Mr Steven Meier > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
233 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE
SUITE 8000
CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States
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Work Department

Position

Partner, Chair of Corporate Department, Co-Chair of Tax Practice, and Co-Leader of Opportunity Zone Funds Team

Career

Steve is a tax and business lawyer with broad experience in designing and implementing M&A and real estate capital markets transactions. Clients appreciate his cutting-edge knowledge of the tax law and his ability to apply it in a grounded, common-sense manner to real estate and corporate transactions. 

Steve chairs Seyfarth’s Corporate department and is co-chair of our national Tax practice. He is highly skilled in developing real estate and alternative investment programs of all types, including Qualified Opportunity Funds, REITs, investment funds, and complex like-kind exchange programs (such as Delaware Statutory Trust investment programs). Steve serves as general tax counsel to numerous businesses and entrepreneurs, and advises them on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, equity compensation and related matters, and dispositions to strategic and financial acquirers. Clients praise Steve for his combination of sophisticated tax knowledge and understanding of their businesses.

Steve is recognized as a thought leader in tax structuring of investment programs for the capital markets industry. He has been recognized by The Legal 500 (Legalese Ltd.) (2014-2019) for his tax practice, and is a frequent speaker on tax and business issues in Qualified Opportunity Funds, real estate investment programs, and M&A transactions.

Education

  • JD, Columbia University Law School

    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, all years

  • AM, Harvard University

  • BA, University of Wisconsin

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

Seyfarth Shaw LLP acts for public charities, universities, private foundations and banks. Of particular note, clients note that the team’s practitioners are ‘well versed in the intricacies of partnership tax law and the intersection of fund formation and real estate ownership‘. The practice is jointly chaired by Steven Meier in the Chicago office, and John Napoli, who is based in New York. Meier is ‘very easy to work with‘ and advises on the tax treatment REITs, investment funds and M&A transactions. Napoli is active on federal, state and local tax law, with a particular expertise in the tax aspects of real estate transactions.