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Lawyerly Lairs: A Castle Fit For A King (& Spalding Partner)

Steven Guynn

Back in March, we wrote about Steven Guynn, who at the time was a corporate partner at King & Spalding. Above the Law readers who work at K&S are happy campers, giving the firm a solid grade of B+ in our Career Center. Alas, the allegations against Guynn would seem to merit an F. As you may recall, Guynn was accused of assaulting his alleged mistress, Jeannette Schaefer.

Today we have some updates about Steve Guynn (all via Teri Buhl). First, Guynn is reportedly getting divorced from his wife, Kristie Guynn. Second, the criminal case against him no longer appears in the online docket for the Connecticut courts (perhaps because it has been moved to a domestic violence docket). Third, he is no longer at King & Spalding.

(We reached out to King & Spalding to confirm Guynn’s departure from the firm. They did not respond to our inquiry, but Guynn’s bio has been pulled from the firm website. Here is a cached version, which shows Guynn’s impressive educational and professional background, including the two other top firms where he was once a partner.)

The allegations against Steven Guynn have never been proven. But here is one thing established beyond a reasonable doubt: his multimillion-dollar mansion is fit for royalty. Shall we take a peek?

According to Teri Buhl, the Guynn residence, located at 309 Laurel Road in tony New Canaan, Connecticut, was initially put up for sale at $3.6 million. After sitting on the market for more than 150 days, the price was dropped to $3.295 million.

Here’s how the listing, by Rita Kirby of Sotheby’s, describes the house:

Magnificent Georgian colonial sited on 2 manicured acres, renovated in 2006 with sophistication and style. Four beautifully finished levels — stunning designer kitchen and baths, elaborate millwork, handsome cherry library with coffering, 9 and 10 foot ceilings, whole house sound system, media room, amazing gym (think Equinox!), award winning pool/spa/terraces, and views overlooking verdant lawns, gardens and woodlands. This has the WOW factor! Great location, convenient to village, trains and school.

WOW, indeed. The house boasts almost 7,000 square feet of interior space (and an annual tax bill of $31,000). Other notable numbers:

  • 15 total rooms
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 7 baths, 2 half-baths
  • 4 fireplaces
  • 3-car garage

A three-car garage? Truth be told, that disappoints me a little. (This is not the first time I’ve expressed disapproval of a multimillion-dollar house with just three garage spaces.)

But the rest of the residence lives up to the listing’s lyrical description. Let’s take a walk around the premises….

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