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Steven M. Stankewicz





University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1982

Kalamazoo College, A.B. 1978

Bar Admissions

Steven Stankewicz’s practice centers on business and real estate transactions, focusing primarily on the sale, purchase or leasing of property by businesses, universities, hospitals and governmental bodies, as well as liquor license transfers.

He is also experienced in mergers, acquisitions and other transactions involving the sale or acquisition of businesses, with participation in over 200 transactions ranging in size from $250,000 to $580 million. Steve also has expertise in corporate securities, banking and lending, shareholder disputes, investment advisors, high-tech ventures, and university law.

Representative Matters

Merger and Acquisition Transactions

  • Acquisition/sale of several automobile parts suppliers
  • Joint venture of canning operation
  • Acquisition of three optical stores/chains
  • Acquisition/sale of retail businesses (3+)
  • Acquisition/sale of restaurant/bars (8)
  • Acquisition/sale of radio stations (5)
  • Acquisition/sale of paper companies (10) including out of bankruptcy proceedings
  • Acquisition of athletic club
  • Acquisition/sale of tool & die/metal fabricating businesses (10)
  • Acquisition/sale of gas stations (3)
  • Acquisition of funeral homes and cemeteries in Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota for national Fortune 500 company
  • Acquisition of three marinas
  • Sale of hair salon chain to national public company
  • Sale of machine tool manufacturer to national public company
  • Acquisition of fruit tree nursery
  • Multiple venture financings and subsequent sale of lighting manufacturer

Real Estate Transactions

  • 1031 Exchanges
  • Buying/selling commercial real estate
  • Buying/selling residential and vacation properties
  • Sale of 60+ multi-state commercial properties in single transaction

Lending Transactions

  • Numerous loan transactions on behalf of banks and borrowers
  • 40+ opinion letters for financing and acquisitions
  • 20+ subordinated debt financings
  • 18+ venture capital financing and startup financings

Shareholder Dispute Representation

  • Appraisal remedy action on behalf of forced out shareholder
  • Arbitration of physician/shareholder separation from large practice group
  • Numerous shareholder disputes and separations
  • Split up of manufacturing and recreation business


University of Michigan Law School, Managing Editor, Journal of Law Reform Note: Implied Private Rights of Action under the Securities Act of 1933, Section 17(a), 14 U.Mich. J.L. Ref. 563 (1981)

Best Lawyers in America
2014 Kalamazoo Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
Real Estate 2012-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Business Law Section

State Bar of Michigan, 1986, Corporation & Business Law Section; Real Property Law Section

Kalamazoo Bar Association, Business Law Section

State Bar of Indiana, 1982

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Kalamazoo Country Club

Loy Norrix High School Baseball

High School Hockey

Kalamazoo Hospital Hospitality House, Former Director

Junior Achievement/Kalamazoo & Van Buren Counties, Former Director

Friends of Western Michigan University


"Introduction to Shareholders' Agreements and Management Control Issues," Coauthor, ICLE Course Handbook, November 1993

"Formation and Operation of a BIDCO," Coauthor, 69:1 Michigan Bar Journal 26, January 1990

"Comparison of Liability and Indemnification of Directors, Officers, and others under Delaware Law, Prior Michigan Law, and the Recently Adopted Amendment to Michigan Law," Coauthor, 9 Journal 102 (Fall 1986) (State Bar Corporation Finance and Business Law Section)

"Charting the Antitrust Minefields," May 1984 (Materials used at hospital law seminar).