DALLAS, TX – May 4, 2015 – Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that Stephen L. Sapp joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate and Securities group. With more than 25 years’ experience practicing law, Mr. Sapp joins Schiff Hardin from Locke Lord LLP and is based in the firm’s new Dallas office.
Clients turn to Mr. Sapp for steady yet agile counsel, and his clients have come to rely on his advice in all aspects of their businesses. His corporate practice focuses on public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and securities reporting and compliance. A trusted counselor, Mr. Sapp provides his clients with all types of strategic business advice as well. Mr. Sapp is also an experienced intellectual property adviser, representing his clients in technology and software protection, licensing, and transfer matters, and counsels clients regarding branding issues, trademark prosecution and enforcement, privacy, cybersquatting, social media issues, and copyrights.
Schiff Hardin opened its Dallas office in October 2014, anchored by five prominent finance, corporate, and securities partners led by Larry A. Makel and Gina E. Betts. One month later, Schiff Hardin added three additional attorneys to the office and, to accommodate growing momentum, signed a long-term lease at 300 Crescent Court. With the addition of Mr. Sapp, these nine attorneys comprise a team regarded as among the best in structured finance, augmenting Schiff Hardin’s broad finance and corporate and securities practices.
“The addition of Stephen represents another essential step in our firm’s ongoing effort to expand our corporate, finance, and securities capabilities in Dallas,” said Stephen J. Dragich, head of Schiff Hardin’s Corporate and Securities group. “Stephen’s exceptional reputation and depth of experience will be a major asset to our clients. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”
Marci A. Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin Managing Partner, said, “This is an important development for Schiff Hardin and is a milestone in our strategic growth in Dallas.” She continued, “With the opening of our Dallas office last fall, and our well-respected partners onboard, Schiff Hardin can extend the range of services that we offer our clients.”
The Dallas office currently represents clients in debt and equity public and private transactions, as well as in leveraged buyouts and management buyouts, portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions, fund formations, corporate governance, small business investment companies (SBIC) compliance, and Securities Exchange Commission reporting.
“I look forward to working with the firm’s corporate and securities team to provide strategic counsel to our clients,” commented Mr. Sapp. “The firm’s laser focus on developing its top notch corporate practice provided an appealing mix of challenge and opportunity at this stage of my career. I look forward to working with the growing Dallas team.”
Mr. Sapp earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the University of Kansas Law Review. He also earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas.
Schiff Hardin’s national Corporate and Securities practice provides a broad range of legal services for private and public companies throughout the United States and abroad, including M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, and fund formation, as well as product regulatory matters and corporate governance. The Finance practice represents lenders, institutional investors, placement agents, borrowers, and lessors/lessees in various corporate and commercial debt financing transactions.
About Schiff Hardin
Schiff Hardin is a dynamic general practice law firm representing clients around the world, with offices located in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Lake Forest, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Our attorneys are strong advocates and trusted advisers – roles that create lasting client relationships.