We care for our people.

Steven Knebel, CPA, CGMA

Leading Partner

Professional Experience

Steven began his public accounting career in Houston with Deloitte (formerly Deloitte Haskins & Sells) and transferred to Austin in 1987 shortly after the opening of the Austin office. In 2007, he became the firm’s Leading Partner, playing a key leadership role in the operations and strategic efforts of ML&R and its affiliate, ML&R Wealth Management.

Steven’s skills as a business advisor to privately held companies and high-net worth individuals provides opportunities for ML&R, its affiliates and its strategic alliances to help our clients improve their businesses and personal lives. Steven knows that if we recruit and retain Great People, work with Great Clients who share our core values and continue Great Execution in client service, both internally and externally, then our firm and our clients will have success.

Steven’s approach to his work is especially valuable to businesses benefiting in Austin’s growing economic culture. “ML&R is blessed to be a part of Austin’s growth and have a role in the success of our people, clients and community.” Steven plays a key role in the design, coordination, and roll-out of new service lines developed specifically for Austin based companies and their executives. “I am fortunate to be surrounded by talent and energy which stimulates creative thinking and imaginative innovations for ML&R and our clients.”

Industry Focus

  • High wealth individuals
  • Law firms and their attorneys
  • Health care and their physicians
  • Family owned and managed businesses and their executives
  • Professional service firms and their executives


  • The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor of Business Administration



  • AICPA G400 Practice Advisory Group
  • Austin Area Research Organization, Chair-elect, past, Treasurer
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Finance Committee, Past Board Member and Vice Chair of Finance
  • L3 - Lives of Leadership & Legacy, Board Member
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, Finance Committee, Past President
  • St. David’s Foundation, Tax, Audit & Compliance Committee
  • The Nature Conservancy Central Texas, Advisory Board


  • American Heart Association Texas Affiliate, Inc., Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • American Heart Association Capital Area Division, Chair and Board of Directors
  • CPAmerica International, Board of Directors, Past Chair
  • Lake Travis Education Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Austin, Board of Directors
  • Long Center for the Performing Arts, Corporate Council


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Financial Executives Institute