As an experienced corporate and securities lawyer with in-depth knowledge of law, business, business development, technology, and the needs of early-stage companies, Steve is the Trusted Advisor to his clients. He currently serves as Specialty Counsel – Securities Compliance with Exemplar Law, LLC, a bi-coastal Law Firm representing revolutionaries, game changers, and impact businesses. www.exemplarcompanies.com . Through its affiliations the Firm can provide not only legal services, but business consulting, CPA/international tax services, and capital raising services through a FINRA-registered broker-dealer.
Steve began his legal career as an Enforcement Attorney with the Securities & Exchange Commission in San Francisco. He went on to become in-house counsel with several publicly traded and pre-IPO companies in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley in both a legal and business development capacity, including National Semiconductor and Amstar/Spreckels Sugar Company.
During the “Dot-Com Boom” in 1999-2000, Steve was the sole in-house counsel for a Silicon Valley B2B e-Commerce company before its monster IPO, negotiating and drafting all of the company’s license agreements and strategic partnering and marketing arrangements.
Thereafter he relocated to San Diego, where he associated with a boutique securities law firm and also served as Special Counsel to MP3.com, Inc., then the world’s largest online music service provider, where he advised management on, and negotiated, complex music licenses and business agreements. Steve moved to Palm Springs in 2006 and has operated his own solo practice, assisting his clients to raise capital in compliance with Federal and State securities laws. In addition to preparing their offering documents, he advises companies on valuation methodologies and ways to structure offerings to maximize successful capital raises and shareholder value.
For a more detailed exposition of Steve’s legal experience, please see his C.V. and Licensing Bio which detail many of his corporate, securities law, and other legal experience and accomplishments.
For many years Steve taught classes for entrepreneurs at CEO Space International, voted a “Top 5 Must Attend Rapid Growth Entrepreneur Conference” by both Inc.com and Forbes. Classes taught include: Valuation Methodologies; Securities Laws Compliance, Investor Presentation Coaching; and Licensing for Fun and Profit. Steve has been an Instructor in Legal Writing and Research at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, as well as a repeat judge for the Annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, currently sponsored by Cal-State University Long Beach. Steve has also served as counsel to the Next Gen Summit founders, and has been a mentor at their annual conference.
Steve received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. His undergraduate education was at the University of London, England, and Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, from which he graduated with a degree in economics with honors.