People: Steven R. Meier, Partner

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Steven R. Meier

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5548
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Mr. Meier is Co-Chair of firm’s national Tax practice group and is Chair of the Corporate group of the firm’s Chicago office.  Mr. Meier has a diverse tax practice involving all aspects of federal taxation. He regularly advises clients on the design, implementation, disposition and workout of real estate investment programs, including real estate investment funds and complex like-kind exchange programs. Mr. Meier also regularly acts as lead tax counsel in domestic and cross-border transactions for a diverse client base that includes public companies, private equity firms and entrepreneurs.  He advises early-stage businesses on tax, equity compensation and related matters, and has represented entrepreneurs in dispositions to strategic and financial acquirers.  Mr. Meier also serves as outside general tax counsel to numerous public and private companies.

Mr. Meier is recognized by Legal 500 for his tax practice, and is a frequent speaker on tax and business issues in real estate securities programs, mergers and acquisitions transactions, executive compensation, as well as tax and business issues for tax-exempt organizations.

Mr. Meier is Co-Chair of firm’s national Tax practice group and is Chair of the Corporate group of the firm’s Chicago office.  Mr. Meier has a diverse tax practice involving all aspects of federal taxation. He regularly advises clients on the design, implementation, disposition and workout of real estate investment programs, including real estate investment funds and complex like-kind exchange programs. Mr. Meier also regularly acts as lead tax counsel in domestic and cross-border transactions for a diverse client base that includes public companies, private equity firms and entrepreneurs.  He advises early-stage businesses on tax, equity compensation and related matters, and has represented entrepreneurs in dispositions to strategic and financial acquirers.  Mr. Meier also serves as outside general tax counsel to numerous public and private companies.

Mr. Meier is recognized by Legal 500 for his tax practice, and is a frequent speaker on tax and business issues in real estate securities programs, mergers and acquisitions transactions, executive compensation, as well as tax and business issues for tax-exempt organizations.

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law (1998)
  • A.M., Harvard University (1991)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin (1988)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Tax Court

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Real Estate Investment Securities Association
  • Investment Program Association
  • Real Estate Roundtable (Tax Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC) Member, 2017)

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Structuring Pass-through Entities Seminar,” Transaction Advisors and True Partners Consulting, Oak Brook, IL (November 19, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Internal Controls to Mitigate Tax Risk Seminar,” Transaction Advisors and True Partners Consulting, Deerfield, IL (November 12, 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Identifying Tax Issues in Due Diligence Seminar,” Transaction Advisors and True Partners Consulting, Chicago, IL (November 5, 2015)
  • Co- Presenter, “Executive Employment Agreements and Equity Based Compensation in Private Equity Transactions," Webinar (July 15, 2014)
  • Presenter, "Recapitalizations and Mergers of Debtor Partnerships,” Illinois CPA Society’s Taxation on Real Estate Conference (June 4, 2014)
  • Panelist, “The JOBS Act and Changes to Regulation D: Taking the Gloves off the Private Offering” Real Estate Investment Securities Association 2013 Spring Symposium, San Diego, CA (April 16, 2013)
  • Co-Presenter, “Executive Employment Agreements and Equity Based Compensation in Private Equity Transactions,” ACG Chicago (April 9, 2014)
  • Moderator, “Delaware Statutory Trusts and Tenant-in-Common Transactions, Bad Actors and Crowdfunding:  How They Can Impact Broker-Dealers," Real Estate Investment Securities Association’s 2014 Spring Symposium (March 16, 2014)
  • Moderator, “Net Leases and the Delaware Statutory Trust” National Net Lease Investment Conference, Chicago, IL (November 1, 2012)
  • Panelist, "Advanced 1031 Planning," Real Estate Investment Securities Association 2012 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV (October 7, 2012)
  • Moderator, “Investing in Direct Participation Programs” “Real Estate Investment Securities Association 2011 Annual Conference,” Las Vegas, NV, (October 16, 2011)
  • Panelist, "280G and 409A Issues,” Fifth Annual Executive Compensation Institute, Chicago Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee and The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits (September 27, 2011)

Publications

Accolades

  • Recognized Attorney, US Taxes: Non-Contentious, Legal 500 (2015–2017)
  • Recognized Attorney, M&A/Corporate & Commercial: M&A Middle Market (U.S), Legal 500 USA (2017)