Biography

Steve practices with the Business Law and Employment practice groups from the firm’s Portland, Maine office in the areas of executive compensation, tax and business transactions. He represents individual C-suite executives and management teams, as well as employers and investors. His practice involves private equity and venture capital owned businesses as well as public companies and their executives. His practice also covers compensation, conflict of interest and exempt purpose issues confronting tax-exempt entities.  He has represented medical organizations, educational institutions and public foundations.

In addition to the negotiation of executive employment and incentive arrangements, Steve counsels executives and employers on many federal and state tax and securities compliance issues for both public and private companies. He also represents entrepreneurs and emerging businesses.

For twenty-five years, Steve managed a firm he founded in Portland, focusing on executive compensation and business transactions. Prior to that. he practiced in New York City. He served at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor from 1978 to 1980.

Steve received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Middlebury College. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University where he was an editor of the Washington & Lee Law Review. He lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Steve has served on the Board of the Portland Museum of Art and as President of the Board of Trustees of North Yarmouth Academy, in Yarmouth, Maine.

Firm Highlights

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Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

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Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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2020 Employment Breakfast Series: Strengthening Your Company's Management of Accommodation Requests

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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The Potential of the Blockchain for Asset Protection Planning

While many legal scholars focus on the challenges and complications seemingly inherent to blockchain and cryptocurrency, others look past the fear and see potential. In this article for Cumberland Law Review , Ian Huyett and Brian Quirk...

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