Steve was born in Moline, IL on August 4, 1954. After graduating from United Township High School in 1972, he was a construction worker for International Harvester and John Deere Harvester until he started classes at Black Hawk College in 1983. Steve earned an associates degree and went on to graduate from St. Ambrose University in 1986. In May 1990, he completed his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. In addition, he attended University of Iowa, College of Law, for one year as a visiting student. He became an Iowa Licensed Attorney in June 1990, an Illinois Licensed Attorney in November 1990, and in December 1990, he became licensed in Federal Court.
Upon graduation, Steve went to work for a mid-sized law firm in Moline, IL where he focused in insurance defense and general litigation. Since September 1995, he has practiced in criminal defense. Working with Attorney Jonathan Ruud and Attorney Rebecca Ruggero, Steve Hanna has been recognized as an industry leader in criminal defense by Leading Lawyers, and was feature in Leading Lawyers Magazine in 2013, for successfully suppressing drugs trafficking evidence from introduction into evidence and representing thousands of DUI, OWI, Drunk Driving, and criminal defense clients since 1990.