Profile

Steve practices in the McNees Corporate & Tax Group and is an experienced mergers and acquisitions attorney and trusted legal advisor to businesses and executives throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

As a leading mergers and acquisitions attorney, Steve has successfully led numerous clients through mergers and acquisitions, sales and other strategic ventures — whether as lead attorney for sellers, buyers and investors or as local counsel for publicly-traded companies acquiring Pennsylvania-based businesses. In the Pennsylvania corporate M&A community, Steve is widely-regarded as a “deal maker” who combines a keen sense of client objectives with an instinct for finding compromise, all with the aim of getting deals done. In fact, in recent years, Steve has twice been named the “M&A Attorney of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, both in 2020 and 2022.

All of Steve’s extraordinary M&A experience, has enabled him to be a “go-to” founder’s advisor helping founders identify strategic exit options, engage in pre-transaction planning, evaluating investment banking needs and navigating the transaction process to its successful conclusion.  To that end, over the last several years, Steve and his team have successfully closed over 100 transactions involving a liquidity event for founders, whether through “all-out” sales or partial sales to private equity firms.

In addition to his M&A practice, Steve often serves as primary outside general counsel to those companies with limited or no in-house legal capabilities.  Given his reputation of having a unique combination of legal and business strategy skills, Steve sits on Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards for leading Pennsylvania businesses.

Active in the community, Steve is the immediate past Chair of the Whitaker Center’s Board of Directors and is a founding board member of the Keystone Mergers & Acquisition Council.  In addition, since 2014, Steve has been a member of Vistage.

EXPERIENCE/REPRESENTATIVE CASES

M&A EXPERIENCE

  • Counseled senior level executives and principals in assessing strategic opportunities on both the “buy side” and “sell side”
  •  Led negotiations on behalf of clients for letters of intent, term sheets and sale and acquisition agreements
  •  Placed acquirers with debt and equity financing sources
  •  Led negotiations on behalf of clients selling to private equity firms or taking investments from private equity firms
  •  Represented private investors in both minority and majority investment transactions
  •  Served as lead local counsel for public companies acquiring Pennsylvania businesses

OUTSIDE GENERAL COUNSEL EXPERIENCE

  • Served as trusted legal advisor to senior level executives and principals on matters ranging from key commercial/revenue side arrangements to managing and resolving disputes prior to litigation
  •  Managed companies’ internal legal affairs including employee arrangements, corporate governance, risk management and compliance
  •  Managed companies’ external legal affairs including customer, vendor and strategic partner arrangements
  •  Served as a member of advisory boards for leading Pennsylvania businesses
  •  Provided succession planning counseling and implementation related to both ownership and operations

OTHER COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Represented shareholders in disputes with other shareholders involving deadlocks, breach of fiduciary duties and other governance disagreements
  •  Represented developers in the acquisition, financing and development of real estate projects
  •  Represented lenders and borrowers in loan and other financing transactions
  •  Represented businesses in insurance captive arrangements
  • Represented technology-based businesses in licensing and other transactions involving the commercialization of their tools and applications
  • Represented product companies in arrangements with “big box” retailers, QVC and the television show, Shark Tank

 

EDUCATION

Bucknell University, B.A., 1995

The Penn State Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1998

HONORS/AWARDS

Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Corporate Law, 2011, 2012, 2013

The Best Lawyers in America® Since 2012

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” Corporate law 2015 and Mergers and Acquisitions Law 2020, 2022, 2024

MEMBERSHIPS

York County Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, Board Member

Keystone Mergers & Acquisition Council, Board Member

Vistage, Member

Whitaker Center’s Board of Directors, Past-Chair

 

COURT ADMISSIONS

United States District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas

York County Court of Common Pleas

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

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