Steve Segal takes a hands-on, practical approach to business transactions and business and corporate law matters. Steve’s core practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, entity formation and capitalization, securities law, joint ventures, technology transactions, and general counsel services.
Steve’s clients span many industry sectors, including technology, health care and life sciences, private equity and venture capital investing and fund formation, consumer products and services, financial services, food and beverage, and manufacturing. Steve’s clients range from start-up through growth- and later-stage, as well as individual and institutional investors, and have included a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Steve takes a keen interest in each client’s business and understanding its key performance indicators and other client-specific dynamics. This helps him provide services targeted toward achieving each client’s particular objectives. Clients value Steve’s expertise in breaking down and helping evaluate complex legal and business issues and transactions and providing experience-based, pragmatic advice.
Steve honed his skills and gained experience in big national and international law firms for twenty years. He started his legal career in the former Denver office of Kirkland & Ellis, and later was a partner with Perkins Coie and Cooley. He was with Greenberg Traurig prior to forming Segal Law Group, the predecessor firm to Linden Segal, in 2009.
Originally from Maine, Steve has lived and worked in the Denver-Boulder area since 1986.
University of Colorado Law School, Boulder, CO
J.D., Order of the Coif, May 1989
Casenote Editor, University of Colorado Law Review
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
B.A., cum laude, May 1984
Honors in English and American Literature
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Presenter, “Emerging Trends in Majority Voting for Directors and ‘Say on Pay’.” CLE Seminar presented to Securities Regulation Section, State Bar of Arizona. September 2007.
Presenter, “Majority Voting in Director Elections.” CLE Seminar. June 2007.
Author, “Maximize Price, Minimize Risk: How To Successfully Sell Your Small- to Mid-Sized Business.” Denver Business Journal, July 2006.
Presenter, “Best Practices for Internal Corporate Policies.” CLE seminar.
Co-Presenter, “Executive Compensation and the New Regulatory Environment.” 2003 Annual Employment Law Conference, Colorado Bar Association CLE. 2003.
Moderator, Venture Capital Roundtable Series. 2002.
Presenter, Initial Public Offering Workshop. 2000.
Moderator, Initial Public Offering Workshop. Colorado Software and Internet Association. 2000.
Presenter, Venture Capital Seminar for firm client. 2000.
Presenter, Strategic Alliances for Technology Companies. Colorado Venture Centers seminar. 1999.
Presenter, “The Year 2000 Risks from Third-Party Dependencies.” Colorado Bar Association CLE. 1998.
Co-author, “Splitting Votes in Proxy Contests,” 25 The Rev. of Sec. and Commodities Reg. 89 (April 22, 1992).
Author, “CTS Corp. and the Internal Affairs Veil of State Takeover Regulations,” 60 Colo. L. Rev. 189 (1989).
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
University of Colorado Law School; Law Alumni Board of Directors, 2003-2011.
Sweat Equity Corporation; Founding member of Board of Directors of 501(c) not-for-profit entity committed to raising funds for Colorado’s under-privileged children through endurance athletic events. 2009-2013.
University of Colorado Denver; Instructor, Graduate School of Business, Regulation and Ethics in Financial Markets. 2008, 2009.
Allied Jewish Federation; 2004-2009
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center; completed “Triple Bypass,” one-day, 120-mile bicycle ride with 10,000 feet of elevation gain, helping raise funds for charity in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
Colorado Software and Internet Association; 2000-2003.
Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
“Steve has been Valid Eval’s attorney for about five years. Hiring Steve is one of the best decisions we’ve made. As an early-stage CEO, there’s an obvious tension between keeping legal costs in check and having big-firm quality representation and experience. Steve brings big-firm chops to our company, and I don’t have to kick in to fund the overhead that comes with a super-premium office tower with marble bathrooms and breathtaking views. For my money, skill and wisdom are what matter; a posh office and a huge staff don’t. I often recommend Steve to friends in the startup community.”
Founder and CEO, Valid Evaluation, Inc.
“We started working with Steve when our company was a two-person start-up, and he later skillfully guided us through our transformational sale to a private-equity backed company. His grasp of the legal and structural complexities we faced enabled him to identify and negotiate deal points that delivered higher returns to our investors—and that far exceeded his fees—in a high-stakes deal. I’ve always admired clutch performers in a big game, and Steve is up there with the best.”
Former CEO, Spex Technologies
“Steve has been our trusted advisor since we formed our company in 2008. He has guided us through multiple rounds of capital raises, helped develop our customer and vendor contracts, and skillfully negotiated our most important business relationships. His pragmatic and insightful approach to all our legal dealings has delivered tangible benefits and help manage our risk. As our outside general counsel, we consider Steve part of our senior leadership team and value his input on business decisions across the board.”
Founder and CEO, SpenDifference, LLC
“I’ve worked with Steve for almost 20 years on countless transactions. He consistently delivers expert advice, and grasps the nuances of a situation. Our discussions help me better evaluate and execute on my strategy and tactics. He understands the dynamics of complex transactions and is always thinking several steps ahead. I highly recommend Steve for capital formations, venture capital, M&A and really any other significant deals.”
“After having spent 25 years as both an executive and an operator with a global PE firm, when I started my own firm I had exacting standards for legal representation and the need for a true partner, not just a transactions attorney. When I was asking people around Denver to recommend a high-quality, cost-effective M&A attorney, Steve’s name kept coming up. We engaged Steve and he excels at bridging gaps, doesn’t get stuck on items that aren’t relevant to the particular deal, and meets every deadline. He’s become our go-to M&A attorney, helping to close two deals so far in 2017. He has delivered outstanding legal expertise and guidance with boutique-level service—Steve is a true partner.”
Founder and Private Equity Investor, LK Capital
“Spring Back Colorado is a 50l(c)(3) non-profit mattress recycling organization that employs disenfranchised men and women in redemptive work programs. We believe in the triple bottom line of People Planet Purpose and use this mission statement to help direct all of our initiatives. Our work here at Spring Back Colorado is designed to offer a sound alternative to post-consumer dumping in the landfills and to help steward environmental concerns for our community. As a growing business, we seek experts from a variety of fields to help us in our organizational structure, in our compliance and all of our negotiations. Steve Segal has been by our side since the beg inning, offering his valuable legal and business advice and assistance on a pro bono basis. His selfless and valuable contributions have helped us resolve critical issues that threatened our mission, vision and values. Steve’s contributions to Spring Back Colorado allow us to put more of our resources into our program and growth. Most importantly, Steve has been a great friend and advisor to Spring Back Colorado over the past five years and given us the necessary confidence to prosper.”
President and Founder, Spring Back Colorado, Inc.