commentator - ABC/Fox 22 TV, Savannah, Georgia, 2003 - current
Political Commentator and Guest Host - WBMQ-AM, Savannah, Georgia, 2003-current
Brandy is an Army veteran who was born and raised in the deep south of Louisiana. She and her four kids reside in Savannah, GA. As a survivor of MST, a subsequent PTSD diagnosis, and the decades-long medical issues stemming from her assault, Brandy has worked tirelessly as an outspoken advocate for other survivors, veterans, and service members.
Last year, at 41 years old, Brandy received her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Additional education includes graduate coursework in strategic communications from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Journalism from Northwestern State University, military public affairs training at the Defense Information School, certification as an emergency manager from the State of Georgia, and qualifications as a civil and domestic mediator. Her successes include a statewide Top 40 Under 40 award in Georgia for her public relations work with veteran nonprofits, contributions on an Emmy Award-winning project, placement of a previous employer on the Inc. 5000 “fastest-growing company” list, and student bar election as representative to the American Bar Association.
Professionally, Brandy has worked extensively in communications and public information, helping multiple organizations and agencies navigate their crisis communications and reputation strategies. Her experience includes work in military/veteran/government, corporate, nonprofit, emergency management, homeland security, and public safety sectors, including a position as lead public information officer for a state emergency management agency. Brandy's certifications as an emergency manager and POST Instructor allow her to manage crises and teach public safety professionals how to coordinate information efficiently and effectively during preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.
In her spare time, she serves as a guardian ad litem for children in the Chatham County courts, the board chair for the South Fulton Mediation Center, a member of the Trust Network working on national initiatives for overcoming conflict through mediation, and an advocate for veterans, children, and disabled persons.
Certified Emergency Manager, IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers)
Certified Emergency Manager, State of Georgia
POST/public safety instructor, State of Georgia
Civil and Domestic Mediator
Guardian Ad Litem
CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate)
Compassion Fatigue Educator
Compassion Fatigue Practitioner
Jordi Granger was born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in Orange Park, a town outside Jacksonville, Florida. She married her high school sweetheart Ed Granger in 2002 and right away started her 15-year career playing football in the WFA and the USWFL (Women Football League). After retirement, Jordi and her husband Ed moved to Savannah to be close to family.
Jordi is now celebrating 20 years married and is a proud aunt of to eight amazing nephews. In her spare time, Jordi coaches little league baseball and volunteers for various nonprofits. Jordi is an ambassador for the City Savannah Chamber. She also serves as a board chair and member of Migrant Equity South Georgia, an organization that advocates for immigrant rights and works directly with the refugee communities of South Georgia.