Mr. Stephenson practices in the areas of business, banking, and commercial law. He has considerable experience in the law and regulation of financial institutions. He has represented clients regarding business acquisitions, financial institution mergers and acquisitions, the issuance of public and private securities, equipment leasing, corporate reorganization, bankruptcy and technology matters, including electronic payment systems. He also has represented de novo financial institutions and community banks, as well as large regional and national banking organizations. He is regularly consulted on complex financing transactions by both lenders and borrowers, on joint ventures, on complex contract matters, and on regulatory developments affecting financial institutions, including for example, initiatives under the Check 21 Act.
Since 1986, Mr. Stephenson has been the principal outside legal counsel to the Community Banking Association of Ohio, a trade association of community financial organizations based in Ohio. Since 1995, Mr. Stephenson has been primarily responsible for the firm's representation of Oak Hill Financial, Inc., a regional, publicly-traded bank holding company based in southern Ohio. He also represents a number of other financial service companies, including finance companies, banks, thrifts and credit unions. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® in two specialty areas of Banking Law and Equipment Finance.
State of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Supreme Court of the United States
The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 1979
The Ohio State University, A.B., summa cum laude, 1971
Professional Associations & Memberships
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Honors and Awards
Areas of Practice
- Business Organizations
- Finance & Banking
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Real Estate
- Science, Computers, & Tech
- Securities Law
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