Overview

Steve focuses on a client’s big picture, not just individual deals. He believes in investing time up front to fully understand his clients’ strategic and tactical needs before matching them with legal counsel. This often involves bringing in a team of Schiff Hardin attorneys skilled in other areas such as labor, employee benefits, tax, intellectual property, real estate and litigation.

His extensive background in representing an array of medium to large companies means Steve can offer clients clear perspectives on virtually any corporate opportunity or challenge. This includes mergers and acquisitions, public and private financing, and other complex contractual arrangements. Steve is especially adept at representing entrepreneurs and emerging businesses in their day-to-day concerns, as well as serving as outside general counsel and providing general corporate advice to business owners and senior executives. Should a client run into “compliance” issues, he also has experience with internal investigations and advising on post-investigation strategies.

Steve operates at the speed of business. He understands the need for responsive client communication and the importance of meeting deadlines (even the “impossible” ones). Unlike other corporate attorneys from major firms, he does not just move on after a deal is done. Once a corporate transaction is complete, he sticks by his clients, offering legal advice to meet their business needs and better their bottom line.

  • Experience

    • In a complex $1.05 billion transaction with many multinational and multi-U.S. jurisdictional compliance components, Steve led the Schiff Hardin team that represented Emaar. Under his guidance, the Dubai-based developer and one of the world’s largest real estate companies closed its first U.S. acquisition. This deal, which involved purchasing the second largest privately held U.S. homebuilder, received national and international publicity and strongly positioned Steve and Schiff Hardin as “go-to” lawyers for similar transactions.
    • Steve represented Laidlaw, an international transportation company, for many years during its strategic acquisition programs targeting the ambulance, school bus and passenger bus sectors, including:
      • Its $1.2 billion tender offer for American Medical Response, Inc., and $400 million tender offer for Dallas-based EmCare Holdings, two companies engaged in the emergency medical transportation business.
      • Its acquisition by cash-out merger of Indianapolis-based Mayflower Group, Inc., the second largest provider (behind Laidlaw) of school bus transportation services in North America, in a transaction valued at $250 million.
      • Its acquisition of Greyhound Lines, Inc., the largest provider of inter-city bus transportation services in North America, in a transaction valued at $700 million.
    • World’s Finest Chocolate established itself as a market leader under Steve’s counsel. He represented the company in its strategic acquisition of the Queen Anne candy brand and cordial cherry production assets from Gray and Company. World’s Finest Chocolate is now the leading brand of chocolate-covered cordial cherries and one of the top-five boxed chocolate brands sold during the holidays. The purchase included a long-term cherry supply agreement with Gray & Company; the world’s leading maker of maraschino cherries, ensuring our client will have a low-cost, reliable source of maraschino cherries.
    • Recently, Steve counseled a 50 percent partner in a major trucking and warehousing business to recoup the multimillion-dollar value of his ownership stake in the business. Despite an extremely contentious and hostile management takeover battle with his deceased 50 percent partner’s relatives, this culminated in a favorable settlement for our client.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1983, magna cum laude
      University of Illinois Law Review, Member and Business Manager
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1980, with highest honors

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law
          • Chicago Bar Association
        • Insights

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          Three Practices Recognized in The Legal 500 for Fourth Year in a Row

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s practice groups have been recognized for the fourth year in a row in The Legal 500 United States 2019 guide, which provides a nationwide analysis of law firms that provide cutting-edge and innovative advice.

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          2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

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          Schiff Represents Wealth Adviser Gary Hirschberg in Launch of Aaron Wealth Advisors

          Schiff represented veteran wealth adviser Gary Hirschberg, who spent the last 12 years at Goldman Sachs advising multi-generational families on taxation issues and philanthropy, in the launch of a new independent wealth management firm called Aaron Wealth Advisors.

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          The Legal 500 Recognizes Three Schiff Hardin Practices for the Third Time in a Row

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of its practice groups have been recognized for the third consecutive year by The Legal 500 United States 2018 guide, a nationwide analysis of law firms with input from more than 300,000 corporate counsel on which firms provide the most cutting-edge and innovative advice.

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          Schiff Hardin Announces New Executive Committee, Eisenstein Re-Elected as Managing Partner

          Schiff Hardin LLP has announced the election of its new executive committee.

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          95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

          Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

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          The Legal 500 Recognizes Three Schiff Hardin Practice Groups

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of its practice groups have been recognized in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States.

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          99 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2017 Leading Lawyers List

          Ninety-nine Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2017 Leading Lawyers list for Illinois and Michigan.

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          Schiff Hardin Announces New Executive Committee
          Marci Eisenstein elected to third term as firm’s managing partner

          In addition to Eisenstein, the seven-member executive committee includes Gabriel M. Rodriguez and Christine A. McGuinness, both of whom are new to the committee.

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          The Legal 500 Spotlights Three Schiff Hardin Practice Groups, Eight Attorneys

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three practice groups and eight attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500.