I have been involved in hundreds of mergers and acquisitions and as a result, I understand the process
in detail and am prepared to assist you navigate to a successful transaction.
A core piece of my practice is assisting clients with their general business and corporate legal needs.
Many times this involves the preparation and negotiation of contracts necessary for the business
GBL helps owners at all stages of owning a business – from choosing the best business entity to transitioning the business to the next generation or selling the business.
Although understanding that the practice of law is a serious business, GBL’s first rule is to make sure not to take ourselves too seriously because life is too short. Steve believes that being happy makes one a better person and, as a result, a better and more effective attorney. If you doubt this, think about the decisions you made when you were unhappy - better or worse than when you were in a good spot?
I was told as a young man by my wise and sage Grandmother - God gave you two ears and one mouth - so always listen twice as much as you talk. Therefore, I listen to what my clients want, I listen to what the other side is saying (and sometimes more importantly, what they aren’t saying), I listen to other stakeholders - because only after listening can an effective plan of action be developed.
Given the need for analytical abilities that comes with the job description, the ability to be flexible and creative is often overlooked. Therefore, I frequently step back from a problem and tell myself to “stop thinking like a lawyer” to see what I am missing and how I can solve the problem from a different perspective.
To be an effective attorney focused on the needs of my client, I put my ego aside. I don’t need to win every argument to demonstrate my skill and I keep my eye on the ultimate goal - to help you and your business take the next step, manage risk, solve problems - rather than having to win. If I have to fall on the sword or abandon a legal strategy because it doesn’t fit your business strategy - so be it. I constantly ask myself as I work for my clients, does my approach advance their goals and is it worth the investment? I know that law is not practiced in a vacuum, it has a significant impact on your business and your success is much more important than “winning” every battle.
I know that business law often involves disputes, serious disputes involving serious stakes. However, in the course of over 20 years of practice, I have seen better resolutions when the attorneys involved commit to being “nice” - in other words, being respectful, giving the benefit of the doubt, and trying to be reasonable. I remain a steadfast advocate of my client’s position and will fight like mad to protect their interests, but I can do it in a respectful manner.
“Helping Business Owners Sleep at Night” is not just a catchy tag-line - it is something I strive to do each day, with each client, on all matters. I want you to rest easier knowing that someone is looking out for your interests and thinking about your problems. To do this, I need to give it my all so that I can best serve you and your interests.
I have actually known Steve since we were on the Germantown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors back in the late 90's and early 00's. I have always admired Steve's commitment to the community and his willingness to help in any ways possible. This has spilled over into his new business venture with his goal being to "help business owners sleep at night". Steve has all the skill of a major firm but also has the flexibility to change his approach as the situation dictates and to charge fees that are more in line with a community attorney. I have brought Steve into a number of situations with our clients and he has always exceeded expectations. I would recommend Steve to anyone looking for great legal advice and capabilities and a price that you won't lose sleep over.
When I decided to start my own business, Steve was the first attorney I thought of to help me get started. His knowledge, attention to detail and practical approach were invaluable. Steve understands the needs of business owners and delivers prompt, effective and workable solutions. As my business grows, I know I can count on Steve for his continued support and legal guidance.
Steve came highly recommended by a mutual associate for council on legal matters with JCP Construction. He has exceeded our expectations with his vast skill set that ranges from legal services to putting us in contact with other professionals who’s services have also benefited JCP construction also.
I referred a client to Steve to close a transaction. The day after the transaction the client called thanking me for referring Steve and how satisified he was with Steve's work in not only closing the transaction but how professional and diligent Steve was with all of the details of the deal. Steve and his firm did a great job and I highly recommend Steve to anyone needing a good M & A attorney
I have had the pleasure of working with Steve on many engagements and several Boards. Steve brings a no hesitation and practically centered approach to servicing clients. His extensive knowledge and experience is utilized to outline the options and paths toward resolution of the legal matters facing his clients. Steve helps them analyze the pros and cons of the alternative approaches and based upon knowledge of his clients, he provides well timed guidance advancing the ball forward and resolving. A true trustworthy advisor.
Often, privately held businesses are looking for someone to “quarterback” their legal issues – in other words, they would like to have someone act as “in-house counsel” for the company. GBL provides this service to many of its clients – so, instead of the business owner or the CFO having to constantly think about the business’ legal issues, GBL becomes a proactive participant in the business’ risk management program and strategic planning. GBL provides an independent third party review of the liabilities and risk exposure facing the business and assists in putting together a plan to address and minimize these risks. Also, GBL serves as a resource for management to turn to with respect to general legal and risk issues (meaning that they can call someone other than the owner for advice), with GBL then assisting with the matter or recommending other professionals and experts to help manage these issues.