Stephen focuses his practice on corporate and transactional law as well as commercial litigation. He advises clients ranging from entrepreneurs to large corporations across industries, including consumer products, technology, marketing and advertising, and manufacturing. Stephen is a dedicated business partner who spends time getting to know his clients and understanding their unique goals and legal concerns before developing innovative solutions to achieve their objectives.
Stephen works closely with entrepreneurs beginning with early-stage planning and encompassing all aspects of entity formation, governance, and financing, providing practical advice and counsel along every step of the way. He represents companies of all ages and sizes in a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, including:
- Private company purchases and sales transactions
- Private equity and venture capital investment transactions
- Commercial licensing
- General corporate counsel representation to clients including those in consumer goods industry
- Secured and unsecured credit transactions of all sizes and types
He also has considerable experience with immigration and entertainment law. As a former musician and songwriter, Stephen has a deep appreciation for protecting artists’ rights. He represents entertainers and artists with regard to their trademark and other brand rights, as well as in contractual matters. Stephen also assists his clients in securing visas, permanent residency, and other immigration benefits for company founders, investors, and integral personnel.
Stephen is passionate about pro bono service, and is involved in the Community Justice Program, which provides free legal services to those who would otherwise lack access to quality legal counsel.
Prior to joining Michael Best, Stephen was a partner in a Texas-based firm specializing in providing legal services for entrepreneurs and their investors.