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Stephen A. Lenn

Steve Lenn has over 40 years of legal, commercial and investment banking experience in connection with capital formation for start-ups and emerging and middle market businesses, including private placements of securities, as well as in corporate merger and acquisition transactions.

His experience also includes debt finance transactions, loan workouts and other resolutions of distressed businesses and real estate transactions.

Mr. Lenn is the former general counsel of a diversified bank holding company and has served as special counsel to federal and state banking regulatory authorities. He holds several Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA) securities licenses and, for more than 12 years, was the principal of a boutique investment banking firm..

Practice Areas

Banking Law and Regulation

Equity and Debt Finance

Business and Corporate Law

Marijuana Business Law

Real Estate Law

Loan Workouts and Problem Asset Resolution

Commercial and Public Finance

Securities Law

Honors and Awards

AV-Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®

Top Lawyers List (Banking), AzBusiness Magazine, 2013

Court and Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2010

California, 1991

Ohio, 1979

New York, 1971

Professional Experience

Simon Consulting, LLC: Director, 2009-2010

Capital Strategies, Inc.: Managing Director and Founder, 1997-2009

Baker & Hostetler LLP (Cleveland): Partner, 1988-1997

Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur: Founding and Managing Partner of the Cleveland Office, 1983-1988

Union Commerce Corporation and Bank (Cleveland): Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, 1975-1983

Other Licenses

Financial Institution Regulatory Authority (FINRA): General Securities Representative (Series 7) and Investment Banking (Series 79) (Inactive, In Good Standing)

Articles and Presentations

"Marijuana 2016 Update: The McIntosh Decision and Federal Enforcement," September 2016

"Marijuana 2016: Dance with the Angels or Swim with the Sharks," April 2016

"Incentive Compensation for Banks in the Dodd-Frank Era," February 2012

"Critical Domestic and International Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs and Managers" Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Spring 2011

Community Leadership

Barrow Neurological Foundation: Board of Trustees, 2008-Present

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Board of Directors, 2010-Present

Phoenix Public Library Foundation: Board of Directors, 2008-2011

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center: Volunteer


Columbia University Law School, J.D., 1970

Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1967


Ft. Lauderdale, Florida