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Steve provides legal and strategic business counsel based upon his decades of experience at top-tier law firms and in-house as general counsel of public and private companies in diverse and highly regulated industries. His clients especially value his ability to balance a business-oriented approach to problem-solving with an appreciation for legal complexity and risk.
Steve has served in a variety of senior corporate functions, including as Chief Legal Officer and member of the Executive Committee at a multi-national public company engaged in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of pharmaceuticals and chemicals with offices and operations in 10 countries. He advised senior management and the board on all legal and regulatory matters, including, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, corporate governance, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, and human resources. Steve’s noteworthy matters include a successful litigation challenging the Department of Veterans Affairs’ interpretation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 and the Federal Acquisition Regulation regarding the procurement of products of certain foreign countries, resulting in a U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruling (the substance of which was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) which not only benefited his client but which had important commercial significance for the pharmaceutical industry and for industry generally.
For more than 10 years, Steve was General Counsel to an SEC-registered investment adviser, overseeing all legal, compliance, and regulatory matters. He served as lead strategic advisor to numerous portfolio companies, advising on legal matters impacting core investment themes, including consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, health care, chemicals, mergers and acquisitions, financial services/credit facilities, and transportation.
Steve works closely with the firm’s Securities Litigation group, focusing on class action opt-out litigation, investor appraisal rights, and bondholders’ rights. The group has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for professional investors.
Steve began his legal career in private practice at an Am Law 200 firm, focusing on both corporate and securities litigation matters.