Attorneys

Clients look to Steve for guidance in a wide range of legal issues in a diverse array of industries including manufacturing, publishing, insurance, finance, technology, apparel, hospitality, real estate, professional services, and wholesale and retail distribution. Business owners, management, and in-house counsel rely on Steve’s broad legal and business background in addressing the myriad issues confronting both closely held and public companies. His experience encompasses numerous aspects of business law, including entity selection, formation, and governance; equity and debt financing transactions; acquisition and disposition of business interests and assets; contract negotiations; licensing arrangements; employment matters; and dispute resolution. He is also experienced in the ever-changing field of federal and state securities regulation, including the ongoing representation of publicly held companies. Steve currently heads the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice group.

In addition, Steve is rated AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

Representative Experience

Steve has provided representation regarding a wide range of legal issues arising in connection with the selection, formation, organization, capitalization, operation, and liquidation of corporations, general and limited partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, and other forms of business entities. These transactions have included mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, reorganizations, shareholder disputes, workouts, and contractual matters. He is also experienced in federal and state securities regulation and has represented issuers in a variety of public and private securities offerings, as well as tender offer, proxy solicitation, periodic reporting, and compliance matters.

Education

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma,1979
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Editor, Oklahoma Law Review, 1978-1979
  • M.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1979
  • B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1976

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Corporate Counsel Section (Chairman, 1994-1995)
    • Securities Law Section
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Section
  • Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (1979-2010)

Honors and Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2000 – 2016
  • Legal Leaders/Top Rated Lawyers, ALM and Martindale-Hubbell, recognized 2013 – 2016